Monday, December 8 2014
Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace offers a thoughtful and stunning visual and oral history of '80s postpunk and goth.
Lars Von Trier’s cinema, particularly in Breaking the Waves, is an acknowledgement of film as an offshoot of literature and the heritage of storytelling.
An illuminating, queer theory-influenced study of the work of one of Britain's most distinctive filmmakers.
Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward's fifth album as She & Him, comprised of smooth and languid covers, is decidedly relaxed despite a move to a major label.
Black Beauty, now on CD for the first time, may have a totally different sonic palate than Forever Changes or Da Capo, but it's similarly built around Arthur Lee's emotionally revealing lyrics and careful pop sensibilities.
Where does minimalism end and ambient begin?
Former folkie Frazey Ford returns with a set of exceptional Memphis soul.
If you like synth pop colored with the flavor of New Age dance tunes without a hint of passion or the erotic you'll love these sterile shenanigans.
Fred Hersch's apprehensions about taking his trio back into the studio are for naught.
Sunday, December 7 2014
Austin City Limits has defined how music is experienced through television for 40 years. This is a look back at a cultural institution that has always pushed forward.
The Librarians combines Willy Wonka with Indiana Jones to create the next Scooby Gang in search of magic, artifacts, and its own places in the universe.
Saturday, December 6 2014
Pressed for Time suggests new ways of looking at how we fit in as individuals with the rapid evolution of time and technology.
Friday, December 5 2014
The metaphor of Cheryl's (Reese Witherspoon) giant backpack works in multiple ways, from the personal ordeals she confronts to the social expectations she can't avoid.
This War of Mine is a great game about survival, hope, loss, despair, companionship... but oddly enough not about war.
The fundamentalist atheism and myopic intellectualism of Woody Allen's latest depiction of an older man/younger woman dynamic makes it a pale imitation of his best work.
There’s no possible way you can go wrong with these voluminous reissues of some of Brian Eno's best work.
Meryle Secrest’s biography pays homage to Schiaparelli’s unique oeuvre by highlighting the efficiency of form and style in her designs, while framing them as miracles in their own right.
After 20 years of steady releases and catalog development, the rest of the country has finally caught up to the vision of Bloodshot Records.
This is pretty damn indispensable listening, and somewhere down below the man with the horns and cape is grinning in wild approval.
Stalley serves up more intelligent trunk music on his major-label debut.