Wednesday, January 14 2015
Even though the actors are given parts that suit their usual skills, they all bring extra self awareness to their work.
Guster takes a leap forward while remembering what makes them a strong band, working the best of then and now into Evermotion.
Sun Kil Moon closed 2014 with a quiet and unassuming reissue.
While industry gatekeepers were invested in a specific image of black performance, black performers themselves had different ideas.
In the hands of Adrian Legg, the guitar's limitations melt away, and in his mind, the music flourishes.
As one would expect, the best stories make the best songs. There’s the lovely “Elvis Presley Calls His Mother After the Ed Sullivan Show”, where the King’s legendary love for his Mama shows itself in all its sweetness.
A compilation that highlights all things Legendary Pink Dots. It’s dark and filled with esoteric mystique, it’s loud, it’s psychedelic, it’s synthy, it’s gothy, and it’s still more thrilling today than many of the most hotly praised albums of the year.
Tuesday, January 13 2015
The death of Wolverine is not quite the same as the death of Kurt Cobain or Brett Favre’s retirement, but he’s a character that casts the biggest shadow in all of X-men.
Cairo's youth find meaning and identity in a genre that can't get any respect.
Even though it lacks the novelty of its predecessor, The Trip to Italy is nonetheless just as hilarious.
Pushing into a more electronic realm, the prolific Animal Collective member rips through his own conventions on his latest solo effort.
With the enthusiasm of a celebrity journalist and the deep reading of an academic, James Essinger presents a flawed portrait of the flawed life of Lord Byron's daughter, Ada Lovelace.
The legendary English post-punk band's live and rare tracks fill out their legacy and unravel bits of their mystery. They're also raw, wild and challenging.
Entertaining '90s geek-rock throwback features off-kilter but catchy guitar riffs and songs about Wile E. Coyote and Absinthe-fueled trips to outer space.
Second four-track EP from Le Common Diamond hits the beach for the summer.
Monday, January 12 2015
As the titular Marvel heroine, the smart and one-liner ready Hayley Atwell towers over Iron Man and his ilk in this contemporary take on post-WWII politics.
Frank uses Twitter and Tumblr without ever striking a false note in its depiction of an erratic indie rock band struggling through the artistic process.
Things are funnier when they go terribly wrong.
What's most remarkable about Harris' freewheeling bio, Choose Your Own Autobiography, is that even with all its tricks and jokes, there's actual substance to be found here.
An event comes to a solid end, but is too lacking to be anything more.