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Tuesday, July 15 2014

Clearwater Festival 2014: 22 June 2014 - Day 2 Recap + Photos

The spirit of Pete and Toshi Seeger permeated Clearwater Festival as this was the first year without the environmentally conscious folk musician and the filmmaker.


Needlessly Elaborately Epic: “Uncanny Avengers #21”

Overly elaborate plots rarely justify their complexity. But there are exceptions.


‘Mind of Winter’ Is a Thrilling Page-Turner with Shimmering Prose and a Heart-Wrenching Ending

Laura Kasischke's tenth novel is a dark fairytale about the sacrifices of motherhood and of secrets so deep, we learn to keep them even from ourselves.


311: 3 July 2014 - Kansas City, MO (Photos)

311 most definitely underscored its cannabis-friendly, mellow, laid-back facet, as more intense tracks were largely set aside. Yet again, though, 311 put on a top-notch, electric live show that few bands could touch.


Mysterious Aliens and Inscrutable Humans: ‘Under The Skin’

The simple yet transformative hat-trick of Under the Skin is that it is the humans who are alien.


Morrissey: World Peace Is None of Your Business

With World Peace Is None of Your Business, Morrissey finds himself becoming lyrically divisive to the point of self-parody.


JPNSGRLS: Circulation

With the manic drive and creativity of the Dillinger Escape Plan at its best, the Vancouver-based JPNSGRLS craft a pop-punk gem in Circulation.


Fink: Hard Believer

Hard Believer is about the immersive experience that a cohesive record can offer. It's a top-to-bottom, unhurried listen.


Lucky Peterson: The Son of a Bluesman

Lucky Peterson is the son of a bluesman. He has the blues in his blood. He says so himself, many times.


Kronos Quartet: A Thousand Thoughts

This is an album about diversity without intellectual compromises. It is how it is because this is the way it is. There is no re-elaboration or, worse, reinterpretation of the existing aesthetic principles.


Monday, July 14 2014

‘Getting Back to Abnormal’ Is How Things Are Done in New Orleans

Masquerade is a means of survival in post-Hurricane Katrine New Orleans.


‘Closed Curtain’ Opens the Door to Trouble

Jafar Panahi's Closed Curtain showcases the difficulties of making art and being an artist in a troubled world.


Good Guys With Guns?!: “Grayson #1”

The obvious question is whether or not Dick Grayson can carry a book, minus his mask and superhero identity. The answer, at least in this first issue, is yes, yes he can.


Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure

Tesla Effect is B-grade fun that unfortunately soon turns into B-grade nonsense.


British Summer Time at Hyde Park

Black Sabbath, Faith No More, Soundgarden and more: a tale of music and Independence.


John Hiatt: Terms of My Surrender

Legendary songwriter John Hiatt takes the hard road on Terms of My Surrender, a tough, modern blues contemplation which turns into an exciting heartland roar.


Landlady: Upright Behavior

The way Landlady can explode with joy and strangeness puts them on some sort of a pedestal, right from their debut.


There’s Generational Magic in Tiphanie Yanique’s ‘Land of Love and Drowning’

Tiphanie Yanique's debut novel is both a family saga and an unusual love story. It seems likely to become a classic of Caribbean American literature.


Trampled By Turtles: Wild Animals

When your album highlights sound much like a previous rock incarnation and a pair of fast songs sound like fraternal twins, it’s probably not your best effort.


The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer: A Real Fine Mess

This is a streamlined collection of a standard sound with some sonic detours into pop territory, and it draws inspiration from both the classic and the contemporary styles of blues.


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