Tuesday, July 15 2014
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.
Overly elaborate plots rarely justify their complexity. But there are exceptions.
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 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.
The simple yet transformative hat-trick of Under the Skin is that it is the humans who are alien.
With World Peace Is None of Your Business, Morrissey finds himself becoming lyrically divisive to the point of self-parody.
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.
Hard Believer is about the immersive experience that a cohesive record can offer. It's a top-to-bottom, unhurried listen.
Lucky Peterson is the son of a bluesman. He has the blues in his blood. He says so himself, many times.
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
Masquerade is a means of survival in post-Hurricane Katrine New Orleans.
Jafar Panahi's Closed Curtain showcases the difficulties of making art and being an artist in a troubled world.
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 is B-grade fun that unfortunately soon turns into B-grade nonsense.
Black Sabbath, Faith No More, Soundgarden and more: a tale of music and Independence.
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.
The way Landlady can explode with joy and strangeness puts them on some sort of a pedestal, right from their debut.
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.
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.
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.