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Wednesday, March 18 2015

Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly

To Pimp a Butterfly is the result of one man’s sprawling journey, but it’s meant to empower us all to take our own.


Mark Knopfler: Tracker

Tracker is the sound of Mark Knopfler's consistency catching up with him. Again.


Kaki King: The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body

Though it loses some of its spectacle charm in the process, the audio adaptation of Kaki King's guitar showcase still bursts with masterclass talent.


St. Vincent: St. Vincent (Deluxe Edition)

Dying her hair white is sadly analogous to the record as a whole. She sounds quirky for the sake of being quirky.


Norman Blake: Wood, Wire & Words

Calling an album consisting of a dozen original songs traditional may seem strange, but Wood, Wire & Wood surely is. Blake pens story songs about past events and composes instrumentals with roots in an earlier period.


Tuesday, March 17 2015

If It Looks Like a Duck

In Howard the Duck #1, Zdarsky and Quinones get the most important things right. They get Howard right.


‘Top Five’ Is the First Film to Fully Showcase Chris Rock’s Genius

Top Five is one of the most original and satisfying comedies in years.


Twin Shadow: Eclipse

Subtlety is nowhere to be found on Twin Shadow's major label debut Eclipse. One thing is for certain though, George Lewis Jr. still has an undeniable knack for crafting a killer refrain.


On the Very Bones of the Wireless World

The Undersea Network changes our imagination of communications infrastructure, revealing how culture, politics and geography interrelate in the global circulation of technology.


Lilacs & Champagne: Midnight Features Vol. 2: Made Flesh

On the third full album from their side project, the guys from Grails deliver instrumental hip-hop with a dark side.


Everlasting Lane Can Be a Harsh Place, Full of Beasts, Both Human and Animal

Everlasting Lane is an excellent reminder of how smart and intuitive children can be and how difficult childhood really is.


Eternal Tapestry: Wild Strawberries

Wild Strawberries is Earth-minded space rock of its own kind, grounded in both American and European strains of psychedlia.


Kenny Wheeler: Songs for Quintet

Kenny Wheeler finished his career and his life with a near-timid masterpiece.


Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors: Medicine

On their new album, Medicine, the emotional bond is especially affecting, reinforcing the budding relationship they’ve nourished with their fans.


Monday, March 16 2015

Gurf Morlix: Eatin’ at Me

Eatin' at Me is like Gurf Morlix is steering the sound through the side roads and avoiding any main thoroughfares as if to avoid notice.


“All-New X-men #37” Gives Us a Frenemy Indeed

Emma Frost teaches Jean Grey a few important lessons in unorthodox ways that feel oddly fitting.


Nickelback’s ‘No Fixed Address’ Tour Clearly Doesn’t Give a Damn

On their latest tour Nickelback’s shtick rings hollower than usual -- and for this band, that’s saying something.


James Franco and Seth Rogen Meet ‘Call of Duty’ in ‘The Interview’

Even if Sony had pulled off a successful marketing gambit with The Interview, they couldn't have masked that this is a genuinely unfunny film.


‘Here Comes Kitty’ Disturbs and Delights

Richard Kraft and Danielle Dutton's latest work is a visually stunning, intellectually perplexing postmodern comic.


‘Through a Lens Darkly’ Should Have Let the Pictures Tell the Story

Through a Lens Darkly surveys the often hidden or forgotten history of African Americans as photographic subjects as well as photographers.


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