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Thursday, February 19 2015

Future & Zaytoven: Beast Mode

By teaming up with one of Atlanta hip-hop's biggest cult heroes and trimming all the fat, Future has not only put out his definitive album, but perhaps one of 2015's as well.


Half Japanese: Volume 2: 1987-1989

Half Japanese's second three-album set of reissues presents the band's unique perspective on punk, blues and rock 'n' roll, proving they knew how to do it all, or, at the very least, knew how to fake it.


The Thompson Family: Family

What do you do if your calling is the same as your parents’ vocation, and they are famously good at it?


Wednesday, February 18 2015

John Boorman Revisits the British Empire With ‘Queen and Country’

While John Boorman doesn't transform the genre here as he did in Hope and Glory, he does give Queen and Country more bite than the usual soft-focus waltz down memory lane.


Man Against the Elements, Alone on the Prairie

Hugo Glass survives a brutal attack to pursue those who left him to die in this retelling, based on true events during the frontier winter of 1823-1824.


Time Slips: “Guardians 3000 #5”

Guardians 3000 is a thrill ride, a roller coaster, a starship making 180 degree turns.


‘Jimi: All Is by My Side’ Is a Portrait of an Artist Without His Art

Where Jimi Hendrix’s music is a fireworks display, this film is rather grey and lifeless.


Steve Earle and the Dukes: Terraplane

Terraplane pays homage to the Texas blues, with mixed results.


The Amazing: Picture You

Picture You is too solid to float away and, at its finest moments, too lasting to fade.


Six Organs of Admittance: Hexadic

While Six Organs of Admittance do an admirable job of crafting big walls of feedback and drones over which to jam, the tracks on Hexadic tend to meander and stumble around without really going anywhere.


Elephant Micah: Where in Our Woods

Another inward-looking, yet inviting collection from Joseph O'Connell’s idiosyncratic DIY project Elephant Micah. Fans of introspective, late-night lo-fi should seek this out.


Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

An all-grown-up Andrew McMahon forgets the appeal in keeping parts of himself forever young.


Tuesday, February 17 2015

Barb Jungr: My Funny Valentine: Songs for the Wild At Heart, Purcell Room, London

What better way to spend Valentine’s Night than in the company of the amazing Barb Jungr, singing songs of love and loss?


‘The Theory of Everything’ Needs More Jane Hawking

Felicity Jones' remarkable performance can't save The Theory of Everything, in large part because the film doesn't fully commit to her own point of view.


José González : Vestiges and Claws

José González delivers a lovely and dreamy set of songs defined by their humble grace.


The Year That Changed Chaucer From Court Insider to Ambitious Author

Paul Strohm's Chaucer's Tale tells how Chaucer's fall from political favor in London elevated his literary ambitions in rural retreat.


Wrinkle Neck Mules: I Never Thought It Would Go This Far

Wrinkle Neck Mules take their Southern pedigree seriously, mining a rural sound that's chock full of back porch sensibilities.


Menace Beach: Ratworld

Feedback-laden '90s touchstones are in full effect here. Too bad strong songwriting is in shorter supply.


Zs: Xe

Little band, strange name, BIG sound.


James Wolpert: The Entire City

The Voice rocker James Wolpert releases an astoundingly legit solo debut.


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