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Monday, November 17 2014

Buzzcocks: The Way

This leans towards hard rock rather than punk, back to the type of music prevalent when punk burst out, and which after all most punks grew up hearing.


A Rural Youth is Curated in John Updike’s ‘Olinger Stories’

John Updike is able to highlight the details of domestic life in a way that turns the mundane into something sacred and significant.


Arca: Xen

Arca invites you to come along for the ride into the netherworld of the self, and those who do may feel alternately exhausted and exhilarated.


The Jazz June: After the Earthquake

The Jazz June’s first new album in a dozen years is one of the most surprising developments so far in the unlikely second life of second-generation emo.


Steve Aoki: Neon Future I

This collection of songs are serviceable tracks that would fit well on any EDM-lovers playlist, but it lacks a certain something: experimentation.


Roll the Dice: Until Silence

The Swedish duo explores the protagonist's journey through the post-war torn landscape in a soundtrack for an imaginary film.


Sunday, November 16 2014

Learn How to Sculpt With Words With ‘Gwynne’s Grammar’

N. M. Gwynne is devoted both to the preservation of the proper English language and also to its use for higher aesthetic purposes.


Saturday, November 15 2014

Love Is a Sad Thing in ‘The Future for Curious People’

This novel should take its rightful place as a serious literary endeavour about what it means to be human, to be in love, and how that love overcomes all obstacles.


Friday, November 14 2014

‘Rosewater’ Is Jon Stewart’s Ode to Hope

For all its desperation, Rosewater is also suffused with hope and even joy, a reminder that journalist Maziar Bahari is not forgotten.


‘Beyond the Lights’ Delivers What You Most Expect Out of a Melodrama

The conventions in Gina Prince-Bythewood's film are fully functioning, not so much challenged as fine-tuned, placing it safely in the camp of melodrama.


DOC NYC 2014: ‘Salad Days’ + ‘Happy Valley’

Both Salad Days and Happy Valley conclude leaving as many questions as they ask during their runtimes.


Eisa Davis: 22 October 2014 - New York

On a rainy New York night, Obie Award winner Eisa Davis transformed Joe's Pub into the garden of Eisa.


America Has a Fever and the Only Cure Is Poetry

In 'Twenty Poems That Could Save America and Other Essays', Tony Hoagland makes a compelling case that poetry is just what America needs, so long as it's the right kind of poetry.


Melissa McCarthy Leads an All-Star Cast to Its Doom in ‘Tammy’

Don't be fooled by the pretty faces: Tammy is as bad as they come, a major flop that fails to show Melissa McCarthy and her cast's true talents.


Big K.R.I.T.: Cadillactica

Big K.R.I.T.'s second major label debut continues his reign of dominance as he claims the role as "King of the South".


Marianne Faithfull: Give My Love to London

Now in the 50th year of her career, Faithfull delivers a vibrant, haunted and haunting set of songs that look to the past and the future.


‘The Story of Pain’ Takes an Historical Look at the Experience and Nature of Suffering

To the author, pain exists only in the act of naming it. Sufferers may disagree.


iamamiwhoami: blue

blue isn't only the most satisfying record in this collective's discography; it's also one of the best albums released this year.


Kevin Drumm: Wrong Intersection

As Kevin Drumm steers you through the Wrong Intersection, you can't help but get the feeling that that's where he belongs.


Frank Kimbrough: Quartet

A beautifully balanced group, including Steve Wilson on saxophones, Jay Anderson on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums.


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