Tuesday, December 9 2014
Unrest is The Wire, but set in an ancient, mythical India.
Alejandro Amenábar’s suspense-drama Tesis is a fairly predictable, American-influenced thriller, but its stellar performances, particularly from Ana Torrent, are all aces.
The stylish conceptual double album Berkeley to Bakersfield travels fast across California, spanning garage rock to Americana.
While children may laugh at the simplicity of the non-sequiturs in the Moomin stories, adults will be drawn to the droll humor -- and something much darker.
The comfort zone is where Owen gets his mail delivered, but Other People’s Songs is at its most engaging when it steps just a bit outside.
Noise rockers explore a more varied palette with mixed results, admirable progress.
The out-trumpet icon teams with Jamie Saft, Joe Morris, and Balazs Pandi, making six bracing free improvisations that hark back to the 1970s and come fully up to date.
For their second collaboration of 2014, these two artists remain frustratingly close to making the great album this one hints they're capable of.
It seems a fitting end for Grapefruit Record Club's final release to be this massive, involving, exhausting set from the Dead C.
Monday, December 8 2014
Angela is now a part of the Marvel Universe. This is a story of how she stakes her claim in it.
Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace offers a thoughtful and stunning visual and oral history of '80s postpunk and goth.
Lars Von Trier’s cinema, particularly in Breaking the Waves, is an acknowledgement of film as an offshoot of literature and the heritage of storytelling.
An illuminating, queer theory-influenced study of the work of one of Britain's most distinctive filmmakers.
Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward's fifth album as She & Him, comprised of smooth and languid covers, is decidedly relaxed despite a move to a major label.
Black Beauty, now on CD for the first time, may have a totally different sonic palate than Forever Changes or Da Capo, but it's similarly built around Arthur Lee's emotionally revealing lyrics and careful pop sensibilities.
Where does minimalism end and ambient begin?
Former folkie Frazey Ford returns with a set of exceptional Memphis soul.
If you like synth pop colored with the flavor of New Age dance tunes without a hint of passion or the erotic you'll love these sterile shenanigans.
Fred Hersch's apprehensions about taking his trio back into the studio are for naught.
Sunday, December 7 2014
Austin City Limits has defined how music is experienced through television for 40 years. This is a look back at a cultural institution that has always pushed forward.