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Monday, March 23 2015

Damon and Naomi: Fortune

Another confident expression of this couple's quiet command of music and lyrics, Fortune wins us over again.


Friday, March 20 2015

‘The Divergent Series: Insurgent’ Is Borderline Insufferable

If gobbledygook was gold, Insurgent would be Ft. Knox.


‘The Gunman’ Loves Nicotine More Than Non-Stop Action

Sean Penn tries to better Liam Neeson in the middle-aged ass-kicker action film genre, and fails miserably.


Radio France Remains Faceless Even at the End of a Camera Lens

Much of Nicolas Philibert's La Maison de la Radio is essentially The Office without any jokes.


Allison Moorer: Down to Believing

Skip the self-help books on moving through the grieving process and get this album instead.


Elliott Murphy: Aquashow Deconstructed

Elliott Murphy heads back to his debut album, "a lost classic" re-recorded and re-interpreted for the modern age.


Liz Longley: Liz Longley

Longley’s greatest strength is her ability to share her emotions while never conceding to whatever adversity comes her way.


El Perro Del Mar: El Perro Del Mar (Deluxe Edition)

El Perro Del Mar's self-titled album has its charms, especially in this expanded edition.


Brodinski: Brava

Modern French house pioneer and Yeezus co-producer drops his first solo album after years of remixes and singles. Sadly, the result is far too middling.


Thursday, March 19 2015

The Pop Group Brings Funky Disco Social Criticism to Brooklyn - 16 March 2015

Hearing the Pop Group in action in the present day makes you wish bands that are half the Pop Group’s age would try harder.


The Parisian Journey of ‘Le Pont du Nord’ Echoes With Loss and Abandonment

This slow, long-winding walk around Paris is a languorous exploration of two lost souls.


Stone Jack Jones: Love & Torture

Stone Jack Jones bestows upon us the truths of human nature that we are too blind ourselves to see.


The Monochrome Set: Spaces Everywhere

Spaces Everywhere shows that staying on their own path has served the Monochrome Set well over time.


‘The Whites’ Gives Slumming a Good Name

Reported reality gives Price’s novel, published under his new crime-genre pen name Harry Brandt, a sharp tang that resonates with the best of his work.


John Coltrane Quartet featuring Eric Dolphy: So Many Things: The European Tour 1961

The four discs on So Many Things find the band looking for some sweet spot between a groove the audience can latch onto and the experimentalism that shaped the early '60s period of Coltrane's career.


Aphex Twin: Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt. 2

Richard D. James isn't laying his best cards on the table with this EP, but at least he's staying active.


Nicholas Krgovich: On Cahuenga

The literature and cinema of Los Angeles is full of binaries, of twins and alter egos; here is another. On Cahuenga is a double of On Sunset, the same but incredibly different.


Wednesday, March 18 2015

Detangling the Web

Spider-Woman #5 is a master class in art and is what seems like the beginning of a fantastic story, set at street level, which is exactly what this character needs.


‘Dreaming of Cinema’ Demonstrates Why the Humanities Are Out of Touch

For better or worse, contemporary scholars in cinema studies spend more time drawing from and debating one another than talking about films.


Those Talented, Tempestuous Van Goghs: ‘Vincent and Theo’

Robert Altman’s beautiful film reminds us of Van Gogh's genius and provides an intimate portrait of two brothers bound by their love of art.


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