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Monday, August 18 2014

Smoke Dawson: Fiddle

A worthwhile collection for anyone interested in the American folk revival and particularly for those who enjoy its outsider elements.


Sean Watkins: All I Do is Lie

A timely reminder that Nickel Creek's often lowest profile member is a talented songwriter in his own right.


Eyehategod: Eyehategod

After a 14-year absence, New Orleans sludge-metal outfit Eyehategod return with their most brutal and best record yet.


Friday, August 15 2014

‘Dinosaur 13’: Finding and Losing the World’s Most Complete T-Rex

Dinosaur 13 traces the emotional and legal dilemmas emerging with the discovery of a T-Rex called Sue.


‘A Five Star Life’: Finding Beauty in Hotels and Homes

A Five Star Life challenges the dichotomies of stasis and movement, and of mobility and being tethered down.


‘The Giver’: Another Day, Another YA Dystopia

The Giver is too much like today's other YA dystopias, but without a cool girl at its center.


Slightly Stoopid + NOFX + Stephen Marley: San Diego - 26 July 2014

Few bands dare to incorporate such wide-ranging sounds and Slightly Stoopid’s ability to mix rock and reggae with dub, grunge and hip-hop is a large part of how they appeal to such a broad fanbase.


‘The Mad and the Bad’ Is One Helluva Ride

You'll want to investigate some of Jean-Patrick Manchette's zany work before the Colin Firth and Sean Penn "Manchette adaptations" hit the big screen.


Love Is Fetishistic in ‘The Face of Love’

The Face of Love is a case of a compelling story that ended up in the wrong movie.


Manic Street Preachers: Futurology

After taking a brief pause to survey the past, the Manic Street Preachers lunge back into the future.


Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons: The Classic Albums Box

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are the missing link between Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen. Rhino has released almost 18 hours of the act's best material


Sinéad O’Connor: I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss

For Sinéad O'Connor, the personal and the political are one and the same. She makes no distinction, and always, always allows the two to join forces in her music.


Thursday, August 14 2014

Think College Sports Fans are Crazy? Watch ‘SEC Storied: The Stars Are Aligned’

The stars' descriptions of game day rituals suggest that what looks crazy to a non-fan is utterly acceptable, non-news, to fans. And they know who they are.


Is Sex Evil?

Megan Abbott's The Fever gives a lot to chew on, with its subject of female sexuality. You might just wind up crossing your legs, when reading this book.


‘Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers’ Is a Flat Reimagining

Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers tries to do too much, and in its efforts to be action-packed, funny, contemporary, and still tell a classic story, it becomes muddled.


FKA twigs: LP1

FKA twigs releases one of the most anticipated debuts in recent memory, positioning herself as a next generation pop star.


Billy Joe Shaver: Long in the Tooth

The man warbles and slides around the words and delivers them with pizzazz. He always sounds like he’s singing right from the heart. Even when he’s joking, Shaver’s serious.


Penn Penitentiary, Where Converts Dwell Among Convicts

In Down in the Chapel, Joshua Dubler reports on the tensions of the body and the spirit, the restless minds and the stifled desires.


Trey Songz: Trigga

Trey Songz's latest is successful not because it takes a fresh approach or carries an important message, but rather because it so effortlessly epitomizes the modern R&B genre as it currently exists.


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