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Wednesday, April 9 2014

David Nail: I’m a Fire

Happiness lurks in his purposely sad songs, while pain and confusion live within his meaning-to-be-happy songs.


Pat Metheny Unity Group: Kin

The guitarist expands his all-star group to add more texture and sound.


Tuesday, April 8 2014

‘The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden’ Is More than a Little Disturbing

As Goethe said, you can't leave civilization without being punished. You will be punished.


Deconstructing Superman’s Philosophy: “Superman Unchained #6”

Superman confronts his greatest vulnerability and it isn't kryptonite.


Is There Life Beyond the Wall of Your Cubicle?

Cubed considers how lonely crowds, power elites, hidden persuaders, and organization men in gray flannel suits collude to lock up Americans in conforming cages.


On Little Feat and One of the Great Mismatches in Rock Journalism

Little Feat's place in rock 'n' roll history is undeniable, as is Ben Fong-Torres' role as a rock 'n' roll scribe.


The Pressure Cooker of ‘August: Osage County’ Explodes with Talent

During a brittle August, the battle for familial control flares when Barbara confronts her iron-willed mother in the aftermath of a family crisis. If only they didn’t have to be so loud about it.


Squarepusher x Z-Machines: Music for Robots EP

This is not music for computers, this is music for robots; soulful, hyperactive, possessed by the spirit of Miles Davis, robots.


Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks: Enter the Slasher House

Because everything -- the drums, the reverb, the extra blips and bloops that end up sounding like blahs -- is in such excess, it’s an exhausting listen to get to the end.


Future Islands: Singles

The layperson finally arrived to Future Islands, the question was: What would they find here on the beach of the band's new fame?


Rick Ross: Mastermind

Album number six from Rick Ross doesn't stray too far from the sound of his previous work, but a high level of polish just might make this his best album yet.


Stiff Little Fingers: No Going Back

After a lengthy, 11-year lull, Stiff Little Fingers release latest album with a little help from the fans. A punk DIY ethos for an album of predominantly rock sensibilities.


Monday, April 7 2014

Mike Judge Does a New Series About Nerds with ‘Silicon Valley’

Silicon Valley is premised on a series of often funny clashes -- between cultures, generations, and expectations.


Scarlett Johansson Visits Our Planet in ‘Under the Skin’

Skin doesn't make you sensitive or good or even human, it only makes you feel, physically. However, this alien, whose skin is not like yours, doesn't feel like you do.


‘Reign of Error’ Attempts to Undo Some of the Most Toxic Thinking in American Education

Schools aren't failing, but we're failing at understanding them. Diane Ravitch doesn't just illuminate the problem, she provides real solutions that can be achieved.


A Mystery, a Marriage and a Fascinatingly Unreliable Narrator

Is Thomas Christopher Greene tipping his hat to the great Russian writers, particularly Dostoevsky, who combined thrillers, romance and domestic drama, too?


It May Be Titled ‘The Hobbit’, But It’s All About the Dragon

A shapeshifter, gigantic spiders, and a barrel-battle escape create exhilarating suspense in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but best of all is a deliciously devious incendiary beast.


Sohn: Tremors

Having launched the careers of Banks and Kwabs with brio, Sohn's full-length maiden voyage finds him deep in the witching hour waters of his own mind, a whirlpool as insidious and intoxicating as any siren song. Is he waking or drowning?


Tweens: Tweens

Tweens are making reference to punk rock that references pre-punk styles of pop, creating a double layer of musical nostalgia that is sometimes disorienting.


Various Artists: Bob Dylan in the ‘80s: Volume One

If you're unfamiliar with Bob Dylan's work in the 1980s, this album is no place to start.


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