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‘Amy’: She Was All About the Music

As sad as Winehouse's story may be, Amy is gorgeous and provocative, too.

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It’s Good to Be Afraid of Pablo in ‘Escobar: Paradise Lost’

Benicio del Toro is perfect as the infamous drug lord. He looms in frames even when he's off to the side, pressed into a lower corner or out of focus.

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It’s a Stripper Road Trip in ‘Magic Mike XXL’

Channing Tatum and his crew of (ahem) “male entertainers” are still looking for a place to belong in this big-hearted, fast-paced sequel.

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Barb Jungr Transformed the Music of Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, and Leonard Cohen for City of London

Two superb and dynamic Barb Jungr shows, both revisiting the work of three of her favourite artists, were among the highlights of this year’s City of London Festival.

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Trolling the Man of Steel: Superman #41

Superman #41 feels less like a blockbuster movie and more like a teaser trailer.

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Kacey Musgraves: Pageant Material

A sumptuous dive into classic country that's also an exploration of identity, growing and exploring the idea of self within the sentimentalized past and our social-media-driven present.

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30 Jun 2015 // 2:20 AM

Miguel: Wildheart

Wildheart is the sound of Miguel fully coming into his own , but we're still left feeling engaged but not thrilled, satisfied with the night out but lacking the impulse to text him back the next day.

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RP Boo: Fingers, Bank Pads, and Shoe Prints

If listeners can immerse themselves in the repetition, let go, and stop fighting it. The results can be transcendent.

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30 Jun 2015 // 2:10 AM

No Joy: More Faithful

Shoegaze revivalists No Joy deliver their best work yet with the transcendent More Faithful.

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‘Prime Cut’ Is Proof That the ‘70s Is American Cinema’s Greatest Decade

Like many great American films of the '70s, Prime Cut tackles major social issues through the lens of realism.

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30 Jun 2015 // 2:05 AM

Moullinex: Elsewhere

Elsewhere is an ebullient escape to wherever it is you would rather be.

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Ryan Montbleau: Growing Light

After a decade of touring together, Growing Light becomes the Ryan Montbleau band’s swan song, a fact attested to in the liner notes. If indeed that is the case, they’re exiting on what’s arguably their greatest work to date.

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29 Jun 2015 // 3:19 PM

Vows: Soon Enough Love

Soon Enough Love is a Darwinian battle between beats and strings.

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Brian Landrus Trio: The Deep Below

Landrus can certainly play, but it's his full sensibilities that merit attention on his latest album.

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29 Jun 2015 // 9:56 AM

Trails and Ways: Pathology

World beats and poetic lyrics vie in up-tempo dance songs on this debut album

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Furiosa Returns in ‘Mad Max - Furiosa #1’

But is it the Furiosa we know and love?

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‘Her Story’ Asks You to Learn Your Story

The game only ends when you let it end, when you’re satisfied that you’ve gotten all of its story, or when you’re simply satisfied with its story.

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‘While We’re Young’ Satirically Skews Gen Xers and Millennial Hipsters

While We’re Young is less about "acting your age" and more about embracing your authentic self.

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29 Jun 2015 // 2:30 AM

Refused: Freedom

On their first studio album in 16 years legendary Swedish hardcore band don’t lose a step in their mission to hybridize punk with anything they can.

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Matt Pond PA: The State of Gold

The State of Gold fulfills the dark mandate of the adult alternative genre, encouraging listeners to consider the virtue of all things beige.

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