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‘Dunkirk’ Is a Masterpiece of Overwhelming Realism

As uplifting as it is unrelenting, Christopher Nolan’s epic war thriller unites everyone in the most basic of objectives: survive to fight another day.

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What’s Wrong With Education Today? It’s Missing the Monsters

College should include courses on zombie apocalypses. Monsters in the Classroom: Essays on Teaching What Scares Us explains why.

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What a Man’s Gotta Do?: ‘The Virginian’, ‘The New School Teacher’ and ‘Feel My Pulse’

The Virginian, The New School Teacher and Feel My Pulse are good samples of the art of silent film from worthwhile filmmakers.

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Chicago/London Underground: A Night Walking Through Mirrors

Rob Mazurek and Chad Taylor have done it again, this time by teaming up with two London musicians. But what on earth is "it"?!

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20 Jul 2017 // 8:07 AM

SZA: CTRL

SZA's first solo album is a confessional look at her psyche through previous relationships. Bolstered by powerful production its as resonant and sure-footed of an R&B debut as any this year.

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Art Pepper: Presents “West Coast Sessions” Volumes 3 and 4

These late-career Art Pepper reissues offer the chance to reevaluate the genius of the troubled saxophonist’s remarkable final years.

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Melvins: A Walk With Love and Death

This double album from the legendary troublemakers tests and teases, but it also rewards

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Japanese Breakfast: Soft Sounds From Another Planet

Michelle Zauner follows her breakout Japanese Breakfast debut with Soft Sounds From Another Planet, easily one of the more compulsively listenable indie records of 2017.

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‘Devil’s Music, Holy Rollers and Hillbillies’ Joins the Debate on the Origins of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Devil’s Music delves into the murky world of rock 'n' roll history and the genre’s convoluted origins, resulting in a concise analysis of how the music came to be.

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Chris Robinson Holds Rock Services at the Chapel in San Francisco

Throughout the set, Robinson’s trademark soulfully cathartic voice shines regardless of whether he’s singing a fan favorite or an obscure deep cut. He’s got plenty of both...

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‘Dunkirk’ Is a Compelling, Paralyzing, Nightmarish Vision of War

Christopher Nolan delivers his most cinematic work yet, assaulting the senses while examining courage and cowardice in wartime.

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The Steel Woods: Straw in the Wind

With their full-length debut, veterans of the Nashville circuit deliver a country/Southern rock hybrid for the ages.

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Big Star: The Best of Big Star

Another compilation album from Big Star? Should we care? Yes. Yes we should.

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19 Jul 2017 // 7:30 AM

DWNTWN: Racing Time

Although Racing Time showcases DWNTWN’s hook-driven pop sensibilities, it positions such displays on the played out stage of ‘80s emulation and in the less-than-stellar lighting of the album’s second half.

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19 Jul 2017 // 2:30 AM

Tau Cross: Pillar of Fire

Tau Cross displays no intention of slowing down or conforming and delivers an alchemical work of crossover thrash and brainy post-punk with folk deviations.

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The Guinness-drinking Folks at ‘The Forensic Records Society’ Sure Know Their Music

Magnus Mills tackles religious disintegration with a precision which is almost excessive in The Forensic Records Society.

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‘Orphan Black’: Krystal Is the Amusing Delight of a Serious Story

The islanders rebel, Cosima escapes, and everything is coming to a head in "Manacled Slim Wrists".

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‘Threads’ Is a Cartoon Sojourn in a Metaphorical Jungle of Real-world Refugees

A comics journalist interprets the plight of would-be immigrants trapped in French refugee camps just miles from their UK destination.

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A Weak Case for the Important Issue of ‘Muslims and the Making of America’

A book like Muslims and the Making of America is necessary in these times, and it's for that very reason that Hussain's effort is so disappointing.

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18 Jul 2017 // 8:10 AM

Kacey Johansing: The Hiding

The L.A.-based singer’s third solo album softly grasps the art of holding back.

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"Read Only Memories is a bubblegum-happy, brooding and brutal noir about kidnapping, murder, corruption, revenge, and corporate conspiracies.

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