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The Flash: Season 2, Episode 23 - “The Race of His Life”

The sophomore season of The Flash ends with a look forward and a look back.

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Art Decadence in ‘L’inhumaine’

Smart, sharp and fashionably ahead of its time, L’inhumaine hangs in an aesthetic balance between the cerebral pretensions of a popular literary novel and the continental-chic of a glamour magazine.

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‘The Noise of Time’ Considers the Artist’s Place in an Oppressive State

In this fictional account of composer Dmitri Shostakovich, Barnes reveals the inner conflicts of a man trying to live by a set of principles in a shfting time and place.

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The Lowest Pair: Uncertain As It Is Uneven / Fern Girl and Ice Man

Two simultaneously released albums serve notice that the Lowest Pair are among the leading new lights in Americana.

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The Muffs: Blonder and Blonder (Reissue)

The Muffs would-be commercial breakthrough that never was retains its sweetness, power, and fun 21 years later. This reissue isn't a significant upgrade, however.

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Leyla McCalla: A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey

As enjoyable as her music is at a baseline level, McCalla embraces so much more in terms of her passion for the complex history of the Haitian people.

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Red Krayola with Art & Language: Baby and Child Care

Long shelved collection of parental advice from Dr. Spock set to art funk rhythms and new wave sheen is finally given the release it deserves.

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Professor Longhair: Live In Chicago (take 2)

Archival live performance captured at the 1976 Chicago Folk Festival offers a fine reminder of the genius of Professor Longhair.

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Gods, Justice, Secrets, and Spectacles in ‘Justice League #50’

The heaviest hitters of the DC Universe come together in a divine spectacle.

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‘X-Men: Apocalypse’: Again With the End of the World

You've seen the end of the world, you've seen it more than once. It's loud and it's large. And it's not new.

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Beckinsale Beguile’s in Stillman’s Nearly Perfect Period Piece, ‘Love & Friendship’

Whit Stillman's Love & Friendship extracts enchantment from the pages of a little known posthumously published Jane Austen novel.

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Daredevil: Season 2, Episode 11 - “.380”

Daredevil’s main characters are at a crossroads, and it may just be the villains who persuade our heroes to do good.

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The Blacklist: Season 3, Episode 23 - “Alexander Kirk (No. 14): Conclusion”

The Blacklist's season-ending surprise is more The Happening and less The Sixth Sense. Not a good thing!

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‘The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer’ Is an Insightful Look at the Work of a Key Voice in Gaming

This book contextualizes the merit of Rohrer's work as artful explorations beyond the designer's own point of view.

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Grief and Guilt in a Jewish Family

This postwar Jewish family is splintered by a child's death in Elizabeth Poliner's As Close to Us As Breathing

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Kristin Kontrol: X-Communicate

As Kristin Kontrol, Kristin Welchez has brilliantly shown that her brand of mischief is as complex as it is loving. Trouble is still her name.

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Car Seat Headrest: Teens of Denial

Teens of Denial is a gateway drug for today's Millennials to discover those who have come before.

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26 May 2016 // 2:15 AM

Misha: All We Will Become

Though there's a lot to overlook, Misha's new album is a very genuine example of pop.

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Blaak Heat: Shifting Mirrors

On Shifting Mirrors, Blaak Heat makes music that draws from a variety of worldly sources, prizing musical innovation as much as sheer heaviness.

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Jane Monheit: The Songbook Sessions - Ella Fitzgerald

Jane Monheit, known for her retro style and interpretation of Ella Fitzgerald, works with trumpeter and producer Nicholas Payton to create a dramatically up-to-date, occasionally truly daring take on Ella.

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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