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Thursday, December 4 2014

The Fall: Live UUROP VIII-XII Places in Sun & Winter, Son

The Fall appear to be enjoying themselves now. But what about the rest of us?


Madlib: Pinata Beats

Pinata Beats is a humble title for an album that can stand alone, as its own experience. It stands out among instrumental versions of non-instrumental hip-hop albums in that regard.


Wednesday, December 3 2014

‘Sexuality’ and Art as a Dynamic Force

This excellent collection, expertly curated by Amelia Jones, brings together the core ideas that inform the relationship between contemporary art and human sexuality.


Pixies: Doolittle 25

It's been 25 years sinceDoolittle first screamed about slicing up eyeballs and the numerical properties of deities. Now, we live in wake of its seismic impact.


In Anne Rice’s ‘Prince Lestat’, the Vampire Blood Is Thin

If Blood Canticle was meant to be the farewell book to the Vampire Chronicles, Prince Lestat is its funeral.


Mary J. Blige: The London Sessions

Genuine artistic growth or a cheap ploy to adhere to popular culture's latest trend in music?


Skydiggers: Angels

This Christmas album from a veteran Canadian roots rock group is not your standard album of holiday carols, which is a bold and courageous move.


Simple Minds: Big Music

Simple Minds have released their best studio album in possibly three decades, striking a beautiful balance of pop radiance and musical delicacy.


Mykki Blanco: Gay Dog Food

Gay Dog Food is a bold statement without a lot of substance, one that isn't even sure of its own meaning.


The Acid: Liminal

Mute Records continues to surprise with the latest signing of the Acid, a genre-bending super sound.


Tuesday, December 2 2014

‘The Babadook’ Is a Smart Reconsideration of Mothers and Monsters

The Babadook reveals that grief is a lot like a monster: even if you think you've killed it, it's never quite as killed as you would hope.


Marianne Faithfull: London - 29 November 2014

Despite ill health almost curtailing this series of shows, Marianne Faithfull proved to be in funny, fierce, formidable and fascinating form at her Royal Festival Hall concert in London, the only UK stop on her 50th Anniversary World Tour.


The (Lost) Promise of Paradise: “Superman #36”

Superman faces a daunting challenge to his principles and ideals, but he ends up not having to confront it.


The Touré-Raichel Collective: New York - 18 November 2014

The audience hears wonderfully evocative global music between Idan Raichel and Vieux Farka Touré as they collaborate unrehearsed on stage.


Why Didn’t Alice McDermott’s ‘Someone’ Win the Pulitzer?

Someone is among this risk-taking writer's very best books.


‘The Conformist’ Is a Political Thriller Washed in the Hues of a Thousand Psychosexual Dreams

Bernardo Bertolucci’s magnificent drama The Conformist bridges the supreme elegance of the jazz age with Euro mod-chic.


AC/DC: Rock or Bust

More hard rock from those kings of heavy riffs, AC/DC; big on chorus, short on verse.


‘The Man From Essence’ Is the Inside Story of What Would Become the Pre-Eminent Black Women’s Brand

Essence magazine proved its founders’ bets were right: black women comprised a significant market with money to spend, and the right product with the right approach could virtually own it.


Two Inch Astronaut: Foulbrood

Foulbrood adeptly welds together Two Inch Astronaut's DC influences into ingenious structures.


Bette Midler: It’s the Girls!

With her latest release, the Divine Miss M takes on girl groups from the Andrews Sisters to TLC and a little bit of everything in between.


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