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The Story Is In His Eyes in ‘The Finest Hours’

Ray's (Casey Affleck) eyes tell their own story, more hauntingly and more urgently, than any of the plot's clunky machinations.

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American Crime: Season 2, Episode 3

As the second season's story finally gets moving, the complicated makeup of American Crime's architecture reveals its good and bad spots.

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Living in a (Fleeting) Moment With ‘All-New, All Different Avengers #4’

A new era of Avengers brings a new and fitting narrative.

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More Po and His Pals Are Not A Bad Thing With ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’

Kung Fu Panda 3 contains a lot of those necessary beats to keep fans happy. It also does so in a way to keep things from feeling stale.

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29 Jan 2016 // 9:27 AM

7 Year Bitch: Live at Moe

Newly discovered live album reveals the best of 7 Year Bitch's pioneering punk power

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29 Jan 2016 // 2:30 AM

Rihanna: Anti

Rihanna has released some of the smartest and sexiest pop of the new millennium. Unfortunately, on Anti she seems lost and unsure about what she’s trying to do and where she’s trying to go.

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Cian Nugent: Night Fiction

On Night Fiction, guitar maestro Cian Nugent navigates the world beyond the blues.

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Tedeschi Trucks Band: Let Me Get By

Marrying the rural and the urban, the old and the new Tedeschi Trucks Band finds its groove and delivers a record filled with memorable songs and even more memorable grooves. Best listened to after midnight.

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The Cactus Blossoms: You’re Dreaming

The Cactus Blossoms fill a unique niche in revisiting the early days of country music with Everly Brothers-like harmonies.

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29 Jan 2016 // 2:05 AM

Fred Hersch: Sarabande

A reissue of an early trio recording by the sparkling jazz pianist -- featuring the late Charlie Haden as well as Hersch's marvelous "Child's Song", written to Haden.

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The Flash: Season 2, Episode 11 - “The Reverse-Flash Returns”

The Flash's been running, in one form or another, for 75 years: to save the world, to save the universe, to save the multiverse, to save us all; he's still running in this episode of The Flash.

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28 Jan 2016 // 10:35 AM

Sam Means: 10 Songs

A charming collection of gentle pop songs from the quieter half of the much-missed desert pop group, the Format.

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Legends of Tomorrow: Season 1, Episode 1 - “Pilot, Part 1”

It's not perfect by any stretch, but the first episode of Legends of Tomorrow lays the groundwork for what should be an incredibly fun season of time-traveling superhero hijinks.

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The Blacklist: Season 3, Episode 11 - “Mr. Gregory Devry (No. 95)”

After two and a half seasons, will The Blacklist finally get around to answering one of its central mysteries?

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PJ Harvey and the Inherent Ambiguities of Music Video as a Genre

One of Abigail Gardner's PJ Harvey and Music Video Performance main strengths is its impressive command of the scholarly literature.

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Arrow: Season 4, Episode 10 - “Blood Debts”

Following the events of the mid-season finale, a rage-filled Oliver makes one of his worst decisions ever.

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Opeth: Deliverance & Damnation

Thirteen years after their release, two of Opeth's most important albums have been reissued in this essential new package.

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28 Jan 2016 // 2:20 AM

Wet: Don’t You

Wet. Wet? Wet! Rarely has a band been so aptly named.

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Miranda Lee Richards: Echoes of the Dreamtime

Richards has created an album to ponder and savor, one that finds questions more interesting than answers and celebrates the journey of the spiritual seeker.

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28 Jan 2016 // 2:10 AM

Ches Smith: The Bell

A versatile "jazz" drummer proves well beyond category in this essential, gorgeous trio with viola and piano.

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Double Take: 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' (1969)

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"The two Steves at Double Take are often mistaken for Paul Newman and Robert Redford; so it's appropriate that they shoot it out over Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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