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In ‘Mad Max - Fury Road’, the Devil and Delights Are in the Details

This Mad Max is an amazing accomplishment, a throwback that actually finds a way to return to the present day with its brilliance intact.

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Life on Tour Is Exactly What You Might Expect

The vibrance of A Million Miles is hindered by the unnecessary facade of fiction.

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14 May 2015 // 2:30 AM

Torres: Sprinter

The foreboding sonic weather systems that Mackenzie Scott summons in her songs give dimension to the complex topics she explores.

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14 May 2015 // 2:20 AM

Tyondai Braxton: HIVE1

As a look into Braxton's mind, HIVE1 is as fascinating as it is unsettling.

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And So I Watch You From Afar: Heirs

The reverb-drenched Heirs is a solidly fun and frantic album, a rarity for the stuffy, overserious post-rock genre.

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Taraf de Haïdouks: Of Lovers, Gamblers and Parachute Skirts

Taraf de Haïdouks mix the old and the new on their 25th anniversary set.

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In His Fourth Novel, Paul Beatty Aims to Get Under Your Skin

The Sellout is a blistering satire from a gifted poet and novelist. Just prepare to be uneasy!

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14 May 2015 // 2:05 AM

Buxton: Half a Native

Houston-based Buxton alters the alt-country dynamic established with their first two albums.

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Schizophonia: Cantorial Recordings Reimagined

Schizophonia set a new bar for ways we can imagine intersections between the old school, the spiritual, and the evanescent.

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Jean Pierre Melville’s ‘La silence de la mer’ Is the French Resistance in Microcosm

Austere even by Jean-Pierre Melville's later standards, La silence de la mer is a powerful testament to nonviolent resistance.

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13 May 2015 // 1:07 PM

Surf City: Jekyll Island

As its title implies, there's a battle of personalities raging on Jekyll Island.

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13 May 2015 // 12:05 PM

Mt. Wolf: Red

As a first foray into the world of studio recording with a founding member lost, the collective does better than most in more than making up for a missing piece.

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‘Wayward Pines’ Tinkers With Familiar Strangeness

Mixing together the perfection of Wisteria Lane, the damp environs of Twilight, and Twin Peaks, Wayward Pines is an intriguing collection of the familiar.

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A Stiff Drink of Humility in ‘Superman #40’

A drunk Superman is both entertaining and insightful.

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Acting Connects Us All, Which Is ‘Why Acting Matters’

Through memorable, entertaining stories about actors and a brief history of acting in Britain and the United States, David Thomson reveals why acting matters so much to us all.

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13 May 2015 // 2:30 AM

The Weather Station: Loyalty

Taking up the mantle of great Canadian singer-songwriters, the Weather Station’s Tamara Lindeman delivers her masterpiece.

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13 May 2015 // 2:20 AM

Sóley: Ask the Deep

As murky as the waters of Ask the Deep can get, the saving grace is always Sóley’s unique and arresting voice, which can conjure fairy worlds all on its own.

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Max Richter: The Blue Notebooks

If The Blue Notebooks was ever in danger of not being considered a classic, let this re-visitation be a way to cover our bases.

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13 May 2015 // 2:10 AM

The Revelers: Get Ready

The party rolls on with this Louisiana supergroup’s second independent release, where mastery of Cajun, zydeco, and swamp rock is on full display.

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Tony Barrell’s Banging on About Drumming

Born to Drum is most engaging when it gets away from worrying so specifically about what draws people to the instrument.

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St. Vincent, Beck, and More Heat Up Boston Calling on Memorial Day Weekend

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"With vibrant performances by artists including St. Vincent and TV on the Radio, the first half of the bi-annual Boston Calling Festival brought additional excitement to Memorial Day weekend.

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