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Chelsea Wolfe: The Abyss (take 2)

Chelsea Wolfe's latest throws her helplessly into the abyss, where she's buried under the sheer mass of her band's fearsome noise and her own paralyzed fatalism.

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The Philosophy of Violence Is the Central Theme to Sergio Sollima’s ‘Face to Face’

Our protagonist exemplifies how intelligence and education, when used as weapons, can lead to far more violence than guns and knives.

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The Lovely Intangibles: Tomorrow Is Never

The Lovely Intangibles deliver haunting beauty on their first album, Tomorrow Is Never.

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‘The 100 Greatest Console Video Games’ Chooses Style Over Substance

This is an accessible boilerplate encyclopedia of vintage game history that eschews analysis for rudimentary information and attractive presentation.

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‘How Music Got Free’ Is a Compelling Read for the Disaffected Music Collector

"What happens when an entire generation commits the same crime?"

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‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ = CIA + KGB + Girl

For all its archness and cleverness, for all its showy self-awareness, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. can't come up with a new idea.

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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Could Have Come Straight Outta Today’s Headlines

As a biopic, as a social commentary, as a reminder of our current cultural limits and liabilities, you couldn't ask for a better film.

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Carl Hall: You Don’t Know Nothing About Love: The Loma/Atlantic Recordings 1967-1972

Compared to the singer, one does not know a thing about love. But feel it, yes one does!

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Latin Disco

This compilation traces the disco movement from its roots in the Latin community through to Nu-disco.

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14 Aug 2015 // 7:47 AM

The Cairo Gang: Goes Missing

Emmett Kelly's the Cairo Gang presents a musical diorama of the 1960s on Goes Missing.

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Bobby Long: Ode to Thinking

Bobby Long’s latest record was completely fan-funded in under four weeks, a testament to his devout following separate of his vampire swan song.

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14 Aug 2015 // 7:37 AM

Luke Bryan: Kill the Lights

Luke Bryan’s songs are almost all centered on women, but those women themselves are rather shadowy figures.

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Even Meryl Streep Can’t Save ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ From Postmodern Pretense

This film has not aged well, and this has to do with the failure of postmodernism and poststructuralism to contribute anything useful to popular culture.

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13 Aug 2015 // 8:30 AM

‘Orphan Black’ Is Truly a Family Affair

By widening its focus, season three explores the intertwined joy and heartbreak of family.

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If ‘Bad English’ Gets Your Dander Up, You Should Read Ammon Shea’s Latest

Sticklers, scolds, and prescriptivists beware: you aren't as smart as you think you are.

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Small Feet: From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like the Ocean

Swedish trio Small Feet's debut album delivers the same magnificence any sea ever could, and chances are as soon as it’s ended you’ll want to dive straight back in.

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Ultimate Painting: Green Lanes

The London songwriting duo's latest is unhurried and casual, going forth leisurely seeking various ways to perfect their syncopated jangle melodies.

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13 Aug 2015 // 2:15 AM

JOBS: killer BOB sings

Agile, noisy experimentalists add a vocalist and get both more straightforward and more daring.

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Sweet Baboo: The Boombox Ballads (take 2)

Sweet, lush romantic pop from North Wales.

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The Characters in ‘The Salvation’ Are Easy to Care About but Terrifying to Watch

Mixing the classic themes of the American western with splashes of modernity makes for a attention-grabbing tale of salvation.

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