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‘A Touch of Zen’ Finds the Art in the Martial Arts

Although King Hu's languorous action melodrama loses the thread many times, when all the elements tie together, the result is pure ravishing spectacle.

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Thee Oh Sees: A Weird Exits

A Weird Exits and John Dwyer's latest line-up mark maybe Thee Oh Sees' freshest turn since the beginnings of their In the Red Records era.

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Brendan Canning: Home Wrecking Years

Brendan Canning gives us a smart, pleasurable pop record that's best experienced in the wee small hours of the night.

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11 Aug 2016 // 2:15 AM

Ricardo Donoso: Quintesence

Minus the visual component for which it was commissioned, Donoso's Quintesence EP could be one of the most stimulatingly spooky things you'll hear all year.

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‘Track Changes’: History Written on Glass

A dense, scholarly history of machine-made literary magic: effortless revisions, swappable files, perfect printouts, and what authors did with them.

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The A Word: Season 1, Episode 4 - “Sleepover”

The line between realistic moral ambiguity and nihilistic amorality isn't as narrow as "Sleepover" would lead you to believe.

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The Dark Side of Obsession in ‘The Osamu Tezuka Story’

Tezuka may be a god of manga, but his story is apocryphal.

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Rival Consoles: Night Melody

Lifting tropes from IDM, deep house, Eno-indebted ambience, and end-of-days electro, Ryan Lee West creates a borderless shadow-reality that is part somnambulant carnival and part cosmic void on Night Melody

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The Pineapple Thief: Your Wilderness

Your Wilderness finds the Pineapple Thief refining its sound and bringing a much-needed cohesion to their brand of accessible prog.

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Breasting the Amazon With Canoe and Coati Mundi in ‘Manhunt in the Jungle’

Perhaps that anti-celebratory bit of colonial chastening is among the reasons this modest if sincere effort is so obscure.

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The Stray Birds: Magic Fire

Magic Fire is an essential step forward into musical collaboration for the rising Americana trio.

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The Tragically Hip: Man Machine Poem

This may be this inventive Canadian outfit's swan song, but you don't have to cry. It's as good, if not better, than any of the band's past glories.

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Will Downing: Black Pearls

Smooth R&B vocalist Will Downing maintains the utmost consistency on his latest project, covers album Black Pearls.

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A Society With Its Hand on the Trigger: Vicki Baum’s ‘Grand Hotel’

Vicki Baum writes of a stir-crazy people living in a world that is both swiftly and slowly emptying of its meaning.

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BrainDead: Season 1, Episode 7 - “The Power of Euphemism ...”

For an up-and-down debut season, BrainDead stumbles yet again as the story's direction stalls.

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9 Aug 2016 // 11:24 AM

Merrin Karras: Apex

Brendan Gregoriy's first album as Merrin Karras delivers electronic music that feels sometimes classic, sometimes nostalgic, but always immediate.

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Richard Russo’s ‘Everybody’s Fool’ Reminds Us That Fortune Comes in Gradations

Only in Russo’s world could we hang as tightly as we do on a belief that misguided fortunes might correct themselves and turn life’s cruelties around.

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Of Montreal: Innocence Reaches

Kevin Barnes has found his center again. He's figured out how to combine his melodic skills with his musical idiosyncrasies.

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Elvis Presley: Way Down in the Jungle Room

Way Down in the Jungle Room is more than just yet another repackaging of the King’s work, instead showing how vital a performer Presley remained right up to the end.

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Lil Uzi Vert: The Perfect Luv Tape

Lil Uzi Vert's yet to create a release as vital as many of his peers, but on The Perfect Luv Tape, he shows progression.

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Saul Williams Commands Attention at Summerstage (Photos + Video)

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"Saul Williams played a free, powerful Summerstage show ahead of his appearance at Afropunk this weekend.

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