Reviews

30 Jun 2017 // 2:30 AM

Lapalux: Ruinism

Lapalux frees himself from routine and expectation on standout electronic album.

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30 Jun 2017 // 2:20 AM

Bent Knee: Land Animal

Boston’s Bent Knee make music that sounds like it comes from another planet. Fortunately, it’s a planet full of extremely talented musicians with really good taste.

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‘Wonder Woman #25’: From Rebirth to Resolve

Greg Rucka completes Wonder Woman's rebirth journey with heart, compassion, and wonder.

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‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: Season Four Proved the Series Needs More Fury and More MCU DNA

Marvel does the series a disservice by severing it from the wider cinematic universe.

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Feels Good to be Home: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Is the Ultimate Spectacle

It's pure exhilaration to watch a pitch-perfect version of Spider-Man finally hit the big screen.

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29 Jun 2017 // 8:33 AM

Eivind Opsvik: Overseas V

The Norwegian bassist has created a funhouse environment for improvisation, as Overseas V is a perfect example of the kind of hybrid music that jazz has become in 2017.

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Animal Wives and Animal Husbands—It Goes Way Beyond Belle and the Beast

Sexuality, economics, cultural norms, the other, and self-sacrifice: these and other themes are shared in the globally diverse telling of the classic Beauty and the Beast.

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Kane Strang: Two Hearts and No Brain

Kane Strang stretches his songwriting muscles on a hook-filled, razor-sharp indie album.

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Alex Chilton: Take Me Home and Make Me Like It

Alternate takes and rehearsal takes during 1975 sessions highlight Alex Chilton’s frenzied energy and uncompromising musicianship that resulted in Singer Not the Song and Bach’s Bottom.

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29 Jun 2017 // 2:15 AM

Bill Orcutt: Bill Orcutt

Beautifully messy, fractured and fragmented and utterly inimitable, guitarist Bill Orcutt lays gentle waste to the canon of American song on his self-titled release.

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‘Orphan Black’: Alison’s Journey Is the Focus of “Beneath Her Heart”

"Beneath Her Heart" is an excellent character study of Alison (Tatiana Maslany) that not only delves into her past, but also clearly marks her future.

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Swans: The Great Annihilator / Michael Gira: Drainland

By pairing The Great Annihilator with Drainland, the emotional rawness of Gira and Jarboe's art comes through in full color.

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28 Jun 2017 // 8:41 AM

Slow Dancer: In a Mood

The indie answer to John Mayer's Continuum, In a Mood is a smooth collection of indie pop with a jazzy, '70s gloss.

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What Can Women do? Pretty Much Anything: ‘Wonder Women’

"We have to get the stories of these women out into the world. Because representation matters."

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‘Apollo in the Age of Aquarius’: Bringing the Space Race Back Down to Earth

Looking at NASA's interactions with the social movements of the '60s offers a new perspective on that landmark era in America.

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‘Baby Driver’ Speeds Through an Irresistible World of Rascals and Reverb

Baby Driver sometimes feels like a deranged mashup between Drive, Heat, and La La Land.

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2 Chainz: Pretty Girls Like Trap Music

2 Chainz cashes in on his elder statesman status on one of the best rap albums of 2017. He proves that there is a path to aging gracefully as an MC by embracing trends but preserving his own unique, off-kilter sensibility.

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Rocqawali: Sufi Spirit

A fusion of rock and hypnotic Sufi music, Sufi Spirit is a warm, brilliant album to bask in from start to finish.

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Is Money the Root of All Good?

A celebrated philosopher wonders if everything we believe about money is all wrong.

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‘iZombie’ Events are Reaching Critical Mass in “Looking for Mr. Goodbrain, Part 1”

Interspersed with bar-hopping and sex visions, "Looking for Mr. Goodbrain, Part 1" sets the stage for the finalé and beyond.

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