David Gilmour: Rattle That Lock

Rattle That Lock is an intimate album with genuine feeling and heart, and Gilmour shows without question that his talents have not diminished.

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Pere Ubu: Elitism for the People 1975-1978

Featuring the highly influential Ohio group’s first two albums, singles and early live performance, Elitism for the People is nothing short of essential for those who consider themselves fans of the underground.

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18 Sep 2015 // 2:15 AM

Telekinesis: Ad Infinitum

Wherein Michael Lerner finds a renewed sense of purpose, without losing sight of what has drawn listeners to his music in the first place.

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Sarah Dash Birthday Celebration: 23 August 2015 - New York

From singing on Keith Richards’ new album to leading Broadway and R&B legends on "Lady Marmalade", Sarah Dash had a lot to celebrate during her birthday bash at 54 Below.

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‘The League of Regrettable Superheroes’ Is a Heroic, Enjoyable Effort

Jon Morris’ book is a courageous, witty look at 100 short-lived superheroes you’ll never see coming to a theater near you.

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TIFF 2016: ‘Dheepan’ + ‘Green Room’

Many movies feature climactic scenes of barbarity, but the best ones prepare viewers for what’s to come. We have two different examples in Toronto, Dheepan and Green Room

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Miley Cyrus: Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz

Crass, often cringe-worthy and overtly sexual, Miley Cyrus And Her Dead Petz is a fascinating, bloated mess.

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Stereophonics: Keep the Village Alive

Another great showing from this ever-reliable outfit and its main songwriter, the unflappable Kelly Jones.

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Glen Hansard: Didn’t He Ramble

So much of the dialogue in Didn’t He Ramble is filled with empathy and understanding, Hansard no longer lamenting heartache but encouraging the subject of his stories.

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Absent of Extras and High on Cheese, ‘Thrashin’’ Still Offers Nostalgic Pleasure

Before ubiquitous YouTube clips and easily accessible skate videos, Thrashin' was the film for our fix of handplants, bonelesses, crazy high judo airs, and the like.

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Lizzy Mercier Descloux: Press Color

A new reissue of an idiosyncratic post-punk classic reminds us of the fragmented creative space that thrived in underground music in the late '70s.

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17 Sep 2015 // 2:05 AM

Lou Barlow: Brace the Wave

Barlow tempers verbal emotion with instrumental restraint on Brace the Wave.

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Grace Potter Goes Hollywood But Proves She’s Still Got Rock ‘n’ Roll in Her Soul

There’s always been a shortage of female rock talent, so Potter stands out from the field here in the 21st century much like Slick and Joplin did back in the ‘60s.

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‘Starfire #4’ Is Feminine, Sexy, and So Much More

The evolution and reclamation of Starfire makes remarkable progress.

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‘The Lesson’ Tries to Find Justice in an Apathetic System

The Lesson falls short of excellence, but it still manages to be an impressively competent tale of the trials of economic desolation in a post-Soviet state.

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On François Ozon Crossdressing Melodrama, ‘The New Girlfriend’

In François Ozon’s latest, the ostensible perversion of crossdressing is the basis of a comic melodrama about repressed and mixed-up desires.

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Mercury Rev: The Light in You

Mercury Rev may still sound like themselves and only themselves, but that sound has now been sharpened to a very fine optimistic point -- and all points can still slice an edge.

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DJ Spooky with Kronos Quartet: Rebirth of a Nation

Did you ever get the urge to "remix" a movie? One that just really stuck in your craw like nothing else? DJ Spooky lives out an artistic wet dream on Rebirth of a Nation.

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16 Sep 2015 // 2:15 AM

Air Waves: Parting Glances

Who knew that simple storytelling and subtle tweaks to a proven formula could work so well?

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Various Artists: Casino Classics

Hit songs rarely made the Northern soul dance floor. The point was to elevate the mundane and reveal its rough beauty.

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