Thursday, June 26 2014
If it's good to believe and to take a stand on it, it's also good to think through beliefs.
L’eclisse is a highly regarded work of European modernism that is pretty to look at, interesting to think about, and grueling to watch unfold.
The mysteries are consistently smart and well done, but it's the relationships between the characters that really make the show.
It was the compilation that has a subgenre named after it, here given no less than 50 bonus tracks. Was that necessary? No. Is it still a blast to get through? Hell yeah.
Anyone who listens to this record is in for a treat: an uplifting, life-affirming experience.
The latest FRKWYS collaboration is a fascinating musical conversation between musicians from two different generations of experimental music.
The second installment of Fritch's "Leave Me Sessions Subscription Series" shows a breathtaking, cinematic composer and post-folk experimenter at the top of his game.
This is a well-oiled, veteran operation, with a fiery leader capable of carrying the torch of Afrobeat to far borders and bringing the music to new heights.
White Hinterland's whole existence seems to be balancing conflicting interests: to be abstract/direct, about feelings/ideas, of genre/not tied to any genre.
Wednesday, June 25 2014
This critical film underscores both differences and connections between then and now -- now as when the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is being dismantled.
The Trees are intelligent life that fail to recognize humans as anything more than parasites, if that. It’s the ultimate nature fights back tale. Except these Trees are invading from space.
Even calling the seven women of Conception II "heroines" is almost disingenuous, since it's clear from the start of the game who the hero is and who the "help" is.
Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami doubles-down on familiar themes in this film, with varying results.
Often overshadowed by the World War II 20 years later, the Great War remains, in many sad ways, the yardstick for futility, pointlessness and waste.
With each album, Tim Showalter complicates our understanding of him and, really, of what we should expect from singer-songwriter records.
Why can't a reader enjoy both Stephen King and Alice McDermott? Fancy Michelin critics have been known to go wild for Shake Shack, after all.
The latest album from How to Dress Well sounds similar to his previous work, but doesn't have enough to keep it interesting the third time around.
Tijuana Panthers mix surf, garage, and punk rock to mostly great effect. Except when they rely on the same exact mix for a few too many songs.
On the band's sophomore record, Florida's Flashlights peel back on some of their their scrappy, crashing rock sound, exposing the complex pop sensibilities underneath and letting them carry the day. It's a risky shift, but one that paid off.
Less a record than a highly calculated means to a bigger end, Lights Out is an attenuated statement of purpose to further develop the Michaelson brand.