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GQ: Standing Ovation - The Story of GQ and The Rhythm Makers (1974-1982)

GQ arrived in the days of disco and left its mark on American music, one funky bassline at a time.

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Western Education: Restless Dreams

Western Education draw on the sounds of their youth for their latest EP.

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‘Now Thanos #1’ Challenges the Complexities of Pure, Unambiguous Evil

Expanding the narrative of a wholly evil madman comes with challenges and surprising intrigue.

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The Night Before (and Morning After) “Christmas” Offers Drama and Insight Into ‘Divorce’

By forcing Robert and Frances together over one eventful Christmas, Divorce hits its comedic and emotional peak.

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‘Manchester By the Sea’ Is a Tragedy Bursting With Life

In Kenneth Lonergan’s intricate character study, Casey Affleck’s deadpan grief and humor remind us that he is among America's best actors.

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18 Nov 2016 // 9:09 AM

Redspencer: Perks

It is tantalizing to think of what Redspencer could do with a serious budget.

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“Rogue Wall Enthusiasts” Offers a Few Answers, and a Lot More Questions in ‘Dirk Gently’

Someone tells Dirk he's a good detective, the story begins its forward motion, and a secret room lead Dirk Gently's third episode.

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Miles Teller Is a Knockout in Boxing Tale, ‘Bleed for This’

Director Ben Younger delivers an entertaining reminder that defeat is only a temporary condition.

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Metallica: Hardwired… to Self Destruct

The metal greats' first proper album in eight years shows a renewed commitment to discipline, craftsmanship, and best of all, fun.

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18 Nov 2016 // 2:20 AM

Jay Som: Turn Into

Melina Duterte of Jay Som has had quite the whirlwind year, and to cap it off, she is re-releasing her 2015 album Untitled as Turn Into on Polyvinyl.

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Rumer: This Girl’s in Love

Rumer has retreated to the safe territory of Bacharach/David to reignite her career. It works: refined and assured, this is a magnificent execution of vocal craft on a timeless set of songs.

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18 Nov 2016 // 2:10 AM

Barry Gibb: In the Now

For Gibb, the present is with us, but we don’t know what to do with it. He’s not so much waiting around to die as much as he’s too tired to dance.

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Alsarah and the Nubatones: Manara

Alsarah and the Nubatones blend classic Afropop and subtle electronic sounds to write a bold, beautiful new page in contemporary African music.

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‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Entertains and Frustrates in Equal Measure

J.K. Rowling mixes up a strange potion of Jumanji and Carrie.

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The Fall: A Frustrating Season Still Highlights Gillian Anderson’s Brilliant Character Work

Season three of The Fall may not have lived up to the previous two seasons, but it remains a largely absorbing series.

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James Baldwin’s Resounding Words in ‘I Am Not Your Negro’

As James Baldwin reminds us, "History is not the past, it is the present. We carry our history with us. We are our history."

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17 Nov 2016 // 2:30 AM

Great Wealth Pays No Dues

Brooke Harrington follows the One Percent's money around the world in Capital Without Borders and shows how the world's richest stay rich.

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17 Nov 2016 // 2:25 AM

Lambchop: FLOTUS

Lambchop takes a hard left turn on their new album FLOTUS , which makes heavy use of electronic instrumentation and treated vocals.

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Dawda Jobarteh: Transitional Times

The West African kora goes from classical to cosmic on Dawda Jobarteh's brilliant sophomore release.

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Eli Keszler: Last Signs of Speed

New York-based percussionist and visual artist Eli Keszler guides you through the exotic darkness with an album that overflows with chaos, noise, and order.

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