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Feminism Pauses and Laughs: Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron's interviews are full of timeless and hilarious truths.

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6 Feb 2017 // 2:10 AM

Black Anvil: As Was

American black metal outfit returns with a smart, snappy collection that will give air guitarists carpal tunnel and purists plenty to chew on.

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Ex-Cult: Negative Growth

Negative Growth is the crown jewel of Ex-Cult's trifecta of LPs on In the Red Records.

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Maeve Ascends as More ‘Westworld’ Secrets are Revealed in “The Adversary”

Despite the ubiquity of corporate intrigue and maze imagery, "The Adversary" delivers another fascinating episode.

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‘The Grace of Jake’ Is Awfully Caught Up in Southern-style Christianity

Because The Grace of Jake has a plain agenda -- it means to proselytize -- it occasionally offends.

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‘The Space Between Us’ Almost Works

Ultimately, Peter Chelsom’s sci-fi romance is just a bad movie about a Martian and his girlfriend playing hide-and-seek from some space cops.

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3 Feb 2017 // 2:30 AM

Sampha: Process

Sampha's gorgeous debut brings physicality and immediacy to internal experiences like memory and fear.

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Annie Anxiety: Soul Possession

A reissue of the 1984 debut long player from a forgotten punk poet operating at the intersection of Crass, On-U Sound, and Throbbing Gristle.

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John McCutcheon: Trolling for Dreams

A storyteller with a painter’s eye and a musician with an ancient troubadour’s soul, John McCutcheon’s 38th release reminds us why he’s a modern master.

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The Visual Aesthetic of ‘Don’t Knock Twice’, Like Its Moral Agenda, is Dark

The film delivers on two levels. Savor its clever annotations of feminist horror film theory. Or just enjoy the more visceral pleasures of fear.

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The Uncanny Truth Hurts (and Astonishes) in ‘All-New X-men #18’

This is not just another tie-in where a teenaged Cyclops whines at feeling so overwhelmed.

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Albert Goldbarth’s Adventures of Frustration and Cleverness

The Adventures of Form of Content is filled with exceptional essays for a specific crowd.

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Albert Goldbarth’s Delightful Adventures

In his new collection of essays, Albert Goldbarth takes on the interconnection of random aspects of life, revealing a synergy present among all things.

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Murder She Sang: Stardom and Psychosis in Eckhart Schmidt’s ‘The Fan’

A close-cutting examination on fame and the persuasive power of celebrity, The Fan is rife with tension and controversy.

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Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau: Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau

Thile and Mehldau make a pretty great duo, but it’s also an idiosyncratic one. For the most part this album feels like Thile is playing around in Mehldau’s jazz-oriented world.

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The Menzingers: After the Party

The Menzingers enjoy the ride on another dazzling punk rock album.

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Run the Jewels: Run the Jewels 3

Run the Jewels 3 is the sound of one hip-hop's most significant groups channeling their feelings of frustration, alienation, and rage into a radical call to arms.

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Rush: 2112 (40th Anniversary Super Deluxe)

Rush's 2112 is reissued with bonus material and powerful reminders of the trio's full prowess.

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Mr. Tophat feat. Robyn: Trust Me

This is as fine an introduction as any to the electronic stylings of Mr. Tophat.

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The Translators of ‘Thousand and One Nights’ Were Unquestionably Thieves

Marvellous Thieves notes that each interpreter's acts of plagiarism, theft, and recreation are nearly as interesting as the tales themselves.

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