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‘Nebula Awards Showcase 2016’ Will Make Your Toes Curl

Experienced sci-fi readers have seen enough hentai to know where Nebula Awards Showcase 2016 is going.

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‘The Minims’ Frustrates Rather Than Charms

I’m glad The Minims exists, though unfortunately I can’t say that I enjoyed my time with it.

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Corinne Bailey Rae: The Heart Speaks in Whispers

Bailey Rae's third album shines a spotlight on how versatile the singer has become.

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12 May 2016 // 2:20 AM

A Giant Dog: Pile

Pile, the new album from Austin's A Giant Dog, can remind us of other moments in rock music, but this is not revivalism. Instead, it reshapes those pasts into the band's own present.

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Al Scorch: Circle Round the Signs

Chicago-based and smarter than most, Al Scorch gives us a record that feels genuine, touching and wise.

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Phil Collins: 2016 Rhino Reissues (Part One)

Not all of Collins' solo material deserves reverence, but it's obvious that there are some forgotten gems in his discography, making even casual fans wonder if they truly have both sides of his story.

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The Good Wife: Season 7, Episode 22 - “End”

The Good Wife says goodbye in perfect fashion, with happiness as that elusive, impossible-to-catch fish.

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The Blacklist: Season 3, Episode 21 - “Susan Hargrave (No. 18)”

The Blacklist re-shuffles the deck, with a new character introduced and a possible spin-off in the mix.

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Retrospeculating On ‘1976’

Lambda Literary Award finalist Megan Volpert invents a mix of memoir and cultural criticism to engage in roundabout reflection on how the year shaped both America and herself.

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Enterprising Women and the Femme Fatale of Film Noir

'Too Late for Tears' and 'Woman on the Run' remind us that today's financial and gender anxieties have long histories.

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11 May 2016 // 2:30 AM

Nothing: Tired of Tomorrow

With a lean run time of about 45 minutes, Tired of Tomorrow is a full-on assault, not to mention a welcome and long-awaited addition to Nothing's catalog.

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Gregory Porter: Take Me to the Alley

The jazz/soul singer serves up a record even stronger than his last, built on feeling, canny arrangements, and a spectacular voice.

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Chris Cohen: As If Apart

As If Apart isn’t that much different than his debut, 2012's Overgrown Path, though it lends an additional vivacity that enhances Cohen’s knack for compositional balance.

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11 May 2016 // 2:10 AM

ZAYN: Mind of Mine

It's not that Zayn's proving people wrong so much as he's proving himself right.

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The Blacklist: Season 3, Episode 20 - “The Artax Network (No. 41)”

Hunky bad guy Tom Keen learns to swaddle, and some other crime-y stuff happens.

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Orphan Black: Season 4, Episode 4 - “From Instinct to Rational Control”

The clones may be connected in purpose, but they’re dangerously unconnected to each other.

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‘1979 Revolution: Black Friday’ Blurs the Line Between Fact and Fiction

I didn't know much about the Iranian revolution, and having played 1979 Revolution: Black Friday, I don't feel anymore informed on the matter.

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World-Building With Few Words in ‘The Transmigration of Bodies’

Yuri Herrera writes short, sparse, powerful novels about the complex violence of border zones.

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Modiano’s ‘Villa Triste’ and the Dull Flâneur

The protagonist in Patrick Modiano's Villa Triste is a monomaniacal flâneur in world shrunk to a few predictable details.

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City of Lost Dreams: The Rare Films of New York City

Exploring the depraved depths of the urban jungle, these rare films offer a longing, backward glance at a New York now long gone.

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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