Phil Cook: Southland Mission

Southland Mission arrives fully-formed and bearing all indications that Cook was completely dedicated to his purpose.

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Charles Beaumont’s Life-Affirming Nature

Perchance to Dream, a recent collection of Charles Beaumont's short stories, is perhaps the most endearing account of his writing in decades.

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11 Nov 2015 // 2:00 PM

Motel Beds: Mind Glitter

The Motel Beds and Mind Glitter will steal your ears.

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11 Nov 2015 // 1:00 PM

White Fang: Chunks

Chunks is 40 minutes of slacker stoner punk at its most obnoxious. But that seems to be the point.

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Supergirl: Season 1, Episode 3 – “Fight of Flight”

"Fight or Flight" proves that Supergirl is no Jimmy Olsen.

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Jekyll and Hyde: Series 1, Episode 3 - “The Cutter”

"The Cutter" is a drug-driven adventure in a series that's nearly found its feet, but still has too many downers.

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Once Upon a Time: Season 5, Episode 7 - “Nimue”

Emma's journey to reunite the pieces of Excalibur reveals much about Merlin's beginnings, and the origin of good and evil.

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11 Nov 2015 // 8:00 AM

‘Sunset Edge’ Presents a New Kind of Ghost Town

Set in and around an empty American trailer park, Sunset Edge is an effective thriller, focused on four teenagers who have no idea what haunting awaits them.

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The Good Wife: Season 7, Episode 6 - “Lies”

Sure, you might have to endanger the patient to stop the cancer, but what happens if the cancer can't be stopped?

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‘The Beginner’s Guide’, A New Prison by the Developer of ‘The Stanley Parable’

The Beginner's Guide focuses on our relationship to a game's developer and how the way that we interpret games may or may not create impositions on games and their developers, on art and the artist.

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50 Years On, Do We Have Any Sympathy for Stoner’s Unrelenting Stoicism?

A modern reader may only appreciate Stoner if he or she has some tolerance and sympathy for a significant degree of stasis.

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11 Nov 2015 // 2:30 AM

Son Volt: Trace

In 1995 Jay Farrar was viewed as one of the most promising voices in American music. He didn't disappoint.

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11 Nov 2015 // 2:20 AM

Def Leppard: Def Leppard

A staggering rebirth from a band that many were all too happy to leave for dead.

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11 Nov 2015 // 2:15 AM

Bert Jansch: Moonshine

Earth Recordings continues its excavation of Bert Jansch’s catalog, here reissuing 1973’s haunting Moonshine.

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Ian McKellen Unravels the Mystery of the Literary Icon in ‘Mr. Holmes’

In Mr. Holmes, Ian McKellen presents three different Sherlocks: the brilliant detective he once was, the 93-year-old man in mental decline, and the inescapable character created by John Watson.

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The Electric Grandmother: The Bodyguard Soundtrack

This album is not a cover album. This album is the Electric Grandmother's The Bodyguard Soundtrack.

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11 Nov 2015 // 2:05 AM

Joe Jackson: Fast Forward

The fact that this album was recorded in four different cities gives the disc a conceptual feel, heightened by the consistency of Jackson’s eagerly effusive vocals and the songs’ sprawling tempos.

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Various Artists: Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins

An up-and-down consistency only slightly mars this collection of lovingly rendered Ted Hawkins covers

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Eszter Balint: Airless Midnight

Balint stirs the fire from all sides, creating fully imagined shadows.

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‘Marwencol’ Is a Powerful Story About Art and Recovery

This documentary about self-imagining and storytelling reflects the intricate, ever shifting ways that we all understand ourselves, the worlds inside and around us.

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