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‘The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums’ Is Not the Last Word on the Subject

Will Friedwald writes subjectively and is not afraid to be cheeky when he thinks audiences have misunderstood an artist or a release.

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Life “Between and Betwixt Two Worlds”: Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer

With both humor and pathos, Alberto Ledesma’s graphic novel/memoir provides an inside look at the life of an undocumented immigrant.

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Nothing We Need But Everything We Want: Object Lessons’ ‘Shopping Mall’

Commerce and community blend together in this bittersweet reflection of suburban malls.

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2 Oct 2017 // 8:16 AM

Raleigh: Powerhouse Bloom

The mildly psychedelic title is spot on; this a creatively fertile album.

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Starsailor: All This Life

After an eight-year hiatus, Starsailor returns with their best album yet.

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The Orchids: Who Needs Tomorrow… a 30 Year Retrospective

Their influences were out in the open for all to see, but this Orchids retrospective sums up the sweet joy of these jangle-pop stalwarts.

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2 Oct 2017 // 7:47 AM

Whitney Rose: Rule 62

Keeping the balance between human drama and melodrama is a neat trick. Rose sings in a whispery, honey-dripped voice about life’s existential questions to a two-step beat and the twang of a steel guitar.

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Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: The Kid

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s compositions spotlight timbre over bombast, invoking the calm of a mother’s song.

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Exploring Sacred Space with Jesse Jacob’s ‘Crawl Space’

Evocative of Edwin Abbott’s Flatland, Jacobs takes on environmental destruction, the desecration of the sacred, and the arrogance and selfishness that plague our politics and our world.

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‘Language Barrier’ Illustrates That Words Are Pictures Too

This surreal exploration of the peculiar boundary between words and pictures dives directly into the deep end of the image-text pool.

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Nick Photinos: Petits Artéfacts

Photinos champions a wealth of intriguing contemporary composers with his collection of solo, chamber, and electroacoustic works.

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‘Una’: The Woman Who Would Not Go Away

Rooney Mara haunts Ben Mendelsohn with an unspeakable truth in this tightly wound actor’s class drama about buried secrets and shattered lives.

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Various Artists: Soul of a Nation - Afro-Centric Visions in the Age of Black Power

A thought-provoking collection of Afro-centric tracks from the '60s and '70s put together to accompany this summer's show at the Tate Modern in London.

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29 Sep 2017 // 7:45 AM

Antwood: Sponsored Content

Sponsored Content is a creepy listen, intentionally packed with artifice.

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Pentangle: The Albums: 1968-1972

A definitive collection and an opportunity to re-evaluate one of the most important and underappreciated bands of the British Folk Revival.

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Ben Frost: The Centre Cannot Hold

Ben Frost opens up the next chapter of his discography with a work of stunning minimalism, relentless noise, and cinematic scope.

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On the Ambitious, World-building Narrative of ‘Marvel Legacy #1’

At a time when all things related to fascism inspire Hulk-level outrage, the current legacy of Marvel is in a tenuous position.

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‘Battle of the Sexes’ Serves up Bland Drama

Co-directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris capture the atmosphere of a tumultuous time, but this complicated story winds up a frustrating hodgepodge of tantalizing ideas and unconvincing drama.

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28 Sep 2017 // 9:30 AM

TIFF 2017: Woman Walks Ahead

This film confuses different types of oppression, and seems to propose that people who’ve experienced misogyny are uniquely qualified to understand racism and vice versa.

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The Walkman Is Dead, Long Live the Walkman

Personal Stereo explores novelty, norm, and nostalgia.

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NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

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"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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