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Annabelle’s Curse: Worn Out Skin

An engaging reinvention of classic American sound.

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The Blacklist: Season 3, Episode 10 - “The Director (No. 24): Conclusion”

The Blacklist closes two of the season story arcs and offers up a ho-hum heel turn.

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Spend the Night with the Characters of ‘Oxenfree’

Oxenfree is a small game, set in a small game universe, that offers some of the most authentic human drama that I've seen in any medium.

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Night Riders and Matinee Movies: The Relationship Between the KKK and American Film

This book could not be timelier, given the nativist and racist rhetoric inflaming discourse among America's Republican Party presidential hopefuls.

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Lewis Carroll’s Alice Goes Digital in the Ambitious New Musical ‘wonder.land’

Damon Albarn and Moira Buffini’s musical is set in the contemporary world of social media, RPGs, and mean-girls, with results that veer from ingenious to awkward.

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Ty Segall: Emotional Mugger

Ty Segall has always reliably subscribed to rockist orthodoxy, but he’s left room enough on his new album for noisy evolution.

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The High Llamas: Here Come the Rattling Trees

Life in the town portrayed in Here Come the Rattling Trees continues as it has, with little change, much like the High Llamas’ music. This can be comforting, but also a little dull.

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Honeymoon Disease: The Transcendence

Honeymoon Disease's eerily precise recreation of '70s hard rock works due to their command of riffs and melody. And their strong lead singer.

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John Carpenter: Lost Themes Remixed

Carpenter's first non-film score gets the remix treatment courtesy some of the best electronic musicians working today

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‘Little Sister’ Keeps it All in the Family

Arguably a far more demented cousin of Cocteau’s Les Enfants Terribles, Little Sister manages an insightful revelation through the contentious moment of familial destruction.

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The Magicians: Season 1, Episode 1 - “Unauthorized Magic”

Good ideas and great effects are marred by poor narrative execution in the pilot episode of SyFy's latest offering.

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American Horror Story - Hotel: Season 5, Episode 12 - “Be Our Guest”

In the season finale, the series-long question of, "Is love worse than loneliness?" finally gets a definitive answer, along with several fitting ends for our leads.

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iZombie: Season 2, Episode 10 - “Method Head”

“Method Head” gets meta, gets funny, while skillfully pushing forward the series' increasingly complex storylines.

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Eleanor Friedberger: New View

New View is best appreciated with a deep and unhurried engagement, as the full album in full fidelity offers many distinctive pleasures.

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The Besnard Lakes: A Coliseum Complex Museum

A deep love for texture and amplification is what gives Besnard Lakes' records their distinctive flair, manifesting a capacity to engage with a kaleidoscopic resonance.

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Jason Boland and the Stragglers: Squelch

Red Dirt veteran Jason Boland turns in his most introspective (and rowdy) LP yet.

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We Hunt Buffalo: Living Ghosts

Big riffs and catchy choruses and fuzz. We Hunt Buffalo provides something for fans across the hard rock and metal genres.

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What Happens After Happily Ever After?

Whimsical, poignant, and unmistakably magical, The 10th Kingdom has a grand scale yet an intimate and relatable story that is enchanting for viewers of all ages.

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Shawn Mullins: My Stupid Heart

With his new album, Mullins draws ever closer to a breakthrough, thanks to some of the strongest songs he’s ever written.

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Heroes and Politics in ‘13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi’

The world in this version of Benghazi is both awful and glorious, outsized and shrinking, poignant and repetitive.

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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 12 - "Don't You Forget About Me"

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"In another stand-alone episode, there's a lot of teen drama and some surprises, but not much potential.

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