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‘X-men Prime #1’ Takes a Breather, Then Prepares for More Conflict

From sterilization and decimation to hope and promise, the X-men move forward.

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‘The Good Fight’: A Fast Resolution Saps Some Energy from “Not So Grand Jury”

A too tidy and convenient resolution this week can only mean that the Kings come back with chaos and discord next week, right?

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Animal Liberation Orchestra and Twiddle Join Together for Bay Area Harmonic Convergence

It’s always a treat when bands jam together on this stage and the pairing leads to some great twin riffage from ALO's Lebo and Twiddle’s Savoulidis.

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Love Is (Sort of) in the Air in ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXXVIII’

Can poverty or flaming meteors stop the course of true love? Sometimes.

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J.D. Wilkes Puts the American South’s Contradictions Up for Reconsideration

A novel that believes monsters are “as much a part of us as our penchant for fried chicken and turnip greens.”

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High Plains: Cinderland

High Plains take their name from a geographic area of the United States, an area known for its barren landscape and low population. Their debut album Cinderland evokes this isolated feeling.

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David Olney: Don’t Try to Fight It

The 10 tracks gathered here on Don’t Try to Fight It are among folk singer-songwriter David Olney's best.

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The Not-so-delicate ‘Delinquents’

This is what happens when suburban kids won't behave.

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British Sea Power: Let the Dancers Inherit the Party

The band's classic windswept style is executed cleanly but feels emotionally remote.

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30 Mar 2017 // 2:20 AM

Teengirl Fantasy: 8AM

Teengirl Fantasy gesture plenty at dark, intense, minimal electronic music on 8AM, but too often the duo fails to commit.

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Jessica Chastain Is Radiant in Hit-and-miss WWII Drama, ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’

Good-hearted but artistically uninspired, Niki Caro's WWII drama fails to milk its source material for all its dramatic potential.

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‘No Quarter’ Neither Galvanises Nor Destroys Jimmy Page’s Mythic Persona

Jimmy Page's mythic reputation is preserved with grace and pathos in Martin Power's biography.

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The Semblance Structure of Cruelty in Felipe Cazals’s ‘Canoa’

Canoa teeters between an overriding aestheticization of violence and a perverse registering of the real.

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29 Mar 2017 // 2:30 AM

Wire: Silver/Lead

On their 16th album, Wire sound more like themselves than ever, yet refuse to become complacent.

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R. Stevie Moore and Jason Falkner: Make It Be

Lo-fi legend and power pop genius collaborate on a one-of-a-kind LP that tickles the brain as often as it tickles the funny bone.

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The Mavericks: Brand New Day

The music evokes the broad empty landscapes, sleepy cantinas, and heavy-eyed senoritas of the mythical past where the differences between bad hombres and honest men were not always clear.

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Lecherous Gaze: One Fifteen

Lecherous Gaze continues earning its genre-jumping wings, one hyphen at a time.

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Like Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, ‘Z: The Beginning of Everything’ Is Flawed But Unconventional

Christina Ricci plays Zelda as a woman walking willingly and half-knowingly into disaster.

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Martin Scorsese Gives His Own Voice to ‘Silence’

Martin Scorsese's quiet religious epic gives a definitive take on a book that thrives in its ambiguity.

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Caitlyn Jenner, Rachel Dolezal, and the Shifting Boundaries of Identity

Transracialism may and may not be as legitimate as transgenderism in the modern push for fluidity of identity categories.

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