Reviews
Underworld: Beaucoup Fish (Super Deluxe Edition)

Some remnants of the age of "electronica" are even better than you remember. The deluxe treatment for Beaucoup Fish is perfect for anyone ready to jump back into that era with both feet.

READ more
Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Luciferian Towers

In a slow-moving reconfiguration of its sound, Godspeed You! Black Emperor releases their most accessible and melodic work to date.

READ more
Luke Haines: Luke Haines Is Alive and Well and Living in Buenos Aires

You don't know it, but you really need 79 songs about faded English wrestlers in a '70s glam style, with the occasional traditional folk song thrown in for good measure.

READ more

28 Sep 2017 // 2:10 AM

Deer Tick: Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

Deer Tick sidestepped the pressure of double albums by releasing two separate records on the same day, inviting but not forcing listeners to associate them.

READ more
‘The Flash’ Season Three Speeds Things Up With Higher Stakes and Darker Stories

The Flash season three shows what happens when mistakes unmake the universe.

READ more
‘The Good Place’ Builds on Last Season’s Twist, Emphasizing the Need to Connect

The Good Place is as much a commentary on human relationships as it is a high concept comedy about the afterlife.

READ more
Aberrant Movements: Justifying Thought Without a Ground in Deleuze’s Philosophy

Lapoujade's work on Deleuze attempts to come to grips with the ways in which our constructions of knowledge seek justification: how do we learn to think otherwise?

READ more

27 Sep 2017 // 8:29 AM

TIFF 2017: My Days of Mercy

As an indictment of the death penalty, the most unsettling aspect of My Days of Mercy is in how it presents the terrifying orderliness of taking a human life.

READ more
Iglooghost: Neō Wax Bloom

Neō Wax Bloom is the product of insatiable and earnest curiosity about musical subcultures. It becomes a museum of contemporary digital sound, and Iglooghost its curator.

READ more
Hiss Golden Messenger: Hallelujah Anyhow

As long as life carries on and darkness exists, the world needs messengers of hope. Hiss Golden Messenger deliver that here, making it relevant regardless of time and place.

READ more

27 Sep 2017 // 2:15 AM

Christian Lopez: Red Arrow

With Red Arrow Christian Lopez proves that his sights are set far beyond the parameters of Americana.

READ more

27 Sep 2017 // 2:10 AM

Gary Peacock Trio: Tangents

This top-of-the-line piano trio plays with an intense beauty that is, perhaps, not often enough interrupted by joy.

READ more
‘The Sinner’ Transcends the Procedural Genre With Complex Narrative and Performances

The Sinner, a sad, stunning exploration of trauma, starts with a killer hook and goes deep.

READ more
Reason on the Cusp of Madness: Anti-Semitism and Mihail Sebastian

The ease with which one can draw a line from the message of For Two Thousand Years to the events of 2017 is almost too terrifying to contemplate.

READ more
Phil Lesh and Bob Weir Come Together to Jam for Mt. Tam

Catching these counterculture pioneers in an intimate setting is a treat.

READ more

26 Sep 2017 // 8:30 AM

TIFF 2017: High Fantasy

High Fantasy presents a brilliant take on the sci-fi body-switching genre, transforming a device that’s usually used for laughs into one that uncovers deeper truths about the complex nature of identity.

READ more

26 Sep 2017 // 2:30 AM

Josh Ritter: Gathering

On his ninth full-length studio album, Josh Ritter continues to combine poetic imagery with organic, expertly crafted arrangements.

READ more
Pere Ubu: 20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo

The underground rock outfit, Pere Ubu, returns with 20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo, re-establishing its off-kilter take on the rock music form.

READ more
Shout Out Louds: Ease My Mind

Ease My Mind gives the impression of a record made by musicians finally comfortable with their place in the world.

READ more

26 Sep 2017 // 2:10 AM

John Tejada: Ceol

A little bit of Tejada is better than none at all.

READ more
More Recent Reviews
//Mixed media
//Blogs

NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

// Notes from the Road

"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.

READ the article