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Tuesday, April 1 2014

Tokyo Police Club: Forcefield

If Forcefield is about hitting you in the moment, it does that. Sadly, too many of these songs don't last for whatever moment comes next.


YYU: Kiss As We Walk

Experimental hip-hop meets abstract singer-songwriting on YYU's debut 12" record for RAMP Recordings.


The Belle Brigade: Just Because

Backboned with lush layers and driven by dreamy rhythms, the brother-sister-led band takes on a slightly darker indie edge.


Archie Shepp / Attica Blues Orchestra: I Hear the Sound

More than 40 years later, the saxophonist, activist, and free-jazz pioneer revisits his musical response to the Attica Prison uprising.


Monday, March 31 2014

‘Choice Eats’ Recap: 25 March 2014 - Pier 36, New York

A recap of favorite foods and thoughts from The Village Voice's 'Choice Eats' event.


Half-Verdict and Half-Mistrial: “Guardians of the Galaxy #13”

The Trial of Jean Grey ends, but neither justice nor injustice is served.


In ‘Mr. Selfridge’, Changes Loom with the Coming of World War I

Impressively detailed and masterfully assembled, Mr. Selfridge focuses on class relations that can be both supportive and dysfunctional, and affected by external forces.


The Walking Dead Season Two, Episode 2

Clementine is an 11-year-old girl in an incredibly hostile world, and often her only tool to aid in her survival is language. Escaping danger, saving lives, condemning others are all based on the careful application of words.


Sex and Inelegance in the City

If Sex in the City had been based on reality, it would have been more like the The Harm in Asking: My Clumsy Encounters with the Human Race.


While ‘Beneath’ Brings the Nails to the Story, It Forgets the Hammer

Beneath has the tools to be a good horror flick: stranded teens; the decline of judgment in the face of terror; severed limbs; lots of blood.


Cloud Nothings: Here and Nowhere Else

On 2012's breakthrough Attack on Memory, Cloud Nothings' displayed a visceral, physical angst, focused on a series of anti-mantras. That album's great follow-up, Here and Nowhere Else, reveals the frantic mindset behind those calls to (in)action.


Glenn Tilbrook: Happy Ending

Quixotic (and that's just the name of the record label!) and plough-your-own-furrow he may be. But Glenn Tilbrook has the matchless quality to write a tune to his own enduring voice.


Koen Holtkamp: Motion

Holtkamp, of the duo Mountains, once again blurs the line between organic and electronic on Motion, an album that becomes a fascinating series of reversals and inversions.


Cheatahs: Cheatahs

While Cheatahs' self-titled debut might be in need of some streamlining, there are a few stunners hiding within this shoegaze release.


Dierks Bentley: Riser

A stripped down version of this overwrought and over-weighted album could have provided a way out of Nashville's doldrums.


Friday, March 28 2014

‘The Raid 2’ Is a Ballet of Contorted Bodies

Shot from multiple angles with slow motion and rapid-fast cuts, the choreography in The Raid 2 ranges from extraordinary to flat out, in the mud unconscious.


Tides of Adolescent Emotion Flood ‘It Felt Like Love’

It Felt Like Love's close framing suggests the limited perspectives and erratic motion characterizing Lila's attempts to work through her sexual identity and desires.


‘Breathe In’ Considers Inspiration

At first it’s not clear whether the high school music teacher Keith is falling in love with Sophie or with his own, newly rejuvenated capacity to create music.


Miles Davis: Miles at the Fillmore - Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3

Recorded just months after Bitches Brew and available in their entirely for the first time, these sets show that if Davis was a mad scientist in the studio, he was still a sorcerer on stage.


The Industrial Revolution 2.0

We live in a world filled with powerful, compact, networked computers -- a world that those computers are about to transform.


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