Wednesday, February 19 2014
Battle of the Damned is almost incredibly fun, but winds up as bad as you anticipated.
The truly remarkable thing about Olsen's sophomore album isn't just its wide musical palate or the huge leap forward in her songwriting, but also the way it questions the very nature of sad songs.
Books about the Fab Four need to justify themselves. The Beatles Solo, a handsome but information-light and overpriced doorstop, doesn't get there.
Almost every single song on All Love’s Legal delivers some sort of message about gender, sexuality, and Rostron’s desire to tear down the demarcations and hierarchies that arguably imprison them.
The intimate and lovey feel of Acoustic at the Ryman is very becoming to Band of Horses.
Free-ish Finnish jazz guitarist alludes to ecstasy, makes solid album.
The artists tend to work with a grand palette and paint the obvious tropes so that even those in the cheap seats can hear what’s happening. The result is a lack of subtlety and fuzziness.
Tuesday, February 18 2014
Darkman, the darkest hero (an amalgam or classic horror monsters) versus the criminal underworld... in broad daylight.
Terrorists want to kill the US Secretary of State; sensitive information is in danger of falling into the wrong hands. What more do you need?
Wolverine enters a new era without a healing factor or any kind of transition phase.
It's worth noting that, the problematic politics of the series aside, this is not great TV.
Bad Self Portraits is another outstanding release from a really crucial and important group who is on the cusp of shedding its relative anonymity for bigger and better stages.
The bad-ass New York duo comes out with their strongest work yet.
While there is something ethereal about Dawn Landes's music, it also has substance and physicality.
Water Liars is the band’s strongest outing, formalizing their distinct sound.
Spartan, supportive, and never obtrusive, Phelps and The Downer Trio alternate between pastoral acoustic tracks and more excoriating fare on Gala.
Monday, February 17 2014
Sebastián Lelio’s melodrama about a woman’s determined search for love and meaning is hilarious and disquieting, sometimes within the same moment.
In this film, replacing the carburetor and revving the engine is actually a terrible affront.
As first issues go, The Mercenary Sea #1 quickly establishes the cast and setting, packing as much in as possible, therefore giving the reader a wide window into this world.
Robert Stone has set his terrific new novel at a fictional school called "Amesbury". But don't be fooled. The institution he indicts is Yale University.