Reviews

30 Aug 2016 // 8:11 AM

Lisa Hannigan: At Swim

The Irish folk artist proves her mettle with this stunningly haunting collection of songs.

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Crystal Castles: Amnesty (I)

After a less-than-cordial breakup, the new iteration of Crystal Castles shows that the vocalist plays a major role in the sound of the band.

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SubRosa: For This We Fought the Battle of Ages

SubRosa's sound hasn't changed much on For This We Fought the Battle of Ages, but that doesn't mean it isn't getting stronger.

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Indie Horror Meets World Cinema in the Cult ‘Carnival of Souls’

With its distinctive atmosphere and cryptic mysteries, Herk Harvey's sole feature film is an unparalleled classic of cult horror.

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Roadies: Season 1, Episode 9 - “The Corporate Gig”

In the episode before the finale, several non-sexual climaxes are reach vis-a-vis relationships, love, the state of the tour, and the fate of The Staton-House Band itself.

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Stranger Things: Season 1, Episode 4 - “The Body”

The meta-textual impulse in Stranger Things is one of the ways in which it could serve as the televisual successor to Mad Men.

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How Does the Mind of the Political Reactionary Work?

Mark Lilla notes in The Shipwrecked Mind, “Apocalyptic historiography never goes out of style.”

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The Girl of Steel Gets It Right in the First Season

Supergirl manages to balance a large (and growing) ensemble cast with aplomb, but any show with this many costumed characters can come off as a bit silly.

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29 Aug 2016 // 2:30 AM

Eluvium: False Readings On

Eluvium’s output since Nightmare Ending in 2013 has been vibrant and fruitful, and False Readings On carries on the exploratory spirit.

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29 Aug 2016 // 2:20 AM

Ed Harcourt: Furnaces

With Furnaces, singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt continues his singular exploration of the lost art of creating a coherent album.

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29 Aug 2016 // 2:15 AM

DJ Khaled: Major Key

Meme-master DJ Khaled continues to orchestrate radio hits on his newest album.

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Otto Preminger Invents the Gay Best Friend in ‘Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon’

With "sexual deviants", queasy horror, and poetry, Junie Moon explores the viewing boundaries of Hollywood, 1970.

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Johnnie Frierson: Have You Been Good to Yourself

Everybody was sent to this world. There is a reason you were born. There is a purpose for everyone. You were not born by accident. There is a reason why you sent.

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The Parrots: Los Niños Sin Miedo

The Parrots squawk, chirp and fly on their debut album

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‘The Hollars’ Hits the Dramedy Sweet Spot

Krasinski puts an old indie formula to good use in this finely tuned small-town drama.

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Garry Trudeau Knows Words—He Has the Best Words

Television merely gives us “Trump l'oeil”: Doonsbury's 30-year coverage of Trump gives us (gasp!) the "real deal".

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‘Don’t Breathe’ Won’t Even Give You the Breath to Scream

With surprises and scares, Fede Alvarez's thriller keeps everyone but The Blind Man unnerved.

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Mr. Robot: Season 2, Episode 8 - “succ3ss0r.p12”

“succ3ss0r.p12” shows us just how much pressure is changing every character; Elliot might not be the only one succumbing to its power.

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The Beach Boys: Becoming the Beach Boys

Becoming the Beach Boys offers a comprehensive glimpse into the embryonic stages of one of America’s finest pop groups.

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26 Aug 2016 // 2:20 AM

Battle Trance: Blade of Love

Experimental saxophone quartet Battle Trance pushes the capabilities of both the tenor saxophone and the human breath on Blade of Love.

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