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Billy Gibbons and the BFG’s: Perfectamundo

A Latin-tinged misfire from flame-maned ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons

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Igor Stravinsky’s Music Will Long Outlast the Chatter it Begat

True to form for Critical Lives, Jonathan Cross packs a rich life into a lean yet bountiful biography in Igor Stravinsky.

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15 Jan 2016 // 2:30 AM

Ulver: ATGCLVLSSCAP

A stellar collection of material from a collective that pushes more boundaries and buttons than it often gets credit for. An early contender for Album of the Year.

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The Moon, the Marquise and Other Sad Romantics

Eric Rohmer and Heinrich Von Kleist converge in a parallax of misguided literary loves.

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 11, Episode 2 - “Frank Falls Out the Window”

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia doubles down on their delightfully meta, Oulipian 11th season with an episode designed to satisfy the show's long-time fans.

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American Crime: Season 2, Episode 1

The second season of ABC's American Crime starts off with a demonstration of both the benefits and the limitations of the anthology series format.

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And: Phenomenology of the End by Franco Berardi

Imagine orienting yourself on a map, scratching a red "X" to mark your location, and then realizing how precarious your position is, how perilously far you are from where you want to be.

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Not This Again… ‘Sinister 2’

Take the advice of the kids being forced to watch horror scenes in this film. You won't want to watch any more, either.

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Shearwater: Jet Plane and Oxbow

Jet Plane and Oxbow is a remarkably polished, alluring, and dignified accomplishment.

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Luke Haines: British Nuclear Bunkers

British Nuclear Bunkers is as stubborn, singular and compelling as its creator.

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Donnie Fritts: Oh My Goodness

As a true Southerner, Donnie Fritts understands the finer things in life. He sings about the power of food and sex.

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Alison Brown: The Song of the Banjo

The Song of the Banjo may be Alison Brown's most mainstream effort yet.

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Jodie Landau: You of All Things

You of All Things re-elaborates without overturning or, worse, overdoing.

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Downton Abbey: Season 6, Episode 2

As the series nears its end, it's the women of Downton Abbey who get to shine.

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The Good Wife: Season 7, Episode 11 - “Iowa”

The Good Wife hits the reset button for the second half of its seventh season: how else could it avoid one of those dreaded cliffs?

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American Horror Story - Hotel: Season 5, Episode 11 - “Battle Royale”

The dirty, stinky, gross side of rock 'n' roll throws up Sally's back-story, and all the characters are united in their aim to off the Countess once and for all in this episode.

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13 Jan 2016 // 8:10 AM

The Expanse: Season 1, Episode 2 - “The Big Empty”

The Expanse remains a work in progress, but some excellent performances and interesting developments help it avoid common sci-fi plot pitfalls.

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Sarah Vowell Explores American History With One Foot Firmly in the Land of Humor

Part travelogue, part historical narrative, and every bit a statement on post-Obama politics, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States is an interesting work that serves multiple purposes.

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13 Jan 2016 // 2:30 AM

Secrets of the Moon: Sun

The German metal unit takes black metal and progressive metal to new extremes on their latest release.

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Pinkish Black: Bottom of the Morning

Fort Worth duo forges through tragedy to make their uniquely compelling heavy, dark music.

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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 12 - "Don't You Forget About Me"

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"In another stand-alone episode, there's a lot of teen drama and some surprises, but not much potential.

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