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Good Old War: Broken Into Better Shape

Despite their seemingly inexplicable handle, Good Old War proves to be anything but belligerent.

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‘Broadchurch’ Retains Its Suspense and Offers Another Excellent Season

Broadchurch not only continues to draw in and engage viewers, it also finds a way to add even more interest in its second season, making for a wholly satisfying series.

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A Wicked Sense of Humor Veers Heavily Towards the Sadistic in ‘Crow Fair’

If sometimes flawed, often confusing and always marked by challenging style, Thomas McGuane's Crow Fair remains a remarkable offering from one of America's finest writers.

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Ben Lee: Love Is the Great Rebellion

Ben Lee’s latest album unfolds as possibly his most seductive set yet, even despite its series of heady observations.

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At Folsom Prison: Every Dream and Every Crisis Means the Rise

Nervousness and talent make the band’s third album a brilliant departure point from which to venture into unknown territories.

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‘Max’ Abides by the “More Is More” Mantra

In Max, more is more: more emotional crises, more stereotypes, more action are all spun as if by a centrifuge of formula then spewed onto a big summer screen.

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‘Ted 2’ Is Smarter and Smuttier Than Your Average Bear

Ted 2 is uproariously funny, with just enough sprinkling of social satire to stretch this already thin premise into a satisfying sequel.

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‘A Little Chaos’ Is Too Orderly

The few proto-feminist inklings in Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos wither away by the end, trading in chaos for the usual order.

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Have We Colonized the Night? Or Has Neoliberal Capitalism Colonized Us?

Bright Eyed: Insomnia and its Cultures has us wondering if our work-obsessed society, which valorizes sleeplessness, is inventing new technologies to keep us perpetually "on".

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Tyga: The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty

Tyga's infatuation for ancient Egyptian royalty seems more like a cursory interest rather than a man looking at peers.

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26 Jun 2015 // 2:19 AM

Motopony: Welcome You

Motopony's sophomore effort skillfully explores interesting and varying sounds, creating one of the most interesting indie albums in recent memory.

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Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City

Going hand-in-hand with the ongoing museum exhibit of the same name, A New Music City does an outstanding job defining the sweeping influence of Dylan and Cash throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

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Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard: Django and Jimmie

Comfort is the way here, but there’s also an ongoing obsession with age, the passing of time and the surprises that come with it.

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‘The Bridge’ Shows a Forgotten Side of Nazi Germany’s Final Days

The Bridge, which tells the story of the Volkssturm in the final days of the Nazi party, is classic work of art.

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Thore Pfeiffer: Im Blickfeld

When it comes to the Kompakt league of ambient music, Thore Pfeiffer is more on his way there than having fully arrived.

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‘Calcutta’ Is a Vivid, Sensitive, and Perceptive Literary Portrait of the City

The author presents a balanced, if occasionally slow-paced, portrait of his birthplace, detailing his travels and memories of Calcutta over a two-year period.

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25 Jun 2015 // 11:49 AM

Adam Torres: Nostra Nova

Long-lost Ohio cult classic gets a much-needed reissue.

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‘Dope’ and the Adventures of Nerds in the Hood

The kitchen-sink plotting of Rick Famuyiwa’s antic retro-nerd teen comedy borders on the desperate, but its brash, can’t-box-me-in spirit wins out in the end.

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How Messy Was Their (Black) Sabbath

Mick Wall’s style is dry, simple and direct to the point of quasi-simplification, but the final result is brilliant and definitely written for a very specific niche.

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25 Jun 2015 // 2:30 AM

Bully: Feels Like

Alternative rock nostalgia gets a sunny facelift on Bully's debut full-length album.

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