Reviews

20 Feb 2017 // 2:15 AM

Sam Patch: Yeah You, and I

Arcade Fire's Tim Kingsbury steps out on his own with a winning, engaging solo project full of analog synths and killer hooks.

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‘Aleksandr Sokurov: Russian Ark’ Serves as a Succinct Companion to the Landmark Film

At once a production history, a film analysis and a history of the Hermitage Museum, the Chair of the Film Studies at Aberystwyth University has written a concise and thought-provoking volume.

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Gary Stewart: Gary / Cactus and a Rose

Stewart sung with the stateliness of a drunk at the bar just one shot short of getting sloppy. He can be imposing one minute and heroic the next.

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William Matheny: Strange Constellations

Beside his seasoned piano chops, Matheny makes for a compelling debut.

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17 Feb 2017 // 9:05 AM

Tall Tall Trees: Freedays

Tall Tall Trees show that they are capable of big big things on their new record.

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The Fun Is Trapped on the Wrong Side of ‘The Great Wall’

The Great Wall strives to indict the selfish consumerism that defines Western culture, but its monsters get in the way.

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The Obscure Cities Series Blends the Subtle and the Fantastic

The steampunk cityscapes are fantastic in The Theory of the Grain of Sand, yet the underlying mystery is subtle.

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America’s Dirty Secrets Revealed in Robert Altman’s Short Cuts

Altman spent his entire career amplifying the hidden comedy in America’s soul. Short Cuts is his most sweeping and relatable sketch of the country caught off-guard.

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Jens Lekman: Life Will See You Now

Singer-songwriter Jens Lekman returns with Life Will See You Now, possibly his finest record to date.

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17 Feb 2017 // 2:20 AM

Dutch Uncles: Big Balloon

Big Balloon’s many highs don’t owe much to either trends or the tried-and-true.

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Teen Daze: Themes for Dying Earth

A cold atmosphere and candid words are what make Teen Daze soar on Themes for Dying Earth.

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Jens Lekman: Life Will See You Now (take 2)

Life Will See You Now makes no secret about exposing its tender heart, but luckily it has enough substance to rescue it from a Lifetime movie level of sentimentality.

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AJ Hobbs: Too Much Is Never Enough

As a backroads country outlaw and a soulful modern gentleman altogether, Hobbs makes a compelling case.

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‘Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #4’ Is a Case Study in How Well Spider-Man Works as a Family

Superheroes can not only have families -- those families can make for compelling storylines. No deals with Mephisto required.

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Ramblin’ Jack Elliott: Young Brigham / Bill Durham Sacks & Railroad Tracks

Ramblin' Jack Elliott celebrated people who lived at the margins of society. He was older than the new, young generation. It was difficult to make him hip.

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Toothless: The Pace of the Passing

The Pace of the Passing is a first step for Ed Nash that doesn't completely work but shows the potential for something really special.

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Dave Barry Does the Unimaginable in an Exploration of the Sunshine State

Tired of fielding questions about what's the matter with Florida, a treasured American humorist takes matters into his own hands and finds out for himself.

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16 Feb 2017 // 2:30 AM

Grails: Chalice Hymnal

The wandering core trio behind Grails has redrawn their boundaries by stitching all of their maps together.

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16 Feb 2017 // 2:20 AM

Strand of Oaks: Hard Love

Timothy Showalter is Strand of Oaks, and his fourth album packs a heavier, more ambitious punch than anything he's attempted before.

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Quelle Chris: Being You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often

Quelle Chris has made an ambitious project that is an off-kilter hike through different faces of equally forward-thinking and revivalist hip-hop.

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