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Walter Benjamin’s Fiction in ‘The Storyteller’ Is a Warm Cure for an Academic Hangover

A master of the theory of craft puts his money where his mouth is, revealing a precise descriptive power that gracefully commands plot and characterization.

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Play Out the Play: Orson Welles’ Chimes at Midnight

Bursting with vertiginous momentum, Chimes at Midnight presents a wonderfully sociable anti-sociality.

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Against Me!: Shape Shift With Me

This worthy follow-up to the acclaimed Transgender Dysphoria Blues finds Against Me! tackling a breakup album with the same energy and fury they used to reserve for political and social issues.

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Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam: I Had a Dream That You Were Mine

On their first collaborative album, Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam Batmanglij linger in unrequited love.

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28 Sep 2016 // 2:14 AM

Low: The Exit Papers

In 2000, in between the career-defining albums Secret Name and The Things We Lost in the Fire, Low created the EP The Exit Papers, a stab at making film music.

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Hieroglyphic Being: The Disco’s of Imhotep

Jamal Moss as Hieroglyphic Being does it again. And if you're curious about what "it" is, then enjoy the ride.

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28 Sep 2016 // 2:05 AM

WITCH: Lukombo Vibes

Exuberant grooves and a growing sense of musicianship mark WITCH's first foray into true Afro rock.

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Californium: Another Story of Adolescent Angst—With Guitars

Californium is a Frankenstein’s monster of coming-of-age stories, its many moving parts borrowed and reassembled from stock, clichéd characters and plot devices.

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The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Season 2, Episode 14 - “Bruce Springsteen”

Springsteen's interview with Colbert emphasizes the politics of space and reveals how we should truly judge his forthcoming memoir.

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On Friedrich Nietzsche’s Early Intellectual, Emotional, and Spiritual Development

The Making of Friedrich Nietzsche is a carefully considered and well-paced biography that knows exactly how much it intends to say and doesn't aspire to take on any more than is necessary.

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The Personal Accounts of The Beach Boys Make This Documentary Worthwhile

Classic Albums: Pet Sounds expands the mythos of one musician to an entire group, and in doing so, allows us to see the project in a different, equally compelling light.

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27 Sep 2016 // 2:30 AM

Opeth: Sorceress

This third entry in Opeth's newest phase doesn't quite match Pale Communion, but it's still a wonderfully multifaceted journey.

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The Frightnrs: Nothing More to Say

As though phoned in from another era, the Frightnrs bring the Daptone aesthetic to rocksteady, in the process creating one of the best albums the genre has to offer.

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27 Sep 2016 // 2:15 AM

Mr. Oizo: All Wet

Collaboration ends up as both vice and virtue on Mr. Oizo's sixth album, rendering one half of the album a lot of fun.

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Alien Ensemble: Alien Ensemble 2

A seven-piece band from Germany mistakes influence for style.

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Various Artists: Abrazo: The Havana Sessions

An essential collection for any enthusiast of fine instrumental music or anyone who wants to peer further into the previously elusive Cuba through it.

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‘Planetes’ Should Be Required Baggage on the First Mission to Mars

This space drama aboard a garbage collection ship makes for first-rate sci-fi.

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‘Supernatural’ Season 11 Is a Battle Between Good and Lackluster

As the Winchesters fight an all-powerful yet boring villain, the show is redeemed by its stand-alone episodes.

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La Notte della Taranta: Celebration and Solidarity

The "big concert" of Italy's biggest folk festival was almost canceled after a devastating earthquake. But the show went on -- as a benefit for relief and reconstruction.

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‘Queen of Katwe’ Both Lapses Into and Transcends Formula

Queen of Katwe offers a way to see into another world, a way to expand your own understanding.

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