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Penguin Prison: Lost in New York

Penguin Prison's second album is serviceable dance-pop, but lacks personality.

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‘A God in Ruins’ Perpetuates the Deep Sadness in Atkinson’s Writing

Kate Atkinson's characters, from private investigator Jackson Brodie to Teddy Todd, are often lonely people with surprising secrets.

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Sal Mosca: The Talk of the Town

An upstanding piece of jazz music, The Talk of the Town comes as a strong recommendation to those who can appreciate the simplicity in the adeptness of this pianist at work in his prime.

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Chuck Berry: The Complete Chess Singles As & Bs 1955-61

Berry’s infectious style of guitar playing, lyrical phrasing, and the combination of salacious innuendoes and racial awareness still hold up.

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AFI Docs 2015: ‘Drone’ Shows How the World Is Becoming a War Zone

Drone raises vital questions not only about how drones shapes the modern military experiences, but also about how drones reshape moral ground.

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The Kandinsky Effect: Somnambulist

The Kandinsky Effect are assembled from three standard jazz instruments. The sound they create isn't so standard.

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The Chris Robinson Brotherhood Cooks Up “Psychedelic Filling in a Folk Blues Pie” to Rock North Park

There’s no looking back now, as Chris Robinson is all in with his Brotherhood and the "freak power" movement.

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‘Inside Out’ Finds Disney and Pixar Working Together Successfully

Although it sends reductive messages about the emotions of young girls, Inside Out is of the kind of brilliance that Pixar used to churn out regularly, before it was bought out by Disney.

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Human Rights Watch Festival and AFI Docs 2015: ‘Of Men and War’

Of Men and War, shot over six years, follows multiple mostly unnamed veterans as they share their rage, fear, and frustration.

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Sexism Just Won’t Die in ‘Burying the Ex’

Playing like a "Rom-Zom-Com" helmed by Judd Apatow, Burying the Ex suffers from a repository of sexist tropes, a somewhat redeeming ending notwithstanding.

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Edward St. Aubyn Is Compulsively Readable

'The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels' is a bitter comedy of manners that takes readers on a sordid, stylish, disturbing, funny and profound moral journey.

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19 Jun 2015 // 2:30 AM

Giorgio Moroder: Deja Vu

With his first solo album in 30 years, iconic electronic music pioneer Giorgio Moroder tries his hand at contemporary EDM with mixed results.

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19 Jun 2015 // 2:20 AM

Mika: No Place in Heaven

No Place in Heaven is Mika's most assured and confident set of tunes since his debut, Life in Cartoon Motion.

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Christopher Paul Stelling: Labor Against Waste

A new voice joins those of the masters before him on this album of spiritual travel and travail. A strong candidate for best folk album of the year.

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Ensemble Signal: Music for 18 Musicians

Ensemble Signal reproduce Steve Reich's '70s minimalist masterpiece with inhuman precision.

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‘Odd Man Out’ and ‘The Lady From Shanghai’ Set the Stage for Carol Reed’s ‘The Third Man’

These two movies can be seen as cinematic cousins of Carol Reed's The Third Man, sharing some lineage while nonetheless carving out their own idiosyncratic identities.

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‘Pedro’ Is a Glorious Romp Full of Stories That Only Pedro Martinez Can Tell

No one can say Pedro did not walk the walk.

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19 Jun 2015 // 2:05 AM

Boney James: Futuresoul

Genre-bending sax legend Boney James is back with his 15th album to show that it's not just whiskey and Meryl Streep that get better with age.

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19 Jun 2015 // 2:00 AM

Case: Heaven’s Door

Case delivers a pleasant, if predictable ‘grown and sexy’ effort on Heaven’s Door.

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18 Jun 2015 // 12:44 PM

Emil Friis: Sand in Your Eyes

Sand in Your Eyes is as frustrating as it is enjoyable.

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