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Tennis: Yours Conditionally

Tennis's fourth LP adds nuance, definition, and depth to their already well-established sound.

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The Challenging Emotions of ‘The Crying Game’

Despite its setting against a backdrop of recent British political history, Neil Jordan's excellent drama is also a timeless exploration of gender identity and moral ambiguity.

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‘Is It All In Your Head?’ When Imaginary Illness Is Real

Is it all in your head? According to neurologist Suzanne O'Sullivan, it doesn't really matter.

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‘The Good Fight’ “Henceforth Known As Property” Seeks Truth in Analogies

When it comes to discovering truth, The Good Fight knows which questions to ask without helping anyone else find the answers.

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Save Ferris Fizzles on Revival Tour Stop in New York

Whether her vocals were underwhelming due to a bad audio mix or because her voice is flagging after 15+ years of disuse, Powell was unable to sustain Save Ferris's momentum.

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Jaakko Laitinen and Väärä Raha: Näennäinen

Väärä Raha cuts a southward swath across Europe for its latest collection of dramatic folk fusion.

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The Country and the Metropolis: Thomas Hardy, a Divided Man

Mark Ford's compelling study offers the first thorough account of Thomas Hardy as "a London Man".

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8 Mar 2017 // 3:30 AM

WHY?: Moh Lhean

WHY? makes peace with mortality on their expansive new album.

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Hurray for the Riff Raff: The Navigator

Alyndra Segarra proves that moonlight and a bottle can function as well as the Bible for one looking for salvation.

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Rose Tremain’s ‘The Gustav Sonata’ Is an Honest and Sensitive Look at Human Foibles

It’s a mark of Tremain’s accomplished writing that in these relatively short chapters there's nearly always some kind of revelation or surprise, some kind of turning point.

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Hot Tuna Sizzles Back at Hallowed Ground in San Francisco

The melodic syncopation ideas are a big part of what made Jefferson Airplane stand out from the pack in the ‘60s and have continued to power Hot Tuna through the decades.

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Clap! Clap!: A Thousand Skies

Clap! Clap! combines West African rhythms and influences with warm, low-key electronics. It's a good, interesting album that also fades into the background a bit too easily.

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Darkest Hour: Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora

No matter your take on Darkest Hour, the D.C. outfit reminds us that passion is nine-tenths of metal law on its newest effort.

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On Race and Meritocracy in Academia

Today's elite universities and students claim to value diversity. But do they really?

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7 Mar 2017 // 9:26 AM

Parlor Walls: Opposites

Parlor Walls may have missed fertile earlier periods of New York avant rock, but Opposites is powerful enough to motivate an agitated faction during a crucial moment in history.

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‘The Tree of Wooden Clogs’ Is Extraordinary in Its Depiction of Tenant Farmers

In a world of absolutes and cruel consequences, if an entire family’s future is destroyed due to the cutting of a single tree, then that’s simply how things are.

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Chicano Batman: Freedom Is Free

L.A.'s Chicano Batman combine vintage psychedelic soul with a strong social message. They may just be the perfect band for our times.

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Food Films Get Eaten Alive by ‘Feasting Our Eyes’

So we should watch more Super Size Me and less Babette’s Feast? C’mon.

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Galactic and the Funky Meters Bring the Sound of New Orleans Back to the Warfield

One of the hardest working bands in showbiz over the past two decades, Galactic continues to tour relentlessly to carry the torch for the New Orleans funk pioneered by the original Meters in the ‘60s and ‘70s.

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ (2017) Is Beautiful and Beastly, But Empty

Disney's new film's nostalgia for Disney's animated classic is overshadowed by a love affair that never blossoms and a story that never surprises.

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Tibet House's 30th Anniversary Benefit Concert Celebrated Philip Glass' 80th

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"Philip Glass, the artistic director of the Tibet House benefits, celebrated his 80th birthday at this year's annual benefit with performances from Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Brittany Howard, Sufjan Stevens and more.

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