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Thursday, November 13 2014

The Hollies: 50 at Fifty

The Hollies have been better represented on other collections and this anniversary collection contains little new. But their '60s pop virtuosity is still something to be treasured.


Scarred But Smarter: The Life ‘n’ Times of Drivin’ n’ Cryin’

An excellent documentary of a deserving band. Thirty years down a long road, the band is still driving with tears in their eyes and telling stories worth hearing.


Ruby: Waiting For Light

Still trading on much of the heavy electronic grooves of past albums, Ruby's latest effort also sees much of the sonics stripped to a bare minimum of just voice and guitar.


Wednesday, November 12 2014

Fleetwood Mac: 1 November 2014 - Hartford, CT

After 16 long years, the Fleetwood Mac lineup is complete with Christine McVie and touring again. The legendary band's show in Hartford proved the reunion to be a happy one.


‘Virunga’ Tells the Sadly Familiar but Complicated Tale of Colonialism in the Congo

Director Orlando von Einsiedel comes under literal gunfire for documenting the colonial capitalist powers in the Congo, a reminder that sometimes the price for oil is blood.


Inspiration of an Ideal: “Superman Unchained #9”

Superman demonstrates his power to inspire in an appropriately effective ending to the series.


Where Does Kanye West’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ Stand in the Canon?

Kirk Walker Graves' mix of fanboy marvel and critical detachment will convince even Kanye West detractors to give My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy a close listen.


Run the Jewels: Run the Jewels 2

A bluesy howl of addictive beats, political fury, and hypnotic technique, the sequel to Run the Jewels' triumphant debut bests the original in every way.


Antony & the Johnsons: Turning: A Musical Documentary

Charles Atlas' 2006 tour documentary captures the depth, beauty, and complexity of Antony Hegarty’s artistic vision and her corollary mission for transgendered acceptance.


2:54: The Other I

2:54 craft a weirdly woven tapestry of implied grunge, dream pop, and psychedelic folk in compelling sophomore record.


Howard Eynon: So What If Im Standing In Apricot Jam

A long-lost acid folk classic crawls out from the Australian bush to blink its stoned eyes in the sun.


Childish Gambino: Kauai EP

Childish Gambino flexes his immense talent and versatility on EP Kauai.


Dawn Pemberton: Say Somethin’

This is a record for the blue-haired crowd, but there’s enough here for those who like soul, R&B, and jazz rock to make Pemberton an appreciative force.


Indecent Exposure and Christopher Beha’s ‘Arts & Entertainments’

This story, although not mindless, is kind of a trashy read; rather like the celebrity culture it critiques.


Tuesday, November 11 2014

‘The Lives of Muhammad’ Is Not Merely a Biography, but a Biography of Biographies

Ali's book is devoted to unraveling the story of the Muslim prophet, and a serious contribution to the debate over what is real, what is apocryphal, and what is myth.


CBGB Music Festival: New York - 12 October 2014 (Photos)

Perry Farrell's antics during the Jane's Addiction CBGB Festival set were probably more wild than one would expect in tourist friendly Times Square.


‘The Female Gaze’ Is a Collection of Films That Buck Male-Centric Cinematic Trends

The seven films in The Female Gaze offer an interesting look at the work of seven different female directors, each a welcome antidote to action-hero blockbusters and formulaic rom-coms.


...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead: IX

After a few albums of focused hard rock, Trail of Dead confidently begins to reintegrate the more pop-oriented experimentations that killed their early '00s buzz.


Cult of Youth: Final Days

Final Days is an uncompromising record played with the passion and conviction to back up its ambitious artistic vision.


Mark Kozelek: Sings Christmas Carols

For those ready to consider the the real meaning of Christmas rather than the crass commercial aspect, this is the holiday record for you.


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