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Snark, Sarcasm, and Sobriety Keeps ‘Ghost World’ Relevant

Tales of summer classes, spineless parents, and an eternal curiosity about the wild, weird, and woebegotten in Criterion's edition of Ghost World.

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Tyler, The Creator: Flower Boy

All the imperfections and risk-taking of Tyler’s past efforts bloom into fruition now on his most beautiful and open record to date.

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The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers: No Glory

Praise the Lord: On their sophomore album, the Eagle Rock Gospel Singers dive deep into their bag of tricks for an eclectic mix of soul, gospel and Americana.

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VÉRITÉ: Somewhere In Between

With her debut album, Somewhere in Between, VÉRITÉ etches her name into the growing pantheon of alt-pop brooders.

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It’s Anger Across The Ages in ‘Marvel Generations: Banner Hulk & Totally Awesome Hulk #1’

Two Hulks from two eras, Bruce Banner and Amadeus Cho, do a lot of smashing but leave surprisingly little impact.

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‘The Space Between the Stars’ Is a Stellar Debut

Combining meditations on faith and science with a ragtag band of dystopia survivors, The Space Between the Stars entertains and asks important questions.

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Recipients of the Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers, Anthologized

The common thread in Pen America Best Debut Stories 2017 is a simple and succinct style and a desire to tell a good story free from the bells and whistles that sometimes scream “MFA”.

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Various Artists: Zaire 74 - The African Artists

Perfectly preserved after 43 years, the legendary Rumble in the Jungle's musical pre-show is a knockout in its own right.

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Various Artists: The Complete Loma Singles Vol. 1

These original R&B 45s are treasured among music collectors, and this anthology is the first in the release of all Loma Records' singles.

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This Is the Kit: Moonshine Freeze

Katie Stables and Co. shimmer and shine in focused and layered fifth full-length LP.

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Celebrating American Film Actress, Producer, Screenwriter, and Philanthropist Marion Davies

Silent star Marion Davies balances romance, comedy and costumes in The Bride's Play, Beauty's Worth and When Knighthood Was in Flower.

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Arcade Fire: Everything Now

Arcade Fire is not old enough for this work as late career orthodoxy nor suave enough to cook these observations into delicious bites.

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Professor Randall E. Auxier Is My Bass Player—and Philosopher

Metaphysical Graffiti is a greatest hits rock/philosophy compilation that showcases the coolest professor around.

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Kevin Abernathy: Family Hour / The PInklets: The Pinklets

Two EPs from Tennessee's rocking Abernathy family (one from dad and one from daughters) that each offer sonic rewards.

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‘Straw Dogs’ Searches for Human Nature but Finds Only Misogyny

The iconic value of Sam Peckinpah's filmic capture of human depravity doesn't outweigh its tired nihilism and especially its misogyny.

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Bad Cop / Bad Cop: Warriors

Catchy, retro pop punk with a current feminist outlook. But a lot more fun than the previous sentence makes it sound.

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Manchester Orchestra: A Black Mile to the Surface

On their latest album, Manchester Orchestra show that gloominess pays off as long as you've got good songs and smart arrangements.

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Washed Out: Mister Mellow

Mister Mellow is an album of interludes and abstract experimentations as much as it is a pop record.

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2 Aug 2017 // 2:15 AM

Aruán Ortiz: Cub(an)ism

Dense yet rewarding, Ortiz champions the abstract while still honoring his musical roots on his first solo piano record in 20 years.

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‘Orphan Black’: The Importance of Family and Sacrifice Are the Heart of “Guillotines Decide”

Art and death go hand in hand in one of Orphan Black's final episodes.

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