Tuesday, August 19 2014
We hear about wrecking balls as a musical metaphor all the time. But what happens when you hand the controls over to an elephant?
Dead Stars do an effective job of mimicking a mid-'90s alt-rock one-hit wonder. Right down to having only two good songs on the album.
Monday, August 18 2014
Orbital Gear is missing an important label that would allow me to forgive its flaws: the "Early Access" label.
The real pleasures of the new Dallas involve engaging with repetition in all its forms and taking melodrama seriously.
Character development doesn't need killer robots or time-traveling enemies. It just needs to be fun.
The Paying Guests is a skillful work of genuinely entertaining literary fiction.
Tori Amos's recent performance at New York City's Beacon Theatre was simply spellbinding and quite possibly one of the best concerts in recent memory.
This film is entertaining and fun, while maintaining an emotional component throughout, making it a classic Disney film rightfully getting its due in this restored master.
The Detroit songstress and her Deltas take queasy carnival music, hoodoo blues stomps, country waltz ballads, primitive rock and jazzy inflections to craft a evocative realm in one of 2014's strongest releases.
A book on the origins of Sega, a gaming industry giant of great historical importance, could have been great.
One critic tries to figure out why everyone loves Fat White Family and she doesn't.
A worthwhile collection for anyone interested in the American folk revival and particularly for those who enjoy its outsider elements.
A timely reminder that Nickel Creek's often lowest profile member is a talented songwriter in his own right.
After a 14-year absence, New Orleans sludge-metal outfit Eyehategod return with their most brutal and best record yet.
Friday, August 15 2014
Dinosaur 13 traces the emotional and legal dilemmas emerging with the discovery of a T-Rex called Sue.
A Five Star Life challenges the dichotomies of stasis and movement, and of mobility and being tethered down.
The Giver is too much like today's other YA dystopias, but without a cool girl at its center.
Few bands dare to incorporate such wide-ranging sounds and Slightly Stoopid’s ability to mix rock and reggae with dub, grunge and hip-hop is a large part of how they appeal to such a broad fanbase.
You'll want to investigate some of Jean-Patrick Manchette's zany work before the Colin Firth and Sean Penn "Manchette adaptations" hit the big screen.
The Face of Love is a case of a compelling story that ended up in the wrong movie.