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Crushed Stars: Displaced Sleepers

After a four-year absence, Todd Gautreau's moody indie-outfit returns, pitting world-weariness against sonic beauty.

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‘Santa Clarita Diet’ Poses the Question: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Zombie-ism?

Sheila's desire for fresh human flesh throws the Hammond's lives into disarray in the solid, surprising second episode, "We Can't Kill People".

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Led Bib: Umbrella Weather

The group knows how to chase each other into new territory, and the horizon stays perpetually distant.

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8 Feb 2017 // 8:52 AM

Lowland Hum: Thin

Lowland Hum operate across their debut much like a quiet tempest.

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Rose Cousins: Natural Conclusion

Years collaborating and exploring creative outlets result in a collection of tight, focused songs from folk artist Rose Cousins.

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Pickett Was Wicked Good and Wicked Bad: ‘In the Midnight Hour’

Tony Fletcher's biography of the great soul singer is a vivid, detailed, and insightful portrait of a complex, talented, and often deplorable man.

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8 Feb 2017 // 8:25 AM

Surfer Blood: Snowdonia

Surfer Blood's first LP since the passing of Thomas Fekete, the group's longtime guitarist, Snowdonia is laden with the same power pop-meets-surf rock that put these melodically-minded Floridians on the map.

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‘Ben-Hur’: Once More Around the Circus Maximus

This Ben-Hur remake wants to teach against the rift that drives Ben-Hur and Messala to extreme lengths while still glorying in bloody revenge.

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8 Feb 2017 // 2:30 AM

Lowly: Heba

On debut album Heba, Lowly is skilled at communicating new ideas about the shape of pop to come.

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8 Feb 2017 // 2:15 AM

When Does an Object Become a Historical Artifact?

Dispatches from Dystopia seeks out and is drawn to tell stories of places that are often left open to interpretation.

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An Overcrowded Episode Shows ‘The Blacklist’ Is Exhausted

"Natalie Luca (No. 184)" suffers from too many twists that don't compel viewers, and Red prepares himself for death -- or just practices for a poetry slam.

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‘Akron’: Sometimes the Simpler, the Better

Had Akron went all-in on its simpler, piercingly authentic premise, it could have elevated itself into a truly singular film.

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‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’: Watch Out for the Little Guy

Tom Cruise's Jack may be smaller and older than Lee Child's Jack, but that just adds to the character's remarkability.

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‘Santa Clarita Diet’: Barrymore and Olyphant Have Bloody Fun in “So Then a Monkey or a Bat”

Santa Clarita Diet offers a kind of Eat (People), Pray, Love, but this show has more bark -- and more bite.

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This New Translation of Yusuf Atılgan’s Work Shows a Mind Unraveling

Motherland Hotel is an astounding work by a master who makes it look easy.

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7 Feb 2017 // 2:30 AM

Syd: Fin

The Internet's Syd embarks on her solo career with a solid, sensual debut album, and keeps it casual from start to finish.

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Save Ferris: Checkered Past

Save Ferris' first release in 18 years is enjoyable but not exactly a triumphant return for the third wave ska act.

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7 Feb 2017 // 2:15 AM

Communions: Blue

Communions started as an audacious and loud rock band, but they have settled into something entirely different. With Blue Communions have created triumphant power pop cheese.

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‘Reading the Silver Screen’ Is a Jocular Romp Through the Components of Film

Thomas C. Foster exudes a colloquial passion for movies of all shapes and sizes.

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7 Feb 2017 // 2:10 AM

Ab-Soul: Do What Thou Wilt

Top Dawg's Ab-Soul approaches a lot of interesting thoughts with his newest release, but doesn't explore them fully enough to make them stick.

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