Monday, July 14 2014
The second set of Northern Soul-flavored 7x7"-singles from the legendary soul label highlights just how tough it is to consider the Motown sound objectively these days.
Sunday, July 13 2014
People must make choices, dire, resonant, tragic, repeatedly in The Strain.
Friday, July 11 2014
Matt Reeves’ sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a tight, bleak, and dramatically lopsided tragedy wrapped inside a pummeling summer crowd-pleaser.
Polanski's movies tend to be even-handed in their treatment of the sexes, at least in that both male and female characters can be conniving and power-mad.
In Quest for Infamy, you’ll spend more time looking for a story and puzzles than you do participating in a story and puzzles.
Should you indulge, I encourage you to pour your favorite tipple, settle into a comfortable chair, open the pages of Proof, and enjoy the "bar moment".
Walter Hill's talkiest action film boasts one of his best stories, but isn't the forgotten classic one might hope for.
The seminal bossa-nova record for American audiences still sounds perfect.
Now (Chicago XXXVI) will likely make moms across the land swoon, and that’s pretty much all you can ask from Chicago by this point.
They are Serge Gainsbourg's songs, but it's Harvey’s show, and he does a fine job as frontman throughout.
Watching Eric Elbogen's career has been like watching a turtle come out its shell in slow motion, and Endless Wonder is perhaps Say Hi's most fully realized album to date.
A mixed bag from Portland's folk-rock superstars.
Thursday, July 10 2014
With so many mainstream movie romances mired in clichés, it's up to the indie sector to offer more nuanced, more original versions of the movie romance.
Nothing goes unnoticed in Yelena Akhtiorskaya's satire of an immigrant family, and nothing is sacred.
Silly plot aside, the real attraction to A Hard Day’s Night is the music and the way it is presented.
The Clientele were one of the greatest triumphs of the fickle aughts, and also one of the most overlooked successes of indie pop.
Donovan Quinn and Glenn Donaldson took a straight ahead approach to making their latest, a record infused with immediate charm making its 33-minute running time feel breezy, even effortless.
Two masters play mostly love songs as if the night were coming to a close.
The Motherland shows that, at the age of 50, Dave Bidini shows no signs of slowing, and we can all celebrate the fact that he’s still making music.
Kris Delmhorst aims for a mature, minimalistic style on her seventh studio album Blood Test, a move which ultimately lacks punch and floats by in a puff of nothingness.