Reviews

9 Oct 2017 // 8:35 AM

Mike Stern: Trip

Mike Stern has fallen. Trip shows that he can get back up just fine.

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Sprung from a $36 Ukulele: ‘Joni: The Anthology’

If Joan Baez was the purest folkie, Judy Collins the chanteuse, then Joni Mitchell was probably the siren.

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9 Oct 2017 // 8:24 AM

David Crosby: Sky Trails

David Crosby gets a second (third? fourth?) wind and releases two albums in less than a year. Good ones, too...

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Kamasi Washington: Harmony of Difference

Compared to Kamasi Washington's previous record, The Epic, the duration of the trip might have been minimized, but the scope and purpose of the artist has not wearied in Harmony of Difference.

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9 Oct 2017 // 7:54 AM

Kelela: Take Me Apart

Kelela's excellent debut manages to evoke megastar crooners from decades past, cyborgs from the future, and, unmistakably, the defining sounds of pop music's present.

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‘Void Star’ Stands Out As Unique and Accomplished Sci-fi

Zachary Mason's Void Star requires some effort, but the reward is a wonderfully immersive plunge into a world that is persuasively novel in some places, and appealingly familiar in others.

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Bava, Baby, Bava! Three Films from Italy’s Horror Maestro

Erik the Conqueror, Roy Colt and Winchester Jack and Kill Baby Kill show Bava's colorful ways with the camera.

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‘Mr. Robot’: Season 2 Widened the Narrative/Character Canvas Beyond Elliot’s Fractured Viewpoint

Disconnecting technology, connecting humans: as the world came apart, Mr. Robot's characters came together in promising new configurations.

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As Thoreau Says, Not As He Does: ‘The Boatman’ and ‘Walden and Civil Disobedience’

It is what Thoreau wrote about how to live -- not, mind you, the way he actually lived -- that makes him a significant cultural figure.

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‘The Mountain Between Us’ Is All Glory, No Guts

The Mountain Between Us is an easily digestible romance that might have been more interesting if it were a bit harder to swallow.

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Downtown Boys: Cost of Living

Cost of Living isn’t just a punk album with “something to say”; it is one that boasts an impressively sustainable ideology.

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Comics Scholarship Finds Its Voice With ‘INKS’ and ‘Drawing the Line’

From Ohio State (a hotbed for comics studies) comes INKS and Drawing the Line, books for both academics and fans of comics alike.

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Carole King: Tapestry - Live in Hyde Park

Carole King’s seminal 1971 album Tapestry forms the core of this live album celebrating her long career and immense legacy as influential songwriter and musician.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of West Africa

Choice cuts from the vast range of music in West Africa make for another polished installment of the Rough Guides collection.

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Human Existence, in One Album: Ólafur Arnalds’ ‘Eulogy for Evolution’ Ten Years Later

Ólafur Arnalds' stunning debut Eulogy for Evolution, still his masterpiece, remains a gorgeous and disquieting vision of human life.

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The Joke’s on Batman in ‘Batman: White Knight #1’

This story doesn't just tweak the winning formula that has made Batman so successful over the past 70 years. It turns it on its head, inside out, and everything in between.

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A Sock Is Never Just a Sock: Thoughts on Object Lessons’ ‘Sock’

Ian Bogost and Christopher Schaberg, the editors of Object Lessons, have built an incredibly robust template for 21st century pop cultural contemplation.

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In Many Ways, ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Is Better Than Its Predecessor

A near-flawless audio-visual presentation and fascinating ideas make Blade Runner 2049 Villeneuve's best.

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Aquaman, Blooperman, Plastic Man, Bee-Man, Fatman: ‘Hero-A-Go-Go’!

Former DC editor Michael Eury offers up a loving look at the age of high cultural camp in comics and more in this collection of campy curios.

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‘Watch Around The Clock’: Retro Adventures in the Oft-disputed Golden Age of TV

A new DVD collection of vintage cartoons, movies, TV shows, and commercials shines an entertaining light on what television was like in the ‘50s and ‘60s.

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NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

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"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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