Jun 19, 2013 Issue #46 - June/July 2013 - Charli XCX
Over the last decade, Fred Thomas has operated a revolving-door policy that surpasses even Mark E. Smith's (of The Fall). But so far his fluid approach to Saturday Looks Good to Me's line-up has always come up trumps, delivering such vivacious sonic offerings as 2007's excellent Fill Up the Room.
Jun 18, 2013 Issue #46 - June/July 2013 - Charli XCX
Primal Scream albums are—to quote Forrest Gump—like a box of chocolates: you never know what you're going to get. The group's 10th album, More Light, comes five years after its confusing predecessor, Beautiful Future, and it follows up the group touring its seminal album, 1991's Screamadelica.
May 27, 2011 Web Exclusive
Kendal, England's Wild Beasts have just released their third album, Smother, to what is pretty much worldwide acclaim. Known for their elaborate but spacious arrangements and the flabbergasting vocal techniques of the male alto Hayden Thorpe, Wild Beasts make music where the weird meets the gorgeous, the creepy meets the sexy and the devastating meets the inspirational.
Jun 07, 2013 Issue #45 - Winter 2013 - Phoenix
Matt Kindt's done it again. This original graphic novel from the writer/artist/designer is refreshing in a similar manner to some of his other works, such as 3 Story and Super Spy.
Jan 03, 2013 Web Exclusive
Neil Young's autobiography, although written in somewhat unconventional form, is a fascination portrait of a master.
Mar 26, 2013 Web Exclusive
Atlantic City, for the early half of the 20th century, was regarded as America's Playground. Before it devolved a slightly dirtier, East Coast version of Vegas, the City by the Sea was theplace for Americans from any walk of life to cut loose and enjoy some of life's little decadences.
Jun 19, 2013
Releasing his latest album Sleeper this August, fuzz rocker Ty Segall has announced for a new tour around the time of its arrival.
Jun 19, 2013 Web Exclusive
Released this past April, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark's second post-reunion and 12th studio album, English Electric, goes above and beyond what anyone could—or should—have expected from two '80s synth superheroes both now approaching their mid-50s.
Jun 17, 2013 Web Exclusive
There's a scene early in the romantic road-trip comedy, Forev, where Sophie (Noël Wells), an aspiring L.A. actress, invites herself into the apartment of her neighbor, Pete (Matt Mider), and plops down in the middle of the floor to ponder the status of her life. She's just returned from a humiliating audition for a hot dog commercial, on the heels of an even worse date night out with a guy. The apartment scene stems from a time when Forev's co-writer/co-director Molly Green was going through a rough period and would come over to co-writer/co-director James Leffler's place to do the same.
Jun 06, 2013 Web Exclusive
Seabed, the full-length debut from London-based trio Vondelpark, slickly melds dance grooves, sample-heavy guitar pop, and sweet R&B-influenced vocals for a sound that's remarkably difficult to place in any one genre or era.
Jun 14, 2013
Welcome to Ranked, our recurring series in which one of our writers takes an artist's catalogue and ranks all of their official studio albums from most essential to least essential. The order is decided by the individual writer, rather than our editors. If you disagree with our ranking then please let us know in the comments section. This time Dan Lucas ranks Radiohead. And then at the end several of our other writers provide their own ranking of Radiohead's albums.
- Sasquatch Festival 2013 Sasquatch 2013
- Make Music Pasadena 2013 Make Music Pasadena 2013
- Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings SXSW: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, March 14, 2013
- Crystal Castles Crystal Castles & Doldrums at The House of Blues in Houston. April 20, 2013.
- Wavves Wavves & FIDLAR at Fitzgeralds in Houston, Texas. April 18, 2013.
Apr 22, 2013
Mental haze threatening to become an impermeable fog, I took the quality over quantity approach to the final day of Coachella, and caught impressive sets from DIIV, Jessie Ware, and Father John Misty.
May 30, 2013
When we asked Jamie Lidell to take a self-portrait, he provided several. We also asked him to write a list of personal things-interesting facts that perhaps Lidell's fans may not know about him. Earlier this year the British soul singer/songwriter/musician released his latest album, simply titled Jamie Lidell, on Warp. He's currently based in Nashville.
Jun 14, 2013 Web Exclusive
Let's cut to the chase. Is Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen), a good film? Yes. Does Henry Cavill fit the part of Superman? Yes. Is Man of Steel better than the Bryan Singer-directed Superman Returns from 2006? Yes. Is it on par with the Richard Donner-directed Superman starring Christopher Reeve? Not so much.
May 17, 2013 Web Exclusive
Tom Hooper won an Academy Award for Best Director for his mind-numbingly average character study The King's Speech, the sort of film that was made for middle American parents traveling to megaplexes around holiday time. When it was announced that his follow up would be the long-awaited film adaptation of the beloved Broadway classic Les Misérables, it felt as though his terribly British sensibilities might be a good match for the built-in drama of the iconic musical. After all, generations of fans already know the story, characters, and songs, so adequately capturing the spirit of the show should be victory in itself. He accomplishes this, to an extent.
Jun 07, 2013 Web Exclusive
Arrested Development has always been a show that rewards repeated viewings. Last week, the release of 15 all-new episodes kept that trend going—but instead of retreading familiar territory, the long-awaited new season is as original and clever as its debut was almost 10 years ago.