Album Reviews

Clark
Clark

Nov 20, 2014 Web Exclusive

As is the case with a significant portion of the Warp Records roster, Clark is one of those artists who is revered in electronic music circles as one of the pioneers of the genre. 

The Twilight Sad
Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave

Nov 19, 2014 Web Exclusive

The mastery on display here is that the mix comes out as sublime as it does. Even as James Graham sings, once again, about loss and loneliness, it's expertly paired with a hypnotic or compelling mix. A sommelier of emotions, if you will.

Savages & Bo Ningen
Words for the Blind

Nov 18, 2014 Web Exclusive

The video trailers for Words for the Blind capture a commanding and ethereal performance from two of the most innovative bands performing today: dressed in black, in a black room, and surrounded by white light and haze.

Classic Interviews

Leslie Stein

Leslie Stein
Eye of the Majestic Creature's creator talks musical/artistic influences that abound in creator's not-quite-slice-of-life opus

May 05, 2011 Web Exclusive

Eye of the Majestic Creature, which is now available from Fantagraphics, merges the quirky & surreal with a refreshing sort of honesty. Leslie Stein took the time to answer our questions about slice of life comics, musical influences, and anthropomorphic guitars. 

Comic Book Reviews

How the World Was
First Second

Nov 11, 2014 Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

Emmanuel Guibert's introspective and intimate biographical account of his dear friend Alan Cope's early childhood is as beautifully drawn as it is compellingly written.

Interviews

Mia Maestro - The Actress/Singer on “The Strain” and Her Debut Album

Nov 19, 2014 Web Exclusive

Mia Maestro began acting in 1998 in the dance drama Tango and she hasn't stopped since, continuing with a recurring role on Alias and a part in the final two Twilight movies, among others. The actress, whose latest role is the vampire slaying Centers for Disease Control worker Dr. Nora Martinez in the FX series, The Strain, has another passion, though: singing.

Track-by-Track: Johnny Marr on “Playland”

Nov 17, 2014 Web Exclusive

It is after midnight and Johnny Marr has come off the stage at De La Warr in Bexhill, U.K. This is the third date of the legendary guitarist's tour in support of his second solo album, Playland, the rapid follow-up to 2013'sThe Messenger.

Pleased to meet you

Pleased to Meet You Spotlight: Dinner

Nov 19, 2014 Web Exclusive

“When I was 14, I just wanted to play stuff like AC/DC,” Dinner says. “I even wrote AC/DC with an ink marker on my cheap guitar and it rubbed off on my arm. I just imagined that when I started playing guitar I would wind up in a scenario pretty close to the ‘Thunderstruck’ video … You have scaffolding in an arena, and kids are hanging out there being cool and headbanging, with AC/DC playing in the middle. I imagined that six months after picking up my guitar, that’s what my life would be like. But I’m not at that point yet, unfortunately. I just need to keep at it.”

Lists

Ranked: U2

Nov 04, 2014

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 U2.

There can be few bands who suffer as much opprobrium in these Internet days as U2. Sure, the likes of Beady Eye and Nickelback perhaps attract more vehement attacks, but the sheer scale of everything about U2-their album sales, sound, and frontman's persona-means that they surely stand alone. Much of this is deserved, be it for increasingly diminishing returns on the quality of their music or for their questionable marketing. The average online hater though is a person of short memory: over the course of 13 "proper" albums they produced records that either defined an era or went all out and changed it. There are duds, sure, mostly towards the latter part of their career, but the task of ranking said 13 albums reveals-as if such a fact needed revealing-that U2 are a band with a rich, varied and brilliant history that's worth celebrating... no matter how many "Elevations" they release. By Dan Lucas

Live reviews

alt-j at The Beacon Theater in New York, New York

Nov 17, 2014 By Robert Altman

alt-J, the English indie wunderkinds who burst on the scene in 2012 winning the Mercury Prize for their first album, An Awesome Wave, hit NYC on their current tour supporting their sophomore effort last evening.

Blog

Doctor Who - “Death In Heaven” (Season 8, Episode 12) Recap/Analysis

Nov 10, 2014 By Cody Ray Shafer

Here we are at the end of another season of Doctor Whoand all things considered the series has moved pretty far in the last 12 weeks. We're quite comfortable with Peter Capaldi in the TARDIS at this point, and showrunner Steven Moffat has made good on his promise to take the show to darker places. 






Cinema Reviews

Late Phases

Nov 20, 2014 Web Exclusive

Late Phases is a fun werewolf flick with a sweet, climactic last stand.