Album Reviews

Connan Mockasin
Jassbusters

Oct 15, 2018 Web Exclusive

Connan Mockasin has never been much of a classifiable dude. He's lived in various cities, including New Zealand's Wellington (his "hometown"), but also London, LA, and most recently, Tokyo. He's also built a huge resume of artists he's supported: Radiohead, Charlotte Gainsbourg (perhaps referred to in the song "Charlotte's Thong"), Fat Boy Slim, Neil & Liam Finn, MGMTthe list goes on. 

The Dodos
Certainty Waves

Oct 15, 2018 Web Exclusive

Ten years on from their breakthrough second album, Visiter, Californian two-piece The Dodos have made what vocalist/guitarist Meric Long refers to as a "midlife crisis record." This means a bold step away from some of the band's earlier, more folk-driven material and a reckless yet rewarding dive into righteous racket.

Kurt Vile
Bottle It In

Oct 12, 2018 Web Exclusive

Kurt Vile's latest album, Bottle It In, stretches across a long-winded 79 minutes. An album of such length would typically meet a great deal of criticisms, a drawn-out and wearisome divergence of windows-down freeway rock: this is Vile's forte, though, and his musters and oddball sentences are revered and cherished, his vocal presence undemanding but completely addictive.

Classic Interviews

John Slattery - The “Mad Men” Star on His Feature Directorial Debut, “God’s Pocket”

John Slattery - The “Mad Men” Star on His Feature Directorial Debut, “God’s Pocket”
Learning to Adapt

May 09, 2014 Web Exclusive

Actor John Slatterybest known for his role as accounts executive Roger Sterling on TV's Mad Menis acclimatizing to a new, second career as a filmmaker. His debut feature as a director,God's Pocket, is adapted from the Pete Dexter novel of the same name, and stars the late Philip Seymour Hoffman (in one of his last roles), John Turturro, Christina Hendricks, and Richard Jenkins.

Interviews

Self-Portrait: Mothers

Oct 12, 2018 Web Exclusive

For our recurring Self-Portrait feature we ask a musician to take a self-portrait photo (or paint/draw a self-portrait) and write a list of personal things about themselves, things that their fans might not already know about them. This Self-Portrait is by Mothers, the project of singer/songwriter Kristine Leschper.

Self-Portrait: Lala Lala

Oct 10, 2018 Web Exclusive

For our recurring Self-Portrait feature we ask a musician to take a self-portrait photo (or paint/draw a self-portrait) and write a list of personal things about themselves, things that their fans might not already know about them. This Self-Portrait is by Lala Lala, which is the project of Chicago-based singer/songwriter Lillie West.

Pleased to meet you

My Firsts: Joey Dosik

Aug 22, 2018 Web Exclusive

My Firsts is our email interview series where we ask musicians to tell us about their first life experiences, be it early childhood ones (first word, first concert, etc.) or their first tastes of being a musician (first band, first tour, etc.). For this My Firsts we talk to Joey Dosik

Lists

Beach House - 10 Best Songs:  Ranking the Best Tracks from Teen Dream to 7

May 23, 2018

With their latest album 7, Beach House has now released eight albums (seven studio albums and one rarities and B-sides release) and 83 songs. Distilling these 83 songs down to a 10 best was a daunting task but one that was met with an enthusiastic glee. Not much is better than revisiting Beach House's entire catalog of their signature dream-pop formula of airy guitars, hushed indie-rock beats, and ethereal vocals. From their self-titled 2006 debut to the recently released 7, their sound shimmers with lush and gossamer melodies, catchy beats and softly soaring guitar riffs. Of course it proved too difficult to pick just 10 tracks, so below is list of the top 14. A 10 best and four honorable mentions.

Of course all of this is subjective, this is simply the opinion of one writer. No doubt you have your own list of favorite Beach House songs. And yes, we are aware there are no songs from the band's first two albums, 2006's Beach House and 2008's Devotion; we feel they truly came into their own with their third album, 2010's Teen DreamBy Matt the Raven

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Live reviews

Alvvays, Snail Mail, and Hatchie at Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA, September 29, 2018

Oct 10, 2018 By Max Freedman

Putting AlvvaysSnail Mail, and Hatchie on the same bill is like asking that Twitter-viral bot (okay, it's clearly not a bot) that keeps pumping out the world's most hilarious scripts for Olive Garden commercials and Donald Trump rallies to spend 10,000 hours in the college rock sphere and create a dream lineup of its own. 

Blog

Protest: Trumposophy

Oct 12, 2018 By Steve King

The American president is a stand-in for whatever god you want to believe in, and He is given almost absolute power by His subjects and their courts. He is a man who can be in all rooms at all times. Religion (and history) are a lie agreed upon, so the Church of Trumposophy should have come as no surprise. It's not just a religion. It's not a conspiracy theory. It's not a belief structure. It's a way of life.






Cinema Reviews

Thunder Road

Oct 12, 2018 Web Exclusive

Jim Cummings' 2016 short film expanded to feature-length.

Television Reviews

The Good Place Season 3, Episode 4 (“The Snowplow”)
NBC

Oct 11, 2018 Web Exclusive

"The Snowplow," the fourth episode of The Good Place's third season, is an early contender for funniest episode of the season. It's also guilty of greatly accelerating the season's narrative in ways that are simultaneously unnatural, predictable, and thrilling.