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Album Reviews

Candid

Whitney
Candid

Aug 14, 2020 Web Exclusive

Whitney were one of the few lucky acts that were able to wrap up a tour mid-February of this year. Playing in support of last year’s Forever Turned Around, the seven-piece touring band made time to record an album of cover songs as their journey was coming to a close. 

endless birthdays

JOBS
endless birthdays

Aug 14, 2020 Web Exclusive

How you interpret the title of JOBS’ third album may depend on whether you find birthdays (be they your own or those of others) a source of enjoyment or anxiety. 

Welcome to Conceptual Beach

Young Jesus
Welcome to Conceptual Beach

Aug 13, 2020 Web Exclusive

Several albums in, and not sure it really matters how many given Young Jesus’ propensity to switch things up, the improvisationally minded band reinvent themselves once again on Welcome to Conceptual Beach

Classic Interviews

Julien Baker

Julien Baker
Qualitative Research

Jun 16, 2016 Issue # 57 - M83

It has been two weeks since Julien Baker made a triumphal trek through SXSW, but she is still buzzing. Playing five shows in four days, the 20-year-old singer/songwriter became one of the festival's breakout acts, taking a victory lap after her 2015 full-length debut, Sprained Ankle, became one of the year's most-acclaimed breakthroughs. 

Comic Book Reviews

Bad Gateway
Fantagraphics

Jan 17, 2020 Web Exclusive

The latest in the rather depressing misadventures of Megg and Mogg, who at least outwardly present as a witch and cat, respectively, sees the protagonists' lives continue to flush down the toilet. 

Interviews

Big Daddy Kane on His New Protest Song “Enough,” Police Brutality, and Black Lives Matter

Big Daddy Kane on His New Protest Song “Enough,” Police Brutality, and Black Lives Matter

Aug 14, 2020 Web Exclusive

Coming up in hip-hop’s Golden Age, Brooklyn’s Big Daddy Kane was a lyricist with peerless flow, commanding the microphone with a blazing style that showed him as adept at rapping with exquisite speed and slowing it down for a late night beneath the sheets jam. 

Election 2020: Adam Christensen on Running for Congress in FL-03

Election 2020: Adam Christensen on Running for Congress in FL-03

Aug 13, 2020 Web Exclusive

Florida is a confounding place. I’ve been all over Florida for work as a stupid 20-something selling art door-to-door in the early 2000s. You name the town and there’s a good chance I’ve been there. I’ve seen naked people in business environments, twice, in two different cities. 

Pleased to meet you

bdrmm on Their Debut Album “Bedroom”

Jul 03, 2020

One constant in this most surreal of times has been the influx of great records released so far in 2020. The latest of those is Bedroom, the debut LP from Hull, England-based five-piece bdrmm

Lists

Heroes in Quarantine: How to Make the Most of DC Universe During the Pandemic

Jun 05, 2020

Seems like just about every studio or network has its own streaming service these days. Netflix (the OG). Amazon. HBO Go. HBO Now. HBO Max (huh?). Hulu. CBS. Disney +. Apple TV. The list goes on and on. There are so many, it becomes virtually impossible to tell which one is worth the monthly fee, which one has enough content to keep you tuning in, and which one is only as good as its one show de jour and can be canceled come the season finale.

Enter DC Universe, DC Comics' foray into the streaming arena. DC Universe is rife with content, some classic, some of it original, and all absolutely worth the price of entry. There are movies; holy rusty rocks, Batman, are there movies. DC Universe boasts a wealth of films, from the Michael Keaton Batman films to exclusive animated features. Speaking of animated, the TV selection is a treasure chest of series, from Batman: The Animated Series and Justice League, which followed, to original live action content like Star Girl and Doom Patrol.

Unlike the aforementioned services, though, DC Universe offers its subscribers a trove of content beyond what's streaming. DC's bread and butter has historically always been its comics-weeklies, monthlies, limited series, and original graphic novels-and DC Universe is loaded with digital reads. Organized to entice the diehard and the newcomer alike, subscribers can search by their favorite character, seminal story arcs, or even "Get to Know" the universe one character at a time through curated selections. The site also features a fan community section, with message boards, sweepstakes, and events, an encyclopedia collecting vast histories of the DCU, and a news feed to help you keep current.

With DC Universe, there's something for every fan of the Justice League, Legion of Doom, and every A, B, and C character that inhabits the DC multi-verse. Let's takes a look at some of the content worth bingeing this summer while practicing social distancing.

By Zach Hollwedel

Blog

Verses From the Abstract: To Bop or Not to Bop

Verses From the Abstract: To Bop or Not to Bop

Jul 29, 2020 By Dustin Krcatovich

Like most people that heard “RASCAL” when it dropped earlier this year, I wanted to know more about RMR from the jump. There’s something so perverse about flipping a Rascal Flatts love ballad and turning it into an anti-cop anthem, of making a refrain of “fuck 12” into a lighters-hoisted singalong.




Cinema Reviews

Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies

Aug 14, 2020 Web Exclusive

Glossing over an encyclopedia or mini-series’ worth of details in the span of a single documentary makes Skin only feel skin deep.

Television Reviews

Betty
HBO, Fridays at 11 p.m.

May 01, 2020 Web Exclusive

The rumble of skateboard wheels on concrete is one of the most soothing sounds in the world. This is the both the underscore and overlay for HBO’s six-part series, Betty