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Album Reviews

Giants of All Sizes

Giants of All Sizes

Oct 11, 2019 Web Exclusive

History has shown that Elbow records can be tough nuts to crack and the band's eighth studio album, Giants of All Sizes, is no exception.


Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Oct 10, 2019 Web Exclusive

The final part in Nick Cave's trilogy is here. With foundations built on two modern classics2013's Push the Sky Away and 2016's The Skeleton KeyGhosteen is a double album that feels like a transformation, a regeneration, and one of the more incredible expressions of grief and strength we've yet seen from a modern artist. 

Sound & Fury

Sturgill Simpson
Sound & Fury

Oct 09, 2019 Web Exclusive

It's been a minute since we last heard from Sturgill Simpson on his genre busting, award winning, and outstanding A Sailor's Guide to Earth.

Comic Book Reviews

The Weatherman Vol. 1

Apr 05, 2019 Issue #65 - Mitski and boygenius

Collecting the first six issues of the series by writer Jody LeHeup, artist Nathan Fox, and colorist Dave Stewart, The Weatherman scratched our sci-fi/action/adventure itch better than anything has since Schwarzenegger's big-screen heyday. 


Blanck Mass on “Animated Violence Mild”

Blanck Mass on “Animated Violence Mild”

Oct 11, 2019 Web Exclusive

Rolling one cigarette after another from his home in the East Lothian Council of Scotland, Benjamin John Power is invigorated. Known to the music world as Blanck Mass, or that guy from Fuck Buttons, Power turns his device around to his backyard so I can see how very green the beautiful day is. 

Keeping Score – David Wingo Gets His Due

Keeping Score – David Wingo Gets His Due

Oct 11, 2019 Web Exclusive

The Steady-Delivering Composer of Barry Gets the Shine He’s Always Deserved.

Pleased to meet you

Julien Chang Shares New Song “Memory Loss”

Sep 18, 2019

Promising new 19-year-old Baltimore singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Julien Chang is releasing his debut album, Jules, on October 11 via Transgressive. Now he has shared another song from it, the dreamy "Memory Loss."


25 of the Best Elton John Songs You’ve (Probably) Never Heard

Jun 10, 2019

Rocketman is here. And it's spectacular. As such, I've got Elton on the mind.

I didn't go to the church of Jesus Christ when I was a kid. I went to the church of Elton John. Still do. We had portraits of Elton and his lyricist Bernie Taupin framed, matted, and hanging in the hallway as if they were fuckin' family members. LOL. Mom took me to my first concert in 1994. I was 11. It was Elton and Ray Cooper at the Greek Theater in LA. In 7th grade, I had a picture of Elton on the front of my school folder and one of Taupin on the back. Caught a lot of shit for it too. It was middle school, it was the mid-'90s, I was a weirdo.

So I'm a mega-fan for sure.

When people ask me where to start with Elton's catalog, here's what I tell 'em: All the studio albums from the 1970 self-titled Elton John through 1976's Blue Moves are essential. That's 10 albums people. 10 ALBUMS IN 6 YEARS. All of them essential. And no, we're not gonna get into anything after Blue Moves. Don't have time. Too controversial. But do check out 1981's The Fox and 1983's Too Low for Zero if you have the appetite.

Those 10 studio albums aren't just essential because of their brain-scramblingly good singles, but also because the non-single album tracks are Just. Un. Real. To celebrate all that incredible music and the release of Rocketman, I've compiled 25 of the very best Elton John songs I reckon you've never heard.

What'd we miss? BRING IT.

 By Kenny S McGuane

Live reviews

Crunchy Frog at 25: A Landmark Celebration for Denmark’s Finest Independent Label

Crunchy Frog at 25: A Landmark Celebration for Denmark’s Finest Independent Label

Sep 27, 2019 By Dom Gourlay

"We aren't just a label. We're a family." It's those immortal words from Crunchy Frog head honcho and founder Jesper "Yebo" Reginal that exemplify the spirit of one of Denmark's finest musical institutions.


Countdown to the 30th Annual New Orleans Film Festival

Countdown to the 30th Annual New Orleans Film Festival

Oct 11, 2019 By Zach Hollwedel

The 30th Annual New Orleans Film Festival runs October 16-23 and boasts an impressive film lineup.

Cinema Reviews

The Day Shall Come

Sep 26, 2019 Web Exclusive

Christopher Morris’ new comedy, The Day Shall Come, shows he’s clearly been keeping his irons in the stove.

Television Reviews

FOX, Wednesdays at 9/8 Central

Aug 07, 2019 Web Exclusive

The true genius of Beverly Hills, 90210 is not appreciated until you look back at it through an almost three-decade lens. The breakout show, which made a destination out of a zip code and instant superstars out of its eye candy cast, was gagging for a reboot.