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Album Reviews

Jay Som
Anak Ko

Aug 21, 2019 Web Exclusive

The growth of Melina Duterte has been both exponential and unsurprising. After releasing a collection of demos onto Bandcamp in 2015 (with a subsequent re-release of those songs becoming 2016's Turn Into), the artist known as Jay Som dropped her debut LP, 2017's Everybody Works, to critical acclaim. 

Shura
forevher

Aug 20, 2019 Web Exclusive

Sometimes an album is so much more than its music. It represents something that extends further that what we hear. Forevher, the second album from English synth-pop artist Shura, is one of those releases. 

Kate Tempest
The Book of Traps and Lessons

Aug 20, 2019 Web Exclusive

South London's Kate Tempest has been something of a revelation over this decade. The success of this spoken-word poet has been unparalleled in the UK, to the extent that she even received a fair amount of backlash from some corners of the Internet. 

Classic Interviews

Wild Nothing

Wild Nothing
Staying Power

Jun 03, 2016 Issue # 57 - M83

It feels like an eternity since Captured Tracks head Mike Sniper surreptitiously stumbled across Wild Nothing, the one-man band of Jack Tatum (then living in Blacksburg, Virginia), on a late-night Myspace listening session back in 2010. 

Comic Book Reviews

The Weatherman Vol. 1
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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. 

Interviews

Keeping Score – Emile Mosseri on His Score for “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”

Aug 16, 2019 Web Exclusive

Honestly, you can’t imagine any other music in The Last Black Man in San Francisco.

My Firsts: Boy Scouts

Aug 13, 2019 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 Boy Scouts, aka Oakland, CA-based songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Taylor Vick.

Pleased to meet you

Penelope Isles on “Until the Tide Creeps In”

Aug 07, 2019 Web Exclusive

Brighton based four-piece Penelope Isles are one of the hottest acts to emerge from the UK scene this year. Formed by brother and sister duo Jack and Lily Wolter who originate from the Isle of Man, and completed by rhythm section Becky Redford (bass) and Jack Sowton (drums), Penelope Isles have already spent the first half of 2019 playing a staggering number of shows across the globe while amassing a legion of devotees in the process.

Lists

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

OFF Festival 2019 in Katowice, Poland, August 2, 2019

Aug 16, 2019 By Jimi Arundell

Having never been to Poland before, I am unsure what to expect from OFF Festival and as I approach the ominous looking makeshift entry gates built out of three shipping containers, a light plane immediately hurtles within spitting distance overhead to haphazardly land in the adjacent field. 






Cinema Reviews

Love, Antosha

Aug 07, 2019 Web Exclusive

Although he was not a household name, Anton Yelchin left behind a substantial body of work when he was killed in a freak accident at the recurrently unlucky age of 27.

Television Reviews

BH90210
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.