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Saturday, February 29th, 2020  

Album Reviews

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Soccer Mommy
color theory

Feb 28, 2020 Web Exclusive

The warm, melodic songs of Sophie Allison's Soccer Mommy conceal daggers. On her 2018 debut full-length, Clean, Allison depicted young love as a venue for self-loathing and violent longing, wrapped up in the sweetest melodies indie rock had to offer.

Suddenly

Caribou
Suddenly

Feb 27, 2020 Web Exclusive

It's been over half a decade since we were last invited into the mind of Dan Snaith under his famous Caribou moniker. On 2014s Our Love, the project delivered an expertly executed maximalist portrayal of love and connection, set atop some of the prettiest and most fully formed compositions that he has ever delivered.

Vices

Peggy Sue
Vices

Feb 26, 2020 Web Exclusive

London-based duo Peggy Sue, return with their fifth album, Vices, and their first in four years. Peggy Sue's Katy Young and Rosa Slade decided to take a break after 2014's critically acclaimed album Choir of Echoes, which saw them expanding their sound, their fan base, and playing to some of the biggest audiences of their careers.

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

Real Estate on “The Main Thing”

Real Estate on “The Main Thing”

Feb 28, 2020 Web Exclusive

"It's gonna be hard to go back." Martin Courtney laughs as he describes the line crossed by Real Estate in the writing and recording of their latest album, The Main Thing. For nearly a decade, the New Jersey-based band have developed their niche of relaxing rock, but an "existential crisis," as Courtney has termed it, pushed the band toward a more thoughtful ethic concerning their craft this time around.

Self-Portrait: Hazel Wilde of Lanterns on the Lake

Self-Portrait: Hazel Wilde of Lanterns on the Lake

Feb 27, 2020 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 Hazel Wilde of Lanterns on the Lake.

Pleased to meet you

Humanist – Rob Marshall on the Self-Titled Debut

Feb 26, 2020

Rob Marshall has been making music for the best part of two decades. Having cut his teeth with ambient shoegazers Lyca Sleep at the turn of the century, he's perhaps best known as being the guitarist in Exit Calm.

Lists

Ranked: 2020 Oscar Nominated Documentary Short Films

Feb 09, 2020

The 92nd Annual Academy Awards ceremony will happen tonight, February 9th. As in years past, we've taken a look at this year's short film competitions. The Academy defines a short film as an original motion picture running 40 minutes or less, and excludes all advertisments, unaired or unsold television episodes, or credit sequences from feature-length films. Our critic, Shawn Hazelett, watched and ranked all of this year's Oscar-nominated shorts. Here, he looks at this year's documentary category.  

Want to judge for yourself? Click here to find a list of theaters and showtimes for this year's Oscar-nominated shorts.

Blog

Election 2020: The Anarchy Primaries

Election 2020: The Anarchy Primaries

Feb 25, 2020 By Steve King

Liberals worry. They worry about real things. Conservatives worry about fake things. Democrats worry so Republicans don't have to; that's the way things work. At least until recently, the fundamentals of our democratic schism were strong.




Cinema Reviews

The Whistlers

Feb 25, 2020 Web Exclusive

Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu has created a neat, sexy thriller but its convoluted ideas aren’t as clean as a whistle.

Television Reviews

Better Call Saul Season 5, Episode 1: Magic Man
AMC, Sundays 10/9 Central

Feb 23, 2020 Web Exclusive

He's sporting a suit more garish than those of Jack Nicholson's Joker. He's slinging free burner cellphones, with his law firm on speed dial, to degenerates of all stripes. And he chose a decrepit little tent to house all these wayward doings. Yes, Jimmy McGill couldn't look more in his element.