Album Reviews

Fear of Men
Fall Forever

May 30, 2016 Issue # 57 - M83

Fear of Men's 2014 debut, Loom, was an alluring blend of lo-fi dream pop, straddling an unusual space between the fuzzy, unpolished appeal of classic K Records singles and the more recent wave of ramshackle indie pop typified by bands such as The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. 

Amber Arcades
Fading Lines

May 27, 2016 Issue # 57 - M83

Amber Arcadesthe thrilling and delectable project of Dutch artist Annelotte de Graaf-revel in the ability to combine textures, sounds, and colors together to create dream-like sounds and sequences; but forever being driven along by a pop heartbeat. 

Kristin Kontrol
X-Communicate

May 26, 2016 Issue # 57 - M83

Kristin Welchez (aka Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls) is no stranger to stylistic overhauls. Even before her current incarnation as Kristin Kontrol, Dum Dum Girls started as a lo-fi home recording project in 2009 and ended (for now) with 2014's stunning Too True, a record that married the best aspects of dream pop, New Wave, goth, and even '60s psychedelia to some of the most memorable material she'd ever written. 

Classic Interviews

Leslie Stein

Leslie Stein
Eye of the Majestic Creature's creator talks musical/artistic influences that abound in creator's not-quite-slice-of-life opus

May 05, 2011 Web Exclusive

Eye of the Majestic Creature, which is now available from Fantagraphics, merges the quirky & surreal with a refreshing sort of honesty. Leslie Stein took the time to answer our questions about slice of life comics, musical influences, and anthropomorphic guitars. 

Comic Book Reviews

The Twilight Children
Vertigo/DC

May 26, 2016 Web Exclusive

Darwyn Cooke's death on May 14 shocked and saddened comic book fans the world over. Since 2000, the prolific artist-and infrequent writer-lent his unique and unmistakable aesthetic primarily to the DC/Vertigo Universe. It is therefore fitting that one of his final works was The Twilight Children, a wholly original, absolutely mysterious collaboration with legendary writer Gilbert Hernandez.

Interviews

Black Mountain

May 25, 2016 Issue # 57 - M83

Losing a longtime band member is often a tough pill to swallow. When Black Mountain bass player Matt Camirand left the band, they had to scramble to find a replacement. Fortunately for them, veteran bass player Arjan Miranda (formerly of S.T.R.E.E.T.S, Children, and The Family Band) stepped in as the band prepared to record their new album IV.

Courtney Barnett vs. Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy

May 20, 2016 Issue # 56 - Best of 2015 - Father John Misty and Wolf Alice

The last time Courtney Barnett and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy saw one another face-to-face was at the November 2014 Crossing Border Festival in the Netherlands city of Den Haag. 

Pleased to meet you

Living Hour

May 26, 2016 Issue # 57 - M83

Gil Carroll didn't set out to make one of 2016's most buzzed-about dream pop records. Yet he and the other members of Living Hour seem to have done just that, despite the fact that he adamantly says, "When we started this band, I didn't even know what the term 'dream pop' meant."

Lists

Ranked: 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films

Feb 26, 2016

The 88th Annual Academy Awards ceremony will happen on Sunday, February 28th. 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. Today, he looks at this year's animated category. 

Blog

Primavera Sound 2016 Preview: A Day-By-Day Guide to the Spanish Festival

May 25, 2016 By Dan Lucas

Primavera Sound may only have been going since 2001, but few would argue against it having earned a reputation for consistently delivering the most exciting line-ups of any festival the European side of the Atlantic. Tickets are always fervently sought out but this year's bill is so stellar that even the most embittered cynic would be impressed by a festival previously dubbed Europe's largest collection of hipsters.






Cinema Reviews

X-Men: Apocalypse

May 27, 2016 Web Exclusive

In spite of issues, X-Men: Apocalypse hits all of the proper grace notes we’ve come to crave from this second wave of the franchise.

DVD Reviews

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2: Collector’s Edition
Studio: Scream Factory

May 05, 2016 Web Exclusive

Although it’s found an adoring cult audience in the thirty years since its release, you can’t really fault any moviegoers who demanded their money back after seeing The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 in its original theatrical run.

Television Reviews

Preacher
AMC (Premieres Sunday, May 22 at 10/9 Central)

May 20, 2016 Web Exclusive

Preacher is adapted from the Vertigo Comics series of the same name. We might well be in a golden age of television adaptations of other properties: for instance, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and, recently, The Magicians. While it's hard to extrapolate from a pilot whether Preacher will eventually reach a similar critical or popular success as those franchises, it's certainly off to a very strong start.