Album Reviews

Interpol
A Fine Mess EP

May 20, 2019 Web Exclusive

If I had to name the new Interpol release myself, A Fine Mess might've been my pick without even knowing there was an included song of the same name.

Idlewild
Interview Music

May 20, 2019 Web Exclusive

For their eighth studio albumtheir second since returning from a three year hiatus in 2013Scottish indie rockers Idlewild have returned to their roots by way of producer Dave Eringa. 

The National
I Am Easy to Find

May 17, 2019 Web Exclusive

Not long into "You Had Your Soul With You" one realizes The National's new album I Am Easy to Find is closely related to their last one, 2017's Sleep Well Beast: they share the same quest for meaning in a fractured world, the same skittering heartbeat, shimmery melodies and abrupt endings.

Classic Interviews

Alicia Vikander

Alicia Vikander
On Pointe

Nov 15, 2012 Web Exclusive

Danish director Nikolaj Arcel estimates that he saw 70 actresses in Denmark while trying to cast the role of Queen Caroline Mathilda for his film, A Royal Affair, but none of them had the regal quality that he had envisioned for the character. He found what he was looking for when he met Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, a classically trained dancer who studied at The Royal Swedish Ballet School for nine years.

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. 

Book Reviews

Patrick McGuinness
Throw Me to the Wolves

Apr 30, 2019 Web Exclusive

In his third book, Patrick McGuinness takes on a murder and the media's propensity to jump to conclusions.

Interviews

Ladytron on Their Self-Titled Album

May 20, 2019 Issue #65 - Mitski and boygenius

Ladytron are one of the most innovative bands of the 21st Century. Formed in Liverpool back in 1999 by Helen Marnie, Mira Aroyo, Reuben Wu, and Daniel Hunt and bonded by a love of experimental electronic music and pop, the four-piece released their debut album, 604, two years later after a batch of critically acclaimed singles and EPs. 

The End: Telekinesis

May 17, 2019 Issue #65 - Mitski and boygenius

To end out the week, we ask Telekinesis some questions about endings and death. Telekinesis is the project of Seattle-based singer/songwriter/drummer Michael Benjamin Lerner, whose new album is titled Effluxion, which comes from the Latin term meaning "to flow."

Pleased to meet you

Stella Donnelly on “Beware of the Dogs”

May 10, 2019 Web Exclusive

Gathering her voice between intermittent coughing fits and sniffles, Stella Donnelly apologizes for being sick for the interview, wishing that she were more readily able to express herself. 

Lists

Ranked: 2019 Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts

Feb 24, 2019

Best Documentary Short is routinely one of the strongest categories, perhaps because the natural, open-ended approach to documentary filmmaking sees incredibly ambitious projects peter out. Certainly the reverse happens, as with Hoop Dreams. Unfortunately, this year includes two entries that might technically fall within the parameters of documentary filmmaking, but are too calculated and told from the benefit of hindsight to have the typical effect of nonfiction storytelling. No, not every documentary needs to be vérité, but every documentary should create a sense of the present tense. The two that do not heavily dilute the category.

By Shawn Hazelett

Blog

PLAYlist 39: Hex Roller, The Table is Lava, & Happy Salmon

May 13, 2019 By Austin Trunick

Some of the best games are the really simple games. Some of the really simple games also happen to be really affordable games.






Cinema Reviews

Non-Fiction

May 01, 2019 Web Exclusive

Olivier Assayas needed to get something off his chest. A lot of things, it turns out.

DVD Reviews

The Heiress
Studio: The Criterion Collection

May 20, 2019 Web Exclusive

Adapted from a 1947 stage play, The Heiress is a gothic romance but feels strongly of a piece with the film noir genre, which was reaching its zenith in the late 1940s.

Television Reviews

Leaving Neverland
(HBO, Sunday March 3 and Monday March 4)

Mar 03, 2019 Web Exclusive

Leaving Neverland, a sprawling account of alleged sexual abuse at the hands of Michael Jackson, was set for controversy from the moment it premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival.