Album Reviews

Quiet Slang
Everything Matters But No One Is Listening

May 21, 2018 Web Exclusive

Over the last handful of years James Alex has led the often-changing lineup of Beach Slang at hundreds of wild-eyed, tender-punk, soul-punch shows and delivered a pair of bruised, spectacularly joyous rock 'n' roll albums in the shape of The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us in 2015 and A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings in 2016.

Parquet Courts
Wide Awake!

May 18, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

Wide Awake! is Parquet Courts' fifth album (or seventh, if you include the trimmings of Parkay Quarts and last year's Daniele Luppi collaboration) in as many years, with scarily prolific Andrew Savage releasing his first solo album late last year as well. 

Courtney Barnett
Tell Me How You Really Feel

May 17, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

"I'm not your mother! I'm not your bitch!" drools Courtney Barnett on the opening to the sixth track of Tell Me How You Really Feel. Her voice is devoid of any expression, but, with her distinctive Australian twang, it's still unmistakably hers.

Classic Interviews

Lush - Miki Berenyi and Emma Anderson on 1996 Album “Lovelife” and the Last Days of the Band

Lush - Miki Berenyi and Emma Anderson on 1996 Album “Lovelife” and the Last Days of the Band
"Lush was so tied up with Chris, and without him, it's just really, really difficult to consider [a reunion]." - Miki Berenyi

Apr 28, 2015 Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

The year was 1996. Lush had released its third full-length album, Lovelife. Although their shoegaze-crossed-with-pop songwriting never truly fit into Britain's chart-centric musical atmosphere, the band was finally getting its due, with Lovelife cracking the Top 10 on Britain's album charts and spawning three charting singles, "Single Girl," "Ladykiller," and "500 (Shake Baby Shake)."

Comic Book Reviews

Sabrina
Drawn & Quarterly

May 17, 2018 Web Exclusive

Drnaso beautifully weaves an intricate story-simultaneously a riveting character study and a parable about the dangerous spread of misinformation and doubt-that blooms wider with every subsequent panel.

Book Reviews

John Andrew Fredrick
Fucking Innocent: The Early Films Of Wes Anderson

Apr 10, 2018 Web Exclusive

Full of erudition and insight, John Andrew Fredrick's book on the early films of Wes Anderson also has a great feel for the auteur's characters, and for Anderson himself.

Interviews

Courtney Barnett - The Under the Radar Cover Story

May 16, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett's second full-length release starts in a dark place. Opening with the groan of a guitar being tuned, a soft gasp, and the growl of feedback, "Hopefulessness" is the sound of tension searching for a place to escape. "You know what they say, no one is born to hate," Barnett sings over ominously askew guitar lines.

Parquet Courts on “Wide Awake!”

May 15, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

America is angry, but Parquet Courts are here to provide a cathartic release.

Pleased to meet you

Anna Burch on “Quit the Curse”

May 18, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

Over Skype, Anna Burch often finishes her answers with an awkward giggle; as if she prefers gift-wrapping presents over opening them. The title of her excellent debut LP Quit the Curse strikes as a tongue-in-cheek bristle at romanticism and superstition.

Lists

Tribeca Film Festival 2018: Our Best of the Fest

May 01, 2018

Words by Austin Trunick

Tribeca ’18 has come to a close, and again proved to be two of the best weeks a film fan could possibly have in New York City. Personally, much more of this year’s fest was spent interviewing up-and-coming filmmakers and established film stars – but that didn’t stop me from seeing a couple dozen new movies and taking in many of the unique VR projects populating this year’s Immersive section. Here are some picks for some favorites which we couldn’t necessarily cover with interviews.

Blog

Soundtracking the Resistance - An Interview with Rev. Sekou

May 18, 2018 By Stephen Mayne

Don't worry, Trump gets a look in, but this week we're giving our time over to musician (and just about every other job you can think of) Rev. Sekou to discuss his protest songs, musical heritage, and political activism.






Cinema Reviews

Saving Brinton

May 16, 2018 Web Exclusive

Michael Zahs is a true original: a passionate archivist with an encyclopedic knowledge of old silent movies, magic lanterns, and Iowan lore.

DVD Reviews

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Singles Collection
Studio: Shout! Factory

May 18, 2018 Web Exclusive

If someone wanted to know where they should start with Shout!’s many MST3K box sets, The Singles Collection would top our list.

Television Reviews

National Treasure: Kiri
HULU

Apr 02, 2018 Web Exclusive

The abduction of a young black girl twists into an amalgamation of accusations, schemes and guilt between her white foster family, her biological family, and her social worker in Jack Thorne's (National Treasure) latest miniseries, Kiri.