Album Reviews

The Amazing
Picture You

Mar 03, 2015 Web Exclusive

The Amazing's last album was entitled Gentle Stream, and that title evokes the Swedish group's aural aesthetic reasonably well. Their sound is unhurried, detailed, and most of all, incredibly beautiful.

I Wasn’t Born to Lose You

Mar 02, 2015 Web Exclusive

I Wasn't Born to Lose You is the Oxford, England rock unit's first full-length in 17 years, and while Swervedriver's return hasn't gotten the same level of ballyhoo as contemporaries such as Slowdive or Ride, it should.

of Montreal
Aureate Gloom

Feb 27, 2015 Web Exclusive

Of Montreal doesn't give a shit about first impressions. Each album (out of a pretty dense discography, no less) is not only impossible to nail down and succinctly summarize, but also completely different in focus and sound than its predecessor.

Comic Book Reviews

Plunder #1

Feb 25, 2015 Web Exclusive

Writer Swifty Lang has a unique knack for splicing current global issues with classic horror fare. In Plunder, Lang revisits his specialty, this time melding Somali pirates with aliens on the high seas.


Steven Wilson

Mar 02, 2015 Web Exclusive

The inspiration for Steven Wilson's new album sounds like the stuff of urban legend. The story goes like this: A young woman dies alone in her apartment and no one notices for more than two years. When her body is finally discovered, her television is still on.

Jenny Lewis

Feb 25, 2015 Issue #52 - January/February 2015 - St. Vincent

Enjoying a brief respite before embarking for the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Jenny Lewis is sitting in what she calls the "clubhouse," a second bedroom in the hillside home in L.A. she shares with her longtime boyfriend and frequent musical collaborator Johnathan Rice. She's more or less taken over the room with various personal items, among them pieces of recording equipment, thrift store purchases, and lots of clothes.

Pleased to meet you

Pleased to Meet You Spotlight: Natalie Prass

Feb 26, 2015 Web Exclusive

Natalie Prass was born in Cleveland and, after a short time in Los Angeles, her family moved to Virginia Beach when she was three or four years old. After stints in Boston and Nashville, Prass recently moved to Richmond, VA, where her label, Spacebomb Records, is based.


Ranked: 2015 Oscar Nominated Documentary Short Films

Feb 21, 2015

The 87th Annual Academy Awards ceremony will happen on Sunday, February 22nd. This week 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. In this final installment, he'll look at this year's documentary category. 

Live reviews

Catfish and the Bottlemen at The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA

Feb 24, 2015 By Lily Moayeri

Rock 'n' roll never changes. There will always be four super skinny guys who favor form fitting black clothes, who have cool haircuts, and who look like they were born to thrash guitars about on stage. And The Troubadour, one of the most iconic rock venues on the planet, has hosted them all.

Cinema Reviews

Merchants of Doubt

Mar 03, 2015 Web Exclusive

Based on the book of the same title, Robert Kenner’s documentary turns its lens on the scientists used by major corporations to lobby against health and environmental reform.

Television Reviews

The Last Man on Earth
FOX, Sundays 9/8 Central

Feb 28, 2015 Web Exclusive

Will Forte is living out a loner fantasy on FOX's brilliant new sitcom, The Last Man on Earth. Forte is one of the most uniquely gifted comic actors to come out of Saturday Night Live in the last decade, so it is no surprise that his first lead role in a sitcom is also a wonderfully executed and original idea.