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Tuesday, May 26th, 2020  

Album Reviews

Gentle Grip

Public Practice
Gentle Grip

May 26, 2020 Web Exclusive

NYC collective Public Practice consists of Samantha York and Vince McClelland from the excellent but short-lived post-punk band Wall and Drew Citron and Scott Rosenthal from equally wonderful Beverly. 

Adult Themes

El Michels Affair
Adult Themes

May 25, 2020 Web Exclusive

For their first fully original album in over a decade, El Michels Affair have unleashed the fully instrumental Adult Themes: a collection of music that could have soundtracked half a dozen softcore Swedish films or newly-unearthed giallos. 

ETHIO, Pt. 1 and ETHIO, Pt. 2

Steven Dayvid McKellar
ETHIO, Pt. 1 and ETHIO, Pt. 2

May 25, 2020 Web Exclusive

Having built a more than respectable body of work with Civil Twilight over the last few years, ETHIO finds the band’s frontman Steven Dayvid McKellar striking out on his own for the first time. 

Classic Interviews

Kamasi Washington - The Under the Radar Cover Story

Kamasi Washington - The Under the Radar Cover Story
The Soul of a Name

Nov 30, 2018 Issue #64 -  Kamasi Washington

Rickey Washington has told the story more times than he can count. He was a young college student, almost completely ignorant of the history and culture of West Africa, the first time he went to Ghana on a school-building mission in 1975. 

Comic Book Reviews

Bad Gateway

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. 


My Favorite Album: MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger on Brightblack Morning Light

My Favorite Album: MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger on Brightblack Morning Light

May 25, 2020 Issue #66 - My Favorite Album - Angel Olsen and Sleater-Kinney

I first heard the record when it came out in 2006. I was in my previous band at the time [The Court & Spark], and it really struck me, this record. I was living in San Francisco at the time, and that band, Brightblack Morning Light, was based out of Northern California as well. 

My Favorite Album: Georg Holm of Sigur Rós on Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers”

My Favorite Album: Georg Holm of Sigur Rós on Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers”

May 22, 2020 Issue #66 - My Favorite Album - Angel Olsen and Sleater-Kinney

I had to think about that quite deeply because it does change. People’s favorite albums don’t necessarily stay the same forever. You might have a favorite now but in 10 years you may have another one. The record I’m listening to quite a lot now—and I actually listened to quite a lot when I was a kid, even before joining Sigur Rós—is Wildflowers by Tom Petty.

Pleased to meet you

Pottery Share New Song “Hot Heater”

May 13, 2020

Pottery have shared a new song, “Hot Heater.” It is the fourth single from the Montreal band’s upcoming debut album, Welcome to Bobby’s Motel, which is due out June 26 via Partisan.


Top 50 TV Shows of 2019 to Stream Now During the Quarantine

May 20, 2020

We’re all stuck inside during the quarantine. It could last for a few more weeks, but more likely for months—whatever it takes to make sure that those most at risk in our society aren’t exposed to COVID-19. So we’re on our couch, perhaps still in our PJs, pretending to be productive. But with the weight of all that’s going on, perhaps we just want to grab the remote. But what to watch? These days we’re spoilt for choice, depending on which TV services you partake in. Some have cable plus streaming services, others are cord cutters and rely on only on Netflix and their ilk. But then there’s Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Go (and soon HBO Plus), Disney Plus, DC Universe, BritBox, CBS All Access, and others we’re no doubt forgetting. Sure, we’ve all been told to watch Tiger King, but what else?

We decided to dust off an abandoned project to help give some suggestions of recent shows to check out while you’re confined to home. Last December we had started a list of the Best TV Shows of 2019, conducting a vote with all our writers, but never finished it. Better late than never we say. So our writers finished up their blurbs on the Top 10 and we belatedly present to you a list of last year’s best shows to help you decide on what to watch until we’re allowed outside again.


A Touch of Magic

A Touch of Magic

May 25, 2020 By Zach Hollwedel

New Orleans graffiti artists Josh Wingerter raised nearly $50,000 for charity through pop-up art sales. 

Cinema Reviews


Apr 29, 2020 Web Exclusive

For all the ferocity of Bull, it’s in the moments of quietude where the real power lies.

Television Reviews

HBO, Fridays at 11 p.m.

May 01, 2020 Web Exclusive

The rumble of skateboard wheels on concrete is one of the most soothing sounds in the world. This is the both the underscore and overlay for HBO’s six-part series, Betty