Album Reviews

Hayden Thorpe
Diviner

Jul 17, 2019 Web Exclusive

There is merit to Hayden Thorpe's solo Diviner but one has to be in the mood for his fey vocals and sullen disposition to return for any repeated listening. Fans of his former band, Wild Beasts, are probably most appreciative of the ex-frontman's first effort since the Mercury-nominated art-rockers announced their breakup in 2017. 

Gauche
A People’s History of Gauche

Jul 16, 2019 Web Exclusive

History can mutate when we're not looking. Official records will stifle the many voices that spoke; leaders and winners (usually men) take up all the page space; crowds get squashed down into the two or three contemporary mindsets.

Prince
Originals

Jul 15, 2019 Web Exclusive

Plenty of artists can bang out hit after hit song, but it's rare when someone is so good at it that they'll pen extra hits just to give them away. Prince, on the other hand, gave away more tracks than a lot of musicians were able to write in their entire careers.

Classic Interviews

Wolf Alice - The Under the Radar Cover Story

Wolf Alice - The Under the Radar Cover Story
Helicopters on Mars

Mar 28, 2016 Issue # 56 - Best of 2015 - Father John Misty and Wolf Alice

Ellie Rowsell closes her eyes and winces. Here it comes: the questions about how Wolf Alice sounds so much like a '90s band. She's heard this all before—how their guitars grunt and drums crash in ways that prove they've mastered the loud/soft dynamic, how their sound owes so much to a generation of alt rockers that it couldn't be anything but intentional—and she seems tired of explaining why all of this seems so strange for someone who is barely old enough to remember life before the millennium. 

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

Bruce Conforth and Gayle Dean Wardlow
Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson

Jul 16, 2019 Web Exclusive

A culmination of over 50 years of research from blues historians Bruce Conforth and Gayle Dean Wardlow, Up Jumped the Devil is as definitive a Robert Johnson history as will likely ever be written.

Interviews

The End: Pixx

Jul 12, 2019 Web Exclusive

To end out the week, we ask Pixx (aka British musician Hannah Rodgers) some questions about endings and death.

Keeping Score – Carter Burwell on Branching Out with “Missing Link”

Jul 11, 2019 Web Exclusive

The great composer for human drama finds his way back to the world of animation.

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

25 of the Best Elton John Songs You’ve (Probably) Never Heard

Jun 10, 2019

Rocketman is here. And it's spectacular. As such, I've got Elton on the mind.

I didn't go to the church of Jesus Christ when I was a kid. I went to the church of Elton John. Still do. We had portraits of Elton and his lyricist Bernie Taupin framed, matted, and hanging in the hallway as if they were fuckin' family members. LOL. Mom took me to my first concert in 1994. I was 11. It was Elton and Ray Cooper at the Greek Theater in LA. In 7th grade, I had a picture of Elton on the front of my school folder and one of Taupin on the back. Caught a lot of shit for it too. It was middle school, it was the mid-'90s, I was a weirdo.

So I'm a mega-fan for sure.

When people ask me where to start with Elton's catalog, here's what I tell 'em: All the studio albums from the 1970 self-titled Elton John through 1976's Blue Moves are essential. That's 10 albums people. 10 ALBUMS IN 6 YEARS. All of them essential. And no, we're not gonna get into anything after Blue Moves. Don't have time. Too controversial. But do check out 1981's The Fox and 1983's Too Low for Zero if you have the appetite.

Those 10 studio albums aren't just essential because of their brain-scramblingly good singles, but also because the non-single album tracks are Just. Un. Real. To celebrate all that incredible music and the release of Rocketman, I've compiled 25 of the very best Elton John songs I reckon you've never heard.

What'd we miss? BRING IT.

 By Kenny S McGuane

Live reviews

Manic Street Preachers and Gwenno at De Montfort Hall, Leicester, UK

Jun 26, 2019 By Haydon Spenceley

I can remember distinctly an interview that James Dean Bradfield, the lead singer of Manic Street Preachers, gave what seems like many years ago now in which he opined quite strongly that he "couldn't imagine still doing this [fronting the Manic Street Preachers] when I'm 40."

Blog

PLAYlist 43: Bubble Tea

Jul 12, 2019 By Austin Trunick

Arrange colorful critter-characters into fancy tea drinks in the fast-paced dice game, Bubble Tea






Cinema Reviews

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Jun 28, 2019 Web Exclusive

The coda to Marvel Studio’s grand Infinity SagaSpider-Man: Far From Home, borrows from the National Lampoon’s Vacation model for the sequel to 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming and sends Tom Holland’s Peter Parker on a summer European trip with his science class.

Television Reviews

Shangri-La
Showtime, Friday July 12 at 9 p.m.

Jul 12, 2019 Web Exclusive

Rick Rubin's career is so eclectic, so influential, so mind-blowingly successful, it's difficult to wrap your head around the fact that it belongs to just one person. It's fitting that the Showtime four-part docu-series Shangri-La is shot primarily at Rubin's mythical studio of the same name.