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Album Reviews

Man Alive!

King Krule
Man Alive!

Feb 21, 2020 Web Exclusive

Three years ago, Archy Marshall (aka King Krule) announced himself as one of this generation's most omnipresent and perceptive songwriters. On 2017's The Ooz, the then-23-year-old offered us a scuzzy, messy, caustic glimpse at his London-centric existence.

Teenage Wildlife: 25 Years of Ash

Ash
Teenage Wildlife: 25 Years of Ash

Feb 20, 2020 Web Exclusive

"GUARANTEED REAL TEENAGERS." That was the promise on the back cover of Trailer, Ash's 1994 debut mini album. In the first week of 1995, the NME deemed the trio from Northern Ireland an up-and-comer poised to break out that year, claiming that Ash were "the only band in the world who've turned down supports with Green Day and Pearl Jam because of homework." 

UR FUN

of Montreal
UR FUN

Feb 19, 2020 Web Exclusive

Kevin Barnes has been doing this a while. As the brain behind of Montreal, he has been creating colorful psychedelic pop for over two decades. Yet the band's latest release, UR FUN, instantly conjures a different image from its previous work.

Classic Interviews

The Duke Spirit

The Duke Spirit
Acceleration

May 18, 2011 Web Exclusive

Watching a Duke Spirit show is like being in a wind tunnel. Imagine cheeks hollowing as they are blown back by the sheer force of the performance. The members of the group are positioned at the edge of the stage, forming a tight, unified entity that is impossible to avert your attention from. Wild abandon is their modus operandi, and it works for them.

Comic Book Reviews

Bad Gateway
Fantagraphics

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. 

Interviews

The End: Alaina Moore of Tennis

The End: Alaina Moore of Tennis

Feb 21, 2020

To end out the week, we ask Alaina Moore of the Denver indie pop duo Tennis some questions about endings and death.

My Favorite Album: Zoe Lister-Jones on Pavement’s “Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain”

My Favorite Album: Zoe Lister-Jones on Pavement’s “Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain”

Feb 20, 2020 Issue #66 - My Favorite Album - Angel Olsen and Sleater-Kinney

Early on when I was first discovering CDs   going to Tower Records, back in the early '90s, one of the first ones I bought was Slanted and Enchanted. My mom was dating a dude at the time who was a former DJ.

Pleased to meet you

Dry Cleaning on “Sweet Princess” and “Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks”

Nov 26, 2019

As South London continues to pump out angular post-punk bands with all the regularity of a vending machine, such a well-populated landscape doesn't afford much room for differentiation. It's telling then that Dry Cleaning stand out effortlessly. 

Lists

Ranked: 2020 Oscar Nominated Documentary Short Films

Feb 09, 2020

The 92nd Annual Academy Awards ceremony will happen tonight, February 9th. As in years past, 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. Here, he looks at this year's documentary category.  

Want to judge for yourself? Click here to find a list of theaters and showtimes for this year's Oscar-nominated shorts.

Blog

Elizabeth Sankey of Summer Camp on the Top 5 Musical Moments from Romantic Comedies

Elizabeth Sankey of Summer Camp on the Top 5 Musical Moments from Romantic Comedies

Feb 14, 2020 By Elizabeth Sankey

Keeping in mind that Summer Camp's new album is entitled Romantic Comedyis a companion piece to a documentary of the same name directed by the band's Elizabeth Sankey, and is out on Valentine's Day, we asked Sankey to put together a romantic comedy-themed list and she focused on her favorite musical moments from romantic comedies, scenes where characters sing (not always well). 




Cinema Reviews

Standing Up, Falling Down

Feb 18, 2020 Web Exclusive

A failed standup comedian (Ben Schwartz) befriends his alcoholic dermatologist (Billy Crystal) in this laidback dramedy.