May 03, 2016 Web Exclusive
An abrasive hardcore band progressing from pummeling noise to nuanced songwriting is hardly novel in 2016. It's almost perfunctory, part of the Internet's cred-to-buzz-to-respectability-to-longevity arc.
May 02, 2016 Web Exclusive
Julianna Barwick has occupied a unique space in music since her breakthrough, 2011's The Magic Place. She makes music that isn't quite electronic, because it's too organic; isn't quite instrumental, since it features voice; and isn't quite ambient, since her music isn't all drones and tones.
Apr 29, 2016 Web Exclusive
Brian Eno's intentions will never cease to be helplessly rooted in discovery. Strikingly modest for a man with such colossal cultural impact and a production résumé boasting John Cage, David Bowie, and John Cale to name a few, Eno is unrivaled in his influence on the dynamics of modern electronic music.
May 01, 2008 Web Exclusive
There appears to be a perpetual gleam in the eye of Norwegian director Joachim Trier. Although he remains politely soft-spoken and composed when discussing his directorial feature debut Reprise, his enthusiasm is nonetheless contagious as he gushes about the influence of artists as disparate as Alain Resnais and Bad Brains, whose work he both describes as punk.
Apr 20, 2016 Web Exclusive
I'm not sure if there's ever been such a contrast between the beauty of a work's cartooning and the cringe-inducing depravity of its characters as in Simon Hanselmann's Megg & Mogg comics.
Apr 27, 2016 Web Exclusive
Carrie Buck was a poor foster child from Charlottesville, VA who was institutionalized under dubious circumstances in 1924. Buck was labeled "feebleminded," and so began the State's quest to have her sterilized.