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Saturday, August 8th, 2020  

Album Reviews

Purple Noon

Washed Out
Purple Noon

Aug 07, 2020 Web Exclusive

Purple Noon, the fourth full-length album from Washed Out, is built on a foundation of smooth electronics, disarming melodies, and sharp visuals. Musically, it’s a panorama of lush, expressive songs buoyed by Ernest Greene’s penchant for inventing atmosphere. 

New Truth

Jenny O.
New Truth

Aug 07, 2020 Web Exclusive

New Truth, the third album by Los Angeles artist Jenny O. (full name Jennifer Anne Ognibene) was written and recorded against the backdrop to an unexpected and cruel twist of fate. 

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Luke Jenner
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Aug 06, 2020 Web Exclusive

The Rapture frontman Luke Jenner’s solo debut steps away from dance-punk for a dreamlike, stylistically diverse, autobiographical journey through childhood trauma.

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. 

Book Reviews

Matthew Restall
Blue Moves

Jul 28, 2020 Web Exclusive

Matthew Restall's Blue Moves, the 146th volume in Bloomsbury's 33 1/3 series, makes the case for renewed examination and appreciation of this often misunderstood album.

Interviews

CeeLo Green Talks New Album, “Crazy,” and Influences From the Ancestors

CeeLo Green Talks New Album, “Crazy,” and Influences From the Ancestors

Aug 07, 2020 Web Exclusive

Singer extraordinaire CeeLo Green released his latest album, CeeLo Green is Thomas Callaway, on June 26. The record, produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, is the first release in the past five years for the spirited, soulful vocalist. Green, who has worked extensively in his career with Outkast, The Dungeon Family, and Danger Mouse (in the world-famous duo, Gnarls Barkley), is a flexible, malleable performer.

Plants and Animals – COVID-19 Quarantine Artist Check In

Plants and Animals – COVID-19 Quarantine Artist Check In

Aug 06, 2020 Web Exclusive

We are checking in with musicians during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to see how they are dealing with everything. What has their home quarantine experience been like so far and how is the crisis impacting both their career and art? Here we check in with all three members of Montréal, Canada’s Plants and Animals (lead singer/guitarist Warren Spicer, guitarist/vocalist Nic Basque, and drummer/vocalist Matthew Woodley).

Pleased to meet you

bdrmm on Their Debut Album “Bedroom”

Jul 03, 2020

One constant in this most surreal of times has been the influx of great records released so far in 2020. The latest of those is Bedroom, the debut LP from Hull, England-based five-piece bdrmm

Lists

Heroes in Quarantine: How to Make the Most of DC Universe During the Pandemic

Jun 05, 2020

Seems like just about every studio or network has its own streaming service these days. Netflix (the OG). Amazon. HBO Go. HBO Now. HBO Max (huh?). Hulu. CBS. Disney +. Apple TV. The list goes on and on. There are so many, it becomes virtually impossible to tell which one is worth the monthly fee, which one has enough content to keep you tuning in, and which one is only as good as its one show de jour and can be canceled come the season finale.

Enter DC Universe, DC Comics' foray into the streaming arena. DC Universe is rife with content, some classic, some of it original, and all absolutely worth the price of entry. There are movies; holy rusty rocks, Batman, are there movies. DC Universe boasts a wealth of films, from the Michael Keaton Batman films to exclusive animated features. Speaking of animated, the TV selection is a treasure chest of series, from Batman: The Animated Series and Justice League, which followed, to original live action content like Star Girl and Doom Patrol.

Unlike the aforementioned services, though, DC Universe offers its subscribers a trove of content beyond what's streaming. DC's bread and butter has historically always been its comics-weeklies, monthlies, limited series, and original graphic novels-and DC Universe is loaded with digital reads. Organized to entice the diehard and the newcomer alike, subscribers can search by their favorite character, seminal story arcs, or even "Get to Know" the universe one character at a time through curated selections. The site also features a fan community section, with message boards, sweepstakes, and events, an encyclopedia collecting vast histories of the DCU, and a news feed to help you keep current.

With DC Universe, there's something for every fan of the Justice League, Legion of Doom, and every A, B, and C character that inhabits the DC multi-verse. Let's takes a look at some of the content worth bingeing this summer while practicing social distancing.

By Zach Hollwedel

Blog

Verses From the Abstract: To Bop or Not to Bop

Verses From the Abstract: To Bop or Not to Bop

Jul 29, 2020 By Dustin Krcatovich

Like most people that heard “RASCAL” when it dropped earlier this year, I wanted to know more about RMR from the jump. There’s something so perverse about flipping a Rascal Flatts love ballad and turning it into an anti-cop anthem, of making a refrain of “fuck 12” into a lighters-hoisted singalong.




Cinema Reviews

Red Penguins

Aug 07, 2020 Web Exclusive

Hockey was no mere game for the businessmen behind the Russian Penguins.

Television Reviews

Betty
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