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Album Reviews

Sheer Mag
A Distant Call

Aug 23, 2019 Web Exclusive

Emerging from the Philadelphia DIY punk scene in the latter half of the decade, Sheer Mag have been a fun breath of fresh air. 

Blanck Mass
Blanck Mass Animated Violence Mild

Aug 22, 2019 Web Exclusive

Animated Violence Mild, the fourth full-length from Benjamin John Power's Blanck Mass, builds on 2017's excellent World Eater to deliver his most vicious, focused, and danceable release yet. 

Dry Cleaning
Sweet Princess

Aug 22, 2019 Web Exclusive

Dry Cleaning's debut EP, Sweet Princess, is a kind of angular, wiry post-punk record that concerns itself with lyrical microcosms rather than the bigger picture.

Classic Interviews

Fading Gigolo’s John Turturro, Vanessa Paradis, and Sofia Vergara

Fading Gigolo’s John Turturro, Vanessa Paradis, and Sofia Vergara
The film’s director and stars discuss the world’s oldest profession

Apr 18, 2014 Web Exclusive

In a sense, Fading Gigolo is a response to the films that stigmatize prostitution—which is to say, the vast majority of films showing people earning a living off sex. It’s often portrayed a last resort, a job for good-hearted individuals gone astray, or for seedy bit characters cast against a dark background. It comes as no surprise that writer/director John Turturro counts Nights of Cabiria as a favorite film: the Fellini classic treats the titular Cabiria as a human being capable of warmth and intelligence, even if society would rather treat her like a dog. Fading Gigolo operates under this spirit, but takes a light-hearted approach.

Comic Book Reviews

The Weatherman Vol. 1

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. 


Keeping Score – Emile Mosseri on His Score for “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”

Aug 16, 2019 Web Exclusive

Honestly, you can’t imagine any other music in The Last Black Man in San Francisco.

My Firsts: Boy Scouts

Aug 13, 2019 Web Exclusive

My Firsts is our email interview series where we ask musicians to tell us about their first life experiences, be it early childhood ones (first word, first concert, etc.) or their first tastes of being a musician (first band, first tour, etc.). For this My Firsts we talk to Boy Scouts, aka Oakland, CA-based songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Taylor Vick.

Pleased to meet you

Penelope Isles on “Until the Tide Creeps In”

Aug 07, 2019 Web Exclusive

Brighton based four-piece Penelope Isles are one of the hottest acts to emerge from the UK scene this year. Formed by brother and sister duo Jack and Lily Wolter who originate from the Isle of Man, and completed by rhythm section Becky Redford (bass) and Jack Sowton (drums), Penelope Isles have already spent the first half of 2019 playing a staggering number of shows across the globe while amassing a legion of devotees in the process.


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

OFF Festival 2019 in Katowice, Poland, August 2, 2019

Aug 16, 2019 By Jimi Arundell

Having never been to Poland before, I am unsure what to expect from OFF Festival and as I approach the ominous looking makeshift entry gates built out of three shipping containers, a light plane immediately hurtles within spitting distance overhead to haphazardly land in the adjacent field. 

Cinema Reviews

Love, Antosha

Aug 07, 2019 Web Exclusive

Although he was not a household name, Anton Yelchin left behind a substantial body of work when he was killed in a freak accident at the recurrently unlucky age of 27.

Television Reviews

FOX, Wednesdays at 9/8 Central

Aug 07, 2019 Web Exclusive

The true genius of Beverly Hills, 90210 is not appreciated until you look back at it through an almost three-decade lens. The breakout show, which made a destination out of a zip code and instant superstars out of its eye candy cast, was gagging for a reboot.