Album Reviews

CHVRCHES
Love Is Dead

May 24, 2018 Web Exclusive

The first two albums of Scottish synth-pop trio CHVRCHES' career have shown how brilliant and how average they can be, largely in equal measure. Most of their debut album, The Bones Of What You Believe, is about as good as this sub-genre can possibly get, applying expressive and substantive melodic runs to infectious beats and brought together by the fascinatingly unique vocals of Lauren Mayberry.

Heaven
All Love Is Blue

May 23, 2018 Web Exclusive

All Love Is Blue is a quantum leap forward for the Brooklyn dreampop act Heaven, both artistically and sonically, making the protracted wait between albums more than worthwhile given the spectacular payoff.

Snow Patrol
Wildness

May 23, 2018 Web Exclusive

After a seven-year hiatus and a track record showing Snow Patrol achieving varying degrees of success with past projects, listeners will no doubt approach Wildness with some trepidation.

Classic Interviews

Wovenhand

Wovenhand

Oct 01, 2006 Web Exclusive

Offering the dark and ominous counterpoint to Danielson’s celebratory avant-pop and Sufjan Stevens’ studious craftsmanship, Wovenhand is the Sounds Familyre label’s most unfortunately overlooked act.

Comic Book Reviews

Sabrina
Drawn & Quarterly

May 17, 2018 Web Exclusive

Drnaso beautifully weaves an intricate story-simultaneously a riveting character study and a parable about the dangerous spread of misinformation and doubt-that blooms wider with every subsequent panel.

Book Reviews

John Andrew Fredrick
Fucking Innocent: The Early Films Of Wes Anderson

Apr 10, 2018 Web Exclusive

Full of erudition and insight, John Andrew Fredrick's book on the early films of Wes Anderson also has a great feel for the auteur's characters, and for Anderson himself.

Interviews

Marlon Williams on “Make Way For Love”

May 24, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

New Zealand singer/songwriter Marlon Williams has no interest in being alone. While some long for solitude and the peace that it brings, it's an unnatural state for Williams. When I ask if being alone scares him, Williams is quick to confirm. "[It's] something that really terrifies me."

Hookworms on “Microshift”

May 23, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

For England's Hookworms, putting their latest album together was a triumph. The five members of the band experienced enough to encourage them to throw in the towel. Lead singer Matthew "MJ" Johnson was at the center of the band's bad luck—in 2015, his studio where the band recorded and rehearsed flooded from the bursting of the River Aire.

Pleased to meet you

Anna Burch on “Quit the Curse”

May 18, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

Over Skype, Anna Burch often finishes her answers with an awkward giggle; as if she prefers gift-wrapping presents over opening them. The title of her excellent debut LP Quit the Curse strikes as a tongue-in-cheek bristle at romanticism and superstition.

Lists

Beach House - 10 Best Songs:  Ranking the Best Tracks from Teen Dream to 7

May 23, 2018

With their latest album 7, Beach House has now released eight albums (seven studio albums and one rarities and B-sides release) and 83 songs. Distilling these 83 songs down to a 10 best was a daunting task but one that was met with an enthusiastic glee. Not much is better than revisiting Beach House's entire catalog of their signature dream-pop formula of airy guitars, hushed indie-rock beats, and ethereal vocals. From their self-titled 2006 debut to the recently released 7, their sound shimmers with lush and gossamer melodies, catchy beats and softly soaring guitar riffs. Of course it proved too difficult to pick just 10 tracks, so below is list of the top 14. A 10 best and four honorable mentions.

Of course all of this is subjective, this is simply the opinion of one writer. No doubt you have your own list of favorite Beach House songs. And yes, we are aware there are no songs from the band's first two albums, 2006's Beach House and 2008's Devotion; we feel they truly came into their own with their third album, 2010's Teen DreamBy Matt the Raven

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Live reviews

Calexico and Ryley Walker, The Sinclair, Cambridge MA, May 1 2018

May 22, 2018 By Stephen Mayne

As far as planning an evening of contrasts goes, you couldn't do much better than putting Calexico and Ryley Walker on the bill together. The former comes with nine albums and more than 20 years of raucous, high-tempo history, the latter is a man and his guitar.

Blog

Gaming Frequencies: Through the Woods

May 23, 2018 By Austin Trunick

In Through the Woods, what starts as a parent’s worst nightmare shifts into something far more surreal. We spoke with the game's sound designer, Dan Wakefield, about his roles in crafting the game's immersive soundscape.






Cinema Reviews

Sollers Point

May 22, 2018 Web Exclusive

Sollers Point is a highly contemplative work void of distinct protestations, allowing its everyday challenges to speak volumes as to the disposition of human beings.

DVD Reviews

Beuys
Studio: Kino Lorber

May 23, 2018 Web Exclusive

Say the name Joseph Beuys to any well-versed artlover and odds are good one particular image will immediately come to mind: the iconic photograph of the German artist playing tug of war with a coyote.

Television Reviews

National Treasure: Kiri
HULU

Apr 02, 2018 Web Exclusive

The abduction of a young black girl twists into an amalgamation of accusations, schemes and guilt between her white foster family, her biological family, and her social worker in Jack Thorne's (National Treasure) latest miniseries, Kiri.