Album Reviews

Wavves
You’re Welcome

May 23, 2017 Web Exclusive

Since their 2010-released breakout album, King of the BeachWavves has served one main function: as a hook delivery system. This system's been going strong now for several years. 

Sam Amidon
Sam Amidon: The Following Mountain

May 23, 2017 Web Exclusive

ermont native Sam Amidon is the son of two folk artists in the Bread and Puppet Theater. He picked up the fiddle at the age of three and at age 13 started a band with pianist Thomas Bartlett, a prodigy in his own right, called Popcorn Behavior.

(Sandy) Alex G
Rocket

May 22, 2017 Web Exclusive

Philadelphia-bred Alex Giannascoli (aka (Sandy) Alex G) has been slyly releasing albums from his bedroom on Bandcamp since the ripe old age of 17. 

Classic Interviews

Still Corners

Still Corners
Sequel Potential

Sep 11, 2013 Issue #46 - June/July 2013 - Charli XCX

Just before the release of Still Corners' second album, Strange Pleasures, the London-based dream pop groupand avowed film aficionadoswere asked to name a few of their favorite movie sequels.

Comic Book Reviews

All-Star Batman Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy
DC

May 23, 2017 Issue #60 - Father John Misty

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's long, wonderful run on the main Batman title came to an end last year, but fans of the Dark Knight were thrilled when Snyder announced he'd be moving on to write a new, in-continuity title, All-Star Batman

Interviews

Goldfrapp

May 19, 2017 Issue #60 - Father John Misty

With their supernatural aura playing out in everything they do (music, videos, photography), it's little wonder that Goldfrapp's Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory describe their creative process as "magical."

Sigur Rós on Their New Norður og Niður Holiday Arts Festival

May 08, 2017 Web Exclusive

Their ethos could be called mixed media. For as long as Sigur Rós has been recording and releasing music, since the mid-'90s, the Icelandic band has complicated their craft, each album steeped in intensity and intimacy, heaviness and delicacy, darkness and light. 

Pleased to meet you

Nick Hakim

May 18, 2017 Issue #60 - Father John Misty

After speaking with Nick Hakim about the background of his debut album, Green Twins, you come away with the impression that he'd just as soon let the music do the talking. Hakim also doesn't put too much thought into being labeled a neo soul artist, or for that matter, any specific classification of his sound.

Lists

Tribeca Film Festival 2017: Our Best of the Fest

May 01, 2017

Words by Austin Trunick. 

The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival is now in the books, and this year’s fest was a true blast. Always a showcase for new and rising film talents, this year’s festival also provided attendees a chance to sneak peeks at new TV shows, interact with virtual reality shorts and installations on an entire floor dedicated to immersive entertainment, listen to respected video game makers dish on their design secrets, and hear some old filmmaking heavyweights discuss their classic movies. (I was lucky enough to be in the audience at this year’s Reservoir Dogs 25 Anniversary reunion, where Quentin Tarantino and his old castmates – Buscemi, Keitel Madsen, and Roth – looked back at the film, and even detailed Tom Waits’ failed audition for the movie.) When you’ve seen dozens of movies in such a short period of time, it can be tough to pick favorites, but we’re going ahead and trying. Here are our five top films of this year’s Tribeca festival, plus a few more noteworthy mentions. 

Blog

Soundtracking the Resistance - Embracing the Bear

May 19, 2017 By Stephen Mayne

What a time to be alive. The leader of the often self-proclaimed free world seems ambivalent at best about the values that are supposed to underpin a free world, and old foes are apparently old foes to everyone apart from that same leader who's in charge of opposing them.






Cinema Reviews

Bad Rap

May 23, 2017 Web Exclusive

Salima Koroma's documentary illuminates the placement and displacement in Hip Hop culture of four Asian American MC’s of varying descent.

DVD Reviews

Get Out
Studio: Universal

May 23, 2017 Web Exclusive

To try to separate politics from Jordan Peele’s new film Get Out – in an interest to focus primarily on entertainment instead of something more flammable and contentious – is both idiotic and attempting to make the film less than it is.

Television Reviews

The Wizard of Lies
HBO, Saturday, May 20 at 8 PM

May 19, 2017 Web Exclusive

The Wizard of Lies opens with a disarmingly candid, calm Bernard Madoff, as he informs his wife and two adult sons that their whole wealth enterprise is a sham.