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Album Reviews

Liam Gallagher
Why Me? Why Not.

Sep 20, 2019 Web Exclusive

His second solo album in as many years, Liam Gallagher's Why Me? Why Not. follows the well-received As You Were with a sometimes straightforward rock 'n' roll record with a surprisingly inspiring and upbeat message.

Vivian Girls
Memory

Sep 19, 2019 Web Exclusive

No one saw this coming. Recorded in secret in the fall of 2018, the fourth Vivian Girls album (and first since 2011's excellent Share the Joy and their subsequent breakup in 2014) is an unmitigated triumph.

Devendra Banhart
Ma

Sep 18, 2019 Web Exclusive

Mother Earth, mother land, and our maternal relationships—freak folkster Devendra Banhart returns with Ma deftly weaving through these various matrilineal permutations to reflect on current ills, with songs so effortless and pretty, they sooth and comfort.

Comic Book Reviews

The Weatherman Vol. 1
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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. 

Interviews

Steve King interviews J.D. Scholten about Iowa and running for Congress against Steve King in IA-04

Sep 18, 2019

Okay, so let's acknowledge how surreal this is. Haha. This is written by a guy named Steve King and it's about J.D. Scholten, the guy running against Congressman Steve King. Isn't that an internet novelty? 

Gomez on the 20th Anniversary of “Liquid Skin”

Sep 13, 2019 Web Exclusive

"It's just joy, revisiting that joy and what we can do as a band. It's a really great feeling," says Gomez's vocalist/guitarist Ben Ottewell.

Pleased to meet you

Julien Chang Shares New Song “Memory Loss”

Sep 18, 2019

Promising new 19-year-old Baltimore singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Julien Chang is releasing his debut album, Jules, on October 11 via Transgressive. Now he has shared another song from it, the dreamy "Memory Loss."

Lists

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

FME 2019 in Rouyn-Noranda, Canada

Sep 17, 2019 By Dom Gourlay

"We like to create souvenirs." These are not my words but those of Jenny Thibault, one of the founders and festival directors of FME, Quebec's largest musical showcase event.

Blog

Hard Rock Corner: Ecstatic Vision

Sep 18, 2019 By Frank Valish

Philadelphia psych-rock fourpiece Ecstatic Vision premiere their new album, For the Masses, in full. 






Cinema Reviews

Liam Gallagher: As It Was

Sep 13, 2019 Web Exclusive

By turns meandering, charming, pointless, and disarming, the film, As It Was, documents the last ten years in the life of Liam Gallagher.

DVD Reviews

Clarence Clemons: Who Do I Think I Am?
Studio: Virgil Films

Sep 20, 2019 Web Exclusive

For almost forty years, Clarence Clemons—“The Big Man,” as he was affectionately known—was the most visible and beloved member of Bruce Springsteen’s famed E Street Band.

Television Reviews

BH90210
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.