Album Reviews

Melody’s Echo Chamber
Bon Voyage

Jun 18, 2018 Web Exclusive

With a more plunderphonic aesthetic than was present on her debut, Melody Prochet returns to the psych rock fray with a compact seven-track record, entitled Bon Voyage. Here, the Echo Chamber takes on a homegrown sound: with audio samples and spoken word, more nods to French '60s and experimental rock, and less homage paid to her Tame Impala ex-partner/producer, Kevin Parker. 

Lykke Li
so sad so sexy

Jun 18, 2018 Web Exclusive

For quite some time now, Lykke Li has specialized in soundtracking a particular kind of moment. So often on her previous releases, she has perfectly encapsulated a crossroad between being disillusioned with love whilst also being completely submissive in its presence.

Johnny Marr
Call the Comet

Jun 15, 2018 Web Exclusive

When The Smiths ended their short but stellar career, there was no doubt the two most prominent members, Johnny Marr and Morrissey, would continue on successfully and impart their individuality upon the world of rock music. 

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

Tune-Yards on “I can feel you creep into my private life”

Jun 18, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

When Merrill Garbus began work on Tune-YardsI Can Feel You Creep Into My Personal Life in January 2016, she had a difficult decision to make. How should an artistespecially one who tries to use her life and work to contribute to dialogs surrounding difficult topics in her native Oakland, Californiareact to the era of Black Lives Matter and President Donald Trump?

The End: Will Sheff of Okkervil River

Jun 15, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

To end the week, we ask Will Sheff of Okkervil River some questions about endings and death. Sheff is the singer/songwriter/main creative force behind the band, which formed in Austin in 1998 and has had various lineups over the years, with Sheff the sole constant. 

Pleased to meet you

Caroline Rose on Finding Herself, Buying Crocs, and Complex Pop Music

Jun 13, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

Picture the opener of Caroline Rose's new album, LONER: you've been invited to an old crush's party, and you can't relate to anyone in the room. The chicks hang back against the wall with their cutesy shorts and other clothes you definitely can't afford, while the dudes slug beers and guffaw at the ping-pong tables.

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

Depeche Mode at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on June 6, 2018

Jun 11, 2018 By Austin Trunick

Until you’ve seen them play before an arena crowd, it’s hard to know just how much Dave Gahan is the heart and soul of their live shows. 

Blog

Soundtracking the Resistance - Protecting the Environment One Used Mattress At a Time

Jun 08, 2018 By Stephen Mayne

The focus is on Scott Pruitt this week before we head off to international meetings, soccer tournaments, patriotic songs, and Ash.






Cinema Reviews

The Yellow Birds

Jun 15, 2018 Web Exclusive

The Yellow Birds doesn’t bring anything particularly new to the war genre but finds subtle ways to evoke the emotions of the characters to create a modestly compelling watch. 

DVD Reviews

Two Thousand Maniacs
Studio: Arrow Video

Jun 07, 2018 Web Exclusive

Directly inspired by the 1947 musical Brigadoon, the second installment of Herchell Gordon Lewis’ Blood Trilogy was brought to the screen in 1964.

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.