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Album Reviews

Garageband Superstar

Lauran Hibberd
Garageband Superstar

Aug 19, 2022 Web Exclusive

With noughties pop rock nostalgia in full swing, there are plenty of rising new acts coming out of the woodwork aiming to be the next Avril Lavigne. On the surface, Isle of Wight singer/songwriter Lauran Hibberd could fit nicely into that crowd, especially given her talent for massive guitar-laden hooks and relentlessly catchy melodies.

The Spur

Joan Shelley
The Spur

Aug 18, 2022 Web Exclusive

Like some other albums written and recorded during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Joan Shelley’s The Spur has a very compelling backstory.

Lifetime Achievement

Loudon Wainwright III
Lifetime Achievement

Aug 17, 2022 Web Exclusive

On his 26th studio album, Lifetime Achievement, Loudon Wainwright III considers his titular accomplishments through a series of moving, witty reflections on aging, love, and nostalgia.

Classic Interviews

Director Penelope Spheeris on the 25th Anniversary of Wayne’s World

Director Penelope Spheeris on the 25th Anniversary of Wayne’s World
Party On and Don’t Look Back

Feb 03, 2017 Penelope Spheeris

Wayne’s World is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a nationwide re-release this month. Film writer J.A. Kordosh spoke with Penelope Spheeris, the director of the comedy classic, about the wisdom of being poor, why she didn’t direct the sequel and trademark bandanas.

Comic Book Reviews

Keeping Two

Keeping Two
Fantagraphics

May 26, 2022 Web Exclusive

All the best things in life take time, and yet it’s natural to fear that same passing. In Keeping Two, the latest graphic novel from acclaimed cartoonist Jordan Crane, and an endeavour which has appropriately been in the offing for 20 years, time is less a linear pathway than a kaleidoscope of interconnected anxieties, hopes, and dreams.

Book Reviews

Wicked Game: The True Story of Guitarist James Calvin Wilsey

Michael Goldberg
Wicked Game: The True Story of Guitarist James Calvin Wilsey

Aug 01, 2022

You may never have heard of James Calvin Wilsey, but you most definitely have heard his guitar, most memorably the haunting line on Chris Isaak’s breakthrough single, “Wicked Game.”

Interviews

First Issue Revisited: Ladytron on “604”

First Issue Revisited: Ladytron on “604”

Aug 18, 2022 Issue #69 - 20th Anniversary Issue

Ladytron’s debut album, 604, proved that you can acknowledge your musical influences whilst at the same time bring something fresh and exciting to the table.

First Issue Revisited: Idlewild on “100 Broken Windows”

First Issue Revisited: Idlewild on “100 Broken Windows”

Aug 17, 2022 Issue #69 - 20th Anniversary Issue

To look at Idlewild singer Roddy Woomble now, you wouldn’t think a day had gone by since the release of their breakthrough second album, 2000’s 100 Broken Windows, for which we interviewed the band in our very first issue.

Lists

Star Trek TV Series Ranked from Best to Worst

Aug 07, 2022

A definitive ranking of every Star Trek series is an impossible task. Some segments of the fandom will always disagree with the ranking. To be clear, this is mySteve King’s definitive ranking. I’ve watched every episode of Star Trek more times than I can count. I’ve written one or two things about it, and although sci-fi fantasy fans are a persnickety bunch, I tend to take the Bradley Nowell (of Sublime) approach: “I feel like I’m stoned. I feel like watching Star Trek and eating Chinese food or something.” In other words, lighten up, nerds.

This list will fluctuate as new shows debut and others falter. But this is still Star Trek we’re talking about. It’s all excellent. It just varies in degrees. Future seasons may render some of these rankings irrelevant. But for now, it’s the way I see things and I’m kind of an expert on the subject. Prepare to be enraged or to agree with a very stable genius.

Blog

House of the Dragon: A Character Primer

House of the Dragon: A Character Primer

Aug 15, 2022 By Stephen Danay

An introduction to the nine principal characters of House of the Dragon and how the show may, or may not, change series creator George R.R. Martin’s source material, taken from his in-universe history book, Fire & Blood, Volume I.