Apr 29, 2016 Web Exclusive

Baxter Fang is a young adult novelist whose career is floundering. His sister, Annie, is a washed-up starlet and former tabloid “wild child” similarly on the decline. Their parents, Caleb and Camille, are performance artists and provocateurs, infamous for roping their two young children (sometimes unknowingly) into their projects and impromptu “happenings.” The now-grown Baxter and Annie Fang are estranged from the famous parents they feel exploited them, but when Baxter injures himself and is taken in by their folks, it leads to an unplanned—and most unusual—family reunion.  More

Apr 13, 2016 Web Exclusive

We sat down with Harrod Blank to discuss his father’s masterpiece, which was just released on Blu-ray and DVD from the Criterion Collection. More

Apr 13, 2016 Web Exclusive

There are no aliens, evil empires or other tired tropes in Benjamin Dickinson’s new sci-fi flick, Creative Control. Instead, the director, co-writer and star’s vision of the future is myopically dystopic: one in which his protagonist dons a pair of glasses, only to lose sight of reality. That’s because said “Augmenta” specs allow him to create a 3D representation of his best friend’s girlfriend that only he, the gadget’s wearer, can see, ogle over and eventually fall in love with. Indeed, the film’s take on tomorrow is cynically satirical—rife with tech addiction, couples driven to dysfunction by those electronics, and the neurotic ad men who shill them. Dickinson tells us about blending fact and fiction for the film’s take on advertising, the pros and cons of being a film’s director and star, and more. More

Apr 12, 2016 Web Exclusive

My Firsts is our email interview series where we ask musicians to tell us about their first life experiences, be it early childhood ones (first word, first concert, etc.) or their first tastes of being a musician (first band, first tour, etc.). For this My Firsts we talk to Anna Fox Rochinksi from Quilt. The Boston-based band released their third album, Plaza, back in February via Mexican Summer.  More

Apr 08, 2016 Issue # 56 - Best of 2015 - Father John Misty and Wolf Alice

To end out the week, we ask Guy Garvey some questions about endings and death. The Manchester, England-based singer/songwriter/guitarist is best known as the frontman for Elbow, who have released six albums, from 2001's Asleep in the Back to 2014's The Take Off and Landing of EverythingMore

Apr 06, 2016 Web Exclusive

Two of the most interesting ongoing DC Comics titles are Black Canary and Batgirland writer Brenden Fletcher is lucky enough to work on both. While Batgirl is a touchstone of DC's dedication to diversity and relatable characters that buck the trend of hyper-masculine superheroes, Black Canary is a full-fledged rock band drama, as the title character tours the country fronting a band that also goes by the name Black Canary and fends off mysterious villains.  More

Apr 06, 2016 Web Exclusive

The heartland that American country musicians have long mythologized is in fact real—a prospect that enthralled filmmaker Anna Axster as she accompanied her husband, Oscar-winning songsmith Ryan Bingham, on tour. “You end up in places that you wouldn't go as a tourist when you go from one city to the next and have to stop in between,” says the burgeoning auteur of the inspiration for her debut film, A Country Called Home“I was intrigued by what the differences between these places, and all the cultural landscapes that exist in this one country.” More

Apr 05, 2016 Issue # 56 - Best of 2015 - Father John Misty and Wolf Alice

In 2015 DC Comics staged another massive relaunch, shaking up the DC universe yet again. Among the superhero classics to enjoy a fresh take is Black Canary, aka Dinah Lance, a badass crimefighter whose powers include a supersonic scream that can level a building, which sparked writer Brenden Fletcher's idea of putting her in front of a band. More

Apr 01, 2016 Web Exclusive

At 21 years old, Haley Lu Richardson is too young to have TV memories of Kerri Strug's heroics at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta or the phenomenon that was the Magnificent Seven, but she learned about them by watching videos to prepare for her role in the gymnastics comedy, The Bronze, where she plays a rising star from Amherst, Ohio named Maggie Townsend. More