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Album Reviews

KICK

Arca
KICK

Dec 03, 2021 Web Exclusive

Musical multi-hyphenate Arca understands more than any artist in the public eye that flux is a natural part of the human condition. It’s illuminated in her music, performance, visuals, and whatever medium she uses to illustrate facets of her self-expression. The world Arca has created through her art defies any sort of binary, be it of gender, genre, or form itself. In-between states are explored endlessly, and liberation is found in entropy and chaos.

Red (Taylor’s Version)

Taylor Swift
Red (Taylor’s Version)

Dec 02, 2021 Web Exclusive

Don’t meddle with a masterpiece they say. But what happens when someone peddles your masterpiece? When someone you have zero respect for buys and sells your work and could continue to profit from it for many years to come? This is essentially what happened to Taylor Swift when the masters to her early albums released on Big Machine were sold without her having any say in the matter.

Hush

Slow Crush
Hush

Dec 02, 2021 Web Exclusive

Belgian shoegaze outfit Slow Crush release long awaited second album.

Classic Interviews

Polartropica on the Challenges of Releasing a Debut Album During a Pandemic

Polartropica on the Challenges of Releasing a Debut Album During a Pandemic
Love in the Time of Coronavirus

Jun 18, 2020 Web Exclusive

For Ihui Cherise Wu, one of the leaders of Los Angeles’ emerging queer pop scene, Friday, March 13th, 2020, should have been a triumph. Her musical project, Polartropica, was scheduled to release its debut album, Dreams Come True. The following night she was set to headline LOVE IS GAY, the most recent installment of the touring, all-ages LGBTQ+ festival/fundraiser, at The Bootleg Theater. It was supposed to be the culmination of three years of hustling; of writing, recording, and releasing singles; of playing dozens of hometown-shows and touring the U.S.; of filming elaborate videos and constant, colorful social media promotion. Then, Los Angeles shut down.

Comic Book Reviews

Poison Ivy: Thorns

Poison Ivy: Thorns
DC

Jul 12, 2021 Web Exclusive

Poison Ivy: Thorns, the new graphic novel dedicated to the familiar DC Comics villain, Poison Ivy, is as much traditional origin story as it is potential for a new Netflix miniseries in the vein of The Queen’s Gambit. The book portrays both the buzzy contemporary superhero intrigue as it does the de-evolution of a compelling, beautiful, modern, and free thinking character—and one, in particular, many will likely wish they had for reference as younger people.

Interviews

Author Lars Nilsen on Warped & Faded: Weird Wednesday and the Birth of AGFA

Author Lars Nilsen on Warped & Faded: Weird Wednesday and the Birth of AGFA

Nov 30, 2021 Web Exclusive

​The author of Warped & Faded discusses the book, the legacy of Weird Wednesday, and how many cinematic oddities may still be out there waiting to be discovered.

Patrick Muldoon on “Deadlock”

Patrick Muldoon on “Deadlock”

Nov 29, 2021 Web Exclusive

Actor Patrick Muldoon speaks about his leading role opposite Bruce Willis in the new action thriller Deadlock.

Pleased to meet you

Dry Cleaning on “New Long Leg”

Nov 22, 2021 Issue #68 - Japanese Breakfast and HAIM (The Protest Issue)

The foundations for North London post-punk band Dry Cleaning were laid when friends Lewis Maynard (bass), Nick Buxton (drums), and guitarist Tom Dowse (guitars) decided to have some fun and began jamming together. As the music took shape they discussed introducing vocals into the mix. They tried doing it themselves before discussing approaching other singers. Then the name of a mutual friend, Florence Shaw—a graphics and illustration lecturer—was mooted.

Lists

Ranked: The 10 Best Courtney Barnett Songs to Date

Aug 12, 2021

Courtney Barnett, the songstress from down under, has graced us with four studio albums, an EP and several singles since 2012, and her latest ones, “Rae Street” and “Before You Gotta Go,” both precede her upcoming LP Things Take Time, Take Time (which is due out November 12 via Mom + Pop Music/Marathon Artists). The 33-year-old singer/songwriter/guitarist from Melbourne, Australia, is less about dividing her discography into songs you do and don’t like, and more about grouping them into the ones you love and the other ones you really really love. Indie folk, garage rock, stoner soul, she does it all, and these 10 picks are only a taste to get you hooked on the rest and tide you over until the new album comes out. Speaking of, we’ll start with “Rae Street,” which is not officially on this list but gives you an idea of where Barnett is at now (and was #1 on our Songs of the Week list), as well as “Before You Gotta Go,” which just came out this week. Then there’ll be an honorable mention and the full Top 10. By Lily Guthrie.

Live reviews

Dry Cleaning Barrel Through Market Hotel in Brooklyn

Dry Cleaning Barrel Through Market Hotel in Brooklyn

Nov 23, 2021 By Charles Steinberg

South London sensation Dry Cleaning arrives in New York City in more ways than one for the first of two sold-out nights at Market Hotel, Brooklyn.