Free State of Jones

Studio: STX Entertainment
Directed by Gary Ross

Jun 24, 2016 Cinema Web Exclusive

Newton Knight’s legend has a lot of cinematic juice—it’s just a shame it’s been distilled down into dull, preachy melodrama. More

Jun 23, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Indie music fandom 101 tells us that commercial success is overrated. Strange Little BirdsGarbage's first album in four years since Not Your Kind of People, though, is the lowest-charting of their career and perhaps this is telling: for it does feel like their least essential. More


Studio: mTuckman Media / Amazon Studios
Directed by Penny Lane

Jun 22, 2016 Cinema Web Exclusive

Ingenuity, resourcefulness, and resilience are the keystones to the classic interpretation of the ever more elusive American Dream. “Dr.” John Romulus Brinkley, the subject of director Penny Lane’s latest documentary, has all three in spades. More

Breaking A Monster

Studio: Abramorama
Directed by Luke Meyer

Jun 22, 2016 Cinema Web Exclusive

The subject of Luke Meyer’s documentary, the band Unlocking the Truth, are a Brooklyn-based trio of 7th graders in love with heavy metal, a genre not historically embraced by the kids’ black community. More

Wye Oak



Jun 22, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

The latest release from Wye Oak, the project of Baltimore duo Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack, is a brief collection of songs that did not make it onto 2011's Civilian or 2014's Shriek. Hence the clever title, Tween, referring to the fact that these songs exist somewhere in between these more official releases. More

Jun 21, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Michael Gira's post-2010 version of Swans chokes the air like a storm in a southern gothic nightmare, the slow-motion onslaught unrelenting as it chases restless dreamers around dark corners and long hallways.  More

Les Cowboys

Studio: Cohen Media Group
Directed by Thomas Bidegain

Jun 21, 2016 Cinema Web Exclusive

Combining past and present gives Les Cowboys a sharp mix of social critique within an updated genre setting.  More


The Magic


Jun 20, 2016 Music Issue # 57 - M83

Ever since the release of Deerhoof vs. Evil in 2009, the normally rambunctious San Francisco ensemble has seemed somewhat restrained. The improvisation that punctuated Milk Man and The Runner's Four has vanished. Instead, the contents of Breakup Song and La Isla Bonita brought about a purer, more consistent reliance on melody. More


Otero War

Cinematic Music Group

Jun 17, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Is this the same Caveman we met on 2011's WWF-referencing Coco Beware? Is it even the same group we were re-introduced to two years later on their self-titled sophomore LP? More