Jul 17, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

There is merit to Hayden Thorpe's solo Diviner but one has to be in the mood for his fey vocals and sullen disposition to return for any repeated listening. Fans of his former band, Wild Beasts, are probably most appreciative of the ex-frontman's first effort since the Mercury-nominated art-rockers announced their breakup in 2017.  More

Jul 16, 2019 Books Web Exclusive

A culmination of over 50 years of research from blues historians Bruce Conforth and Gayle Dean Wardlow, Up Jumped the Devil is as definitive a Robert Johnson history as will likely ever be written. More

Jul 16, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

History can mutate when we're not looking. Official records will stifle the many voices that spoke; leaders and winners (usually men) take up all the page space; crowds get squashed down into the two or three contemporary mindsets. More



Warner Records

Jul 15, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

Plenty of artists can bang out hit after hit song, but it's rare when someone is so good at it that they'll pen extra hits just to give them away. Prince, on the other hand, gave away more tracks than a lot of musicians were able to write in their entire careers. More

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales

Studio: GKIDS / Shout! Factory

Jul 15, 2019 DVDs Web Exclusive

A lightweight, charming animated anthology which will entertain children and their parents alike. More

Jul 12, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

The third album from the Calvin sisters, Jessie and Jennifer, aka Bleached, may not break any new ground, but it certainly has its fair share of pointed and slightly off-beat, and also very good, pop punk. More

Thunder Bay

Studio: Kino Lorber Studio Classics

Jul 12, 2019 DVDs Web Exclusive

If you’re beginning to suspect that a movie that valorizes drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico doesn’t play well in 2019, congratulations, you’re a sensible person! More


Showtime, Friday July 12 at 9 p.m.

Jul 12, 2019 TV Web Exclusive

Rick Rubin's career is so eclectic, so influential, so mind-blowingly successful, it's difficult to wrap your head around the fact that it belongs to just one person. It's fitting that the Showtime four-part docu-series Shangri-La is shot primarily at Rubin's mythical studio of the same name.  More

Mark Mulcahy

The Gus


Jul 11, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

Thom Yorke and Michael Stipe's love for Mark Mulcahy's occasionally revived '80s band Miracle Legion has helped his poetic, often stark, tender songs reach a broader audience over the years. More