May 22, 2015 Music Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

Ruben Nielson returns with another anachronistic beauty, this one hitting the eardrums like a dusty Numero Group find from a home studio in the '70s U.S. Rust Belt, fashioned meticulously, mad-scientist style, with an army of synthesizers patched together and deployed deep in the off-hours.  More

When Marnie Was There

Studio: GKIDS
Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi

May 21, 2015 Cinema Web Exclusive

This tender ghost tale from director Hiromasa Yonebayashi is potentially Studio Ghibli's final film. More

May 21, 2015 Music Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

Johanna Warren's nūmūn is an occasionally non-simpatico mix of timeless pastoral psych à la legends Linda Perhacs and Vashti Bunyan, and '90s Lilith stalwarts such as Natalie Merchant. More


Studio: Criterion

May 20, 2015 DVDs Web Exclusive

At first glance, Limelight—written, directed, starring, produced and scored by Charlie Chaplin—looks like a deeply introspective undertaking from the Little Tramp. More

May 20, 2015 Music Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

This Israeli three-piece impressed psych fans at last year's SXSW, conjuring humongous, swirling clouds of melodic noise which seemed much too large to have come from such a compact lineup.  More

May 19, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

The Charlatans tend to come back strongly in the face of tragedy. The death of original keyboard player, Rob Collins, brought the group's immensely popular (in the U.K. anyway) Tellin' Stories. The still-fresh death of drummer Jon Brookes has evoked, Modern Nature, 12th album with the strongest songwriting in recent memory for the group, whose first release was 25 years ago. More

Shake the Dust

Studio: Bond/360
Directed by Adam Sjoberg

May 19, 2015 Cinema Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

The Nas-produced Shake the Dust profiles several groups of breakdancers from Cambodia, Colombia, Uganda, and Yemen. More

May 18, 2015 Music Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

Coming to the end of the "David Bowie Is..." exhibition, this U.K. singer/songwriter was reminded of reasons why she chose to pursue music: the creative freedom it allowed artists to explore, to change, and to push their own boundaries. Browsing Bowie's many transformations, she felt regret at holding on to one sound and persona. Soon after, Beth Jeans Houghton, formerly of the Hooves of Destiny, became Du Blonde. More

May 18, 2015 Live Web Exclusive

Touring poses something of a dilemma for all introverted studio wizards. How exactly does one translate intensely personal visions to stage when capturing them on record is already difficult enough? Over the years, plenty of inward-looking legends have chosen to avoid the potential pitfalls associated with live music by simply opting out of performing altogether. More