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Sep 17, 2012 TV Web Exclusive

Revolution is a television version of Stephen King's The Stand, except instead of a killer flu wiping out the planet, it's no electricity. For some unknown reason that is part of the show's draw, the electricity went out in the world 15 years prior. More




Sep 17, 2012 Music Issue #42 - The Protest Issue

Holy vitriol, Batman! Menomena's fifth full-length Moms doesn't hold back on the bile, the band aiming their acid tongues at unsatisfying lovers and the family tree. Why, it's enough to make matriarchs everywhere clutch at their pearls. More

Sep 14, 2012 Music Issue #42 - The Protest Issue

Like any Grizzly Bear release, Shields demands multiple listens before one is able to peel the layers back to see how good it just might be. This shouldn't be anything new to fansVeckatimest was widely regarded as one of the best albums of 2009, but most everyone, if they were honest, would admit that it took some time to realize it might be better than good. Shields demands a similar amount of patience and engagementand, fortunately, it pays out similar rewards. More

Sep 14, 2012 Music Issue #42 - The Protest Issue

Amanda Palmer is suffering from an identity crisis. Theatre is Evil, Palmer's first solo album since parting ways with her label, finds the self-proclaimed piano-slayer yearning not only to do it with a rock star, but to become one. The result is a song set that begins a move away from the haunted cabaret halls where Palmer shines-but never manages to go anywhere of note. More

Maximo Park

The National Health

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Sep 13, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Maxïmo Park blasted out of the U.K. in 2005 with A Certain Trigger, an album of angular, fast-paced post-whatever rock and roll that was gripping in both its musical heft and its incisive lyrical dexterity. The National Health represents a true return to form. More

Sep 13, 2012 Music Issue #42 - The Protest Issue

The debut album by Los Angeles-based duo IO Echo begins with a bombastic burst in the opening number "Shanghai Girls." It signals a confident presence and ambitious agenda by a band that's been saddled from the start with plenty of labels and expectations by critics and fans alike. Shaking off those labels, which include buzzwords like "dark," "murky," and "gothic," the band forges ahead with songs that are precise and synthetic but nevertheless elude falling into a formulaic rut of ho-hum electronic rock. More

Sep 12, 2012 Music Issue #42 - The Protest Issue

The fifth record from Oregon-based indie rock duo The Helio Sequence sees the pair take a step back: time to take stock, to reassess. It's their first release since 2008's Keep Your Eyes Ahead, the success of which seems to have allowed them the space, money, and confidence to facilitate this fresh outlook. More

Pet Shop Boys



Sep 12, 2012 Music Issue #42 - The Protest Issue

On their 1986 breakthrough single "West End Girls," Pet Shop Boys sang about alienation; it was a great dance pop song about feeling lost in their own hometown. Now, 26 years later, they are revered as one of the most important acts of their generation in their own milieu. Yet new record Elysium finds them sounding once again like proverbial fish out of water, only with far less aplomb. More

The New Normal

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Sep 11, 2012 TV Web Exclusive

"Abnormal is the new normal." This is one of the many snappy lines on The New Normal, a show about an affluent, committed gay couple who are having a baby via surrogate. More