Jun 29, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

This collection of Aretha Franklin singles, drawn primarily from the 1980s, manages to sound, at times, both fresh and retro cool. Even though nobody really needs reminding of Aretha Franklin’s brilliance, nor should we pretend that by 1980 her most seminal work wasn’t more than a decade behind her, the bulk of the material on Knew You Were Waiting is a total joy to listen to.

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Jun 28, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

The Knack has been very unfairly defined in the public consciousness by its one big hit, 1979’s “My Sharona.” However, that track, off the band’s debut, Get The Knack, of the same year, is highly unrepresentative of who The Knack was as a band.  More

Jun 27, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

For more than 10 years, Texas songwriter Salim Nourallah has been mixing his love of The Beatles and '70s power pop with a storytelling folk approach to create nuanced, hummable pop music. More

Get Jiro!

Vertigo/DC

Jun 26, 2012 Comic Books Issue #41 - Yeasayer

If you're familiar with Anthony Bourdain's other worknonfiction (Kitchen Confidential, etc.), fiction (Bone in the Throat), various TV shows, and even his speaking engagementsyou may find him funny, opinionated, a little sick in the head, and totally engaging and entertaining. More

Jun 26, 2012 Live

Andrew Bird is not one of those performers who makes the audience feel as though they're part of the experience. Instead, the audience feels as though they're lucky enough to be allowed to watch a very personal, private show. More

DIIV

Oshin

Captured Tracks

Jun 26, 2012 Music Issue #41 - Yeasayer

After a bevy of 7-inch releases, incendiary live shows, and blog hype that's gradually built to a fever pitch, DIIV have at last delivered their debut LP, Oshin. Upon first exposure, it doesn't seem highly dissimilar to frontman Zachary Cole Smith's other band and Captured Tracks labelmates Beach Fossils, with whom Smith plays guitar. More

Spandex: Fast and Hard

Titan Books

Written and drawn by Martin Eden

Jun 25, 2012 Comic Books Web Exclusive

One of the better things about Martin Eden's Spandex: Fast and Hard is that it indulges in its conceit of being an all-gay superteam without that conceit ever becoming burdensome. More

2:54

2:54

Fat Possum

Jun 25, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

From Joy Division through The Cure, to Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus, and The Mission, there was a time when 2:54's variety of forlorn music was in perpetual supply. These days, a gloomily-inclined music fan must either settle into genre blends or explore the deeper indie fringes for a more traditional goth-rock fix. More

Jun 23, 2012 Cinema Issue #41 - Yeasayer

The world's going to end in 21 days, and what are you going to do? Neighbors Dodge (Steve Carell) and Penny (Keira Knightley) use the impending Armageddon as a reason to reconnect with loved ones, embarking on a road trip to track down Dodge's high school sweetheart and find Penny a flight across the pond to visit her British parents. More