Dec 18, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Sarah Cracknell’s (Saint Etienne) 1997 album Lipslide had all the markings of a vanity project. More

Dec 17, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Dayve Hawk, aka Memory Cassette, aka Memory Tapes, has made his name over the past four years doing essentially the exact same thing as Toro Y Moi but making no attempt to shake the glib "chillwave" tag that became so omniscient in the later part of the last decade.  More

Dec 13, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

It must be tough to be Big BoiOutKast looms over everything. He attempted to escape that shadow with 2010's Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, a years-in-the-making album that showed Big Boi could create great music apart from OutKast. Now Big Boi is back with a follow-up, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. More

Dec 12, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

With thoughtfully crafted compositions so carefully rendered, Godspeed You! Black Emperor plays like a massed force that could show its mighty strength at any time, and can be equally compelling and unnerving when it does.  More

Dec 11, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Five long years stretched between proper Sufjan Stevens albums, from 2005's breakout Illinois to 2010's heartbreaking The Age of Adz, but for those who believe that he is anything but prolific, Asthmatic Kitty presents the second compilation of Stevens' Christmas EPs. Stevens somehow found time each year to explore the tensions between the garish commercialism and tradition and religious core of Christmas. More

Dec 10, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

No matter how one feels about Interpol's output in the 10 years since the release of their debut Turn on the Bright Lights, it's still an astonishing record. Not many bands have come into the world with such clarity of vision that the music, design, attire, and persona all fit tightly into one package. More

Dec 07, 2012 Live

When you’re attending a show lovingly dubbed “Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long: Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant on Ice,” you know what you’re getting yourself into.  More

Dec 07, 2012 Live

Wednesday night at the Henry Fonda Theatre, Paul Banks put attitude on full display, cutting through a sixteen-song set with a poised je ne sais quoi. (Wait, I do know. The word is cool—and he had it in spades.) More

Hyde Park on Hudson

Studio: Focus Features

Dec 07, 2012 Cinema Issue #43 - Animal Collective

The pitch must have been simple enough: cast one of America's greatest treasures as one of America's greatest presidents. Bill Murray plays Franklin Delano Roosevelt in this mostly lighthearted film set just before the outbreak of World War II, when the first family played host to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at their upstate New York home.  More