May 24, 2012 Music Issue #41 - Yeasayer

Weird Dreams aren't quite as odd as they make themselves out to be, despite a casual reference to "666" or naming a jaunty little tune "River of the Damned." Choreography is an album that owes its very existence to the twin pillars of The Beatles and The Beach Boys, the kind of retro jangle-pop people listen to when reminiscing about the glories of summers past.

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May 24, 2012 Music Issue #41 - Yeasayer

San Francisco's all-femme post-punk trio returns with a third album, the first on their very own record label. More

May 23, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Over their last two albums, Rich Machin and Ian Glover of Soulsavers have created epic soundscapes of emotion, filled out by guest singers who penned lyrics and sang to Machin and Glover's compositions. More

May 23, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Ursprung is a new studio project from German electronic music producer/DJ Hendrik Weber, aka Pantha du Prince, and Stephan Abry of Workshop. Where this pair's creative leanings typically involve electronic music, Ursprung places the guitar at its center. More

Mount Eerie

Clear Moon

P.W. Elverum & Sun

May 22, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Here's more plodding, plaintive, Pacific Northwest pabulum from Phil Elverum. This is the first of two full-lengths lined up to be released this year, both recorded in his new studio, a repurposed church in Anacortes, WA. More

May 22, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Alexander Tucker's second Thrill Jockey release exhibits a continued lean toward brainy Anglo-pop, although it's most certainly still infused with his avant-garde past. More

Beyond the Black Rainbow

Studio: Magnet
Directed by Panos Cosmatos

May 21, 2012 Cinema Web Exclusive

With his debut feature Beyond the Black Rainbow, director Panos Cosmatos delivers a film that's light on narrative but overflowing in style, taking the trancelike pull of 2001: A Space Odyssey's abstract "stargate" sequence and drawing it out across almost two lysergic, ambiguity-filled hours. More

May 21, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

One of the many frustrating things about Norah Jones is what appears to be a total unwillingness to push herself beyond her lyrical and vocal comfort zones. She's a gifted vocalist, a good-enough pianist, and a gracious performer, and yetwithout exceptionher first four studio albums sound like one long, tiresome song. More

Hysteria

Studio: Sony Pictures Classics

May 19, 2012 Cinema Issue #41 - Yeasayer

Tanya Wexler's Hysteria, a period piece set in late 19th century London, is nothing if not luscious eye candy. The cinematography is vivid, with the contrast of the muted grays of the dilapidated slums and the garish, rococo flourishes of the opulent bourgeoisie neighborhoods mirroring the struggle at the crux of the film. More