Oct 24, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

It all goes wrong so quickly. Diamond Rings’ (otherwise known as Canadian musician John O’Regan) sophomore album Free Dimensional opens with a wall of melodramatic synths and drum machines. More

Oct 23, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

In The Truman Show, Jim Carrey plays a puppet to a media mogul whose every move is controlled by powers above; in Liar Liar, he finds himself unable to lie, and in Yes Man Carrey can’t say “no.” Now, imagine if the brilliant Steve Albini was struck by a similar affliction to his imagination and ability to think creatively and produced a Snow Patrol record: you’re either thinking of Biffy Clyro, or you’ve got Trail of Dead’s Lost Songs in a nutshell. More

Paul Banks

Banks

Matador

Oct 22, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Following his 2009 quasi-solo album under the pseudonym Julian Plenti, Paul Banks’ self-titled release Banks reflects an important demarcation in the Interpol singer’s discography. While Julian Plenti is Skyscraper mainly consisted of songs written pre-Interpol, Banks is all new material, and is a manifestation of the quantum leap Banks has taken as a songwriter and arranger. More

Oct 22, 2012 Live

Nigel Godrich-lead band Ultraísta took the stage at the Echoplex on Friday night to cheers. “We haven't even played a note yet,” joked Godrich. “We might be terrible. We hope we’re not.” 

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The Sessions

Studio: Fox Searchlight
Directed by Ben Lewin; Starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy

Oct 19, 2012 Cinema Web Exclusive

The Sessions, directed by Ben Lewin, tells the inspiring true story of Mark O'Brien, a 38-year-old male paralyzed since childhood due to complications from Polio. John Hawkes portrays writer and poet O'Brien who, at the request of his publisher, embarks on a serendipitous assignment researching the sexual lives of disabled peoples. More

Hunted

Cinemax, Fridays 10/9 Central

Oct 19, 2012 TV Issue #42 - The Protest Issue

The espionage thriller is an archetypal and sometimes dog-tired genre. Double-crosses, sex, and explosions can only go so far, so modern audiences demand more personal and grounded spies. The Jason Bourne and Daniel Craig-era James Bond movies scratch that itch, but most televised spy dramas are shallow in the character development department. Cinemax’s second original primetime series Hunted aims to buck that trend. More

Oct 19, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Natasha Khan, on the cover of her third Bat For Lashes album, stands nude save for a necklace, a naked man draped over her shoulders as if he were a feather boa. As far as artists posing nude for album art goes, it's pretty tastefulshe's in more decent repose than John and Yoko on the cover of Two Virgins, yet it feels more revealing than Prince's Lovesexywith the nude man-boa covering her possibly controversial bits, and vice versa. More

Oct 19, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

For some singers, performing within a certain vocal range can be a case of exploring strengths within their limitations. In Jason Lytle's case, his breathy, careful delivery is his strength; while occasionally swinging upward to touch a few high notes like taking his hat from a rack, he generally maintains a strangely soothing vocal demeanor. More

Martha Wainwright

Come Home to Mama

V2/Cooperative Music

Oct 18, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

With her third full studio album Come Home to Mama, the younger of music's most beige siblings (Wainwright is the younger sister of musician Rufus Wainwright) since Oasis continues to settle nicely into Canada's throne of easy-listening bland-pop vacated all those years ago now by Shania Twain. More