Jun 28, 2010 Live

The annual KCRW World Festival had its second 2010 event at the Hollywood Bowl last night and it was an eclectic mix music from around the world. Without any sort of introduction, Oakland's Merrill Garbus (aka tUnE-yArDs) walked onto the stage and suddenly started yodeling and playing a ukulele. She then looped her voice using a digital voice recorder, added drums to the mix and became a one-woman music machine. More

Shutter Island Blu-ray/DVD

Studio: Paramount

Jun 28, 2010 DVDs Web Exclusive

A lot of the backlash against Shutter Island isn't so much targeted at the direction, the performances, the cinematography or even the source material, it just had the bad luck of being Martin Scorsese's first narrative feature after winning the Oscar for directing The Departed (even though he should have won for Goodfellas). More

Jun 28, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

In Greek mythology, Midas is known for his ability to turn everything he touches into gold. Mates of State are his modern-day equivalent, instead transforming every song they cover into a melodic pop gem. Warm tones swirl through Crushes: The Covers Mixtape, the husband-wife duo's first attempt at recording and producing their own album. More

Jun 25, 2010 Music Issue #31 - Spring 2010 - Joanna Newsom

One of the most interesting facets of Stars is their near-complete lack of evolution. Flaunting their sad and sassy pop that appears to have emerged fully formed from day one, the Canadian five-piece theatrically redefines cool with tales of love, death, and life in between. More

Mary and Max Blu-ray/DVD

Studio: IFC Films

Jun 24, 2010 DVDs Web Exclusive

Mary and Max was the opening night film of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, the first animated movie to ever hold that position. Despite this, Adam Elliot's "clayography" never reached the wider audience it so deserved. Emotionally appealing animated movies, such as Pixar's Up, Wes Anderson's hilarious Fantastic Mr. Fox, Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey's The Secret of Kelis, and Henry Selick's Coraline, may have roped hype during Oscar season, but this simply engaging film deserved to be on the same pedestal. More

Jun 24, 2010 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Writer JD Arnold and artist Rich Koslowski (award-winning creator of Three Fingers and The King) weave a rich and sometimes savage tapestry of 1920s Southern life with BB Wolf and the Three LPs. The skeletal story may stem from the fairy tale we all know, The Three Little Pigs, being turned on its ear, but dark ruminations on slavery, racism, blues/soul music, alcoholism, and the ramifications of vengeful murder, bubble up to the surface. More

BLK JKS

ZOL! EP

Secretly Canadian

Jun 24, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

BLK JKS' 2009 debut After Robots was a confounding album; bombastic and full of potential, but with too much unfocused energy to deliver any amazing songs or live up to the hype. More

Jun 23, 2010 Music Issue #31 - Spring 2010 - Joanna Newsom

With its debut, this Chicago-based, neo-psych four-piece nearly achieves the trippy sonic masterpiece it seems to have envisioned. Referencing '60s pop, '70s psychedelia, and '90s shoegaze, Apparitions often hits its mark. More

Steve Mason

Boys Outside

Double Six/Domino

Jun 22, 2010 Music Issue #31 - Spring 2010 - Joanna Newsom

For years, Steve Mason's debt-ridden music career has been under the raised axe of the executioner. If there's any justice in this world, widespread acclaim for Boys Outside will grant a permanent stay of execution for the one-time Beta Band frontman. More