May 05, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

House of Mystery was a staple DC anthology of the mid-1950s. Over the years the faces have changed but the premise remains fairly the same: put a bunch of people into a big scary house with plenty of mansards and macabre. This 2008 reboot by Jack of Fables writers Mathew Sturges and Bill Willingham infuses plenty of novel ideas and characters into this rather stale horror trope. The malignant caretakers of the 1968 iteration of House of Mystery, aptly named Cain and Abel, make a quick cameo at the beginning of Room & Boredom. From then on, readers are introduced to the small cadre of patrons that inhabit their strange environs: a bar "at the crossroads of reality." More

May 04, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

If you’ve ever looked at film criticism and wished that it included more Slovenian psychoanalysis, then have I got the DVD for you! The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema is a three-part series that looks at themes of the unconscious mind, sexual perversity, and anxiety through a cinematic kaleidoscope. The 2½-hour program relies heavily on the works of Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch but makes detours through The Wizard of Oz, The Matrix, Stalker, The Red Shoes, and Alien: Resurrection. More

May 01, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

5,000 fans shut down Hollywood Blvd. for a five block stretch smack dab in the middle of the city of angels on a Thursday night just to witness the live spectacle of Depeche Mode racing through a mini set of seven tracks. Making one of their more grandiose promotional stops in support of the newly released Sounds of the Universe, the band’s performance on the late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live belied, not only their age, but nearly everyone’s expectations as the black clad trio plus backing band opened the show by tearing into a barn burning performance of the latest single “Wrong” with a ferocity other groups half their age would be lucky to muster on a good night. More

May 01, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

I never thought that watching someone play electric guitar could be this scary! Born in England and raised in Long Island, Katherine Thomas is known in guitar circles as The Great Kat. More

May 01, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

One of the more notable releases of 2008 was Darren Aronofsky’s fourth and most grounded film, The Wrestler. The marriage of character and actor has rarely been better suited than in Mickey Rourke, who here plays a formerly great wrestler whose fallen on hard times. More

May 01, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

This fourth JSA volume collects Justice Society of America #19-22, and the Thy Kingdom Come specials Magog, Superman, and The Kingdom. Picking up where part two left off, the Justice Society begins to disintegrate as Gog vows to bring peace to Earth. Some are terrified by this course of events, while many heroes are optimistic, after being healed of their ailments by Gog. Thom Kallor (Starman) is no longer a schizophrenic, Grant Emerson's (Damage) scarred face is restored, and Sanderson Hawkin's (Sand) night terrors have ceased. Gog's helping hand comes with a moral price tag as the old JSA squares off against the new. More

May 01, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Not since Elvis Costello has any artist combined pop ferocity and magnetism with such challenging words. The standard rule is bitter and thoughtful = slow and delicate, but when artists escape that equation-when they recognize that smart people have blood in their veins too-they are justly hailed by their grateful minions in the press, like so: More

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Zee Avi

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May 01, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Big money says Zee Avi's new self-titled CD will be available in Starbucks before you can say Accessibility Meets Post-Colonial Hip. Lucky for us, this won't be one of those Putumayo 'It sounded good in the store' purchases. More

May 01, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

At the great Americana Legends Fried Chicken & George Dickel Potluck Party in our minds, while Jack White desperately slaps on sunscreen and J.D. Wilkes hits on your underage cousin, The Devil Makes Three will stand by the bucket of Lone Star, making snarky comments and quietly enjoying the day. More