Aug 31, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Named after a hiking path near Mt. Hood, Menomena's Brent Knopf veers slightly off the experimental rock path in search of simpler delights with his solo debut project, Ramona Falls. Featuring 35 of Knopf's best friends, including members of The Helio Sequence and Mirah, Intuit contains the same jazz, folk, and subtle electronia elements of his day job. However, here Knopf's free-form musicality is layered under deeply introspective lyrics focusing on, you know, the sort of quiet, thought-provoking topics that might make you want to escape for a long nature walk in the first place. More

Aug 28, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

The Surrogates: Flesh and Bone is a prequel to 2006's The Surrogates, the movie version of which, starring Bruce Willis, will soon hit theaters near you. It revisits a sci-fi world where it's possible to live life almost completely remotely, via highly advanced robotic avatars, aka "surrogates." More

Aug 28, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

A sense of anticipationas well as a healthy dollop of soul/jazz fusion as originally crafted by the masters and enhanced by their studentspervades Urbanus, waxed mere days before Barack Obama took the oath of office. Acoustic meets electric, go-go shakes hands with funk, the pot melteth over. More

Rudo y Cursi Blu-ray

Studio: Sony

Aug 27, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

The easiest way to describe Rudo y Cursi is that it’s a passion project for everyone involved. The two stars, Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna, give excellent performances as soccer-playing brothers dealing with their demons. More

Welcome to Forest Island

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Art by Bwana Spoons

Aug 27, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Over the span of his career, Bwana Spoons has been using his highly stylized and imaginative art to create Forest Island—a hyper-kinetic and super-saturated place that his surreal characters call home. A compilation of pieces that could easily stand on their own, and short narratives, Welcome to Forest Island may actually form some grand narrative from cover to cover. Spoons, as a multi-media artist, combines his abilities in painting, design, screen-printing, and toy making in these addictive 144 pages. More

Dexter: Season 3 DVD

Showtime/Paramount

Aug 27, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

Showtime's water-cooler thriller Dexter is essentially The Shield at its core, with a rogue police officer working against his own department to cover up his criminal involvement with cases of interest—in Dexter, though, that rogue cop has the added twist of being a serial killer, albeit one guided by a rigid moral code. It's an entertaining setup with ample opportunity for cat-and-mouse intrigue, and like The ShieldDexter understands the power of a dynamo guest star to spice up the show before the formula wears thin. More

Aug 27, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

According to Invincible Criminal's accompanying press releases, this is Mark Mallman's most lyric-driven album to date. His decision to change his typically self-deprecating and nihilistic lyrics resulted in a record that Mallman considers "alive, powerful, moving." More

Aug 26, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

As summer simmers ever-so gently into autumn and this Hawaiian septet delivers a light tropical breeze through willing speakers (wait for dusk; the effect is awesome), even listeners garbed in season-appropriate attire might find themselves spectacularly underdressed. Adventures in Paradise is a smart and swank affair, the kind that usually hums between the walls of an air-conditioned nightclub. More

Aug 25, 2009 Live

I don’t dance. I’m an arrhythmic white girl whose main goal—at most events—is to not put an eye out with my pen or notebook. Although, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to getting my (very) awkward groove on at last night’s Friendly Fires show. For the record: no writing utensil related injuries were sustained. More