Nov 12, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Scott Ian is a guitarist for the band Anthrax. Sam Kieth is the brilliant, unique comic book artist/creator behind such properties as The MaxxMy Inner Bimbo, and Zero Girl. Lobo is a character created by Keith Giffen, a feral, space-faring, tough-talking, motorcycle-riding bad-ass bounty hunter that's often played for laughs, notably in a couple of '90s books written by Alan Grant and superbly illustrated by Simon Bisley. More

Nov 12, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Indie kids beware—your heroes just got co-opted. While hardly a cohesive gathering, from Death Cab For Cutie doing what they do best (channeling youthful melancholy), to Lykke Li's unexpected gravitas, it would be difficult to ask for a better group of ambassadors. More

The Messenger

Studio: Oscilloscope Laboratories
Directed by Oren Moverman; Starring: Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton and Jena Malone

Nov 11, 2009 Cinema Issue #28 Fall 2009 - Monsters of Folk

Hats off to Adam Yauch's Oscilloscope Laboratories for picking up this potent 2009 Sundance selection starring Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson as Army Casualty Notification Officers, whose duty is to report the deaths of soldiers to their next of kin. More

Nov 11, 2009 Live

By 7:15, the line for the Dirty Projectors rounded the corner of Sunset and Logan in Echo Park. Trick-or-treaters passed close to costumed Projectors fans until the sidewalk was a moving Halloween confusion. More

Nov 11, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

The totally underrated Severin Films' timely Blu-ray reissue of Enzo G. Castellari's 1978 Euro War film (think: spaghetti western with tanks) The Inglorious Bastards is a definite must-see for fans of Quentin Tarantino's latest opus. More

Nov 11, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Many times, I've heard creators (usually writers) interviewed on the difference between writing for film and writing for comics. Comics, they've said, are truer to the original vision. Film has so many cooks in the kitchen, the essence of the script often gets lost. More

AC/DC

Backtracks

Columbia

Nov 11, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

One would think there would be a limited market for a box set like Backtracks. Collecting two discs of rarities (one studio, one live) and a DVD of promotional clips, marketed as an add-on to 2005's exhaustive double DVD set, Family Jewels, the box is mostly perfunctory. The live disc is unnecessary. The promotional video clips are mildly interesting, in a you'll-only-ever-watch-them-once kind of way. Even the studio rarities are just a handful tracks taken mostly from Australian-only LPs or singles, serving as somewhat of a disappointment for anyone hoping for a vault-clearing extravaganza. More

Nov 10, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

Fresh from their performance on one of the biggest stages at Austin City Limits, The Dodos stepped on to a small stage nestled into a corner of the Rock and Roll Hotel. Large enough to comfortably hold the three-piece setup, which includes a vibraphone and one thrashing Meric Long, the stage remained dwarfed by the sold out crowd pressed up against it. More

Nov 10, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

After the revolutionary OK Computer and Kid A/Amnesiac, Radiohead took a step sideways with Hail to the Thief. The band had refined its sound, and its particular brand of adventurous electronic/organic push/pull. More