Nov 03, 2009 TV Issue #28 Fall 2009 - Monsters of Folk

V was a beloved '80s miniseries and series about an alien race that comes to Earth preaching peace but hiding darker motives (and lizard-like bodies under their fake human skin). ABC's remake is faithful in premise and slicker in presentation. More

Nov 03, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

After having covered the last two seasons of The Shield on DVD, what's left to say about the show that put basic cable network FX on the map? Well, if you haven't seen the show or are looking to add the entire collection to your library, you're in for a gritty treat. More

Nov 03, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

Alfred Hitchcock's sensationally entertaining North by Northwest is 50 years old, and to celebrate, Warner Brothers has dumped over a million dollars into a flawless restoration that makes the film look as though it were released just last week. More

Nov 02, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Seven years after So Tough, and nearly a decade into their career, Saint Etienne released 2000's Sound of Water—a timeless synthesis of their acid house, electronic, and pop influences. While So Tough’s recent reissue sparkled with the wit and candor of a youth spent frolicking to 1960s Britpop, Sound of Water is a quieter affair—a master class in aging with grace.  More

Nov 02, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

UCLA's Royce Hall is a beautiful little venue. Ornately decorated, acoustically lush and comfortable in size, the theater lends itself well to all manner of performances. And on October 19th, Portland's The Decemberists brought their fun blur of theater and rock show to the hall. More

Death Bell

Studio: IFC Films
Directed by Yoon Hong-Seung; Starring: Lee Beom-soo, Nam Gyu-ri, Yoon Jeong-hee and Kim Bum

Oct 30, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

Whatever or whoever is killing students in Death Bell is that much more terrifying because it's probably not a ghost. More

The Drums

Summertime! EP

Twenty Seven

Oct 30, 2009 Music Issue #28 Fall 2009 - Monsters of Folk

On its debut EP, Brooklyn-based quartet The Drums makes music that, strangely, is influenced by both Factory Records and The Shangri-Las. The music is stripped down and simplistic, with songs often being driven by a lone guitar or bass line, and frequently relying on the rhythmic devices of handclaps and finger snaps. More

Oct 30, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

While former cohorts Noah and the Whale are busy with a grand launch of their new album/movie project, London singer-songwriter Laura Marling has opted to quietly debut songs from her own forthcoming sophomore album, due in early 2010, in a series of intimate concerts in small East coast U.S. venues this fall. Two extraneous details threatened to ruin the mood on this particular night at World Café Live in Philadelphia. More

Oct 29, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

It's no surprise that Florence and the Machine's first proper New York show sold out quickly, as this performance was way overdue but very much worth the wait. More