Apr 15, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Career suicide, heinous album art, and no regard for their fanbase. Those have been the three themes bandied about most often in early appraisals of Congratulations. More

Kick-Ass

Studio: Lionsgate
Directed by Matthew Vaughn; Starring: Aaron Johnson, Nicholas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Chloe Moretz

Apr 15, 2010 Cinema Web Exclusive

The only thing Kick-Ass the movie has in common with Kick-Ass the comic book is the premise: New York high-schooler Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) is a nobody to everyone around him except for his two best friends (played by Clark Duke and Evan Peters) and his father. After he and his buddies are mugged one too many times by a couple of neighborhood hoods, Lizewski takes up the mantle and MySpace page of an amateur vigilante. More

Apr 15, 2010 Live Web Exclusive

Groove Armada's place in the musical echelon might not be as high as it was when "I See You Baby" seemed ubiquitous and big beat electronica was thriving. But as evidenced by this sold-out show at the Henry Fonda Theater, many still love to shake their asses to the music of Andy Cato and Tom Findlay and collaborators.

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Who Do You Love?

Studio: International Film Circuit
Directed by Jerry Zaks; Starring: Alessandro Nivola, Jon Abrahams, Robert Randolph, Keb’ Mo’, David Oyelowo, Chi McBride, Megalyn Ann Echikunwoke, and Marika Dominczyk

Apr 15, 2010 Cinema Web Exclusive

The story of Chess Records founder Leonard Chess, who would help launch the careers of Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, and Etta James, falls flat, without igniting the fire that helped make recent music pics like Once and Walk the Line successful. More

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Hour (Season Five Premiere)

(BBC America, Saturdays, 9/8 Central)

Apr 15, 2010 TV Web Exclusive

The Doctor is back and he's in very good hands. Nervous Doctor Who fans can all breathe a collective sigh of relief, safe in the knowledge that, based on the fifth season premiere, Matt Smith will be a charming and spirited Doctor, and new executive producer Steven Moffat will bring a fresh and dark fairy tale-like whimsy to the show. More

Apr 14, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

First lady of Daptone Records Sharon Jones is back with her fourth album, I Learned the Hard Way, swaggering though 12 tracks of classic R&B like the ass-kicking, name-taking mother figure you've always wanted. More

Apr 14, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

There's something odd about music recorded on '80s tape recording equipment being listened to as digital files via laptop computer speakers.(Is that fuzz I'm hearing you or me?) But the confluence of lo-fi cultures seems to really work here. More

No One Knows About Persian Cats

Studio: IFC Films
Directed by Bahman Ghobadi; Starring: Negar Shaghaghi, Ashkan Koshanejad, Hamed Behdad

Apr 13, 2010 Cinema Web Exclusive

"This is what music is supposed to be," says wheeler and dealer of contraband, Nader, while listening to a track by indie rockers Ashkan and Negar. But under the strict moral and political code of Tehran, non-traditional music like theirs is supposed to have a permit. More

Apr 13, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Bettie Serveert is one of the most underrated and underappreciated bands to come out of the grunge era. But despite forming almost 20 years ago, as the '90s were just dawning, Bettie Serveert did not fade away or implode as many of their contemporaries. More