Oct 07, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

It's a little insulting to describe a Scarlett Johansson record in movie terms, since by all accounts, she takes the whole thing very seriously. However, Break Up, her second record, feels as pat as a bad romantic comedy, with Yorn miscast as one of the leads.  More

Oct 07, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

Since Yo La Tengo is forgoing its usual winter run of eight Hanukkah shows in the band's hometown of Hoboken, N.J., an extra-special close-to-home gig was inevitable while touring for its newest release, Popular Songs (Matador). At New York's Roseland Ballroom on September 25, the Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. played a pre-show set in the lobby, the rowdy dudes of Atlanta's Black Lips opened in the theater, comedian John Oliver emceed, and concertgoers were treated to a light show by Joshua White and Gary Panter during Yo La Tengo's set. More

Adventureland Blu-ray/DVD

Studio: Miramax

Oct 06, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

The tradition of the hanging-out movie continues with Greg Mottola's Adventureland, which along with his previous effort, Superbad, joins the ranks of films such as Dazed and Confused and American Graffiti in which nothing much happens, but everything happens.  More

Oct 06, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Though Alberta Cross originally hail from London, their Neil Young-inspired vocals, watery guitars, and psychedelic production sound like they could have come tumbling out of Alabama or the hills of L.A.'s Laurel Canyon, efficiently appropriating the darker Southern Rock sound with an added tendency for narrative, dynamic arcs.    More

Oct 06, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

On "I'm A Pilot," the opening track from Fanfarlo's glorious debut LP Reservoir (Atlantic), frontman Simon Balthazar croons, "If I stay in this room, they'll remember me for my youth." The waltz as a whole is about the famed aviator Howard Hughes, who slowly went insane and shut himself in a film-screening room for four months, then disappeared from the public eye. But taken slightly out of context, "I'm A Pilot" very much defines the London-based orchestral pop outfit, who graciously and effortlessly charmed the crowd at a packed Bowery Ballroom on Sept. 21. More

The Shaky Hands

Let it Die

Kill Rock Stars

Oct 05, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

After the departure of their drummer Colin Anderson and frontman Nicholas Delffs' "soul-searching" trip to India, Portland's The Shaky Hands are back where we left them on their third release: making rootsy post-punk. More

Oct 05, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

In their seemingly endless run of touring, most notably in support of Eddie Vedder on the Pearl Jam frontman's solo treks of the last couple years, Liam Finn and Eliza-Jane Barnes established themselves as perhaps the most electrifying live duo since The White Stripes. This EP follow up to Finn's 2007 debut, I'll Be Lightning, features Finn and Barnes trying to establish on record the identity they have so successfully forged on stage. More

I Love You, Man

Studio: Paramount

Oct 05, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

“I’m slappin’ the bass, man!” That line from Paul Rudd alone makes I Love You, Man worth seeing. Fortunately, director and co-writer John Hamburg’s bromance is solid all the way through remains one of the better films of 2009. More

Whip It

Studio: Fox Searchlight
Directed by Drew Barrymore; Starring: Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Alia Shawkat, Kristen Wiig and Juliette Lewis

Oct 02, 2009 Cinema Issue #28 Fall 2009 - Monsters of Folk

In Drew Barrymore's directorial debut, Whip It, based on screenwriter Shauna Cross's young adult novel Derby Girl, Ellen Page plays Bliss Cavendar, a small-town Texas teen who rebels against her beauty pageant-obsessed mom to secretly join a women's roller derby team. Commonalities with Bend It Like Beckham and Coyote Ugly emerge throughout, and if that seems like an offbeat combination, how about a soundtrack that invokes both .38 Special and Radiohead (no surprise which song) for score? More