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May 01, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

One of the more notable releases of 2008 was Darren Aronofsky’s fourth and most grounded film, The Wrestler. The marriage of character and actor has rarely been better suited than in Mickey Rourke, who here plays a formerly great wrestler whose fallen on hard times. More

May 01, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

This fourth JSA volume collects Justice Society of America #19-22, and the Thy Kingdom Come specials Magog, Superman, and The Kingdom. Picking up where part two left off, the Justice Society begins to disintegrate as Gog vows to bring peace to Earth. Some are terrified by this course of events, while many heroes are optimistic, after being healed of their ailments by Gog. Thom Kallor (Starman) is no longer a schizophrenic, Grant Emerson's (Damage) scarred face is restored, and Sanderson Hawkin's (Sand) night terrors have ceased. Gog's helping hand comes with a moral price tag as the old JSA squares off against the new. More

May 01, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Not since Elvis Costello has any artist combined pop ferocity and magnetism with such challenging words. The standard rule is bitter and thoughtful = slow and delicate, but when artists escape that equation-when they recognize that smart people have blood in their veins too-they are justly hailed by their grateful minions in the press, like so: More

Zee Avi

Zee Avi

Brushfire

May 01, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Big money says Zee Avi's new self-titled CD will be available in Starbucks before you can say Accessibility Meets Post-Colonial Hip. Lucky for us, this won't be one of those Putumayo 'It sounded good in the store' purchases. More

May 01, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

At the great Americana Legends Fried Chicken & George Dickel Potluck Party in our minds, while Jack White desperately slaps on sunscreen and J.D. Wilkes hits on your underage cousin, The Devil Makes Three will stand by the bucket of Lone Star, making snarky comments and quietly enjoying the day. More

Apr 29, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

The exclamation point at the end of Telekinesis' self-titled debut may be a bit over the top, but if any band has earned itself an exclamation point, Telekinesis certainly has. Seattleite Michael Benjamin Lerner (the power behind Telekinesis' power pop) makes music that's straightforward and familiar—if not especially challenging—and with its hooks, perfect chord progressions, harmonies and hand clap-ready rhythms, Telekinesis! is one of the strongest power-pop debuts in years.  More

Rodriguez

Coming From Reality

Light in the Attic

Apr 28, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Sixto Diaz Rodriguez recorded two albums in the early ’70s that went nowhere and when he was subsequently dropped from his label (Sussex), he returned to Detroit and gave up his career in music. Little did he know, but both albums grew in popularity in South Africa and Australia. This fact was discovered by Rodriguez’s oldest daughter when she stumbled on a pair of websites run by a South African fan searching for the missing singer. Rodriguez’s career was revitalized by the discovery although he still never caught in his home country where Cold Fact and its follow-up Coming From Reality remained virtually unheard. More

Apr 28, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

One month after Woodstock and after more than ten years of not being on the music charts, Little Richard took the stage at Varsity Stadium in Toronto determined to light the crowd on fire. Dressed in a mirrored shirt, a 30-pound gold chain, silver bell bottoms, and sporting a ridiculously tall pompadour wig, he opens his set with “Blueberry Hill” and “Lucille,” relatively tame in comparison of what was to come. More

Apr 28, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Along with Motown, Stax Records defined an era of soul music in the '60s and '70s. And from the parents who lived with and loved the sound of Stax came children who would sample and appropriate the breaks into loops that would become the foundation of hip-hop. This compilation collects the original Stax hits that spawned so many hip-hop classics. More