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Torchwood: Children of Earth

(BBC America, this Monday through Friday 9 – 10:15 p.m.)

Jul 20, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

Fans of intelligent and exciting science fiction, and of compelling TV drama in general, will be well rewarded if they tune into BBC America this week for the five part Torchwood miniseries Children of Earth. It will be airing every night this week at 9 p.m. and is certainly the best five hours of science fiction television in recent memory and will also go down as one of 2009's most memorable television events. Even those who have never seen Torchwood before, or who were left unimpressed by the show's early episodes, would do well to tune in. More

Jul 17, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

The debut full-length from Discovery, the long-gestating hipster R&B project from Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend) and Wes Miles (Ra Ra Riot), is a little boring. Listeners need look no further than the cover art, an agreeable, organized grid of Ellsworth Kelly-esque pastel blocks that promise non-threatening, vaguely ironic fun. More


Mind Chaos


Jul 17, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Sometimes you've got to loosen your tie and try to remember that not everything is such a rigid business. Hockey's debut album, Mind Chaos, is here to help you out. The tracks freely move through a shortlist of genres: "Too Fake" boasts a dance punk influence, "Song Away" references a New Wave pop sound à la The Cars, and "Four Holy Photos" pops out with its country sauntering and close harmony. More

Wendy and Lucy DVD

Studio: Oscilloscope

Jul 17, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

Wendy and Lucy is barely a movie. The story? Woman on the outs loses her dog and life sucks, and that’s pretty much it. Kelly Reichardt (director and film teacher at Bard College) has prided herself in making sparse minimalist films (Old Joy) that make critics swoon but leaves this viewer cold. More

Jul 16, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

I’m not a big fan of the term guilty pleasure, but Entourage is the very definition of it. The story of Hollywood actor/superstar Vinnie Chase, his three buddies, and his agent and the agent’s assistant has lumbered along for five seasons, and season five is now available on DVD, coinciding with the start of season six on HBO. More

Jul 16, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

The Sounds are very much a guilty pleasure. The Swedish five-piece make unapologetically '80s-sounding pop music with a generous helping of synth-y New Wave cool. They are fronted by a stunning blond and tour virtually nonstop in support of their albums. Yet, as indie rock goes, The Sounds are decidedly unhip. More

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Studio: Warner Bros.
Directed by David Yates; Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Jim Broadbent, Alan Rickman and Michael Gambon

Jul 15, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

The sixth film based on author J.K. Rowling's massively popular Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince just might be the Empire Strikes Back of the series. More

Jul 15, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

Just on the heels of Parker Lewis Can’t Lose comes yet another long-awaited comedy series DVD release. This time, it’s cult MTV sketch comedy The State. The 5-disc set includes all four seasons of the show and a whole disc of extras. That means that you’ll finally understand why your comedy junkie friends still say “I’m gonna dip my balls in it!” More

Jul 15, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Timber Timbre's Taylor Kirk has joined the ranks of so many songwriters by working with a changing cast of musicians under a collaborative name. His self-titled album debuted earlier this year on Out of this Spark but, after signing to fellow Canadian-based Arts & Crafts, the album is set to be reissued in Canada and internationally released over the summer.  More