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Album Reviews

Words and Music

Margo Guryan
Words and Music

Jul 19, 2024 Web Exclusive

Margo Guryan is a cult hero for sure. Now Numero Group has reissued all of Guryan’s work in one set, Words and Music, which comprises three LPs and a healthy liner note book with a complete Guryan history.

Bursting Out (The Inflated Edition)

Jethro Tull
Bursting Out (The Inflated Edition)

Jul 18, 2024 Web Exclusive

Recorded in Germany and Switzerland during their tour for 1978’s Heavy Horses, Bursting Out showcases Jethro Tull’s fascinating interplay while touching on most of the band’s releases up to that point.

Still Waters Run Deep

Four Tops
Still Waters Run Deep

Jul 17, 2024 Web Exclusive

In some of the most exciting reissue news in recent memory, Elemental Music has begun its multi-title campaign to repress both classic and deep cut Motown albums. As part of its June set of reissues, Elemental tackles Four Tops’ 1970 album, Still Waters Run Deep.

Classic Interviews

Rafiq Bhatia on “Breaking English”

Rafiq Bhatia on “Breaking English”
Challenge Accepted

Jul 11, 2018 Rafiq Bhatia

When visualizing a lone guitarist, our cultural normalization might bring to mind someone strumming or picking fancifully, searching for footing on a melody or chord and humming along. Now erase that imagery.

Comic Book Reviews

Mark Twain’s War Prayer

Mark Twain’s War Prayer
Fantagraphics

Jun 27, 2024 Web Exclusive

Legendary 92-year-old graphic and font designer Seymour Chwast takes a dazzling, multidisciplinary approach to Mark Twain’s 104-year-old prose poem in this slim but radical new book. Through drawing, pastel painting, type design, and computer color, Chwast breathes life into Twain’s savage rebuke of religion’s role in jingoism and violent patriotism.

Book Reviews

Desolation

Mark Morton
Desolation

Jul 01, 2024

Mark Morton is the guitarist/lyricist for metal pioneers Lamb of God, and Desolation is his story. In some ways, Morton’s tale is similar to many, but there are a few characteristics that set Desolation apart.

Interviews

“Weird Al” Yankovic on His New Single “Polkamania!”

“Weird Al” Yankovic on His New Single “Polkamania!”

Jul 19, 2024

For the past 40-plus years, the Downey, California-born “Weird Al” Yankovic has been bringing laughter to music listeners through his signature parody songs and polka medleys. From Michael Jackson riffs like “Eat It” and “Fat” to Madonna parodies such as “Like a Surgeon,” and the famous Coolio parody, “Amish Paradise,” “Weird Al” knows how to strike a nerve and perk an ear. In so doing, he’s earned a handful of Grammy Awards and sold more than 12 million albums.

What Happened at “The Bear” Season Three Press Conference

What Happened at “The Bear” Season Three Press Conference

Jul 08, 2024 Web Exclusive

​At a recent press conference for The Bear, executive producer and real-life chef Matty Matheson took center stage while the popular series’ cast proved they are just as in sync off camera as they are on camera.

Pleased to meet you

Sunday (1994) on Love, Dark Humor, and Leaps of Faith

Apr 30, 2024 Web Exclusive

Sunday (1994) recently made waves with their stunning debut single, “Tired Boy.” Not only does the single resonate like a lost classic, but the band also arrived with a fully formed visual aesthetic.

Lists

Seven Music Documentary Films and Series From 2024 to Watch (and Three to Skip)

Jun 16, 2024

Music documentaries and series are a sure thing, or so it seems. 2024 has seen quite a few of them hit theatres and even more turn up on streamers. Among these are the high-profile ones such as the newly restored 1970 film, The Beatles: Let it Be and Frank Marshall’s The Beach Boys, not to mention Taylor Swift|The Eras Tour (Taylor’s Version), all on Disney+. Lil Nas X released his interpretation of Madonna’s Truth or Dare with his behind-the-scenes tour film, Long Live Montero (HBO). There is also Eno, the groundbreaking generative documentary feature on Brian Eno. Just as fascinating as the biographical docs are topical ones such as the recently released How Music Got Free (Paramount+).

Coming soon is Stevie Van Zandt: Disciple (HBO), which shines a much deserved spotlight on the multi-hyphenate talent, and I Am: Celine Dion (Prime Movies), which shares the singer’s challenges with Moersch-Woltman Syndrome.

Whether or not you’re into the artists, subjects, or the music, there is a voyeuristic and vicarious thrill in watching musicians, both in their professional setting and personal lives. Music documentary films and series are often worth the time—except when they’re not. Here are seven must-watch music docs and series released in 2024, and three from this year that you can skip.—By Lily Moayeri

Live reviews

Daryl Hall, Elvis Costello @ Radio City Music Hall, New York, US, July 16, 2024

Daryl Hall, Elvis Costello @ Radio City Music Hall, New York, US, July 16, 2024

Jul 21, 2024 By Matthew Berlyant

Elvis Costello and Daryl Hall’s co-headline tour landed in New York’s Radio City Music Hall last week.

Blog

Neil Young - Reflecting on the 50th Anniversary of “On the Beach”

Neil Young - Reflecting on the 50th Anniversary of “On the Beach”

Jul 19, 2024 By Mark Lager

Friday, July 19, 1974, during the dog days of summer, Reprise released Neil Young’s On the Beach. On the album cover (photographed by Bob Seidemann), Young is turned away from the listener, looking out towards the ocean, a Cadillac buried in the sand and a newspaper announcing calls for Richard Nixon to resign.




Cinema Reviews

The Convert

The Convert

Jul 18, 2024 Web Exclusive

A considerate exploration of early New Zealand colonialism blossoms in its endeavor for an accurate portrayal of the Maori people.

Television Reviews

Lady in the Lake

Lady in the Lake
Apple TV+, July 19, 2024

Jul 18, 2024 Web Exclusive

Academy Award winner Natalie Portman is narcissistic Jewish housewife-turned-amateur investigative reporter Maddie Schwartz and Emmy-nominated Moses Ingram (The Queen’s Gambit, Obi-Wan Kenobi) is Cleo Johnson, self-sacrificing mother of two who is doing what she needs to “step up” as a Black woman in 1960s Baltimore in this gripping noir thriller based on Laura Lippman’s bestselling 2019 novel of the same name.