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Album Reviews

Hell Awaits

Slayer
Hell Awaits

Nov 29, 2021 Web Exclusive

On their sophomore studio album, Southern Californian thrash metal godfathers Slayer eschewed the dingy production quality of 1983’s lo-fi Show No Mercy for a fuller, far more vicious sound, ultimately resulting in the genre classic Hell Awaits.

Oasis Knebworth 1996

Oasis
Oasis Knebworth 1996

Nov 26, 2021 Web Exclusive

1996 was Oasis’ best year and perhaps their last truly good year. At that point, the band that defined a musical era had released two visceral albums in quick succession: 1994’s Definitely Maybe and 1995’s (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? They had catapulted into the top tiers of music, making them into one of the most in-demand tickets.

Black to the Future

Sons of Kemet
Black to the Future

Nov 25, 2021 Web Exclusive

After 2018’s monumental breakthrough album, Your Queen is a Reptile, Shabaka Hutchings’ East London modern jazz greats Sons of Kemet seemed poised to take over the world, or at least the world of jazz, much the same way Kamasi Washington did a few years earlier, propelling a genre of music whose popularity has waned over the decades back into public consciousness. After being used on HBO’s I May Destroy You and a reputation for insidious, barn-burning live shows, we get the highly-anticipated follow-up, Black to the Future.

Classic Interviews

Belle and Sebastian - Stuart Murdoch on “Days of the Bagnold Summer”

Belle and Sebastian - Stuart Murdoch on “Days of the Bagnold Summer”
Soundtracking Teen Angst

Oct 17, 2019 Belle and Sebastian

Not only is actor/comedian Simon Bird lucky enough to have achieved his dream of being a director, making his feature debut Days of the Bagnold Summer (due for release next year), on top of that, he also convinced his favorite band, Belle and Sebastian, to provide the soundtrack.

Comic Book Reviews

Poison Ivy: Thorns

Poison Ivy: Thorns
DC

Jul 12, 2021 Web Exclusive

Poison Ivy: Thorns, the new graphic novel dedicated to the familiar DC Comics villain, Poison Ivy, is as much traditional origin story as it is potential for a new Netflix miniseries in the vein of The Queen’s Gambit. The book portrays both the buzzy contemporary superhero intrigue as it does the de-evolution of a compelling, beautiful, modern, and free thinking character—and one, in particular, many will likely wish they had for reference as younger people.

Interviews

Still Corners on “The Last Exit”

Still Corners on “The Last Exit”

Nov 29, 2021 Issue #68 - Japanese Breakfast and HAIM (The Protest Issue)

Still Corners—the musical project of singer Tessa Murray and multi-instrumentalist/producer Greg Hughes—have been crafting sprawling Lynchian dream-pop noir together for over a decade since a chance meeting on a train. Their fifth and latest album, The Last Exit, was inadvertently given a helping hand by the current global pandemic.

The End: Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai

The End: Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai

Nov 26, 2021 Issue #68 - Japanese Breakfast and HAIM (The Protest Issue)

To end the week, we ask Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai some questions about endings and death.

Pleased to meet you

Dry Cleaning on “New Long Leg”

Nov 22, 2021 Issue #68 - Japanese Breakfast and HAIM (The Protest Issue)

The foundations for North London post-punk band Dry Cleaning were laid when friends Lewis Maynard (bass), Nick Buxton (drums), and guitarist Tom Dowse (guitars) decided to have some fun and began jamming together. As the music took shape they discussed introducing vocals into the mix. They tried doing it themselves before discussing approaching other singers. Then the name of a mutual friend, Florence Shaw—a graphics and illustration lecturer—was mooted.

Lists

Ranked: The 10 Best Courtney Barnett Songs to Date

Aug 12, 2021

Courtney Barnett, the songstress from down under, has graced us with four studio albums, an EP and several singles since 2012, and her latest ones, “Rae Street” and “Before You Gotta Go,” both precede her upcoming LP Things Take Time, Take Time (which is due out November 12 via Mom + Pop Music/Marathon Artists). The 33-year-old singer/songwriter/guitarist from Melbourne, Australia, is less about dividing her discography into songs you do and don’t like, and more about grouping them into the ones you love and the other ones you really really love. Indie folk, garage rock, stoner soul, she does it all, and these 10 picks are only a taste to get you hooked on the rest and tide you over until the new album comes out. Speaking of, we’ll start with “Rae Street,” which is not officially on this list but gives you an idea of where Barnett is at now (and was #1 on our Songs of the Week list), as well as “Before You Gotta Go,” which just came out this week. Then there’ll be an honorable mention and the full Top 10. By Lily Guthrie.

Live reviews

Dry Cleaning Barrel Through Market Hotel in Brooklyn

Dry Cleaning Barrel Through Market Hotel in Brooklyn

Nov 23, 2021 By Charles Steinberg

South London sensation Dry Cleaning arrives in New York City in more ways than one for the first of two sold-out nights at Market Hotel, Brooklyn.




Cinema Reviews

14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible

14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible

Nov 22, 2021 Web Exclusive

14 Peaks provides an exciting portrait of both a journey and a character at the same time.

Television Reviews

Selling Sunset (Season Four)

Selling Sunset (Season Four)
Netflix, November 24, 2021

Nov 24, 2021 Web Exclusive

Sky-high spike heels, super-brief bottoms, hair that is short in one shot and long in another, nails like talons and lipstick that arrives in the room before its wearer does, Netflix’s Selling Sunset is back for its fourth season. “Hiyeeee…”