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Feb 17, 2010 Live St. Vincent Wildbirds & Peacedrums

I go to a lot of shows. But rarelyif everam I as fired up about an opener as I was about seeing Wildbirds & Peacedrums open for St. Vincent. Lighter already aloft (metaphorically anyway) but the end of their eight song set I was ready to quit my job and start following them around in a van.


The Unclothed Man In the 35th Century A.D.


Written and drawn by Dash Shaw

Feb 17, 2010 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Featuring his comic feature of the same name and storyboards from the associated animated IFC series, Dash Shaw’s The Unclothed Man In the 35th Century A.D. is a hell of a way to be introduced to a very special creator.


Feb 16, 2010 Music Moon Duo

Toppling the band’s two previous EPs, Escape takes Moon Duo’s hyper-repetitive psych drone to a new level of rock. While the drum (drum machine?) beats may never change and the bass riffs are three notes at the most, Moon Duo gets by with layers of rhythm topped with deliriously overdriven guitar wankeryI mean that in a good way.


How to Make It in America

HBO, Sundays 10/9 Central

Feb 14, 2010 TV Web Exclusive

“If I can make it here, I’ll make it anywhere.” Frank Sinatra’s statement in “New York, New York,” sums up HBO’s latest show, How to Make It in America, from the producers of Entourage. A group of 20-somethings, led by the lackluster Ben (Unscripted‘s Bryan Greenberg) and the terrier-like Cam (Raising Victor Vargas’ Victor Rasuk), are chasing their dreams, and being tripped by their foibles.


Refresh, Refresh

First Second

By Danica Novgorodoff; Adapted from the screenplay by James Ponsoldt

Feb 12, 2010 Comic Books Web Exclusive

In a thoroughly modern genesis, Danica Novgorodoff’s Refresh, Refresh is based upon the screenplay of the same name by James Ponsoldt, which in turn was adapted from the short story by Benjamin Percy. Refresh, Refresh follows three boys in rural Oregon whose fathers have been sent off to war.


Feb 12, 2010 Music Editors

For their third studio album In This Light and On This Evening, Britain’s Editors have swapped guitars for synths and pessimism for nihilism. However, in their attempts to procure an oppressively dark ambience, they have bypassed heroes Depeche Mode and New Order, landing straight in standard-issue mall-Goth territory—a place with little thematic variance.


Simon Dark Vol. 3: The Game of Life


Steve Niles and Scott Hampton

Feb 11, 2010 Comic Books DC Comics

Simon Dark Vol. 3 collects the final issues of the series of the same name. The story centers on a mysterious youth living in a strange, Bat-Family-absent corner of Gotham City, and is far from a typical super hero tale, even as it incorporates its fair share of slugfests and action.


Feb 11, 2010 Music Issue #29 - Year End 2009 - Best of the Decade

“I’ll lock the world away/Haunted by my better days,” Mark Oliver Everett, aka E, wheezes dejectedly on “Nowadays,” exhibiting the dignified sense of resignation that colors End Times, the second Eels album in less than 10 months, and light years away emotionally from his most recent, Hombre Lobo. Lobo found E assuming the fictional werewolf character “Dog Faced Boy,” waxing rapturously of unrequited love and desire. Here, he seems enmeshed in memory, consumed with the inevitable deterioration of relationships across time and distance, while still fitfully yearning for redemption.


Forgetless Issues 1 – 2


Written by Nick Spencer; Issue 1 art & colors by Scott Forbes and Marley Zarcone; Issue 2 art by Jorge Coelho & colors by Eric Skillman and Marley Zarcone

Feb 11, 2010 Comic Books Image Comics

The several plots in Forgetless swirl around an event: some sort of epic club in New York that’s about to open its doors for the last time. The book is rife with modern pop culture-isms—such as texting, tweeting, and viral video provocateursand age-old truismssuch as disaffected youth in search of counterfeit identification for the purposes of obtaining alcohol and such. Those elements, especially the pop culture stuff, can pretty easily muddle a story, let alone when you mix in the kickoff plotthat of a down and out model-turned-assassin coming to the event to commit her first kill.