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Album Reviews

Garageband Superstar

Lauran Hibberd
Garageband Superstar

Aug 19, 2022 Web Exclusive

With noughties pop rock nostalgia in full swing, there are plenty of rising new acts coming out of the woodwork aiming to be the next Avril Lavigne. On the surface, Isle of Wight singer/songwriter Lauran Hibberd could fit nicely into that crowd, especially given her talent for massive guitar-laden hooks and relentlessly catchy melodies.

The Spur

Joan Shelley
The Spur

Aug 18, 2022 Web Exclusive

Like some other albums written and recorded during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Joan Shelley’s The Spur has a very compelling backstory.

Lifetime Achievement

Loudon Wainwright III
Lifetime Achievement

Aug 17, 2022 Web Exclusive

On his 26th studio album, Lifetime Achievement, Loudon Wainwright III considers his titular accomplishments through a series of moving, witty reflections on aging, love, and nostalgia.

Classic Interviews

Self-Portrait: Jonathan Higgs of Everything Everything

Self-Portrait: Jonathan Higgs of Everything Everything
Killer Music

Jun 13, 2022 Web Exclusive

For our recurring Self-Portrait feature, we ask musicians to take a self-portrait photo (or paint/draw a self-portrait) and write a list of personal things about themselves, things that their fans might not already know about them. This Self-Portrait is by Jonathan Higgs, frontman of British art-rockers Everything Everything.

Comic Book Reviews

Keeping Two

Keeping Two
Fantagraphics

May 26, 2022 Web Exclusive

All the best things in life take time, and yet it’s natural to fear that same passing. In Keeping Two, the latest graphic novel from acclaimed cartoonist Jordan Crane, and an endeavour which has appropriately been in the offing for 20 years, time is less a linear pathway than a kaleidoscope of interconnected anxieties, hopes, and dreams.

Book Reviews

Wicked Game: The True Story of Guitarist James Calvin Wilsey

Michael Goldberg
Wicked Game: The True Story of Guitarist James Calvin Wilsey

Aug 01, 2022

You may never have heard of James Calvin Wilsey, but you most definitely have heard his guitar, most memorably the haunting line on Chris Isaak’s breakthrough single, “Wicked Game.”

Interviews

First Issue Revisited: Grandaddy on “The Sophtware Slump”

First Issue Revisited: Grandaddy on “The Sophtware Slump”

Aug 19, 2022 Issue #69 - 20th Anniversary Issue

“I remember, back then I was kind of at the height of my powers: finally having a little bit of budget, and useful drive and creativity and capacity to experiment.”

First Issue Revisited: Ladytron on “604”

First Issue Revisited: Ladytron on “604”

Aug 18, 2022 Issue #69 - 20th Anniversary Issue

Ladytron’s debut album, 604, proved that you can acknowledge your musical influences whilst at the same time bring something fresh and exciting to the table.

Pleased to meet you

Why Bonnie on “90 in November”

Aug 19, 2022 Web Exclusive

If you’ve experienced the slow boil simmer of an August day in Houston, you know the only way to move around outside of the A/C is slowly and deliberately.

Lists

Star Trek TV Series Ranked from Best to Worst

Aug 07, 2022

A definitive ranking of every Star Trek series is an impossible task. Some segments of the fandom will always disagree with the ranking. To be clear, this is mySteve King’s definitive ranking. I’ve watched every episode of Star Trek more times than I can count. I’ve written one or two things about it, and although sci-fi fantasy fans are a persnickety bunch, I tend to take the Bradley Nowell (of Sublime) approach: “I feel like I’m stoned. I feel like watching Star Trek and eating Chinese food or something.” In other words, lighten up, nerds.

This list will fluctuate as new shows debut and others falter. But this is still Star Trek we’re talking about. It’s all excellent. It just varies in degrees. Future seasons may render some of these rankings irrelevant. But for now, it’s the way I see things and I’m kind of an expert on the subject. Prepare to be enraged or to agree with a very stable genius.

Blog

House of the Dragon: A Character Primer

House of the Dragon: A Character Primer

Aug 15, 2022 By Stephen Danay

An introduction to the nine principal characters of House of the Dragon and how the show may, or may not, change series creator George R.R. Martin’s source material, taken from his in-universe history book, Fire & Blood, Volume I.