Album Reviews

Steve Gunn
Way Out Weather

Dec 19, 2014 Web Exclusive

Steve Gunn continues his drift from the avant-garde world into popular music with another folk-tinged, guitar-worshiping set of tunes here, blending the long and varied history of hypnotic guitar into a perfectly pensive collection.

Thurston Moore
The Best Day

Dec 18, 2014 Web Exclusive

Since the dissolution of Sonic Youth, the world's foremost purveyors of organized noise and guitar feedback, Thurston Moore has been busy with side projects, none of which sounded particularly like his primary band.

Simple Minds
Big Music

Dec 17, 2014 Web Exclusive

For the casual music appreciator, Simple Minds are a one-hit wonder who hit their peak with the ultimate movie ending song for The Breakfast Club with "Don't You Forget About Me."

Classic Interviews

Body Language

Body Language
Disco From Deep Space

Jan 26, 2012 Web Exclusive

Body Language’s squiggly, headphone-worthy electro-soul feels very... 2011-ish. Social Studies, the band’s excellent EP (with its sugary synth pads and smooth percussion), may harken back to the glistening, disco-lite pop of the early ’80s, but the songs seem linked genetically to this decade, if for no other reason than the music press’s fascination with genre trends. 

Comic Book Reviews

The Complete Zap Comix
Fantagraphics

Dec 19, 2014 Web Exclusive

Calling Zap Comix the Lenny Bruce and Ramones of comic books wouldn't be inaccurate, though that still doesn't go far enough in describing its incalculable impact.

Interviews

Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire vs. Peter Gabriel

Dec 19, 2014 Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

Peter Gabriel is running late. For a man known for his pioneering use of technology, it must be humbling that the reason he's keeping Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry waiting is because he can't figure out how to dial into a conference call. 

Krysten Ritter on Big Eyes, Breaking Bad, and Back on the Farm

Dec 19, 2014 Web Exclusive

Krysten Ritter only became an actress 10 years ago, but they’ve been 10 very productive years. She started out in TV, with memorable parts on shows such as Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars, and quickly transitioned into film roles. In recent years, she starred in the ABC comedy Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, and played a brief but pivotal role on AMC’s award-winning drama Breaking Bad. During this time, Ritter also co-wrote the indie feature Life Happens and developed several television shows through her own production company. We spoke with Ritter when she was in New York to promote her latest role in Big Eyes, directed by Tim Burton.

Pleased to meet you

Adult Jazz

Dec 19, 2014 Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

While they don't have a proper show lined up for another couple of weeks, the members of the U.K.-based four-piece Adult Jazz do have one unofficial gig in their more immediate queue. 

Lists

Top 20 Performances in Film in 2014

Dec 18, 2014

This was a good year for actors to explore what it's like to be human, or what it's like to be a woman, or what it's like to have a tempestuous relationship with your mother, or what it's like to be an actor. From the humanity of Scarlett Johansson (who's on here twice!) to the ferocity of young Antoine-Olivier Pilon, 2014 was packed with incredible performances. To boil it all down, this year was about performativity; the personas we create and embody and showcase to the world around us. And here are the very best. By Kyle Turner

Blog

Serial, One of the Best Things About 2014, Changed Podcasting Forever

Dec 19, 2014 By Cody Ray Shafer

2014 will likely be remembered as a tumultuous year in both culture and politics. But at least there is one moment in the early fall that will be noted for changing the landscape of media for good. That's when Sarah Koenig's Serialdebuteda nonfiction podcast that followed a journalist's investigation into a 15 year-old murder case to potentially exonerate a man sitting in prison.






Cinema Reviews

Mr. Turner

Dec 19, 2014 Web Exclusive

Writer/director Mike Leigh conducts his most captivating character study since Naked

DVD Reviews

Time Bandits Blu-ray
Studio: Criterion

Dec 16, 2014 Web Exclusive

Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits belongs to the same school of batshit crazy, fantasy-driven kids’ movies that only could have been made in the 1980s.

Television Reviews

The Wonder Years: Complete Series DVD
Starvista Entertainment/Time Life

Dec 18, 2014 Web Exclusive

From the stellar soundtrack to its ability to accurately (and hilariously) capture the innocence of childhood, The Wonder Years set a precedent for substantive television in the late '80s.