Album Reviews

Flying Lotus
Flamagra

May 24, 2019 Web Exclusive

As the 2010s draws to a close, there perhaps hasn't been a more prominent influence on electronic music as Steven Ellison (aka Flying Lotus). 

Mavis Staples
We Get By

May 24, 2019 Web Exclusive

For the better part of seven decades, the inimitable Mavis Staples has served us all as prophet and priest. At times, the gospel legend will stand and sings from the periphery with a harsh prophetic voice, calling us all toward our better selves.

Stereolab
Mars Audiac Quintet

May 23, 2019 Web Exclusive

In 1994 Stereolab were slowly becoming a recognizableif not quite householdname. Television appearances on shows such as Channel 4's The Word and MTV's 120 Minutes had raised the band's profile somewhat to the point where expectations surrounding the imminent arrival of album number three had reached fever pitch in some circles.

Classic Interviews

Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones
Keeping Soul and Hope Alive

Oct 05, 2016 Issue #58 - The Protest Issue

Sharon Jones fully knows the power of soul music. She also knows the power of cancer research and treatment. That's because it's helped her battle and fend off her pancreatic cancer the last three years. 

Comic Book Reviews

The Weatherman Vol. 1
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Apr 05, 2019 Issue #65 - Mitski and boygenius

Collecting the first six issues of the series by writer Jody LeHeup, artist Nathan Fox, and colorist Dave Stewart, The Weatherman scratched our sci-fi/action/adventure itch better than anything has since Schwarzenegger's big-screen heyday. 

Book Reviews

Patrick McGuinness
Throw Me to the Wolves

Apr 30, 2019 Web Exclusive

In his third book, Patrick McGuinness takes on a murder and the media's propensity to jump to conclusions.

Interviews

Kurt Vile on “Bottle It In”

May 23, 2019 Issue #65 - Mitski and boygenius

If you only knew him from his music, you'd still have a pretty accurate notion of what it's like to talk to Kurt Vile. Like his music, he is unassuming and unhurried, immediately engaging but unconcerned with your approval. 

The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne on the 20th Anniversary of “The Soft Bulletin”

May 22, 2019 Web Exclusive

On May 17, 1999, The Flaming Lips released The Soft Bulletin, an album that found them take a more conventional writing and recording path-at least compared to what came before. 

Pleased to meet you

Stella Donnelly on “Beware of the Dogs”

May 10, 2019 Web Exclusive

Gathering her voice between intermittent coughing fits and sniffles, Stella Donnelly apologizes for being sick for the interview, wishing that she were more readily able to express herself. 

Lists

Ranked: 2019 Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts

Feb 24, 2019

Best Documentary Short is routinely one of the strongest categories, perhaps because the natural, open-ended approach to documentary filmmaking sees incredibly ambitious projects peter out. Certainly the reverse happens, as with Hoop Dreams. Unfortunately, this year includes two entries that might technically fall within the parameters of documentary filmmaking, but are too calculated and told from the benefit of hindsight to have the typical effect of nonfiction storytelling. No, not every documentary needs to be vérité, but every documentary should create a sense of the present tense. The two that do not heavily dilute the category.

By Shawn Hazelett

Blog

Lil Rap Column: Megan Thee Stallion and Slowthai

May 23, 2019 By Conrad Duncan

Megan Thee Stallion and Slowthai do not immediately appear to share much in common. One produces feverish southern sex bangers, while the other explores British nationalism and working class identity. Yet, beyond their distinct contexts, both their debuts succeed for the same reason.






Cinema Reviews

Non-Fiction

May 01, 2019 Web Exclusive

Olivier Assayas needed to get something off his chest. A lot of things, it turns out.

DVD Reviews

House of Games
Studio: The Criterion Collection

May 24, 2019 Web Exclusive

House of Games, the first film David Mamet directed after a decade of writing, has most of the hallmarks of a great Mamet script, but the acting sells it short.

Television Reviews

Leaving Neverland
(HBO, Sunday March 3 and Monday March 4)

Mar 03, 2019 Web Exclusive

Leaving Neverland, a sprawling account of alleged sexual abuse at the hands of Michael Jackson, was set for controversy from the moment it premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival.