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Album Reviews



Oct 18, 2019 Web Exclusive

Performing under the pseudonym Vagabon, Lætitia Tamko truly operates as a one-woman show on her self-titled sophomore album. Tamko was dealt more than a handful of setbacks in getting her latest release out into the world.

The Talkies

Girl Band
The Talkies

Oct 17, 2019 Web Exclusive

This year has seen the spotlight shift from the glamor of New York and London to the backstreets of Dublin when it comes to new emerging talent. With Fontaines D.C., The Murder Capital, The Claque, and Just Mustard all making serious headway internationally, it's been a busy few months for some of Ireland's finest musical ensembles.


The Building

Oct 15, 2019 Web Exclusive

The Building (aka Anthony LaMarca, best known as a member of The War on Drugs and St. Vincent's backing band), released a magnificently understated, unexpectedly moving beauty of an album back in 2017.

Comic Book Reviews

The Weatherman Vol. 1

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

Neil Young and Phil Baker
To Feel the Music: A Songwriter’s Mission to Save High-Quality Audio

Oct 17, 2019

In To Feel the Music, Neil Young, along with colleague Phil Baker, chronicle their years-long struggle to make Young's Pono player a reality and in turn change the way we listen to digital music.


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

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

Oct 17, 2019 Issue #66 - My Favorite Album - Angel Olsen and Sleater-Kinney

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. 

Blanck Mass on “Animated Violence Mild”

Blanck Mass on “Animated Violence Mild”

Oct 11, 2019 Web Exclusive

Rolling one cigarette after another from his home in the East Lothian Council of Scotland, Benjamin John Power is invigorated. Known to the music world as Blanck Mass, or that guy from Fuck Buttons, Power turns his device around to his backyard so I can see how very green the beautiful day is. 

Pleased to meet you

Julien Chang Shares New Song “Memory Loss”

Sep 18, 2019

Promising new 19-year-old Baltimore singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Julien Chang is releasing his debut album, Jules, on October 11 via Transgressive. Now he has shared another song from it, the dreamy "Memory Loss."


25 of the Best Elton John Songs You’ve (Probably) Never Heard

Jun 10, 2019

Rocketman is here. And it's spectacular. As such, I've got Elton on the mind.

I didn't go to the church of Jesus Christ when I was a kid. I went to the church of Elton John. Still do. We had portraits of Elton and his lyricist Bernie Taupin framed, matted, and hanging in the hallway as if they were fuckin' family members. LOL. Mom took me to my first concert in 1994. I was 11. It was Elton and Ray Cooper at the Greek Theater in LA. In 7th grade, I had a picture of Elton on the front of my school folder and one of Taupin on the back. Caught a lot of shit for it too. It was middle school, it was the mid-'90s, I was a weirdo.

So I'm a mega-fan for sure.

When people ask me where to start with Elton's catalog, here's what I tell 'em: All the studio albums from the 1970 self-titled Elton John through 1976's Blue Moves are essential. That's 10 albums people. 10 ALBUMS IN 6 YEARS. All of them essential. And no, we're not gonna get into anything after Blue Moves. Don't have time. Too controversial. But do check out 1981's The Fox and 1983's Too Low for Zero if you have the appetite.

Those 10 studio albums aren't just essential because of their brain-scramblingly good singles, but also because the non-single album tracks are Just. Un. Real. To celebrate all that incredible music and the release of Rocketman, I've compiled 25 of the very best Elton John songs I reckon you've never heard.

What'd we miss? BRING IT.

 By Kenny S McGuane

Live reviews

Crunchy Frog at 25: A Landmark Celebration for Denmark’s Finest Independent Label

Crunchy Frog at 25: A Landmark Celebration for Denmark’s Finest Independent Label

Sep 27, 2019 By Dom Gourlay

"We aren't just a label. We're a family." It's those immortal words from Crunchy Frog head honcho and founder Jesper "Yebo" Reginal that exemplify the spirit of one of Denmark's finest musical institutions.


Friday at the Fest

Friday at the Fest

Oct 19, 2019 By Zach Hollwedel

Friday was Day 3 of the New Orleans Film Festival and was the most robust day of programming yet. 

Cinema Reviews

Greener Grass

Oct 17, 2019 Web Exclusive

Watching Greener Grass is a deeply unsettling experience ... It’s for the very same reasons, though, that watching Greener Grass is also deeply entertaining.

Television Reviews

FOX, Wednesdays at 9/8 Central

Aug 07, 2019 Web Exclusive

The true genius of Beverly Hills, 90210 is not appreciated until you look back at it through an almost three-decade lens. The breakout show, which made a destination out of a zip code and instant superstars out of its eye candy cast, was gagging for a reboot.