Album Reviews

Mew
Visuals

Apr 27, 2017 Issue #60 - Father John Misty

Danish trio Mew are hipsters outside the cool scene; prog-rockers more interested in creating epic, dreamy pop than singing about ancient monuments

BNQT
Volume 1

Apr 26, 2017 Issue #60 - Father John Misty

Before listening to Volume 1, first banish all expectations as to what this so-called super-group might sound like. Trying to figure out what a band featuring members of Midlake, Band of Horses, Franz Ferdinand, Travis, and Grandaddy will sound like is enough to give you a popsicle headache. 

Sylvan Esso
What Now

Apr 25, 2017 Issue #60 - Father John Misty

Undeniably, the respective talents of singer Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn, the team that is Sylvan Esso, were made for each other. 

Classic Interviews

Is Tropical

Is Tropical
Passport Pop

May 31, 2013

It’s Gary Barber’s birthday, but he’s not in a rush to leave his London area flat to celebrate. During our Skype session the Is Tropical member, one of two guitarist/keyboardist/singers, pauses from answering a question about his band’s most recent album to hold his cat Oven Mitt up to the camera for examination. Unperturbed, the oversized feline stretches, showing off an abnormal extra toe that makes her paw look like a human hand.

Comic Book Reviews

The Excavation
Fantagraphics

Apr 03, 2017 Web Exclusive

Max Andersson's The Excavation is a warped, dark, pseudo-nightmare unlike anything in recent memory. A man brings his girlfriend home to meet his family, only to find that his home is not where he remembers it. 

Book Reviews

William McKeen
Everybody Had an Ocean: Music and Mayhem in 1960s Los Angeles

Apr 26, 2017 Web Exclusive

With Everybody Had an Ocean, William McKeen attempts to chronicle the music and culture, with both its dizzying highs and depressing lows, that developed in Los Angeles in the 1960s.

Interviews

Tribeca 2017: Martin Landau, Paul Sorvino, and Howard Weiner on “The Last Poker Game”

Apr 27, 2017 Web Exclusive

The Last Poker Game is a strong showcase for its two stars, both elder statesmen of their craft and living, working legends of the screen. The film’s director, Howard Weiner, is a rookie filmmaker – at 72 years old.

Tribeca 2017: Dito Montiel and Russell Peters on “The Clapper”

Apr 25, 2017 Web Exclusive

For his latest feature, writer-director Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints) tells the story of Eddie Krumble (Ed Helms), a man whose life – and second chance at love – is thrown into chaos by unexpected (and undesired) viral fame. 

Pleased to meet you

Watch: Fazerdaze - “Take It Slow” Video

Mar 31, 2017

Fazerdaze is the promising new bedroom recording project of New Zealand's Amelia Murray. She is releasing her debut album, Morningside, on the venerable Kiwi label Flying Nun on May 5. 

Lists

Tribeca Film Festival 2017: Ten Films We’re Looking Forward To Seeing

Apr 11, 2017

Since its inception in 2002, the Tribeca Film Festival has striven to redefine the festival experience and provide a platform for the international film community to spotlight many of its most promising new movies. In addition to the more than 100 features, shorts, and documentaries making their debut there, Tribeca ’17 features several special, once-in-a-lifetime screenings, including a back-to-back showing of The Godfather I & II followed by a Q&A with Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and other members of the cast, and a 25th anniversary screening of Reservoir Dogs, after which Quentin Tarantino and others will be present to reflect on the making of their movie. This is also the inaugural year for Tribeca Games, a weekend-long festival celebrating video games and featuring keynote talks with creators such as Hideo Kojima and Ken Levine.

Our coverage of the festival will begin on April 20th, and we’ll be bringing you regular updates on what we’ve seen, who we’ve talked to, and what we’ve experienced at the downtown film fest. With 30 sceenings on our schedule and many more we’re desperately hoping to squeeze in, Tribeca is shaping up to be our year’s busiest and most exciting 10 days for movie-going.  

Without further buildup, here are ten films our Cinema Editor, Austin Trunick, is particularly looking forward to at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

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Blog

Soundtracking the Resistance - Taxing Problems

Apr 21, 2017 By Stephen Mayne

This week we're going to build bridges, albeit of a temporary and highly specific kind. Because if there's one thing that unites people, it's the confusion, frustration, and panic brought on by the tax filing deadline. 






Cinema Reviews

Free Fire

Apr 19, 2017 Web Exclusive

For all its promise, Free Fire never quite adds up to the sum of its many parts.

DVD Reviews

The Founder
Studio: Lionsgate

Apr 26, 2017 Web Exclusive

The Founder may be an unflattering portrait about the rise of a fast food mogul, but the film itself is a surprisingly well-made film that brilliantly tells what is in essence a rather dull story of entrepreneurial success.

Television Reviews

The Handmaid’s Tale
Hulu, Wednesdays

Apr 26, 2017 Web Exclusive

When Margaret Atwood wrote The Handmaid's Tale in the early 1980s, her vision of a potential American dystopia was speculative, perhaps even cautionary. Now, in light of recent political events, it's almost haunting.