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Tuesday, April 7th, 2020  

Album Reviews

I Am Not a Dog on a Chain

I Am Not a Dog on a Chain

Apr 07, 2020 Web Exclusive

What to make of a new emission from Planet Morrissey at this point in history. There was a time when global self-isolation would have been the ultimate dream scenario for a new Morrissey album; now, it is merely a deflated punchline. 


Yael Naim

Apr 07, 2020 Web Exclusive

Having previously come to the widest of attentions through having a song hand-picked by Steve Jobs to help advertise his ubiquitous brand, with the project that became NightSongs Yael Naim found herself wanting to, for the first time in her career, strike out entirely on her own.

Heaven to a Tortured Mind

Yves Tumor
Heaven to a Tortured Mind

Apr 06, 2020 Web Exclusive

Do you remember when rock music was cool? Not in that aloof bookish way we’ve grown accustomed to in recent years, but in the strutting cocksure sense of the so-called rock gods of old. 

Classic Interviews

Manuela Vellés

Manuela Vellés
Q&A with the star of Chaotic Ana

Jun 01, 2008 Web Exclusive

Although 21-year-old Spanish actress Manuela Vellés dreamed of starring in films while growing up in Madrid, she could not have anticipated the unique demands and challenges of her screen debut as the title character of Julio Médem’s latest film Chaotic Ana (Caótica Ana).

Comic Book Reviews

Bad Gateway

Jan 17, 2020 Web Exclusive

The latest in the rather depressing misadventures of Megg and Mogg, who at least outwardly present as a witch and cat, respectively, sees the protagonists' lives continue to flush down the toilet. 


Self-Portrait: Half Waif

Self-Portrait: Half Waif

Apr 07, 2020

For our recurring Self-Portrait feature we ask a musician 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 Half Waif (aka Nandi Rose).

Austra – COVID-19 Quarantine Artist Check In

Austra – COVID-19 Quarantine Artist Check In

Apr 07, 2020 Web Exclusive

We are checking in with musicians during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to see how they are dealing with everything. What has their home quarantine experience been like so far and how is the crisis impacting both their career and art? Here we check in with Katie Austra Stelmanis of Toronto, Canada’s Austra.

Pleased to meet you

Low Hummer on Their New Single “The Real Thing”

Mar 30, 2020 Web Exclusive

Low Hummer are celebrating signing to iconic Leeds, England-based label Dance to the Radio by dropping a brand-new video to their attitude laden synth-pop single “The Real Thing.”


Twelve Alternative Netflix Double Features to Stream in Quarantine

Mar 25, 2020

There are few things worse than being quarantined for a global pandemic, but Netflix’s recommendation algorithms have to be up there. The endless deluge of bland original films and original series make it easy to forget that the service has some quality films if you’re willing to dig. Not only have we done the digging for you, we’ve paired some of the best selections into double features; everyone’s got the time and nothing makes a good movie better than another one to complement it. Here’s two dozen great flicks you may not have heard of or didn’t know were on Netflix.

Words and Double Features by Stephen Danay


Genealogy: Bob Allan of Lanterns on the Lake on His Ancestors

Genealogy: Bob Allan of Lanterns on the Lake on His Ancestors

Apr 06, 2020 By Bob Allan

For our recurring Genealogy series we ask a musician to tell us about their family history. What do they know about their ancestors, their grandparents, great grandparents, and earlier? The people who had to survive and thrive in order for them to be alive today. 

Cinema Reviews


Mar 25, 2020 Web Exclusive

The true story of a would-be world famous mime joining the French Resistance.

Television Reviews

The Plot Against America
HBO, Mondays at 9 p.m.

Mar 16, 2020 Web Exclusive

Before Russian bots compelled us to trash talk politicians on Facebook, wed gather on our neighbors’ back porches and armchair-commentate over beers. Before turning to Fox News or Rachel Maddow, we dialed in to snippy talking head radio broadcasts.