Album Reviews

Antony and the Johnsons and Charles Atlas
Turning

Nov 21, 2014 Web Exclusive

A combination concert film and documentary, Turning is the collaborative work of Antony Hegarty (of Antony and the Johnsons) and Charles Atlas. Turning intimately documents 13 women and men as they lay bare their childhoods, their insecurities, and their experiences as transsexual individuals. 

Clark
Clark

Nov 20, 2014 Web Exclusive

As is the case with a significant portion of the Warp Records roster, Clark is one of those artists who is revered in electronic music circles as one of the pioneers of the genre. 

The Twilight Sad
Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave

Nov 19, 2014 Web Exclusive

The mastery on display here is that the mix comes out as sublime as it does. Even as James Graham sings, once again, about loss and loneliness, it's expertly paired with a hypnotic or compelling mix. A sommelier of emotions, if you will.

Classic Interviews

Broadcast

Broadcast
In Memory of Trish Keenan

Jan 14, 2011 Fall 2003 - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

This interview with Broadcast was conducted in 2003 and originally ran in our Fall 2003 IssueWe’re reposting it in honor of Broadcast’s Trish Keenan, who passed away today.

Comic Book Reviews

How the World Was
First Second

Nov 11, 2014 Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

Emmanuel Guibert's introspective and intimate biographical account of his dear friend Alan Cope's early childhood is as beautifully drawn as it is compellingly written.

Interviews

Florian Habicht, director of ‘Pulp: a Film About Life, Death, & Supermarkets’

Nov 21, 2014 Web Exclusive

Pulp: a Film About Life, Death, & Supermarkets was a collaboration between Jarvis Cocker, Pulp, and filmmaker Florian Habicht. The director approached it as a documentary that would be as much about the city of Sheffield and its inhabitants as it is about the famous band that hailed from there. Yes, Pulp are interviewed—but so are a local fish monger, a newspaper salesman, and fans waiting outside the arena. The resulting film captures a city and its people at a very specific time, and actually helps us understand the band far better than a more traditional rockumentary ever could have hoped to.

Mia Maestro - The Actress/Singer on “The Strain” and Her Debut Album

Nov 19, 2014 Web Exclusive

Mia Maestro began acting in 1998 in the dance drama Tango and she hasn't stopped since, continuing with a recurring role on Alias and a part in the final two Twilight movies, among others. The actress, whose latest role is the vampire slaying Centers for Disease Control worker Dr. Nora Martinez in the FX series, The Strain, has another passion, though: singing.

Pleased to meet you

Pleased to Meet You Spotlight: Dinner

Nov 19, 2014 Web Exclusive

“When I was 14, I just wanted to play stuff like AC/DC,” Dinner says. “I even wrote AC/DC with an ink marker on my cheap guitar and it rubbed off on my arm. I just imagined that when I started playing guitar I would wind up in a scenario pretty close to the ‘Thunderstruck’ video … You have scaffolding in an arena, and kids are hanging out there being cool and headbanging, with AC/DC playing in the middle. I imagined that six months after picking up my guitar, that’s what my life would be like. But I’m not at that point yet, unfortunately. I just need to keep at it.”

Lists

Ranked: U2

Nov 04, 2014

Welcome to Ranked, our recurring series in which one of our writers takes an artist's catalogue and ranks all of their official studio albums from most essential to least essential. The order is decided by the individual writer, rather than our editors. If you disagree with our ranking then please let us know in the comments section. This time Dan Lucas ranks U2.

There can be few bands who suffer as much opprobrium in these Internet days as U2. Sure, the likes of Beady Eye and Nickelback perhaps attract more vehement attacks, but the sheer scale of everything about U2-their album sales, sound, and frontman's persona-means that they surely stand alone. Much of this is deserved, be it for increasingly diminishing returns on the quality of their music or for their questionable marketing. The average online hater though is a person of short memory: over the course of 13 "proper" albums they produced records that either defined an era or went all out and changed it. There are duds, sure, mostly towards the latter part of their career, but the task of ranking said 13 albums reveals-as if such a fact needed revealing-that U2 are a band with a rich, varied and brilliant history that's worth celebrating... no matter how many "Elevations" they release. By Dan Lucas

Live reviews

alt-j at The Beacon Theater in New York, New York

Nov 17, 2014 By Robert Altman

alt-J, the English indie wunderkinds who burst on the scene in 2012 winning the Mercury Prize for their first album, An Awesome Wave, hit NYC on their current tour supporting their sophomore effort last evening.

Blog

Doctor Who - “Death In Heaven” (Season 8, Episode 12) Recap/Analysis

Nov 10, 2014 By Cody Ray Shafer

Here we are at the end of another season of Doctor Whoand all things considered the series has moved pretty far in the last 12 weeks. We're quite comfortable with Peter Capaldi in the TARDIS at this point, and showrunner Steven Moffat has made good on his promise to take the show to darker places. 






Cinema Reviews

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

Nov 21, 2014 Web Exclusive

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a highly-stylized, Iranian vampire film.

DVD Reviews

It Happened One Night Blu-ray
Studio: Criterion

Nov 21, 2014 Web Exclusive

It Happened One Night was in many ways a predecessor to the modern romantic comedy, and its dynamics will still feel familiar to the current-day viewer.