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Album Reviews

Jump Rope Gazers

The Beths
Jump Rope Gazers

Jul 10, 2020 Web Exclusive

There’s little to suggest that The Beths found following up to their acclaimed breakthrough debut album Future Me Hates a daunting proposition. Indeed their second full-length release, 

Dinner Party

Dinner Party
Dinner Party

Jul 10, 2020 Web Exclusive

The phrase supergroup tends to get thrown around a lot in reference to any collaborative project. In the case of Dinner Party however, the hyperbolic moniker might just be accurate. Terrace MartinKamasi WashingtonRobert Glasper, and 9th Wonder are all on the forefront of the blurred boundaries between jazz, soul, and hip-hop.

Inlet

Hum
Inlet

Jul 09, 2020 Web Exclusive

Hum toured a bit in 2015, began working on new material in 2016, and in 2018 were reported to be finishing up a new album. There was ample warning that Inlet was coming, but long-awaited records like these don’t always materialize as promised. 

Classic Interviews

Lennie James on Playing Morgan Jones on “The Walking Dead”

Lennie James on Playing Morgan Jones on “The Walking Dead”
Prodigal Son

Oct 09, 2015 Web Exclusive

Despite having appeared in only three episodes spread over five seasons, Lennie James has managed to make Morgan Jones one of the most iconic characters in the history of The Walking Dead. When we first meet him in the show's premiere episode he was the father and grieving husband who first explains to Rick Grimes that the world has fallen into zombie-fueled chaos. 

Comic Book Reviews

Bad Gateway
Fantagraphics

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. 

Interviews

Rutledge Wood on Hosting Netflix’s Hit Game Show “Floor Is Lava”

Rutledge Wood on Hosting Netflix’s Hit Game Show “Floor Is Lava”

Jul 10, 2020 Web Exclusive

What’s the difference between lava and magma?  Turns out magma doesn’t have it’s own #1 TV show.  Welcome to the world of Netflix’s Floor Is Lava. Filmed and in the can for more than a year, the show (which debuted June 19 and quickly vaulted to the platform’s top ranking) arrives at a time of social distancing and discord and saves the planet. 

My Favorite Album: Whitney on the Music of Neil Young

My Favorite Album: Whitney on the Music of Neil Young

Jul 09, 2020 Issue #66 - My Favorite Album - Angel Olsen and Sleater-Kinney

To hear Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich discuss their favorite album is to also discuss Whitney’s latest album, Forever Turned Around. The Chicago-based duo at the center of the indie folk band are obsessed with all things Neil Young these days and that includes an inability to arrive at a single favorite album.

Pleased to meet you

bdrmm on Their Debut Album “Bedroom”

Jul 03, 2020

One constant in this most surreal of times has been the influx of great records released so far in 2020. The latest of those is Bedroom, the debut LP from Hull, England-based five-piece bdrmm

Lists

Heroes in Quarantine: How to Make the Most of DC Universe During the Pandemic

Jun 05, 2020

Seems like just about every studio or network has its own streaming service these days. Netflix (the OG). Amazon. HBO Go. HBO Now. HBO Max (huh?). Hulu. CBS. Disney +. Apple TV. The list goes on and on. There are so many, it becomes virtually impossible to tell which one is worth the monthly fee, which one has enough content to keep you tuning in, and which one is only as good as its one show de jour and can be canceled come the season finale.

Enter DC Universe, DC Comics' foray into the streaming arena. DC Universe is rife with content, some classic, some of it original, and all absolutely worth the price of entry. There are movies; holy rusty rocks, Batman, are there movies. DC Universe boasts a wealth of films, from the Michael Keaton Batman films to exclusive animated features. Speaking of animated, the TV selection is a treasure chest of series, from Batman: The Animated Series and Justice League, which followed, to original live action content like Star Girl and Doom Patrol.

Unlike the aforementioned services, though, DC Universe offers its subscribers a trove of content beyond what's streaming. DC's bread and butter has historically always been its comics-weeklies, monthlies, limited series, and original graphic novels-and DC Universe is loaded with digital reads. Organized to entice the diehard and the newcomer alike, subscribers can search by their favorite character, seminal story arcs, or even "Get to Know" the universe one character at a time through curated selections. The site also features a fan community section, with message boards, sweepstakes, and events, an encyclopedia collecting vast histories of the DCU, and a news feed to help you keep current.

With DC Universe, there's something for every fan of the Justice League, Legion of Doom, and every A, B, and C character that inhabits the DC multi-verse. Let's takes a look at some of the content worth bingeing this summer while practicing social distancing.

By Zach Hollwedel

Blog

Modest Mouse – Reflecting on the 20th Anniversary of “The Moon & Antarctica”

Modest Mouse – Reflecting on the 20th Anniversary of “The Moon & Antarctica”

Jun 12, 2020 By Matt the Raven

Twenty years after its initial release, The Moon & Antarctica remains the pivotal release that opened the floodgates to success and helped propel Modest Mouse from Pacific Northwest cult heroes to international indie rock luminaries.    




Cinema Reviews

Mr. Jones

Jul 09, 2020 Web Exclusive

If Mr. Jones was given an HBO or BBC limited series treatment, we could become better acquainted with the eponymous journalist, and better grasp his heroism from the strong direction.

DVD Reviews

Husbands
Studio: The Criterion Collection

Jul 09, 2020 Web Exclusive

It’s a testament to a filmmaker’s legacy when the seventh of their films to be inducted into The Criterion Collection is just as fascinating as the six that came before it. 

Television Reviews

Betty
HBO, Fridays at 11 p.m.

May 01, 2020 Web Exclusive

The rumble of skateboard wheels on concrete is one of the most soothing sounds in the world. This is the both the underscore and overlay for HBO’s six-part series, Betty