Album Reviews

Muse
Simulation Theory

Nov 12, 2018 Web Exclusive

Simulation theory, for anyone who hasn't seen The Matrix, is a theory that argues reality is a complex simulation so realistic it convinces its inhabitant that it's real. It is also exactly the sort of thing you would expect Muse to write an album about, as it allows them to indulge in camp sci-fi fantasy while keeping an air of intelligence. 

J Mascis
Elastic Days

Nov 09, 2018 Web Exclusive

The "acoustic" album, more often than not, is a risky move. Yet, on J Mascis' latest solo, "acoustic" album, Elastic Days, the immortal indie shredder regresses into a catastrophically vulnerable state of mind.

Richard Swift
The Hex

Nov 08, 2018 Web Exclusive

The western frontier was an unforgiving place. Each town you rode into seemed to come with its own set of rules you had to navigate and adjust to immediately on arrival. And while this punishing and unpredictable environment often broke people down, it also was animated by a triumphant spirit of discovery and possibility. 

Interviews

Joel Hodgson on the New Season and 30th Anniversary of Mystery Science Theater 3000

Nov 12, 2018 Web Exclusive

In the not-too-distant future – next Thursday, A.D. – the cult movie-riffing show Mystery Science Theater 3000 will return to Netflix with six new episodes comprising the series’ 12th season.

My Firsts: Mark Andrew Hamilton of Frontperson and Woodpiegeon

Nov 12, 2018 Web Exclusive

My Firsts is our email interview series where we ask musicians to tell us about their first life experiences, be it early childhood ones (first word, first concert, etc.) or their first tastes of being a musician (first band, first tour, etc.). For this My Firsts we talk to Mark Andrew Hamilton of Frontperson (he has also released six albums as the leader of Woodpigeon).

Pleased to meet you

Flasher on “Constant Image”

Nov 07, 2018 Issue #64 -  Kamasi Washington

I changed a Flasher lyric. No, really. When the Washington, D.C. trio first dropped their deterministic anthem "Skim Milk" back in March, the line "garment of vivid pink" sounded to me like "gone in a vivid pink."

Lists

Beach House - 10 Best Songs:  Ranking the Best Tracks from Teen Dream to 7

May 23, 2018

With their latest album 7, Beach House has now released eight albums (seven studio albums and one rarities and B-sides release) and 83 songs. Distilling these 83 songs down to a 10 best was a daunting task but one that was met with an enthusiastic glee. Not much is better than revisiting Beach House's entire catalog of their signature dream-pop formula of airy guitars, hushed indie-rock beats, and ethereal vocals. From their self-titled 2006 debut to the recently released 7, their sound shimmers with lush and gossamer melodies, catchy beats and softly soaring guitar riffs. Of course it proved too difficult to pick just 10 tracks, so below is list of the top 14. A 10 best and four honorable mentions.

Of course all of this is subjective, this is simply the opinion of one writer. No doubt you have your own list of favorite Beach House songs. And yes, we are aware there are no songs from the band's first two albums, 2006's Beach House and 2008's Devotion; we feel they truly came into their own with their third album, 2010's Teen DreamBy Matt the Raven

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Live reviews

IDLES - UK Tour, October 2018

Nov 12, 2018 By Michael James Hall

As the voices of 2000+ raise through London's Kentish Town Forum, tears seem to spring to their eyes. "This song is about how much I love immigrants," snarled singer Joe Talbot moments earlier to deafening cheers from the throng. 






Cinema Reviews

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Nov 08, 2018 Web Exclusive

After thirty-five years and eighteen films, the Coen Brothers have become something of a cinematic institution. 

Television Reviews

The Good Place Season 3, Episode 8 (“The Worst Possible Use of Free Will”)
NBC

Nov 08, 2018 Web Exclusive

Free will: Does it exist? Although this question may seem bizzare to ask, it isn't off limits in philosophy. The Good Place's latest episode, "The Worst Possible Use of Free Will," goes deep on it.