Album Reviews

Public Image Ltd.
What the World Needs Now

Sep 03, 2015 Issue #54 - August/September 2015 - CHVRCHES

Whether you think the world needs another Public Image Ltd record depends entirely on how you feel about John Lydon. The cantankerous master antagonist rarely invokes an ambivalent reaction in people: it's either love or hate. 

Diane Coffee
Everybody’s a Good Dog

Sep 02, 2015 Issue #54 - August/September 2015 - CHVRCHES

Shaun Fleming's second solo album under his Diane Coffee guise, Everybody's a Good Dog, has as many personas as it has tracks. Fleming doesn't worry himself about timeframes or styles—or cohesion, for that matter. 

Tamaryn
Cranekiss

Sep 01, 2015 Web Exclusive

The act of reinvention is a time-honoured tradition in the world of pop. From global megastars like Madonna and Bob Dylan to lesser-known indie outfits like The Horrors, a shift in direction can often lead to rejuvenated results.

Classic Interviews

My Favorite New Band: Sondre Lerche on Verdensrommet

My Favorite New Band: Sondre Lerche on Verdensrommet
Lerche's Please Out September 23

Aug 29, 2014 Web Exclusive

Who better to give us all tips on new music than accomplished musicians themselves. For this new series we have asked more established artists one simple request: tell us who your new favorite band is. For this My Favorite New Band Norwegian singer/songwriter Sondre Lerche tells us about a new band from his home country.

Comic Book Reviews

Wonder Woman Issues #41-43
DC

Sep 02, 2015 Web Exclusive

Wonder Woman's relaunch with the New 52 was one of the more celebrated series, however, the retooling of her origin at the hands of her current creative team late last year was certainly not above criticism, and Wonder Woman has been trudging along since.

Interviews

Destroyer on “Poison Season,” Times Square in the 1970s, His Voice, and Almost Making a Salsa Record

Sep 02, 2015 Web Exclusive

When Destroyer released Kaputt in 2011, Dan Bejar had no reason to expect that he had made a breakthrough album. Kaputt was a different kind of record for him—looser, more playful, more immediate than anything in his overflowing catalog. 

Beach House

Aug 28, 2015 Web Exclusive

Though it has been only a little over 10 years since she started Beach House with bandmate Alex Scally, vocalist/keyboardist Victoria Legrand has the perspective of a much older musician.

Pleased to meet you

Pleased to Meet You Spotlight: Wolf Alice

Aug 21, 2015 Web Exclusive

Going to school in London Ellie Rowsell knew she wanted to be in a band. Unfortunately none of the people she knew within her immediate social circle could even put a few chords together on guitar or play the drums. 

Lists

Ranked: Björk (Her Albums From Most to Least Accessible)

Apr 20, 2015

An Introductory Guide To Björk's Strange and Beautiful Career

Björk is Iceland's most celebrated musical export. She's been singing since childhood, and gained prominence in the '80s as frontwoman for The Sugarcubes. She left that band in the early '90s to pursue a solo career, driven mostly by her unparalleled creative output. Björk is known for pushing boundaries both sonically and visually, leaving a trail of strange and beautiful works throughout her long and impressive career.

 

Her latest album, Vulnicura, is but another milestone for Björk. As with anyone who's been around so long and made such an impact, diving headfirst into her back-catalog is a little daunting. Björk's work is ethereal, modern, abstract, and whimsical. In another word, intimidating.

 

Björk's work isn't all oblique and avant garde. At the very core of her discography is an inventive pop performer, and her music is always centered on the sheer power and versatility of her voice. It is impossible to rank her albums on quality alone, since they rarely deviate from a standard her fans expect. Instead, this list will serve as more of a guide for those who know they need to listen to Björk, but have put it off too long and don't know where to begin. I will attempt to set out a path that will ease the listener into Björk's world, starting with her most accessible record, leading into her more challenging work. I stuck to her adult studio albums (so no self-titled 1977 album recorded when she was 11) and didn't include her two soundtracks (2000's Selmasongs and 2005's Drawing Restraint 9). Here we go. By Cody Ray Shafer

Blog

My Inner Geek: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin’s Will Knauer on “Star Trek”

Sep 02, 2015 By Will Knauer

My Inner Geek is our recurring guest blog series where the artist writes about something geeky, such as their favorite sci-fi/fantasy TV show, film, book, or comic book; or favorite technology or other geeky thing. For this installment, Will Knauer,guitarist ofSomeone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, writes about Star Trek: The Next Generation, which ran from 1987 to 1991 and was the well-received follow-up to the original Star Trekseries in the 1960s. Star Trek: The Next Generationalso spawned four feature films.






Cinema Reviews

Bloodsucking Bastards

Sep 02, 2015 Web Exclusive

Bloodsucking Bastards has been endlessly described as Office Space meets Shaun of the Dead, but that pitch is just far too apt not to be cited again.