Album Reviews

Moses Sumney
Black in Deep Red, 2014 EP

Aug 17, 2018 Web Exclusive

Moses Sumney was once a mild-mannered singer. On his early EPs and singles, he accompanied his delicate falsetto with looped harmonies and softly-plucked guitar for songs which were understated and mysterious. 

Gulp
All Good Wishes

Aug 16, 2018 Web Exclusive

Four years after their debut album Season Sun, Gulp have returned with another collection of eccentric and somewhat trippy pop compositions that have a decidedly art-rock aesthetic.  

The Lemon Twigs
Go to School

Aug 15, 2018 Web Exclusive

They say that each generation's cycle is shorter than the last. It was once thought unbearably precocious that a 24-year-old Pete Townshend would compose and release a rock opera, but here we are at the release of the second Lemon Twigs album and the brothers D'Addario are still only 19 and 21.

Classic Interviews

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett
Pulp Nonfiction

Jan 22, 2014 Issue #48 - November/December 2013 - HAIM

Last May, Melbourne-based singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett earned an APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) Song of the Year nomination for "History Eraser," a lyrically vivid composition that she recorded with her band and released on her own label, Milk! Records.

Comic Book Reviews

Sabrina
Drawn & Quarterly

May 17, 2018 Web Exclusive

Drnaso beautifully weaves an intricate story-simultaneously a riveting character study and a parable about the dangerous spread of misinformation and doubt-that blooms wider with every subsequent panel.

Interviews

Death Cab for Cutie - Ben Gibbard on “Thank You for Today”

Aug 17, 2018 Web Exclusive

Three years after 2015's Kintsugi, Seattle's Death Cab for Cutie are releasing their first album as a quintet, Thank You for Today. Founding guitarist/producer Chris Walla left the band following the recording of Kintsugi and didn't tour that album, but Thank You for Today sees touring guitarists/keyboardists Dave Depper and Zac Rae become official fulltime members (joining founding singer/guitarist Ben Gibbard, founding bassist Nick Harmer, and longtime drummer Jason McGerr). 

Bo Burnham and Elsie Fisher on “Eighth Grade”

Aug 16, 2018 Web Exclusive

"We're both anxious, weird people," actress Elsie Fisher says, when asked how she is like Kayla Day, the idealistic and socially awkward 13-year-old vlogger she plays in Eighth Grade, the feature film debut from comedian Bo Burnham as writer and director. 

Pleased to meet you

Soccer Mommy on “Clean”

Jun 26, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

On the final track of Clean, the debut full-length album from Nashville's Soccer Mommy (aka Sophie Allison), the ground opens up. Under the weight of the uncertainty and pain that Allison describes on the proceeding tracks, she imagines the ground buckling: "I dreamt the sidewalk broke in two. 

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

The National at the Metro Chicago Lollapalooza Aftershow

Aug 03, 2018 By Joshua Mellin

Over the last decade, Chicago’s Lollapalooza has morphed from what was originally a touring festival, into the sprawling four-day destination in Grant Park. As its borders extend to include editions around the world, such as Germany, Chile, and Paris, one stage has drawn the most sought after artists, even though it holds just over 1,000 people: Metro Chicago. 

Blog

PLAYlist 30: Citrus

Aug 09, 2018 By Austin Trunick

You and your opponents will be stepping into the shoes of Spanish citrus moguls as you try to cultivate and harvest the biggest and the best hauls of oranges, lemons, limes, and more.






Cinema Reviews

BlacKkKlansman

Aug 10, 2018 Web Exclusive

BlacKkKlansman is Lee’s vehicle to examine the evolution of racism in America.

DVD Reviews

Lady Street Fighter
Studio: AGFA

Aug 13, 2018 Web Exclusive

Every now and then, a film will be unearthed with the capability to blow the mind of the most hardened, seen-it-all genre movie fan.

Television Reviews

Sharp Objects
HBO, Sundays at 9:00 p.m. (Premiering July 8)

Jul 06, 2018 Web Exclusive

The announcement hit all the right notes. Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson starring in a miniseries based on a Gillian Flynn's novel for HBO sounds like an automatic hit. While Sharp Objects, the miniseries, is indeed everything Flynn's fans could have hoped for, the end result will likely leave some viewers vexed.