Album Reviews

TV on the Radio
Seeds

Nov 26, 2014 Web Exclusive

There are, according to the Internet's cod psychology, somewhere between five and seven stages of grief. Regardless of scientific accuracy, it is unlikely that any of the stages include "make a blistering pop funk album;" this brings us to TV on the Radio's fifth full-length offering, Seeds.

Thom Yorke
Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

Nov 26, 2014 Web Exclusive

Thom Yorke is at the point in his career where anything he does is going to be viewed with the importance of a revelation from Mount Sinai.

Pink Floyd
The Endless River

Nov 25, 2014 Web Exclusive

Have Pink Floyd, never the most beloved band in certain music critic circles, finally beaten the industry and signed off with an unreviewable album? After all, it is the critic's duty to devote a record their full attention, to listen closely and examine it in detail.

Classic Interviews

Xu Xu Fang

Xu Xu Fang
New Artists for 2006

Jan 01, 2006 Web Exclusive

Featuring former members of The Warlocks and Hovercraft, Los Angeles’ Xu Xu Fang pack a dark, noir-inspired sound that ranges from meditative—soothing vocal drones, ambient keyboards, tripped-out space guitars, and found sounds—to aggressive—dance numbers that would suggest a harder version of Garbage. Underneath it all looms an appreciation for the bold melodies of Ennio Morricone.

Comic Book Reviews

The Kitchen #1
Vertigo/DC

Nov 26, 2014 Web Exclusive

The Kitchen is a great reminder of the perfect malleability of the comic medium. While it always feels over-saturated by superheroes and science fiction, it's great to see a good idea make its way into print without relying on capes and tights.

Interviews

The Flaming Lips - Wayne Coyne on Miley Cyrus, Icelandic Bananas, and the Future of Music

Nov 26, 2014 Web Exclusive

The Flaming Lips have always been a little strange, but if five years ago someone said that in 2014 they would be most known for working with Miley Cyrus and releasing an indie star-studded full length cover of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, even that would seem like a stretch of the imagination.

Nils Frahm

Nov 24, 2014 Web Exclusive

These days, the piano probably serves as an inspirational springboard for German musician/composer Nils Frahm as much as it does as a primary instrument in his work. Spaces, his 2013 live album recorded in multiple venues over the course of two years, offers a full range of Frahm's directions, from minimalist exercises to classically-influenced passages and lushly beautiful pieces.

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

Douglas Dare at the Paradiso in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nov 27, 2014 By Laura Studarus

The Paradiso is an old church turned music venue. So if I slip up and use cliché expressions like ethereal, divine, or otherworldly to describe Douglas Dare’s set there on Monday night, just remember—they started it, not me.

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

The Imitation Game

Nov 26, 2014 Web Exclusive

Code breaker, war hero, and grandfather of the modern computer; with that resume, it’s amazing we haven’t seen a dozen Alan Turing films.

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.