Album Reviews

Brian Eno
Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks - Extended Version

Jul 19, 2019 Web Exclusive

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's moon landing, Brian Eno's classic 1983 album has been re-mastered and re-released with an additional whole album of new music. 

Filthy Friends
Emerald Valley

Jul 18, 2019 Web Exclusive

Despite all the recent, exciting happenings surrounding Sleater-Kinney's imminent new album (St. Vincent on the boards), Corin Tucker recently also grabbed the microphone for another band. The Sleater slinger might be playing occasional guitar in Filthy Friends, but she's giving her unique voice to a well-structured bar band, which happens to have Peter Buck (R.E.M.) as the lead guitar player. 

Hayden Thorpe
Diviner

Jul 17, 2019 Web Exclusive

There is merit to Hayden Thorpe's solo Diviner but one has to be in the mood for his fey vocals and sullen disposition to return for any repeated listening. Fans of his former band, Wild Beasts, are probably most appreciative of the ex-frontman's first effort since the Mercury-nominated art-rockers announced their breakup in 2017. 

Classic Interviews

In the Studio: Torres on Her Second Album In Progress, Writer’s Block, and Reading Her Own Press

In the Studio: Torres on Her Second Album In Progress, Writer’s Block, and Reading Her Own Press
Starting Anew

Sep 29, 2014 Web Exclusive

In 2013, Mackenzie Scott (aka Torres) released her debut album. Torres was a fantastic introduction to a talented artist, a singer/songwriter adept at both the furious and the calm, the soul-baring and the storytelling, the dark and the light.

Comic Book Reviews

The Weatherman Vol. 1
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Apr 05, 2019 Issue #65 - Mitski and boygenius

Collecting the first six issues of the series by writer Jody LeHeup, artist Nathan Fox, and colorist Dave Stewart, The Weatherman scratched our sci-fi/action/adventure itch better than anything has since Schwarzenegger's big-screen heyday. 

Book Reviews

Bruce Conforth and Gayle Dean Wardlow
Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson

Jul 16, 2019 Web Exclusive

A culmination of over 50 years of research from blues historians Bruce Conforth and Gayle Dean Wardlow, Up Jumped the Devil is as definitive a Robert Johnson history as will likely ever be written.

Interviews

Hayden Thorpe on “Diviner”

Jul 19, 2019 Web Exclusive

As the singer, songwriter and guitarist in Wild Beasts for 15 years, Hayden Thorpe was responsible for some of the most unique, captivating and ultimately timeless music created this century. After the band split-up in the early part of last year, Thorpe has been the first of its four members to re-emerge with new music. 

My Firsts: Lou Barlow of Sebadoh

Jul 18, 2019 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 Lou Barlow of Sebadoh.

Pleased to meet you

Stella Donnelly on “Beware of the Dogs”

May 10, 2019 Web Exclusive

Gathering her voice between intermittent coughing fits and sniffles, Stella Donnelly apologizes for being sick for the interview, wishing that she were more readily able to express herself. 

Lists

25 of the Best Elton John Songs You’ve (Probably) Never Heard

Jun 10, 2019

Rocketman is here. And it's spectacular. As such, I've got Elton on the mind.

I didn't go to the church of Jesus Christ when I was a kid. I went to the church of Elton John. Still do. We had portraits of Elton and his lyricist Bernie Taupin framed, matted, and hanging in the hallway as if they were fuckin' family members. LOL. Mom took me to my first concert in 1994. I was 11. It was Elton and Ray Cooper at the Greek Theater in LA. In 7th grade, I had a picture of Elton on the front of my school folder and one of Taupin on the back. Caught a lot of shit for it too. It was middle school, it was the mid-'90s, I was a weirdo.

So I'm a mega-fan for sure.

When people ask me where to start with Elton's catalog, here's what I tell 'em: All the studio albums from the 1970 self-titled Elton John through 1976's Blue Moves are essential. That's 10 albums people. 10 ALBUMS IN 6 YEARS. All of them essential. And no, we're not gonna get into anything after Blue Moves. Don't have time. Too controversial. But do check out 1981's The Fox and 1983's Too Low for Zero if you have the appetite.

Those 10 studio albums aren't just essential because of their brain-scramblingly good singles, but also because the non-single album tracks are Just. Un. Real. To celebrate all that incredible music and the release of Rocketman, I've compiled 25 of the very best Elton John songs I reckon you've never heard.

What'd we miss? BRING IT.

 By Kenny S McGuane

Live reviews

Manic Street Preachers and Gwenno at De Montfort Hall, Leicester, UK

Jun 26, 2019 By Haydon Spenceley

I can remember distinctly an interview that James Dean Bradfield, the lead singer of Manic Street Preachers, gave what seems like many years ago now in which he opined quite strongly that he "couldn't imagine still doing this [fronting the Manic Street Preachers] when I'm 40."

Blog

Reissued and Revisited: Motown: The Complete #1s

Jul 17, 2019 By Frank Valish

Motown: The Complete #1s is a remarkable and remarkably comprehensive document of one of America's greatest record labels. It deserves to be listened to from the first track on the first disc to the final cut on disc 11.

 






Cinema Reviews

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Jun 28, 2019 Web Exclusive

The coda to Marvel Studio’s grand Infinity SagaSpider-Man: Far From Home, borrows from the National Lampoon’s Vacation model for the sequel to 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming and sends Tom Holland’s Peter Parker on a summer European trip with his science class.

DVD Reviews

Funny Games
Studio: The Criterion Collection

Jul 19, 2019 Web Exclusive

Michael Haneke has been successfully making us feel bad for watching films for the last few decades, and nowhere is that more pronounced than in his 1997 magnum opus, Funny Games.

Television Reviews

Shangri-La
Showtime, Friday July 12 at 9 p.m.

Jul 12, 2019 Web Exclusive

Rick Rubin's career is so eclectic, so influential, so mind-blowingly successful, it's difficult to wrap your head around the fact that it belongs to just one person. It's fitting that the Showtime four-part docu-series Shangri-La is shot primarily at Rubin's mythical studio of the same name.