Album Reviews

Tracyanne & Danny
Tracyanne & Danny

May 25, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

The voice of Tracyanne Campbell is among 21st century music's most precious commodities. Its increasingly rare appearances should elicit a public reaction akin to a supermoon lunar eclipse.

CHVRCHES
Love Is Dead

May 24, 2018 Web Exclusive

The first two albums of Scottish synth-pop trio CHVRCHES' career have shown how brilliant and how average they can be, largely in equal measure. Most of their debut album, The Bones Of What You Believe, is about as good as this sub-genre can possibly get, applying expressive and substantive melodic runs to infectious beats and brought together by the fascinatingly unique vocals of Lauren Mayberry.

Heaven
All Love Is Blue

May 23, 2018 Web Exclusive

All Love Is Blue is a quantum leap forward for the Brooklyn dreampop act Heaven, both artistically and sonically, making the protracted wait between albums more than worthwhile given the spectacular payoff.

Classic Interviews

Panda Bear vs. Ariel Pink - The Full Interview

Panda Bear vs. Ariel Pink - The Full Interview
Truth and Speculation

May 07, 2015 Issue #52 - January/February 2015 - St. Vincent

To listen to Ariel Pink talk is to hear him think—that much becomes immediately clear a few minutes into his conversation with Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bear). Ask him a question and what follows is an avalanche of unfiltered thoughts, some seemingly brilliant, others highly questionable, and nearly all of them provocative to some extent.

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.

Book Reviews

John Andrew Fredrick
Fucking Innocent: The Early Films Of Wes Anderson

Apr 10, 2018 Web Exclusive

Full of erudition and insight, John Andrew Fredrick's book on the early films of Wes Anderson also has a great feel for the auteur's characters, and for Anderson himself.

Interviews

Marlon Williams on “Make Way For Love”

May 24, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

New Zealand singer/songwriter Marlon Williams has no interest in being alone. While some long for solitude and the peace that it brings, it's an unnatural state for Williams. When I ask if being alone scares him, Williams is quick to confirm. "[It's] something that really terrifies me."

Hookworms on “Microshift”

May 23, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

For England's Hookworms, putting their latest album together was a triumph. The five members of the band experienced enough to encourage them to throw in the towel. Lead singer Matthew "MJ" Johnson was at the center of the band's bad luck—in 2015, his studio where the band recorded and rehearsed flooded from the bursting of the River Aire.

Pleased to meet you

Anna Burch on “Quit the Curse”

May 18, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

Over Skype, Anna Burch often finishes her answers with an awkward giggle; as if she prefers gift-wrapping presents over opening them. The title of her excellent debut LP Quit the Curse strikes as a tongue-in-cheek bristle at romanticism and superstition.

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

Calexico and Ryley Walker, The Sinclair, Cambridge MA, May 1 2018

May 22, 2018 By Stephen Mayne

As far as planning an evening of contrasts goes, you couldn't do much better than putting Calexico and Ryley Walker on the bill together. The former comes with nine albums and more than 20 years of raucous, high-tempo history, the latter is a man and his guitar.

Blog

Gaming Frequencies: Through the Woods

May 23, 2018 By Austin Trunick

In Through the Woods, what starts as a parent’s worst nightmare shifts into something far more surreal. We spoke with the game's sound designer, Dan Wakefield, about his roles in crafting the game's immersive soundscape.






Cinema Reviews

That Summer

May 25, 2018 Web Exclusive

For fans of camp culture and harrowing cinema verite, these two bickering & blinkered grand dames are instantly familiar: The Beales of Grey Gardens.

DVD Reviews

Graduation
Studio: Criterion

May 25, 2018 Web Exclusive

It’s fascinating to contrast how American and European film culture differs when it comes to depicting government corruption.

Television Reviews

National Treasure: Kiri
HULU

Apr 02, 2018 Web Exclusive

The abduction of a young black girl twists into an amalgamation of accusations, schemes and guilt between her white foster family, her biological family, and her social worker in Jack Thorne's (National Treasure) latest miniseries, Kiri.