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Album Reviews

The Asylum Albums (1972-1975)

Joni Mitchell
The Asylum Albums (1972-1975)

Dec 07, 2022 Web Exclusive

Following Joni Mitchell’s 2021 The Reprise Albums, The Asylum Albums (1972-1975) (available as 4-CD and 5-LP sets) spotlights a period where her rich creative evolution found some of her greatest commercial success.

COMETA

Nick Hakim
COMETA

Dec 06, 2022 Web Exclusive

One of the most distinctive qualities about Nick Hakim’s music is its fluidity—it flows freely between R&B, indie, psychedelia, and more to create a unique strain of experimental soul that takes shape in sultry ballads and dusky ruminations.

A Brief Moment in the Sun

Soulside
A Brief Moment in the Sun

Dec 05, 2022 Web Exclusive

Starting as a relatively straightforward DC hardcore punk band in the mid ’80s as Lunchmeat and releasing a split with Dave Grohl’s early band Mission Impossible, Soulside really left their mark on the scene with three LPs (first on Sammich, last two on Dischord) and a 7-inch before breaking up in 1989.

Classic Interviews

My Firsts: Peter Brewis of Field Music

My Firsts: Peter Brewis of Field Music
Cool Like Alan Partridge

Apr 23, 2021 Issue #68 - Japanese Breakfast and HAIM (The Protest Issue)

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 Peter Brewis of England’s Field Music.

Comic Book Reviews

Tops: The Complete Collection of Charles Biro’s Visionary 1949 Comic Book Series

Tops: The Complete Collection of Charles Biro’s Visionary 1949 Comic Book Series
Fantagraphics

Dec 06, 2022 Web Exclusive

Michael T. Gilbert’s fascinating new tome tells the tragic tale of Tops, the ill-fated “adult magazine of dramatic picture stories.”

Interviews

Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith on “The Great American Baking Show”

Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith on “The Great American Baking Show”

Dec 02, 2022 Web Exclusive

Ahead of their new holiday special on The Roku Channel, Paul and Prue took some time to answer our questions about their favorite seasonal dishes, differences between American and British competitors, and what happens on Bake Off when the cameras aren’t rolling.

Michael Rother of NEU! on Their 50th Anniversary Box Set

Michael Rother of NEU! on Their 50th Anniversary Box Set

Nov 23, 2022

Fifty years from the release of their debut album, the music of the German duo NEU! sounds as fresh, intriguing, and arresting as it must have for those early adventurous and curious listeners. NEU! 50! collects their recordings of in a 5-CD box set that presents all four original albums and a tribute disc featuring interpretations and remixes from The National, Mogwai, IDLES, Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, and more. A 5-LP vinyl version includes the first three original albums and the tribute.

Pleased to meet you

Tenci – Jess Shoman on Their New Album “A Swollen River, A Well Overflowing”

Dec 02, 2022 Web Exclusive

If you listen to Chicago band Tenci’s debut album, My Heart Is An Open Field, or their just released follow-up, A Swollen River, A Well Overflowing (on Keeled Scales), the first thing you are likely to notice is Jess Shoman’s voice.

Lists

Star Trek TV Series Ranked from Best to Worst

Aug 07, 2022

A definitive ranking of every Star Trek series is an impossible task. Some segments of the fandom will always disagree with the ranking. To be clear, this is mySteve King’s definitive ranking. I’ve watched every episode of Star Trek more times than I can count. I’ve written one or two things about it, and although sci-fi fantasy fans are a persnickety bunch, I tend to take the Bradley Nowell (of Sublime) approach: “I feel like I’m stoned. I feel like watching Star Trek and eating Chinese food or something.” In other words, lighten up, nerds.

This list will fluctuate as new shows debut and others falter. But this is still Star Trek we’re talking about. It’s all excellent. It just varies in degrees. Future seasons may render some of these rankings irrelevant. But for now, it’s the way I see things and I’m kind of an expert on the subject. Prepare to be enraged or to agree with a very stable genius. By Steve King

Live reviews

Check Out Photos of The Smile at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL on December 1, 2022

Check Out Photos of The Smile at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL on December 1, 2022

Dec 07, 2022 By Christopher Roberts

The Smile (Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood along with Sons of Kemet’s Tom Skinner) performed at Chicago’s the Riviera Theatre on December 1 and our photographer Joshua Mellin was there to capture the action.