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Swans in Bloom

Thirty years after debuting, Swans are making the best music of leader Michael Gira’s career

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Somehow, more than 30 years after debuting amid the height of the No Wave movement, Swans are making the best music of their long, twisted existence.  

Dardenne Brothers Offer a Raw Look at the Working Class

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Seemingly spent from months of pimping dozens of Oscar-season hopefuls, the big studios often try to hide their creatively challenged or otherwise flawed releases in the annual cinematic wasteland known as February.  

River's Edge

(Kino Lorber) 1996, Rated R

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2015
River’s Edge debuted alongside Blue Velvet at the 1986 Telluride Film Festival.  

Only Lovers Left Alive

(Sony) 2014, Rated R

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Besides Richard Linklater’s groundbreaking Boyhood, Jim Jarmusch’s latest, the aptly titled Only Lovers Left Alive, was the most engrossing moving-going experience for me in 2014.  

The Baddest Man

Mike Tyson shares “undisputed truth” in touring one-man stage show

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Mike Tyson is one of the more fascinating figures of the last 30 years.  

Tiger Burning Bright

Oakland, Calif., transplant Liz Wolf continues to grow her compelling Dream Tiger project

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Liz Wolf’s musical rabbit hole isn’t for the faint of heart, coming on like Portishead with a slightly better disposition but no less emotional baggage.  

Literary: Leon Logothetis

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 13, 2015
It’s been a trying six months for those of us in the human race who prefer to get along, which makes Leon Logothetis’ The Kindness Diaries a welcome balm in an era of such impossible-to-ignore division and violence.   

Literary: Amber Hunt and David Batcher

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Amber Hunt and David Batcher’s new book, The Kennedy Wives: Triumph and Tragedy in America’s Most Public Family, specifically looks at the women who married into the famously tight “Camelot” clan.  

From Film to Streaming: Time and Technology Wait for No One

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Movie culture has undergone a sea change as theaters of every stripe move to digital projection, a turnabout that has had more of an impact than might meet the eye.
  

Top Ten Albums of 2014

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 31, 2014
My 10 favorite albums of 2014 (minus Beyoncé’s last-minute 2013 surprise, the fascinating new D’Angelo record, which I’ve only listened to a handful of times since it dropped Dec. 15, and the new Spoon, which, though reliably stellar, sounds pretty much like the last five Spoon albums since D’s last one, Voodoo, hit 15 years ago).