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David Byrne & St. Vincent

July 10 • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 9, 2013
An artistic meeting of the minds between David Byrne and Annie Clark is more of a natural one than some might expect.    

Yo La Tengo

July 14 • Bunbury Music Festival/Sawyer Point

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 9, 2013
At 10 songs, all of which clock in at a relatively brief 3-6 minutes, Fade is Yo La Tengo’s most concise release in ages, perhaps the result of a switch in producers.  

The Lone Ranger

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Was anyone yearning for a mondo-budgeted film version of a mediocre TV show from the 1950s in which the central hero’s sidekick was portrayed in a shamefully condescending way? Probably not. Yet  

Trouble and Triumph

Cincinnatian Matt Berninger discusses The National’s latest effort, becoming “political” and the band’s future

1 Comments · Tuesday, July 2, 2013
The National's edgy, dark-hued songs sync perfectly with our current age of anxiety, and now comes Trouble Will Find Me — another collection of richly textured tunes marked by frontman Matt Berninger’s deep baritone and evocative lyrics. But the new record also feels like a departure, as if The National finally seems comfortable in its own skin.  

Medium Cool

(Criterion Collection) 1969, Rated R

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Writer-director-cameraman Haskell Wexler’s groundbreaking quasi-documentary captures the mood of a nation at high anxiety — a nation increasingly ruptured over an unpopular war and a seemingly radical counter culture that was bleeding into the mainstream.   

The Newsroom

(HBO Home Entertainment) 2012, Not Rated

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The Newsroom is at once a high-minded critique of what television news divisions have become (ratings-obsessed entities more concerned with the bottom line than with “speaking truth to stupid,” as one character puts it) and a wit-infused comedic drama with myriad romantic subplots (most of which come off as clunky rip-offs of the one that anchored James L. Brooks’ far more successful Broadcast News).   

Black Flag

June 20 • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Monday, June 17, 2013
Why the sudden urge to revive Black Flag, the iconic West Coast Hardcore band that helped write the DIY playbook and influenced an entire generation of like-minded iconoclasts? We may never know.  

Literary: Theron Humphrey

0 Comments · Monday, June 17, 2013
Dogs are the best creatures on planet Earth. More proof of this undeniable claim is on display in photographer Theron Humphrey’s Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics.&nbs  

Literary: Edward McClelland

1 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Globalization has hit the American middle class hard as blue-collar jobs that once yielded stellar wages and comprehensive benefits have eroded, if not completely vanished, in the last 25 years. Few k  

Music: Coliseum with Baroness

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
The music video for Coliseum’s “Bad Will” — one of many addictively visceral tracks on the band’s just-released fourth album, Sister Faith — is shot in vérité-style black and white as th