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Lit: Literary Lunch with Cathleen Schine

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 16, 2013
The Mercantile Library’s Literary Lunch series continues this week with a visit from Cathleen Schine, who requested that the library be included on her current book tour. Schine’s latest nove  

Bosnian Rainbows

July 23 • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, July 15, 2013
The Texas-based band’s self-titled debut, which was released independently in late June, features 11 atmospheric songs marked by dreamy keyboards and Park’s sturdy rhythmic thrust. Suarez is a riveting frontlady, her expressive vocals conjuring Polly Jean Harvey and Siouxsie Sioux.
  

Psychic Sisters

Cincinnati native Curtis Sittenfeld returns with a new novel about twin sisters with supernatural powers

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Sisterland, the freshly minted fourth novel by Cincinnati native Curtis Sittenfeld, centers on twin sisters Kate and Violet, who have the unique psychic ability to see future events, among other less vital factoids.  

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.