Steven Soderbergh, despite threats of an
early retirement, continues his relentless pace with the entertaining,
sneakily incisive Magic Mike, the 49-year-old director’s 11th effort
since 2004 and his third in less than a year following the effective
thrillers Contagion and Haywire. (By comparison, his buddy David Fincher
has made nine movies since 1992.)
Why does Bob Marley — the man and his
music — still resonate more than 30 years after his death? That’s a
question director Kevin MacDonald tries to unpack in this
straightforwardly rendered, often fascinating documentary about the
Long an incisive cultural critic, a
dedicated teacher and a nimble-minded writer, Camille Paglia is known
for her polarizing opinions on everything from politics (she’s voting
Green Party this year) to pop culture (she recently confessed her love
for Real Housewives of New Jersey, which she says is a more accurate depiction of the state’s residents than The Sopranos, which she hated).
Sharon Van Etten’s first two albums revealed an emotionally visceral songwriter and performer who wasn’t afraid to explore love gone sour via a voice that’s as moving and expressive as any on the current landscape
“We’re The Afghan Whigs from Cincinnati, O-hi-o,”
frontman Greg Dulli relayed to a raucous crowd early in his band’s Aug. 4
show at The Metro in Chicago, one of many sold-out stops on the Whigs’
current reunion tour.
For the uninitiated, Mike Watt has been doing what he can for more than three
decades, beginning with his role as bassist in the Minutemen, the
iconic Indie Rock trio known for its short, lacerating songs about
everything from Michael Jackson and Ronald Reagan to Jesus and tequila.
Blake Mills is busy. The 25-year-old
guitar prodigy has worked relentlessly in recent years as an in-demand
session and touring musician, collaborating with a wide range of artists, nearly all of whom use hyperbolic
language to describe his unique talents. And now he’s touring with Fiona Apple,
both as her guitarist and as her opening act.
Rising from the ashes of Minneapolis’ Gayngs collective,
Polica is a chilly, beat-driven Electro outfit that mixes the shimmering
vocals of Channy Leaneagh with the sleek production work of Ryan Olson.