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Mountains

Feb. 28 • Mayday

0 Comments · Monday, February 25, 2013
In cinematic terms — and Mountains is as cinematic as any musical outfit currently crafting soundscapes — it’s as if David Lynch and his longtime composer Angelo Badalamenti wrestled the eternally ethereal Tree of Life away from Terence Malick and injected a serious dose of mood-altering menace into its penultimate scene.
  

Sinister (Summit Entertainment)

2012, R

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Scott Derrickson’s genuinely creepy Sinister transcends many of the clichéd genre tropes that have sprouted up in recent years.
  

Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (Lionsgate)

2012, PG-13

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Co-directors Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke’s highly instructive, Sundance-approved documentary attempts to dissect the myriad issues related to healthcare.  

Man Man's Search for Meaning

Eccentric Philly band doesn’t know the rules, so it just keeps breaking them

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 20, 2013
 Known for its irreverent songs and unpredictable, gloriously ramshackle live shows, Man Man defies convention at nearly every turn.
  

State of the Art

Cincinnati-based authors Marjorie Celona and Leah Stewart drop new novels

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 13, 2013
 Marjorie Celona’s Y and Leah Stewart’s The History of Us are more than just novels by writers who happen to be female; they’re sensitive, psychologically complex works that deal the nature of identity in ways both singular and incisive.   

Wired for Words

Leah Stewart’s love of the written word goes way back

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 13, 2013
 It’s a frigid weekday afternoon in early February, less than three weeks after the publication of Leah Stewart’s fourth novel, The History of Us, a Cincinnati-set coming-of-age tale marked by psychological insight, a sneakily addictive narrative thrust and a deft use of dialogue.
  

Total Immersion

First-time novelist Marjorie Celona delves deeply into her characters

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Published to wide acclaim in early January, the affecting Y is a novel of myriad pleasures, the most obvious being Celona’s sensitive, psychologically complex conception of Shannon, a character who refuses to leave one’s consciousness.
  

Old 97's

Feb. 15 • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Monday, February 11, 2013
The photos included within the liner notes for 1997’s Too Far to Care, the Old 97’s’ third album, make the band members look like fresh-faced geeks, but the opening guitar riff to “Timebomb,” a jolt of jagged, countrified Rockabilly, obliterates whatever image the photos might conjure almost immediately.  

Ken Stringfellow and the Young Heirlooms

Feb. 10 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, February 4, 2013
Ken Stringfellow’s new solo album, Danzig in the Moonlight, is all over the stylistic map, employing an eclectic array of moods and instrumentation, no doubt informed by its creator’s rich musical history.    

Pleasures Unveiled

Joy Division bassist-turned-author Peter Hook discusses his new biography of the band

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The story has long been set in Rock & Roll lore: Ian Curtis, lead singer for Joy Division, hanged himself the day before the Manchester, England-based band was to embark on its first tour of America.