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.
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.
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.
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
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).