Concert Review: Zola Jesus At The Horseshoe Tavern

Published on January 30th, 2015 in: Concert Reviews, Current Faves, Feminism, Music, Reviews |

By Less Lee Moore

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January 22, 2015
Toronto, ON

At a time when Internet hype threatens to smother any semblance of genuine talent, it’s difficult not to be cynical. Rest assured, however, that Zola Jesus deserves all the praise. Nika Roza Danilova is the real deal.

For those wondering if Danilova can replicate the powerful vibes of her latest album, TAIGA (review), in a live setting, the answer is yes. Her already-amazing voice is actually better in person than on record, which is kind of astonishing. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

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Music Review: The Westies, West Side Stories

Published on January 30th, 2015 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Tyler Hodg

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On the surface, The Westies appear to be nothing more than a generic soft-rock band, but when examined more closely, they are much more than what meets the eye (and ear). The stories behind the band and their music are equally intriguing, and both lend a hand in creating a more extraordinary picture, in the form of their debut album West Side Stories.

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Music Review: Various Artists, Stoned – A Pscyh Tribute To The Rolling Stones

Published on January 30th, 2015 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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Tribute cover albums occupy such an odd space. If a band covers a song too faithfully, they’re destined to be compared, probably unfavorably, to the original. If you add nothing to your interpretation, then why cover the song in the first place? If a band goes too far afield in their musical choices, and they make the song truly their own, then they have the purists who complain that they haven’t hewed closely enough to the source material. It’s a tightrope.

On Stoned – A Psych Tribute To The Rolling Stones, the artists from the neo-psych scene (the Allah-Las, The Tulips, Clinic, Tashaki Miyaki, Yeti Love, et al.) tread that tightrope. Some of the covers are straightforward, faithful renditions (with more reverb, because it’s neo-psych music), and some take the songs in a much different direction. It’s an intriguing record.

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Music Review: Jim White Vs. The Packway Handle Band, Take It Like A Man

Published on January 30th, 2015 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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Jim White’s collaboration with The Packway Handle Band is an early entry in the “most delightful albums of 2015” list that I am currently compiling (in my head). Full of clever, cinematic lyrics and ripping bluegrass, Take It Like A Man is a joy from start to finish.

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TV Review: The Venture Bros., “All This and Gargantua-2”

Published on January 23rd, 2015 in: Cartoons, Comedy, Current Faves, Reviews, TV |

By Megashaun

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Fans of The Venture Bros. are a diverse bunch, but at least two things unite us: a love of all things Venture, and patience. Though the show’s been around for 12 years now, it has yet to begin its sixth season. But unlike a lot of other animated television, particularly those in its Adult Swim family, The Venture Bros. has always displayed a high degree of polish in everything from the writing, voice acting, animation, and score.

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Blu-Ray Review: Beneath The Harvest Sky

Published on January 23rd, 2015 in: Current Faves, Movie Reviews, Movies, Reviews |

By Brad Henderson

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What if I told you that you missed one of the best movies of 2014? What if I also told you that you never even heard of it? Luckily I didn’t make that mistake so I don’t want others to make it, either.

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Music Review: The Decemberists, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

Published on January 23rd, 2015 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Tyler Hodg

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In their 15th year as a band, The Decemberists continue to release albums that sound nothing less than pure, and What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World is no exception. It’s modest. It’s relatable. It’s fantastic.

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Music Review: Elephant Micah, Where In Our Woods

Published on January 23rd, 2015 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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Elephant Micah’s (Joseph O’Connell) songs on Where In Our Woods sound archaic and primal, but in a quiet kind of way. They’re hushed and spare, connected to the earth and the air and the migratory patterns of birds. Where In Our Woods haunts and moves me, and I can’t stop thinking about it.

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Music Review: The Vagaband, Medicine For The Soul

Published on January 23rd, 2015 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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It’s difficult to describe the sound of the UK’s The Vagaband. They’re a little folky, with a dash of vaudeville, a generous dollop of rock, and a not fleeting resemblance to Pink Floyd. They traffic in pastoral sounds with interesting instrumentation. Their second album, Medicine For The Soul, is a pleasant surprise; it’s chock full of banjos and horns, jaw harps and fiddle, and charming, ear-wormy tunes, as well as a smart cover of a Ween song.

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Blu-Ray Review: The Guest

Published on January 16th, 2015 in: Blu-Ray, Current Faves, DVD/Blu-Ray Reviews, Movie Reviews, Movies, Reviews |

By Megashaun

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There’s only so much one can say about The Guest without starting to spoil the film’s many finely-crafted layers of plot revelation. But the setup in itself was intriguing enough for me to want to watch it, along with the knowledge that this comes to us from the extremely humorous, twisted, and subversive team of Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett who also brought us the excellent You’re Next (review).

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