Music Review: Wordburglar, Rapplicable Skills

Published on August 24th, 2015 in: Canadian Content, Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Tyler Hodg

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Rather than indulge in generic, mainstream topics and themes of current day hip-hop, Wordburglar has chosen to write about subjects much more close to home—like hockey players, Canadian issues, and video games—with conviction and humor. But don’t get him wrong, Wordburglar is far from a joke.

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Music Review: Noah Gundersen, Carry The Ghost

Published on August 21st, 2015 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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Noah Gundersen is a seeker. On his follow up to the much-lauded Ledges, Carry The Ghost, he looks inward, questioning the nature and existence of God, of Gundersen’s own chosen means of expression and career, and exploring loneliness and love. It’s a heavy, introspective album.

It’s also startlingly quiet; there are moments that are so deeply felt by Gundersen that his voice, already hushed, trails off to a strangled choke, phrases ending on a breath. Coupled with Gundersen’s tendency toward acoustic guitar and piano, it becomes a journey in which the listener sometimes wonders just what was sung and perhaps one might need one of those fancy ear horns (but mercifully, Carry The Ghost on CD comes with a lyric booklet that is mighty handy, and a fine way to join Gundersen in existential questioning).

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Music Review: Jackie Greene, Back To Birth

Published on August 21st, 2015 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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Jackie Greene has quite the pedigree. He’s toured with The Black Crowes and Phil Lesh and Friends, played with Levon Helm, and was in an acoustic trio with Chris Robinson and Bob Weir, called WRG. An enormously talented multi-instrumentalist, Greene aspires to be the whole package; musician, songwriter, singer, and on his latest, Back To Birth, he nails it.

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Music Review: Best Behavior, Good Luck Bad Karma

Published on August 21st, 2015 in: Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Tyler Hodg

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Best Behavior showcases their take on surf, punk, and garage rock all at one time with their latest offering, Good Luck Bad Karma. The Brooklyn-based band is a no-frills act, void of musical or lyrical cliches, which isn’t the easiest thing to do when so much has been achieved and repeated in rock music. Despite that respectable feat, Best Behavior’s songs unfortunately only fall into the “good” category rather than “great,” due to the lack of uniqueness in their music.

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Blu-Ray Review: La Grande Bouffe

Published on August 20th, 2015 in: Blu-Ray, Culture Shock, Current Faves, DVD, Movie Reviews, Movies, Reissues, Retrovirus, Reviews |

By Less Lee Moore

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Towards the beginning of La Grande Bouffe one of the characters states, “Gentlemen, we are not here to have a vulgar orgy.” It is a droll bit of dialogue eventually revealed to be alarmingly ironic.

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Noomi Rapace Stars In Sci-Fi Thriller Whatever Happened To Monday

Published on August 19th, 2015 in: Feminism, Movies, Pop Culture News, Science Fiction, Upcoming Movies, Upcoming Releases |

By Less Lee Moore

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen a Noomi Rapace movie in theaters. She co-starred in last year’s excellent The Drop with Tom Hardy, while another film with Hardy, Child 44, seemed to come and go with nary a whisper, unless you count the dreadful 24 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Music Review: Acid Reissues from Cherry Red Records

Published on August 18th, 2015 in: Current Faves, Feminism, Music, Music Reviews, Reissues, Retrovirus, Reviews |

By Tim Murr

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Probably every town has some awesome band the rest of the world will never see. These days, thanks to the Internet it’s easier for some Oklahoma punk band to reach listeners in Japan, but back in 1980, forget it. Victims, perhaps, of the glut of metal bands from all over Europe and the UK, Acid fell through the cracks. There wasn’t a huge metal scene in their native Belgium when they formed, and little in the way of avenues out of the country. So they formed their own record label, Giant, and between 1980 and 1985, when they broke up, released three solid albums.

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Can Iron Maiden Save Rock and Roll? New Single “Speed Of Light”

Published on August 17th, 2015 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, New Single, Upcoming Releases |

By Jeffery X Martin

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The venerable British heavy metal band Iron Maiden is returning with a new double album, The Book of Souls, and the first single, “Speed of Light,” is a five-minute-long, arena-sized rollercoaster ride through a thunderstorm, with a hot riff so slinky, the Lord of Darkness could floss with it. It’s a swift kick in the ass for a rock and roll scene grown stale and over-inflated with buttrock and pseudo-Satania. There’s more energy in this one single than there has been in the last three Foo Fighters albums. Leave it to a bunch of 50-year-old Brits to rear back up and bring a whole genre back to life, like a collective of Victor Frankensteins.

That’s pretty heavy praise for just one song, and I know that, but listen, you guys.

No, I mean, listen to the song.

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Music Review: Sharkmuffin, Chartreuse

Published on August 14th, 2015 in: Current Faves, Feminism, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Tyler Hodg

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It’s incredible to think that Chartreuse is Sharkmuffin’s debut full-length album. The duo’s aggressive punk-rock sound is realized to its fullest, and amplifies the idea of the importance of a cohesive unit. In addition to the band’s music, the all-female Sharkmuffin proves rock’n’roll is not limited to the male gender.

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Music Review: Grace Potter, Midnight

Published on August 14th, 2015 in: Current Faves, Feminism, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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Damn, that Grace Potter can sing. In stepping away from her band the Nocturnals to make her first solo album Midnight, Potter stretches her poppier wings, making an album that features dance beats and thumpers. The focus, though, is Grace Potter’s soulful, incredible voice.

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