Music Review: Todd Rundgren, At The BBC 1972 – 1982

Published on February 20th, 2015 in: Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Jeffery X Martin

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There’s something about performing at the British Broadcasting Company that brings out the best in musicians. Perhaps it’s because the BBC is such a venerable institution that the very idea of screwing up there is abhorrent to entertainers. It certainly brought out the best in Todd Rundgren and his band, Utopia, as is evidenced by the new four-disc set from Cherry Red, Todd Rundgren at the BBC 1972 – 1982.

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Music Review: The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, So Delicious

Published on February 20th, 2015 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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For a trio, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band sure do make a lot of noise. I listened to their latest, So Delicious, without knowing a thing about them, and assumed that there had to be at least six people in the Big Damn Band. It’s called The Big Damn Band, after all. And they’re loud. Looking at their bio, though, I was stunned to realize that the band is the Reverend Peyton, a Delta-style guitarist who sings; Breezy Peyton, who plays washboard and supplies backing vocals; and drummer Ben Bussell.

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Music Review: Steve Earle And The Dukes, Terraplane

Published on February 20th, 2015 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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Steve Earle has always had a genius gift for lyrics that relate the life of the working man, the wronged person, and the misfits of the world. On his latest album, Terraplane, he again explores those characters and inhabits them so deeply that taken as a whole, the album is like a collection of fully realized short stories with accompanying soundtracks.

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Music Review: Jeff Austin, The Simple Truth

Published on February 13th, 2015 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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The Simple Truth, the debut album of Jeff Austin, former Yonder Mountain String Band mandolin king, is an engaging trip through Austin’s musical influences and passions: there’s straight bluegrass, soaring power pop, edgy noise experimentation, and some serious funk. The wonderful thing is every one of those songs works deliciously. There’s not a false moment or note on The Simple Truth. It’s an album made by someone who seems to be really enjoying his work, and it shows. (Or sounds. Hears?)

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Blu-Ray Review: 20,000 Days On Earth

Published on February 13th, 2015 in: Blu-Ray, Documentaries, DVD/Blu-Ray Reviews, Movie Reviews, Movies, Reviews |

By Brad Henderson

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Nick Cave: That name is all you have to say in order to get someone’s attention rather quickly. Nick Cave is The Man among men and a God among musicians.

One person that knows this is Nick Cave.

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Blu-Ray Review: Jimi: All Is By My Side

Published on February 13th, 2015 in: Blu-Ray, DVD/Blu-Ray Reviews, Movie Reviews, Movies, Music, Reviews |

By Brad Henderson

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Ever since I was a kid I’ve been fascinated by Jimi Hendrix. Everything about the guy, from his skills to his backstory, intrigued and inspired me and still does to this day. A few years ago I remember OutKast’s André 3000 being announced for a Hendrix film, Jimi: All Is By My Side. Ever since then it has been on my radar and I knew I needed to see it.

I’m sad to say it’s by far one of the worst biopics I’ve ever encountered.

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Blu-Ray Review: The Mule

Published on February 13th, 2015 in: Blu-Ray, Current Faves, DVD/Blu-Ray Reviews, Movie Reviews, Movies, Reviews |

By Brad Henderson

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Leigh Whannell, along with his partner in crime, James Wan, erupted onto the scene with Saw back into 2004. Together they wrote some of the sequels, plus Dead Silence, and Insidious 1 & 2 (and soon to be part 3) Now Whannell has brought us a non-horror flick, The Mule.

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Blu-Ray Review: Compañeros

Published on February 13th, 2015 in: Blu-Ray, Current Faves, DVD/Blu-Ray Reviews, Movie Reviews, Movies, Reissues, Retrovirus, Reviews |

By Brad Henderson

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As a kid I grew up on a variety of different films. My mother loved horror, dad loved westerns and action flicks, my grandma was obsessed with dramas, and I loved everything. I’m thankful for the upbringing I had because it made me who I am today. Even though I was a cinephile by the time I was seven or so, I still missed a lot of films. Now I’m 30 and I’m still making epic discoveries on my own. Recently I discovered one of the best westerns I’ve ever seen, Compañeros.

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Music Review: People On Vacation, The Chronicles Of Tim Powers

Published on February 13th, 2015 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Tyler Hodg

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After a successful crowdfunding campaign, People on Vacation have returned with their sophomore album The Chronicles of Tim Powers. The duo—consisting of Ryan Hamilton (Smile Smile) and Jaret Reddick (Bowling for Soup)—have written fun, upbeat songs that include musical aspects of their previous bands, but thankfully are not rehashed music from their past. Although People on Vacation has been dubbed a “supergroup,” there really isn’t anything super about them; their music is down to earth and far from extravagant, significantly adding to the relatable feel that The Chronicles of Tim Powers possesses.

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Blu-Ray Review: Starry Eyes

Published on February 6th, 2015 in: Blu-Ray, DVD/Blu-Ray Reviews, Feminism, Horror, Movie Reviews, Movies, Reviews |

By Less Lee Moore

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So much of the success of Starry Eyes rests on lead actress Alex Essoe’s able shoulders. She beautifully embodies the role of Sarah, a budding actress who pines for the role that will catapult her into the pantheon of the Old School Hollywood ladies whose photos adorn her bedroom walls. Surrounded by struggling fellow thespians, one of whom (Erin) wants to cut her down at every opportunity, Alex’s insecurity and fragility is palpable and painful to witness. Forced to pay the bills working at a Hooters-type restaurant, she is thrilled when she gets an audition from the esteemed Astraeus Pictures.

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