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Album Review: Angel Olsen’s All Mirrors Leaps Forward in Sound and Self

In 2016, Angel Olsen erupted onto the forefront of indie rock with My Woman. Four years after she had electrified listeners with the might of a folk-rock Goliath on Half Way Home and just two removed from the louder, pulsating sonority of Burn Your Fire for No Witness, Olsen doubled-down on her old-timey charm with My

Fantastic Fest Film Review: In the Tall Grass Gets Lost In the Weeds

The Pitch: In Vincenzo Natali’s adaptation of one of Stephen King’s more bizarre properties (co-written with son Joe Hill), In the Tall Grass has a premise that feels disarmingly simple at first. A pregnant young woman named Becky Demuth (Laysla De Oliveira) is driving cross-country with her brother Cal (Avery Whitted) so she can figure out

Film Review: Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell Is a Meandering Repeat

The Pitch: In 2005’s The Devil’s Rejects, the film ended with the three remaining members of the depraved Firefly clan speeding toward a police barricade guns ablaze and Lynyrd Skynyrd ablare. Somehow, against all odds and science, Baby Firefly (Sheri Moon Zombie), Otis Driftwood (Bill Moseley), and Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) survived the hailstorm of

Live Review: Joanna Newsom Makes a Lionhearted Return to the Live Stage at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center (9/7)

Setting the Stage: In April 2019, the world of folk breathed a sigh of relief in the face of leaden reality: Joanna Newsom would once again bring her wily idiosyncrasies to the live stage after three long years of inactivity. Long, that is at least, for those like me who desperately sought the refuge of

Album Review: Lana Del Rey Shines Through an American Fog on Norman Fucking Rockwell!

The Lowdown: In time for Labor Day weekend, Lana Del Rey dropped Norman Fucking Rockwell! — and glided in gloriously melancholy fashion to the shore of Hot Girl Summer. After nearly a year of releasing bewitching singles, the chanteuse’s sixth album features some of her most indelible lyrics and melodies to date while blending the

Film Review: Fred Durst’s The Fanatic Fails John Travolta

The Pitch: John Travolta is Moose. He’s a street performer in La La Land. He’s also a manic obsessive without a support system. (To be exact, the film never puts a diagnosis on his behavior, but he’s clearly unstable.) During the day, he puts on a cockney accent, a constable costume, and a twirled moustache

Album Review: Ezra Furman Ramps up the Rock on the Nail-Biting Twelve Nudes

The Lowdown: It’s been a pleasant surprise how much the mighty, blocky anthems of Bruce Springsteen have influenced trans and non-binary singer-songwriters, from the outspoken Laura Jane Grace to former G.L.O.S.S. powerhouse and current Dyke Drama troubadour Sadie Switchblade and the increasingly boisterous Ezra Furman. Maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise, though; Springsteen’s always been