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Film Review: Can You Ever Forgive Me? Brings a Stranger-Than-Fiction Story to Film

The Pitch: No one wants to read a biography about Fanny Brice. That’s a reality that biographer Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) stubbornly refuses to face, even as her rent falls months behind, her relationship with her agent (Jane Curtin) grows ever more strained, and her vet refuses to take a look at her sick cat

TV Review: Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting of Hill House Screams of Stephen King

The Pitch: Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House is one of the few horror stories that’s held in the same regard as A Farewell to Arms, The Catcher in the Rye, or even The Great Gatsby. Since its 1959 publication, the gothic novel has influenced heavyweights such as Master of Horror Stephen King and

Live Review: Phil Collins’ Return to the Stage Comes Stateside to Florida (10/5)

Setting the Stage: Back in early 2016, Phil Collins told us there was no tour. He’d like to do “a few shows,” but lapping the globe wasn’t in the cards, especially while coping with the nerve damage that benched him for years. But in 2017, a series of big-ticket comeback residencies in Europe billed as

Album Review: Voivod Return With Dynamic Concept Opus, The Wake

The Lowdown: Voivod have always had a style all their own. The Canadian thrash/prog veterans have broken all kinds of musical boundaries since their 1982 formation. The band’s trajectory has soared since 2013’s Target Earth, followed by 2016’s EP, Post Society. On its 14th studio album, The Wake, the band continues its post-apocalyptic, sci-fi creations across

Film Review: Bad Times at the El Royale Wears Its Influences on Its Sleeve

The Pitch: Writer-director Drew Goddard applies the byzantine plotting he mastered in The Cabin In the Woods to the crime-thriller genre. When an assortment of colorful guests descend on the El Royale — a novelty hotel split along the state lines of Nevada and California — it becomes clear that no one is quite who they say they are.

Album Review: Piano & A Microphone 1983 Makes for a Fascinating First Release from Prince’s Vault

The Lowdown: “Is that my echo?” Prince asks of the empty space that opens Piano & A Microphone 1983, before unloading both barrels into a propulsive, syncopated version of “17 Days”. The nine songs on Piano & A Microphone are not mere echoes of the late icon’s power; instead, this recording offers further glimpses of

Live Review: Modern Life Is War refuse to grow old at Denver show (9/15)

Setting the Stage:  Modern Life Is War may just be the most accessible hardcore band of all time. To the cultists of heavy, that might sound like a bad thing; a big appeal of punk and metal subgenres is their inaccessibility to the larger music culture, a secret shared by weirdos in sweaty basements all