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Album Review: Pig Destroyer’s Sonic Evolution Continues on Head Cage

The Lowdown: After a six-year gap between albums, Pig Destroyer’s sixth disc, Head Cage, acts not just as a followup to their previous LP, Book Burner, but also to all the various experiments guitarist Scott Hull has undertaken between then and now, both in Pig Destroyer and his other grind band Agoraphobic Nosebleed. With the

Classic Film Review: True Romance Remains A Sweet, Distinctly Male Movie

When True Romance was released in theaters 25 years ago this week, “a Tarantino movie” wasn’t something audiences and critics could rely on as shorthand. You say that now, and it evokes a very particular kind of image: dialogue packed with references to pop cultural arcana, brutal-yet-stylish violence with a particular emphasis on the body-ripping power of

TIFF Film Review: Halloween Delivers Tricks, Treats, and Decent Fan Fiction to Series

The following review is part of our coverage of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Watching the 2018 edition of Halloween often feels like reading a decent fan fiction. This isn’t necessarily a criticism. Fanfic is a valid vital part of any fandom, and there’s plenty of it out there that rivals the best canon

Paul McCartney, 'Egypt Station': Album Review

No matter how hard aging artists try, there’s no turning back time. Or stopping it, for that matter. But that hasn’t deterred countless rock legends over the past two decades from trying to reclaim the victories of their youths on works that range from admirably noble to downright embarrassing. In the five years since Paul McCartney’s

Album Review: Troye Sivan Oozes a Breathy Charm Across the Dreamy and Sexy Bloom

The Lowdown: Troye Sivan built an Internet following on the strength of a charming video blog, but don’t let the YouTube creds put you off. His debut album, 2015’s Blue Neighborhood, would have been buzzworthy even if Sivan hadn’t brought his own buzz. With dreamy synthscapes, personal writing, and help from some talented writer-producers, Blue

Film Review: BlacKkKlansman Finds Spike Lee At His Best and Boldest

Walking out of BlacKkKlansman, one can’t help but feel electrified. A late-summer entry amidst the seat-shakers of the last three months, here is something deeply substantial and remarkably satisfying. Here’s a sublime work that is full-blooded, historically inventive, hilarious, and heartbreaking. Stylish and thoughtful, Spike Lee is motivated on this one, and it shows. It

Film Review: The Meg Chews on the Scenery and Swims to Late-Summer Success

The Pitch: Miles off the Shanghai coast, oceanographers at a remote research institute have discovered a trench even deeper than the Marianas, one which would become the deepest part of the ocean on record. By penetrating a thermal layer, a ragtag group of explorers and rogues gain entry to the trench, where they discover an entirely