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    The Shallows Review
    Posted in: Movies

    Dark water is scary. Like, really scary. It’s a common trend in horror films. And a trend that isn’t likely to fall off anytime soon. But if it does, it’ll be the next example of a horror revival, since the fear of the unknown isn’t something that’s likely to go away. The Shallows is the next in […]

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    Love & Mercy Review
    Posted in: Featured, Movies

    As a child, there wasn’t a roadtrip my family took without the Endless Summer cassette playing our way across the endless terrain that my dad insisted on driving. Sure, there were plenty of surf classics on there, but my brother and I were always partial to some of the mid-tape songs such as “Girl Don’t Tell Me.” […]

  • Some Underappreciated Beach Boys Songs
    Posted in: Featured, Music

    I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say most of us have grown up with The Beach Boys. When you were a kid you’d hear them on the radio, your mom or dad bopping along to every bah-bah-bah of “Barbara Ann”. Their carefree, sunny hits probably introduced you to surfing and fast cars, and who […]

  • Dare to Be Stupendous: The Poster Art of Ryan Duggan
    Posted in: Books, Music

    I have this fantasy that every city has its own amazing concert poster artist. You know the kind of posters I’m talking about: the screen-printed, bright-colored works of art you see at the best bars and venues. The thick-stocked signs you tear down and steal the moment you realize you’re going to the show. This […]

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    Poltergeist: A Retrospective Review
    Posted in: Featured, Movies, Stuff You Watch

    Oh, it’s here, and this one hurt. Walking into this, I, like most horror veterans, knew it’d be terrible, but I ended up leaving the theater absolutely mortified and disgusted; mortified by the craptastic quality, and disgusted by the positive reactions of the audience, who probably don’t know what they’re missing in an age where […]

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    The Pros and Cons of a Ready Player One Film
    Posted in: Books, Featured, Movies

    Ernest Cline’s ode to all things gaming, ’80s, and nerdy was fated to be a film from the moment it was published. I learned only a few days ago that last month, Steven Spielberg signed on to direct the Ready Player One film that Cline himself and a handful of other screenwriters have been working […]

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    Unfriended Review
    Posted in: Movies

    Where to begin with this one… The mere existence of Unfriended feels like an insult to horror altogether. To me, it comes across as a corporate cash in designed to cater to the MTV tweens with unlikable, market-theorized, poorly written high school stereotypes using the latest “hip” technology for cheap scares. Toss in some “happening” […]

  • Mikal Cronin – MCIII Review
    Posted in: Featured, Music

    Mikal Cronin MCIII Merge May 4, 2015 Mikal Cronin is a grower. The 29-year-old Californian has three albums under his belt, and MCIII, his latest, feels like a personal culmination. He’s been readying himself for this, pushing his mature garage rock on each release. On his self-titled, the occasional Beach Boy harmony and flute solo. […]

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    The Heart Review
    Posted in: Podcasts

    A month or so ago, a friend of mine gchatted me. “I have a podcast I think you’ll really like,” she said. “It’s flame.” The Heart, she said, when I pressed her. Have you heard of it? No, I hadn’t heard of it. But I had a 40-minute commute ahead of me and I was […]

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    Sufjan Stevens at the Riverside Theater (4/23)
    Posted in: Music

    Sufjan Stevens as an artist always seemed to me as something of a recluse when it comes to his public life and persona. Never one to shy away from a large project, (a 5-disc Christmas album for example), Sufjan Stevens has allowed his musical work to speak more for himself than any publicity in recent […]