London's Bloc Party capture the essence of a rainy summer day at Atlanta's Music Midtown Festival, winning over a skeptical Jen Cray in the process.
Canadian-bred Hot Hot Heat began their North American tour with an MTV live taping at Orlando's Hard Rock Live. Jen Cray gives us a glimpse.
LouisXIV may be ripping off T. Rex and David Bowie, and they may only know how to write songs about one topic (sex!), yet they're music is irressistibly catchy. Jen Cray is hooked.
Playing their first North American show in support of their latest release, The White Stripes draw a crowd in the tens of thousands for their closing performance on the first night of Atlanta's annual Music Midtown Festival, and Jen Cray gets to scratch out the top name on her list.
The Atlanta Rhythm Section has been together for over 30 years. Michelle LaRose-Hasselbach catches up to them in St. Petersburg and gets the lowdown on touring, their discography, and peeing on the White House lawn.
Andrew Ellis talks to former Jackopierce frontman Cary Pierce about his career and why he feels blessed.
Brian Heater discusses campfires and other people's music with the enigmatic Matt Pond.
Percussion and photography cross paths in Rhythm & Light. Steve Stav gets the beat from Carrie Nuttall, wife of Rush drummer Neil Peart.
Fabric 17 (Fabric Records). Review by Bill Campbell.
All-Star Bluegrass Celebration (Sugar Hill). Review by Tim Wardyn.
85th and Nowhere (Self-Released). Review by Kyrby Raine.
A Celebration of an Ending (Equal Vision). Review by Daniel Mitchell.
Perception (Ultrax Records). Review by Andrew Ellis.
Berlin Djungle (Atavistic). Review by Bob Pomeroy.
The Odds of Winning (Near Records/Redeye). Review by Andrew Ellis.
Cinematic (). Review by Kyrby Raine.
How It Ends (Cicero Recordings). Review by Bob Pomeroy.
Eau Claire (Clairecords). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Suspended Animation (Ipecac). Review by Kiran Aditham.
Give 'em the Boot IV (Hellcat Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.
2 (Magic Marker). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Fragile Illusion (Oceanic). Review by Kyrby Raine.
The Maysun Project (Ascetic Music). Review by Bill Campbell.
Changing Into Me (). Review by Kyrby Raine.
Get It (Anonka Records). Review by Bill Campbell.
Cruel Tutelage (Asian Man). Review by Brian Heater.
Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi (Epic). Review by Bob Pomeroy.
Stop The World (Aware/Columbia). Review by Andrew Ellis.
Everything's a Love Letter (Preservation). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Cosmic Troubadour (Favored Nations). Review by Andrew Ellis.
The Coldest Day (Exile on Mainstream). Review by Daniel Mitchell.
Singles (Epic/Independiente). Review by Andrew Ellis.
In a summer chock-full of remakes, the concept of remaking The Bad News Bears -- a perfect film if there ever was one -- boggles the mind. However, with Billy Bob Thornton pinch-hitting for Walter Matthau, the 21st century Bears tip their hat to the original. Our scout in the bush leagues, Steve Stav, stopped laughing long enough to file his report.
While the story pretty much stays the same, Tim Burton's new take on a classic children's book -- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory -- is missing some of the first film adaptation's essential ingredients. So says our resident critic with a sweet tooth, Steve Stav, in his enlightening review.
Master cinematographer Christopher Doyle collaborates with upcoming Thai filmmaker Pen-ek Ratanauang for the first time on Last Life in the Universe. Aaron Shaul thinks it might be the best film he's seen so far this year.
"Flame on!" With that iconic phrase, Marvel Comics' first super-group -- the Fantastic Four -- finally make their appearance on the big screen this summer. Can Tim Story's presentation of the classic comic book possibly live up to the hype? More importantly, does the movie reach Spider-Man levels of filmmaking genius...or will it join Hulk and Elektra in the dustbin of superhero duds? Our resident Jack Kirby worshipper, Steve Stav, just might have the answer.
A collection of animated short films from around the world, presented by Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt, amuses Carl F Gauze.
After a long absence from the genre that he innovated, Joe Frietze witnesses George Romero's return, to teach the young pups how to make a zombie movie. Land of the Dead hits on all cylinders, serving up classic scares while still moving his overall story along.