Listening Booth: K. Adem; The Deafening Colors

That classic pop sound is not dead. In fact, as synths continue to roll across the landscape like battalions of tanks, the indie music scene is kind of exploding with pop’s possibilities.

Working his folk edge into a 4-song EP, Kyle ...

Comics Review: “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”

Take recently undead Egyptian mummies, charming preppie copycat serial killers, a recently transplanted detective from England who had to suffer the indignities of a sofa stuck in the stairwell, and jumble them together. Sounds like an uncomfortable fit, but that’s what ...

Brand Identification: An Afterthought

I have no reason to discuss the finale of AMC’s lauded Mad Men. There’s plenty of talk already about it, and I’m sure we’ll have at least a couple days more as well. But one thing that we will have plenty ...

CD Review: Kurt Baker Combo, “Muy Mola Live!”

One of the more memorable skits from WFMU’s The Best Show with Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster involved a character, spoken of fearfully by an underling, who called himself Power Pop Pop Pop. Quad P (for short) is a dictator and ...

Something From The Meat Case, Linda?

You’ll get over the retirement of David Letterman. I know it doesn’t seem that way right now, but it will happen. Late night is particularly flighty, and you’ve already gotten over Craig Ferguson (or was it Kilborn?) For those who watched Leno, ...

CD Review: Aisles, “4:45 AM”

The most difficult balance to strike in music is that of respecting the influences that brought you to the stage without being a parody of those same influences. If you listen to enough music, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Every ...

That Moment When You’re Over It

Nearly twenty years ago, Kansas released their album Freaks Of Nature. I’m not here to speculate why the album is not revered as a lost classic. I’m not here to agree with the low sales numbers and throw more shovels of dirt ...

CD Review: Blur, “The Magic Whip”

If you have heard Parklife, The Great Escape, or Modern Life Is Rubbish, you’ll probably still enjoy the British band Blur’s latest, The Magic Whip, but there will be little denying what a pastiche of themselves the record represents.

A lot of ...

Blu-ray Review: “Interstellar”

In a nutshell: Science fiction epic gets the science correct, but more importantly, is an emotional tearjerker that occasionally stumbles over its best intentions. Even so, it is a worthwhile viewing and a terrific entertainment.

The Spoiler Alert: There may be descriptions ...

“The Big Get” And The Jon Stewart Loss

As the weeks advance, what the viewership will lose when Jon Stewart leaves The Daily Show comes into clearer focus. His replacement Trevor Noah was announced this week, and immediately problems arose regarding the choice. This is not about that. It ...

CD Review: Riki Michele, “Push”

Riki Michele had the cards stacked against her when she went solo in the very early 1990s, often unfairly. I enjoy her solo stuff, particularly 1993’s One Moment Please, but she was coming from the highly influential band Adam Again. Her ...

Comics Review: “Walter Simonson’s Ragnarok”

One of the most exciting new comics out there isn’t exactly “new,” historically speaking, and it isn’t being brought to you by a brash upstart enamored with the freedoms of the modern comics industry. And if you haven’t added it to ...

“Coach” Comes Off The Bench

The flashbacks continue. On March 26, NBC announced the return of Hayden Fox, the character that toplined the ’90s ABC sitcom Coach. Reports do not indicate whether the new show will also be called Coach or whether it will assume a new ...

Pearl Jam Bring Citizen Dick To Record Store Day

If you remember the ’90s movie Singles, helmed by Cameron Crowe, you’ll recall the band Citizen Dick. Or rather, you’ll recall Pearl Jam stalwarts Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament’s implausible backstory about the band and their one hit, ...

Does The Governator Have The Right Stuff In “Maggie”?

Well before his political days, action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in a flick called End Of Days. Biblically-speaking,  the end of days is the culmination of signs and wonders speaking of the last battle of heaven and hell. One of those very ...

Kerosene Halo Rises Over A House On Fire

Returning for a second volley of folk-fueled music, Michael Roe and Derri Daugherty — collectively known as Kerosene Halo — are thinking ambitiously. For their “House On Fire” Kickstarter project, the duo seeks to expand to a larger band. The ...

CD Review: Toto, “Toto XIV”

It was the story that threatened to overshadow the album. As early as six years ago, famed guitarist Steve “Luke” Lukather said during promotions for his solo album that the prospects for new Toto music was slim, and probably non-existent. He was ...

Comics Review: Howard The Duck #1

You better believe we’re going to spoiler it up in here, so consider yourself warned.

When I heard that Marvel was going to bring back Howard The Duck, I thought it was exactly what was needed for the times. In its ...

CD Review: And How, “The Twisted Trees”

Envy, aside from being one of the Seven Deadly Sins, is also a pretty effective motivator. As illustration of this, one needs to look back to the friendly rivalry between The Beatles and the Beach Boys in the 1960’s. Upon hearing ...

5 Musicians Who Were Kicked In The Butt By Love

They say write what you know. Ordinarily that’s good advice…unless what you write becomes hugely famous and popular, and the content is about moments of heartbreak and distress in your life. Here are five musicians, or rather three and one double-dipper, ...

CD Review: Steven Wilson, “Hand Cannot Erase”

It has been a while since I could be fully supportive of a Steven Wilson project. It’s not a residual issue with his apparent forsaking of Porcupine Tree. If we were to get into the weeds with that, PT was a ...

Vinyl Review: (The) Silos, “Cuba”

With much respect to Walter Salas-Humara, the leader of the band The Silos, everything you really need to know about them, you’ll learn from their first three albums. These are the records that also featured bandmember Bob Rupe who, in later ...

In Memoriam: Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)

So we’re talking about Nimoy, huh? Okay. Fine.

But how about this. Let’s not talk about Spock; or at least, let’s talk about Spock at a remove. The Star Trek franchise was at yet another crossroads between life and death. The public ...

CD Review: No More Pain, “The Post-Human Condition”

This is a great time for music types other than pop, so far as the album format is concerned. As pop music continues its trudge toward becoming a totally separate entity, single-contained and no longer conjoined within the album’s puzzle work, the ...