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.

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“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 ...

Radio Review: Invisibilia

Public radio shows are usually very good at self-policing. The shows that fit the stereotypes of public broadcasting — of being high-minded and instructional, having an over-inflated air of self-value and an overall demeanor of being, yuck, good for you — tend ...

2014 Music Wrap-Up, Lest We Forget

It’s that time of year again. No, I don’t mean Christmas. I mean it is the time of year when reviewers look back on all the materials they received in the year, and have to come up with their Top Ten Lists, ...

CD Review: Bryan Ferry, “Avonmore”

The good news, perhaps the best news, is that Bryan Ferry’s newest album Avonmore is his strongest material in many moons. It somehow finds the sweet spot that he inhabited during the remarkable period between Roxy Music’s Avalon, and his solo ...

Dw Dunphy’s Top 10 Albums Of 2014

It’s that time of year again, when music reviewers attempt to convince you that their ten favorite records either are better than your ten favorites, or serve to justify your opinion of your own taste, or more likely justify your discrediting music ...

Bill Cosby’s Un-Interview

Into the absence of an explanation, the public will provide their own. It’s a human compulsion to find a linking narrative when those strands are not available. When discussing a scandal, both criminal and unthinkable to the average person, the mind immediately ...

CD Review: Steve Taylor and the Perfect Foil, “Goliath”

It was almost like a countdown. Four years ago on his Facebook page, former rock singer/present movie maker Steve Taylor posted a picture of himself doing that awful, downcast stare that has graced nearly every Stanley Kubrick movie. The look projects ...

CD Review: Robin Aigner, “Con Tender”

I’ve determined that I could not listen to Robin Aigner sing the telephone book.

I suppose the general usage of this verbal chestnut is meant to be complimentary, and heaven help me, I may have used it in that manner once ...

DVD Review: “The Merv Griffin Show”

In the very late 1970s the world of talk shows was beginning to change. This was primarily thanks to the outsized efforts of Johnny Carson and the Tonight Show. Prior to Carson, comedy had played a part in the format, but not ...