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Music Review: Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - A Year with 13 Moons

44 minutes agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Tiny Mix Tapes

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma A Year with 13 Moons [Mexican Summer; 2015] by Birkut Rating: When Jefre Cantu-Ledesma took up his residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts, he began making field recordings on his way to the studio. The recordings...Show More Summary

Movie Review: You won’t need 100 percent of your brain to dismiss The Lazarus Effect

Not a year after Luc Besson built an action thriller around one of the most egregious of bad-science misconceptions, along comes The Lazarus Effect to set the record straight. It’s a myth, insists researcher Niko (Donald Glover), that people use only 10 percent of their brains. Show More Summary

Review: Ian Siegal – One Night In Amsterdam

Ian Siegal – One Night In Amsterdam (Nugene Records: NUG1501) The prolific Ian Siegal, the award-winning British blues and roots performer, releases his second live album within a year – “One Night In Amsterdam” on 9th March – and whereas “Man & Guitar” was precisely that, capturing him in solo acoustic mode – the new […]

California Advocates Score Coastal Commission Voting Record

The California Coastal Commission is the most powerful land use agency in the State and oversees the protection of the coastline. Each year they review over 1,000 applications for some type of coastal development. Advocates have been 'scoring' the Commission for decades to ensure their votes protect our precious coastline. Show More Summary

Why a Missing Review Might Just Be a Huge Compliment

Why a Missing Review Might Just Be a Huge Compliment February 26, 2015 You’ve been a perfect vendor (you might even consider yourself a partner), with a track record of exemplary service and responsiveness. Knowing how important reviews...Show More Summary

“Amadeus” The Movie At 30 – And Everything It Got Wrong About Mozart And Salieri

22 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

BBC Radio 3 presenter Clemency Burton-Hill reviews the liberties writer Peter Shaffer and director Milos Forman took with the historical record (and the device they used to get away with it) – and nevertheless finds that Amadeus is “arguably the finest movie ever made about the process of artistic creation and the unbridgeable gap between […]

Moonstrung Air - Gregory Brown

Moonstrung Air - music by Gregory W Brown; New York Polyphony, The Crossing, Donald Nally, Eric Dudley; Navona Records Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Feb 13 2015 Star rating: 4.0 Contemporary vocal music which showcases the intriguingShow More Summary

Airtame wants to be the Chromecast for enterprises

Review: Danish startup Airtame broke European crowdfunding records on Indiegogo for its HDMI streaming dongle, which is shipping to original backers now. But does it bring anything new?

Review: David Philips – If I Had Wings

David Philips – If I Had Wings (Black & Tan CD BT 041) A rather stunning set this – UK singer and guitarist David is based in Spain and records for this forward-looking Dutch blues label. This is his fourth album, “the one I always wanted to make”, the blurb says. I can believe the […]

Jane Austen reviews ’Fifty Shades of Grey’ by E.L. James

last weekArts / Writing : LitReactor

The bestselling book is now a record breaking movie. Jane Austen, inventor of the Romance novel, decides if 'Fifty Shades of Grey' gives young women good advice on dating and relationships. Column by Cath Murphy Bubble image via Ruffles...Show More Summary

gone into night are all the eyes - Trio Appassionata

Kotcheff, Moe, Kirchner, Ives; Trio Appassionata; Odarek Records Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Feb 11 2015 Star rating: 4.0 Modern piano trios, from Ives through to a new commission in a sequence of well wrought pieces. Trio Appassionata...Show More Summary

Movie Review: An Oscar-nominated anthology offers 6 darkly comic Wild Tales

Assembling an omnibus film is a bit like putting together a rock record: Individual “tracks” can vary in quality, but so long as they’re properly arranged, the whole will feel greater than the sum of its parts. Sequencing is key, for...Show More Summary

Album Review: Screaming Females – Rose Mountain

Six records into their career, the New Brunswick trio are ready to break free.

The Amazing – Picture You (album review)

last weekMusic / Indie Music : HearYa

Christoffer Gunrup, the band’s singer, songwriter and guitarist, had this to say about his new band The Amazing – “I have no idea how to describe the songs [on any of my records]. I like and hate them all equally. If you theorize about the songs, it ruins the tension and passion. Just shut the [...]

Here's the theory that the new Drake album is actually a brilliant maneuver to get out of his record deal

Drake released his unannounced new album, "If You're Reading This It's Too Late," on Valentine's Day. It has since sold 495,000 units, broken Spotify streaming records, and gotten positive reviews out of critics. Despite that success,...Show More Summary

RECORD CRACK: Uncommon Nasa’s “New York Telephone” coming out on vinyl in April

If you picked up Uncommon Nasa’s album last summer called New York Telephone (my review of which can be read by clicking here), you saw that it came out on cassette or maybe you downloaded it and liked it a lot but hoped it would be out on vinyl. No luck then but now, it’s […]

Review: Girls With Guitars – Eliana Cargnelutti, Sadie Johnson & Heather Crosse

Review for ELIANA CARGNELUTTI, SADIE JOHNSON, HEATHER CROSSE – CD – ‘Girls With Guitars’ -2015 – Ruff Records – RUF1211 A mixed collection of rock and rhythm and blues on this album ‘Girls With Guitars’. The three girls are – Eliana Cargnelutti on guitar and vocals, from northern Italy, Sadie Johnson on guitar and vocals, […]

Lakers' Week 16 in review

The Lakers hit the All-Star break with a six-game losing streak and a 13-40 record. The team played two games in Week 16, losing to the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers.

Postal inspector general begins second review of mail-surveillance program

The Postal Service inspector general’s office is doing its second review of a controversial surveillance program that allows law-enforcement agencies to intercept suspects’ mail items before they are delivered to record their information. Show More Summary

Music Review: Juan Manuel Castrillo - El Coro de Arasy

Juan Manuel Castrillo El Coro de Arasy [Gruenrekorder; 2014] by Birkut Rating: El Coro de Arasy is a single-track field recording captured at night in Parque Nacional Calilegua, Argentina. It’s a bold and political work that separates varying degrees of distance between the recording equipment and the furthest inflection of natural resonance. Show More Summary

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