We break down why the Jesus and Mary Chain is so much more than their most famous single
Few bands in rock history are held in such a high regard, despite their total disinterest in crowd-pleasing, as the Jesus and Mary Chain. They're often credited as being among the originators of shoegaze, but more than anything, lead songwriting duo (and brothers) Jim and William Reid controlled their sound more like a punk band with a penchant for surf rock, '60s girl groups and sickeningly serrated guitar feedback.
Folk duo Penny & Sparrow exorcise fears on their latest album, Wendigo
In Native American folklore, a wendigo is a mythological monster that possesses humans and drives them to commit heinous, violent acts. Wendigo is also the name of the latest LP from Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke, better known as Penny & Sparrow, and, appropriately, it's an exploration of what scares us and why.
New Jersey trio Screaming Females are committed to long-term personal relationships and capturing musical honesty on tape
Screaming Females have been playing together for more than a decade, and they've never settled into a traditional album-and-tour cycle. Most bands of their stature crank out an LP every couple of years, then hit the road after each one.
Seattle rapper Grieves, known for his emotionally blistering verses, gets refreshingly light on his latest album
Grieves has always used music to talk about what's happening in his life. After tackling dark subject matter like addiction, heartbreak and living in poverty on his third and fourth records — Together/Apart (2011) and Winter & the Wolves (2014) — Grieves was typecast as an emo rapper.
Palehound brings its fuzzily intimate indie rock to Spokane
The centerpiece of Palehound's excellent new album A Place I'll Always Go feels almost hidden. It's an outro, really — the final 33 seconds of a song called "If You Met Her" that runs nearly four minutes in total.
Asian-American rock band the Slants became unsuspecting First Amendment advocates, and they rock, too
The Slants might be the only active band that's as well known within legal circles as it is amongst pop-punk die-hards. Earlier this year, the Portland dance-rock quartet were on the winning side of a landmark Supreme Court case, which was put into motion when Slants founder and bassist Simon Tam was denied a trademark for his band's name.
Grammy-winning songwriter Sarah Jarosz has a musical ear well beyond her 26 years
Sarah Jarosz has already had a lot of career highlights, starting as a pre-adolescent bluegrass prodigy, landing a record deal when she was still in high school and evolving into a daring multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who collaborates with some of the biggest names in acoustic music circles. Even with critical accolades and the respect of her musician peers, there was no denying the excitement she felt at this year's Grammy Awards, where she took home the trophy for Best Folk Album for her 2016 release Undercurrent.
Heartworms is a welcome return to the Shins' quirky early sound
T here's a stretch of songs on Heartworms — the Shins' fifth album, released in March — that sounds and feels very much descended from the band's 2001 debut album, Oh, Inverted World.
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Jo Nesbø's best-selling novel The Snowman becomes a tedious, mind-boggling big-screen procedural
He's a drunk — like, a seriously falling-down, passed-out-in-the-streets drunk — and a walking personal disaster. His ex just can't live with him anymore, and refuses to tell their teenage son that he is, in fact, the kid's dad.
The Foreigner finds Jackie Chan getting serious in the name of revenge
Physicality has always been the core of Jackie Chan's performances. Over the past 40 years, he's built a reputation as cinema's premiere stunt star, and almost inarguably the top physical comedian in the post-silent-film area.
Cold, cerebral and epic in scope, Blade Runner 2049 is a worthy, visually stunning successor to a sci-fi watershed
How appropriate that Blade Runner 2049 should turn out to be something different than it initially appears. This is an introspective, cold, leisurely paced arthouse film disguised as a big-budget franchise cash-in, one that often gets lost in its own thoughts, drifting off in a reverie of some of the most stunning visuals ever projected.
Emma Stone and Steve Carell go head-to-head in Battle of the Sexes, an urgent, entertaining piece of sports history
There's that saying: Two steps forward, one step back. With feminism, it's more like half a baby step forward, a dozen steps back.
Sex-positive and adults-only, the touring version of Dan Savage's popular HUMP! Film Festival makes its Spokane debut this weekend
The very notion of watching adult entertainment on a big screen probably inspires thoughts of dingy X-rated theaters that have long since closed, and of creepy old dudes in trench coats with collars pulled high enough to cover their faces. That may be a pastime that has since gone the way of the VCR, but HUMP!
The entertaining true-crime film American Made is a lot like its star: stylish, charming and dead behind the eyes
American Made, based on the true story of commercial airline pilot-turned-international criminal mastermind Barry Seal, hits a lot of the same beats as GoodFellas, though it misses some it tries to hit, too. By the time that Barry, in his gleeful voice-over narration, says, "The money was coming in faster than I could launder it," I felt like I'd seen this all before, and done better.
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