alt-J thrives on weird, high-brow art-rock

alt-J thrives on weird, high-brow art-rock

alt-J rocketed to international fame on the back of their debut album, 2012's An Awesome Wave.



The continuing impact of Urban Cowboy, the movie that brought country and pop music together

1980 was a confusing time for America.


Singer-songwriter Brian Stai has found support in the Spokane music scene

It never hurts to ask. That's what floated through Spokane-based singer-songwriter Brian Stai's mind when he was ready to record his sophomore album, Your Dreams.


Soccer Mommy's Sophie Allison talks fast success, sexism and her strong new album Clean

The transition from high school to college can be rough, especially when you're moving far from home, away from friends and family into the Great Unknown. That was even more dramatically so for Sophie Allison when she left Nashville for New York University two years ago.


YouTube star Mac Lethal brings his lightning-fast raps and sharp sense of humor to Spokane

If you go to YouTube and search for "Astounding Rapper Mac Lethal," you'll find a video of rapper Mac Lethal's 2014 appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Watch the clip.


Seattle band Kinski continue to expand their distinct sound in their second decade

Twenty years can sneak up on you. When the Seattle-based Kinski started playing shows in the late 1990s, the band didn't have many aspirations beyond landing a few bar gigs.


Indie-rock duo Kolars uses tap dancing, behind-the-curtain magic to wow audiences

The Los Angeles-based rock duo known as Kolars has cultivated an image. Frontman Rob Kolar digs sparkly guitars and pompadours, while drummer Lauren Brown rocks glitzy costumes on stage.


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Revisiting The Big Lebowski - and the cult surrounding its slacker hero - 20 years later

"... sometimes there's a man — I won't say 'hero,' 'cause what's a hero?..."


Bristling with life, humor and a little menace, Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs is a stop-motion delight

Wes Anderson's ninth feature film, the delirious and heartwarming Isle of Dogs, sees the director maintaining a hot streak initiated by his first foray into stop-motion animation, 2009's excellent Fantastic Mr. Fox. After a mid-career sink into bitter, frustrating films about sad and unapproachable man-children, Anderson course-corrected with Mr. Fox and has since continued to use his peerless imaginative powers for good.


Borg vs. McEnroe treats the desire for competition as a deranged pathology

Casting Shia LaBeouf as tennis bad boy John McEnroe is something of a self-reflexive gesture: Here are two men whose erratic, volatile public personae have eclipsed their respective talents, and whose most outrageous behavior represents either severe psychic breaks or obnoxious performative affectations. LaBeouf is actually the best thing about the docudrama Borg vs. McEnroe, an unrelentingly earnest depiction of the manufactured rivalry that developed between McEnroe and Swedish tennis pro Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason).


Chappaquiddick is a well-cast - if a bit dry - film about a 1969 political scandal

Honesty is always the best policy.


A Quiet Place is an unbearably tense horror movie, and it barely makes any noise

Welcome to a whole new apocalypse. Humanity has been contemplating its own end since before we could even pull it off ourselves (like with nuclear weapons or genetically engineered viruses, or whatever), but we have never before conceived of anything like A Quiet Place.


Blockers is a much sweeter R-rated comedy than its seemingly retrograde premise would suggest

Here's the premise for Blockers. Three parents discover that their daughters, fast friends since kindergarten, have vowed to each lose their virginity on the night of their senior high school prom.


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