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Film + TV
The Purchase of The Egyptian: Why Netflix Needs a Pyramid

Is the acquisition of an iconic Hollywood theater by a streaming giant another sign of the demise of cinema, or the new status quo?

November 06, 2019
You’re Alone, But You’re Not: Falling, and Getting Back Up, with Andrew W.K.

In the wake of a frustrating unplugged set, rock’s leading party philosopher addresses failure, his first record in nine years, and—of course—the parameters of the party mindset.

July 12, 2018

2016. Muuy Biien at Stopover. photo by Michael Morales

Staff Picks
Pourin’ One Out: Four Promising Atlanta Bands That Called It Quits in 2017

…and four that thankfully didn’t.

February 05, 2018
Real Estate, “In Mind”

Like previous Real Estate records, “In Mind” washes over the listener, pleasantly blending into the background.

March 15, 2017

2016. Capsula at Stopover. photo by Adam Valeiras

Savannah Stopover Music Festival 2016: An Old Town Hosts New Talent

Featuring a massive billing of developing names in humble venues, the Georgia festival presented a low-key option for those looking for an alternative to SXSW—or a pit stop for those on their way to it.

March 16, 2016

Car Seat Headrest / photo by Michael Morales

LIVE: Car Seat Headrest Pull in to Atlanta (12/10/2015)

Up-and-coming Matador signee Will Toledo and his band go cruising through the ATL.

December 15, 2015

2015. Protomartyr The Agent Intellect cover hi res

Protomartyr, “The Agent Intellect”

Protomartyr’s third album, “The Agent Intellect,” does a superb job evoking its title, the origin of which stems from a classical and medieval philosophy regarding the concept of active reasoning—it’s the conscious mental action of converting potential or passive thought into something human.

October 19, 2015

2015. Here We Go Magic Be Small cover hi res

Here We Go Magic, “Be Small”

What stings about “Be Small,” though, is that its incredibly catchy and glossy sound suggests an emotional quality that the album at times lacks.

October 14, 2015
Shaky Knees 2015: My Beer Is Warm, But It’s Still Cooler Than the Sun

One of the best lineups of the season came together last week in Atlanta.

May 14, 2015

2015. Passion Pit, “Kindred”

Passion Pit, “Kindred”

With “Kindred,” Michael Angelakos has crafted ten sun-splashed songs just in time for summer, but he’s lost some of Passion Pit’s musicality along the way.

April 20, 2015

2015. Shlohmo, “Dark Red”

Shlohmo, “Dark Red”

Henry Laufer—a.k.a. Shlohmo—has crafted a somewhat pessimistic image for himself through his lyricless (and often reclusive and angsty) production.

April 10, 2015

2015. Vetiver, “Complete Strangers”

Vetiver, “Complete Strangers”

Since the early 2000s, Vetiver has existed more as a moniker for songwriter Andy Cabic than an established Bay Area band.

March 27, 2015

2015. Twin Shadow, “Eclipse” art

Twin Shadow, “Eclipse”

With this latest full-length, Lewis attempts to create an album more confessional than “Confess,” “Eclipse”’s immediate predecessor.

March 17, 2015

2015. Beech Creeps, “Beech Creeps” album art

Beech Creeps, “Beech Creeps”

“Beech Creeps” plays like a live album in both production and structure, as if the songs were loosely composed and then spontaneously expounded upon within the studio.

March 04, 2015

2014. Merchandise, “After The End” album art.

Merchandise, “After the End”

On After the End, the songs are more concise and grounded in form, but beyond that, the band’s working punk formula doesn’t seem far altered.

August 26, 2014
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