Waxahatchee – “Early Recordings” Review
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Waxahatchee – “Early Recordings” Review

WAXAHATCHEE – Early Recordings (Merge EP): Record labels release ephemera like throwaway EPs stuffed with poor quality demos of living artists as though they were bequeathing gifts to a larger audience that missed the recording-in-question’s original run, though usually such releases are little more than easy-to-swallow in-between-album snacks meant to fill you for a moment … Continue reading

“The Conjuring 2” Review: Apparitions in the UK
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“The Conjuring 2” Review: Apparitions in the UK

James Wan’s horror sequel has a British accent, and it’s not all that convincing ***WARNING: This review contains spoilers*** The Conjuring 2 (dir. James Wan): Renowned horror director James Wan brings famous ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren back to the big screen—this time relocating their specter inspection from rural New England to urban London. … Continue reading

Hamilton Leithauser & Paul Maroon – “I Could Have Sworn”
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Hamilton Leithauser & Paul Maroon – “I Could Have Sworn”

HAMILTON LEITHAUSER & PAUL MAROON – I Could Have Sworn (Leithauser & Leithauser EP): So similar did songs like “I Don’t Need Anyone” and “Bless Your Heart” from Leithauser’s 2014 solo debut Black Hours sound like lost Walkmen tracks that the prevailing assumption was he couldn’t shake the signature sound the indie rock group had … Continue reading

Parquet Courts – “Human Performance” Review
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Parquet Courts – “Human Performance” Review

PARQUET COURTS – Human Performance (Rough Trade): The best punk outfit in the country has always had great riffs—“Black and White” and “Pretty Machines” and “You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now”—but with rare exception were those riffs the prime motivator to pull you into the words, or let you forget them altogether. Unlike Content Nausea’s hellish … Continue reading