Here we are once again to look back, gather up and make sense of the news week that was. If you feel something might have flown under your radar, here's your chance to catch back up.
First off, it was straight-up huge week for new album announcements. Leading the pack, though, was none other than the long-absent Sleater-Kinney, who announced No Cities to Love. The album marks the trio's first since 2005's The Woods, meaning it's indeed been a decade since we last heard from Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss.
The colder weather is sneaking its way into October, so what better way to spend the end of the workweek than by checking out some new movies at your local cinema? Each and every Friday, we compile a list of reviews of this week's must watch films. Let us help you with your decision via the reviews described below. Then, if you're looking for more, stop by our Recently Reviewed section for more suggestions on what films to spend your hard earned dollars on this weekend.
First up on the list, we have Ouija, based on the creepy, spirit-searching board game. What's to come of this group of teens who dabble with dark magic? Is it worth the nostalgic, spooky walk down memory lane? Read on to find out if this teen-centric horror flick is worth checking out.
Next up, for all the Bill Murray fans, is St. Vincent, which happens to be director Theodore Melfi's first feature-length debut. The question is posed: Will this be Murray's shot at an Oscar win? Check out the film review to find out if this could be his chance.
1000 Times Good Night stars Juliette Binoche, who plays a Western war photographer in the Middle East. The film was highly influenced by the Norwegian director Erik Poppe's own experience as a war photographer. Read our review to see if it's worth buying a ticket to.
Last, but absolutely not least, is the Sundance and Cannes Film Festival audience pleaser Whiplash. The film stars J.K. Simmons, who plays a music teacher from hell at a prestigious music school with intimidating teaching methods. Find out if this film will have you marching to the beat of the drum all the way to the theatres by reading our review first.
For more, check out our Recently Reviewed section for additional film reviews every day.
Busy Icelandic score composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has previously played with Swedish experimentalist BJ Nilsen in a self-described "electro horror" band called Evil Madness. Now, the two have re-teamed for the soundtrack of director Anders Morgenthaler's film I Am Here. An Amazon listing reveals that the soundtrack will be released digitally through Ash International on December 1. The score will be also released overseas on vinyl; Kudos Records in the UK lists this as coming out on November 10. An announcement notes that the score finds Jóhannsson and Nilsen joined by cellist...Read More
Though Amebix called it quits for the second time back at the end of 2012, the classic UK crust crew's catalogue is being revived via an upcoming deluxe edition of their debut LP, Arise! Originally delivered in 1985 via Alternative Tentacles and re-released by the imprint in 2000, this latest, expended version of Arise! lands November 3 in the UK through the outfit's own Amebix Records. It's set to arrive in North American retailers November 25. The first disc of the double-CD edition houses a newly remastered version of the original nine-song album and extra cuts "Right...Read More
After having served up a steady stream of classic soundtracks over the last few years, Death Waltz Recording Company has now announced a new reissue from one of the scoring world's greatest treasures: Ennio Morricone. A deluxe vinyl pressing of the master composer's work for Lucio Fulci's 1971 giallo film Una Lucertola Con La Pelle Di Donna (a.k.a. A Lizard in a Woman's Skin) officially goes up for sale this weekend. A press release confirms that copies of the double LP will be on sale this Sunday (October 26). While versions of the score had previously been issued on CD and...Read More
English artist Lĺpsley (a.k.a. Holly Fletcher) has been making waves online this year with a series of singles, catching the ear of plenty of new listeners. This includes the people at XL Recordings, who now report that it has brought the singer-producer into its stable for an EP release in the new year. A press release confirms that Fletcher's first release for the imprint will be the four-song Understudy EP, which arrives January 5 digitally and on 12-inch vinyl. Described as "mixing sparse, minimal electronic production with gorgeous, emotive songwriting," the EP starts off...Read More
Ryan Hemsworth has steadily become one of Canada's most prolific electronic artists, so much so that it's hard to keep up with everything the Halifax-raised beatcrafter bumps out of his laptop. Helping just a smidge, Hemsworth has unleashed a monstrous, career-spanning digital box set comprising online albums, singles and more. Hemsworth Country landed today (October 25) through BitTorrent. Up for grabs in the package are his 2011 Distorted LP with Shady Blaze, as well as EPs like Still Awake, Last Words, Kitsch Genius, No Plans and A Way....Read More
Chris Walla recently left his post in Death Cab for Cutie, but clearly his former bandmates aren't dragging their heels. They've already started working on a new album, and they've shed some light on what it's like to be working without the longtime member. Death Cab are now a trio, and their upcoming LP will be their first without Walla as a producer. In his place, Rich Costey (Interpol, Muse, Vampire Weekend) is behind the boards. "I feel that this band has worn two different hats over the years; the albums tend to be fairly lush and atmospheric, and the live shows have tended...Read More
Morrissey's label woes with Harvest Records may soon be over, as the singer has suggested in his latest blog post that "several record labels" are contemplating re-releasing his recent, controversy-stirring World Peace Is None of Your Business. The latest bit of news comes via the True to You site, embedded within a tour recap. While the specifics are slim, Moz is suggesting that the collection could soon be given new life by being reissued, repackaged and reevaluated by another imprint. "There are several record labels interested in releasing World peace is none of...Read More
Vancouver hip-hop unit Swollen Members are taking a bit of a timeout from promoting this year's Brand New Day, but that's not stopping the Prevail from hitting the road to plug his solo material. The West Coast rapper has revealed he's heading back to clubs this fall for a tour with some other West Coast brethren. The newly revealed "The West Coast Renaissance Tour" will have Prevail in the marquee spot, but it will also feature sets from Sweatshop Union's Kyprios, rising Vancouver rapper Neph, BC rap group Indelible, J. Dohe and Stompdown Killaz's Prada West. The trip kicks off at...Read More
If you'd like to see the Klaxons play live, then you'd better make plans to be in Europe, Japan or Mexico in the upcoming months, since the British band have announced that their upcoming tour will be their last. They made the big reveal on their social media accounts today (October 24), explaining that this will be the list time they ever head out on a headline tour. After what's been nearly 9 bananas years we'd like to let you know that we've decided the upcoming dates will be our last headline tour ✌&❤— Klaxons (@klaxons) October 24, 2014 The Klaxons have...Read More
Glenn Danzig clearly loves his fanbase tender, as it's been revealed that in addition to that previously confirmed set of Elvis covers, the metal/punk veteran will also be delivering a new album of original material later in 2015. On top of that, he has a pile of other new projects on the go, including a contribution to much-loved zombie TV series The Walking Dead. Though details are slim, a new interview with the Examiner has Danzig hinting that a new studio album from his long-running titular project should arrive by the fall of 2015. Though it's unclear if he's begun...Read More
Dutch composer/lutenist Jozef Van Wissem teamed up with Jim Jarmusch for a couple of high-profile collaborations in recent years, but he's since returned to his solo career. His latest album is It Is Time for You to Return, which will be out on December 2 through Crammed Discs. While this is billed as a solo effort, Jarmusch makes a guest appearance, alongside Lebanese singer Yasmine Hamdan. Chilean filmmaker Domingo Garcia-Huidobro additionally contributes electronic programming to two cuts. For a taste of the album, scroll past the tracklist to check out the video for "Love...Read More
We knew that sometime this fall She & Him would be paying tribute to pop standards on their upcoming covers album Classics. And while many of the album details have remained under wraps, we finally now know when the adorable duo of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward will give us said album: December 2 for their new label home Columbia Records. As an added bonus, they also shared a brand new cover off the collection. If you head over to She & Him's website and tune the radio to 1202 AM, you'll hear the duo's version of Dusty Springfield's "Stay Awhile." They do their best to make...Read More
New material from the Decemberists may be on the way, and they're rolling it out old school. Frontman Colin Meloy announced via Twitter that he'll be busking new Decemberists songs on the streets of New York City this morning (October 24). Positioned at the corner of Bedford and 7th, he's "the bearded and bespectacled guy." Hi NYers! I'll be the bearded and bespectacled guy at Bedford & 7th, busking new Decemberists songs. 11:30. Like, in 40 min. Come on by!— colin meloy (@colinmeloy) October 24, 2014 While the band have whetted fans' appetites with a live album and...Read More
Adding to an already disturbing trend, 16 people were hospitalized during a Skrillex show at Chicago's Navy Pier on Saturday (October 18), according to NBC Chicago. An EMS source claims that majority of the cases were for drug overdoses. A Navy Pier spokesman confirmed that 16 attendees were transported to area hospitals during the event, but would not comment on the use of drugs at the venue. "We're there for people who haven't been smart, and safety is number one," said CrowdRX president Andrew Bazos, whose company oversees safety for the show's promoter. When asked about...Read More
The long wait from completion to release for Namedropper, the new album from Oh Susanna is finally over. This week Toronto-based roots songstress Suzie Ungerleider ushered out her record via Sonic Unyon Records/Sony, virtually a full two years since a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the recording of her sixth album. The much-publicized reason for the delay was a diagnosis of breast cancer in spring 2013, just as the record was being wrapped. "We had finished everything. We were about to send the artwork off to get that printed," a now-healthy Ungerleider tells...Read More
Working as Run the Jewels, the rapper-producer duo of Killer Mike and El-P have become one of the most adored team-ups in recent rap history. The pair were set to release the album in full next week, but they've decided to leak it early. When someone launched an unofficial leak of RTJ2, the duo opted to just let the official album drop in full, and you can now download the LP for free here. In an email to fans, they shared the following statement: We just couldn't wait another damn day longer to share RTJ2 with you. Thank you to all the jewel runners worldwide...Read More
We still don't know when that long-promised documentary about Jerry Garcia will see the light of day, but now the musician's jam band the Grateful Dead are poised to get the silver screen treatment. Excitingly, Martin Scorsese is involved as executive producer. The flick is being directed by Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story, Happy Valley). According to Deadline, it will include previously unseen footage, plus interviews with the surviving band members and their associates. It will trace the group from their early days up until Garcia's death in 1995 and beyond....Read More
Hole frontwoman Courtney Love already has a recurring role in the ongoing season of Sons of Anarchy, and now she's taken on a new acting gig in the upcoming Fox series Empire. Love will be playing a rock star name Elle Dallas, which we presume won't require too much method acting on her behalf. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Love will be a "recurring guest star." Empire is a hip-hop-oriented musical drama. Starring Terrance Howard (Crash, Hustle & Flow, Iron Man), it's about a former street thug who has become the head of a...Read More