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Men of Iron

Howard Pyle’s Men of Iron: A Fanciful Coming of Age Story in the Middle Ages (Review)

A rousing, strongly principled adventure story that I would’ve loved to read back in 5th grade (but I still enjoyed it as an adult).
Oct 17, 2018
Mary and the Witch's Flower

Studio Ponoc’s Mary and the Witch’s Flower Carries on Studio Ghibli’s Delightful Legacy (Review)

Mary and the Witch’s Flower could easily be mistaken for a classic Studio Ghibli film, and that’s not a bad thing.
Oct 7, 2018
The Endless

The Endless by Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead (Review)

While frequently billed as a horror movie, that term actually undersells this movie.
Sep 27, 2018
Double Negative

Low Tear Their Music Apart on Double Negative, with Stunning Results (Review)

Some of the most challenging music of Low’s career, but also some of the most daring, intriguing, and rewarding.
Sep 23, 2018
The Chairman

Ogre’s Chairman OST Captivates with Ominous, Haunting Synth Arrangements (Review)

The album’s blurred washes of ambience conjure a sense of growing dread — but there’s beauty to be heard, as well.
Aug 31, 2018
In Rotation: epic45, mewithoutYou, Petrol Girls, Ruptured World

In Rotation: epic45, mewithoutYou, Petrol Girls, Ruptured World (Review)

Nostalgia-laden pastoral post-rock, artistic post-hardcore, raging feminist post hardcore, and a cosmic horror soundtrack.
Aug 25, 2018
Old-School Christian Goth & Industrial: The Children of Power, Christian Image, and New Society

Old-School Christian Goth & Industrial: The Children of Power, Christian Image, and New Society (Review)

These albums are a fascinating glimpse into a realm of Christian music that most people probably never even knew existed.
Aug 25, 2018
The City of Brass

S. A. Chakraborty’s Captivating City of Brass Is a Refreshing Fantasy Debut (Review)

Chakraborty’s novel finds inspiration in Islamic and Middle-Eastern religion and culture for its exotic world-building.
Aug 8, 2018
In Rotation: The Declining Winter, HTRK, Tobias Svensson, Thousand Foot Whale Claw, WMD

In Rotation: The Declining Winter, HTRK, Tobias Svensson, Thousand Foot Whale Claw, WMD (Review)

Pastoral post-rock, ominous-yet-lovely electronic, contemplative electro-classical, krautrock-inspired cinematic music, and glassy dreampop.
Jul 27, 2018
Ways of Seeing

Ways of Seeing Is The Advisory Circle’s Most Accessible Album, But It’s Still Pretty Weird (Review)

The Council’s latest takes the Ghost Box aesthetic in more straightforward — though still odd and otherworldly — directions.
Jul 7, 2018
In Rotation: The Mary Onettes, Mondo Grosso, Pure Bathing Culture

In Rotation: The Mary Onettes, Mondo Grosso, Pure Bathing Culture (Review)

The Mary Onettes return with more dreamy pop, Mondo Grosso delivers euphoric electronica, and Pure Bathing Culture cover The Blue Nile.
Jul 5, 2018
In Rotation: Amy Klein, Lightning Bug, The Smynths, Tripmastermonk

In Rotation: Amy Klein, Lightning Bug, The Smynths, Tripmastermonk (Review)

Classic-sounding goth pop, hazy dreampop, synth-only Smiths covers, and vintage Japanese cinematic funk.
Jun 27, 2018