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April 27, 2017

JoJo is making a comeback while showcasing artistic growth

JoJo left the audience with advice, encouragement and hope for the future.

April 12, 2017

G#’s Musical Radar: Cold War Kids’ ‘L.A. Divine’ is its weakest LP yet

G#’s Musical Radar: Cold War Kids’ ‘L.A. Divine’ is its weakest LP yet

The indie rockers’ hometown tribute boasts a handful of memorable tracks but lacks creativity.

April 7, 2017

The Deal With Documentaries: ‘Spring Broke’ shares the history of a famously reckless vacation

The Deal With Documentaries: ‘Spring Broke’ shares the history of a famously reckless vacation

The 2016 documentary shows the rise and fall of two of the most popular spring break destinations.

March 19, 2017

For the Love of Movies: In ‘Toni Erdmann,’ comedy and drama collide

For the Love of Movies: In ‘Toni Erdmann,’ comedy and drama collide

Director Maren Ade sculpted a film worth seeing.

March 16, 2017

‘Logan’ is the Wolverine film we’ve always wanted

Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart made their last on-screen performances of two titular characters absolutely timeless.

March 14, 2017

Lorde is releasing new music, and you are ‘Liable’ to like it

Lorde is releasing new music, and you are ‘Liable’ to like it

Get ready for her upcoming album, “Melodrama,” by listening to this single.

March 9, 2017

In ‘Quest,’ music drives the story

In ‘Quest,’ music drives the story

The Rainey family works through obstacles and still gives back to the community.

March 7, 2017

‘Distant Constellation’ juxtaposes innovation and quiescence

‘Distant Constellation’ juxtaposes innovation and quiescence

Shevaun Mizrahi’s “work in progress” film features individuals from all walks of life.

March 7, 2017

‘The Grown-Ups’ brings awareness to Down syndrome

‘The Grown-Ups’ brings awareness to Down syndrome

Director Maite Alberdi’s humanizes three individuals affected by the syndrome in her documentary.

March 6, 2017

‘Rat Film’ is about something more profound than rats

‘Rat Film’ is about something more profound than rats

The documentary opens viewers’ eyes to socioeconomic separation in Baltimore.

Feb. 24, 2017

New season of ‘VICE’ will captivate your curiosity

New season of ‘VICE’ will captivate your curiosity

MOVE’s resident investigative journalist says the program’s investigations will make you feel smarter.

Feb. 24, 2017

The Deal With Documentaries: ‘And the Oscar Goes To…’ reveals the history and politics behind the awards

The Deal With Documentaries: ‘And the Oscar Goes To…’ reveals the history and politics behind the awards

The 2014 documentary explores the history of the prestigious awards in great depth.

Feb. 23, 2017

‘Two Plays in Two Days: X’ explores the assassination of Malcolm X

‘Two Plays in Two Days: X’ explores the assassination of Malcolm X

‘X’ leaves the audience to reflect upon their place in history.

Feb. 14, 2017

Characters mature as ‘Girls’ comes to its final season

Characters mature as ‘Girls’ comes to its final season

The show kicks off season 6 with a tryst in the Hamptons.

Feb. 12, 2017

 For the Love of Movies: ‘Get Out’ is a cringe-worthy success

For the Love of Movies: ‘Get Out’ is a cringe-worthy success

Jordan Peele’s debut film makes socio-political horror comedy seem easy.

Feb. 10, 2017

The Deal With Documentaries: ‘13th’ delves into how prominent inequality still is

The Deal With Documentaries: ‘13th’ delves into how prominent inequality still is

The 2016 documentary explores legislation that has led to racially disproportionate prison overcrowding.

Dec. 17, 2016

Look around, look around: ‘Hamilton Mixtape’ blows us all away

Look around, look around: ‘Hamilton Mixtape’ blows us all away

The collection of covers and reimagined tracks is an exquisite love letter to “Hamilton” fans.

Dec. 7, 2016

Clear your schedule: you have Hallmark holiday movies to watch

Clear your schedule: you have Hallmark holiday movies to watch

Even though these movies are cheesy, we promise they’re pretty “Gouda.”

Dec. 7, 2016

MOVE’s top 10 albums of 2016

MOVE’s top 10 albums of 2016

2016 was a legendary year for music. With releases ranging from Chance the Rapper to the Rolling Stones, this list has something for everyone.

Dec. 6, 2016

Man Seeking Movies: ‘Moana’ is one of 2016’s best

Man Seeking Movies: ‘Moana’ is one of 2016’s best

Grabbing hearts early, Disney’s latest is nearly perfect family fun.

Dec. 6, 2016

Get ready for a Killers Christmas

Get ready for a Killers Christmas

After a decade of Christmas music, the Killers are releasing a compilation.

Dec. 3, 2016

Top 10 alternative albums of 2016

Top 10 alternative albums of 2016

From Radiohead to Local Natives, don’t miss these 10 albums alternative bands released this year.

Nov. 29, 2016

‘Gilmore Girls’ revival brings a heavy dose of nostalgia

‘Gilmore Girls’ revival brings a heavy dose of nostalgia

Break out the pizza and Chinese food, and get ready to watch.

Nov. 29, 2016

Rebelution grooves Columbia

Rebelution grooves Columbia

American reggae band plays the Blue Note with flashy newcomers Hirie.

Nov. 14, 2016

Video Game Review: ‘Dishonored 2’ is a noteworthy sequel

Video Game Review: ‘Dishonored 2’ is a noteworthy sequel

“Dishonored 2” fails to burst out of “Dishonored’s shadow, but is a fantastic game nonetheless.

Nov. 13, 2016

‘To Keep the Light’ illuminates the story of the silent worker

‘To Keep the Light’ illuminates the story of the silent worker

The film shown at Citizen Jane Film Festival brings the lives of female lighthouse workers in the 1870s into the spotlight.

Nov. 11, 2016

'Nakom' portrays the plight of an African university student

'Nakom' portrays the plight of an African university student

This Citizen Jane film helps viewers understand their privilege of education.

Nov. 8, 2016

Citizen Jane’s 'The View From Tall' is eye-opening

Citizen Jane’s 'The View From Tall' is eye-opening

The movie explores the moral ambiguity of teenage transgressions.

March 10, 2016

Like a good pet, ‘Zootopia’ is adorable, fun

Animal antics make for a surprisingly human movie.

March 1, 2016

Review: ‘Triple 9’ leaves questions unanswered

Review: ‘Triple 9’ leaves questions unanswered

Random and unnecessary elements like the Russian mob complicate the police thriller

Dec. 8, 2015

Sivan welcomes you to the ‘Blue Neighbourhood’

Sivan welcomes you to the ‘Blue Neighbourhood’

Troye Sivan’s debut album echoes past EPs with a new twist.

Dec. 8, 2015

Black, White and Read: The art of bathroom reading

Black, White and Read: The art of bathroom reading

Don’t be ashamed — MOVE columnist Katherine Rosso has done it, and you should too.

Dec. 1, 2015

Black, White and Read: A love affair with Cassandra Clare

Black, White and Read: A love affair with Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare has stayed with Columnist Katherine Rosso since middle school, and she’s not giving her up just yet.

Dec. 1, 2015

Don’t mock it til you try it: a ‘Mockingjay Pt. 2’ review

Don’t mock it til you try it: a ‘Mockingjay Pt. 2’ review

Let’s be honest though, there should have only been one movie.

Nov. 25, 2015

Black, White and Read: Looking back on these three books for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to look back and be grateful, and these books have definitely made their impact.

Nov. 24, 2015

Adele’s ‘25’ is a perfect combination of soul, pop and passion

The years-long wait is over as Adele reclaims her throne as queen of soul-pop

Nov. 17, 2015

Black, White and Read: Great books hidden in the shadows

MOVE columnist Katherine Rosso uncovers novels that definitely deserve more recognition

Nov. 17, 2015

Scene-it Ceresia: 'The Peanuts Movie' is made with love

Columnist Bobby Ceresia reviews “The Peanuts Movie,” a wonderfully endearing film

Nov. 17, 2015

John Mulaney “comes back” with new special

John Mulaney’s “The Comeback Kid” proves he’s finally (kind of) an adult

Nov. 17, 2015

Justin Bieber is a "Baby" no more

Justin Bieber has now gone to the dark side — of music, that is

Nov. 17, 2015

The boys are back in town, but not for long

“Made In the A.M.” wasn’t worth the early rise

Nov. 15, 2015

Black, White and Read: November means NaNoWriMo

November is National Novel Writing Month, and MOVE columnist Katherine Rosso is facing it head-on.

Nov. 15, 2015

Styled & Studied: A step-by-step guide for baking a monochromatic outfit

Columnist Lauren Williams shares her recipe on how to create a freshly-baked monochromatic outfit.

Nov. 15, 2015

Talk TV to Me: ‘Master of None’ is a master class in comedy

That crossover nobody asked for turned out to be successful and entertaining!

Nov. 8, 2015

Scene-it Ceresia: ‘Burnt’ will leave you hungry for more

Columnist Bobby Ceresia reviews the lackluster “Burnt” starring Bradley Cooper.

Nov. 4, 2015

The Neighbourhood’s ‘Wiped Out!’ is an eclectic, beachy album

The Neighbourhood’s ‘Wiped Out!’ is an eclectic, beachy album

The Neighbourhood’s sophomore album combines experimental alternative rock and seaside vibes.

Nov. 4, 2015

A bittersweet symphony for Columbia

A bittersweet symphony for Columbia

One of Columbia’s biggest music sources has come to the end of its run

Nov. 4, 2015

Bold choices: ‘Hedwig’ breaks mold of musicals

Bold choices: ‘Hedwig’ breaks mold of musicals

Keaton Kruser and Emmanuel Llorente portray Hedwig in the first musical of the year.

Nov. 4, 2015

An analysis of the Chanels’ Fashion

Columnist Lauren Williams analyzes the fashions of: Scream Queens.

Nov. 4, 2015

Black, White and Read: “Gilmore Girls” is back, so here is the best of Rory Gilmore’s booklist

We like coffee only with our oxygen, too. Rory Gilmore’s booklist epitomizes the best of literature.

Oct. 29, 2015

For those about to (punk) rock, 5SOS is here to help

The self-proclaimed kings of the new broken scene are hooking you up with all new punk-rock jams on 'Sounds Good Feels Good.'

Oct. 29, 2015

Record Radar: the PBR&B issue

MOVE Columnist Kennedy Simone reviews new releases from Kelela and Bryson Tiller.

Oct. 29, 2015

Styled & Studied: Creative group costume ideas!

Columnist Lauren Williams suggests some rad group Halloween costumes featuring classic characters

Oct. 29, 2015

Talk TV to Me: The truth is STILL out there

Talk TV to Me: The truth is STILL out there

Fox’s paranormal thriller “The X-Files” is returning for six episodes in January 2016

Oct. 29, 2015

‘The Last Witch Hunter’ goes downhill fast

Columnist Bobby Ceresia reviews the wasted potential of “The Last Witch Hunter.”

Oct. 29, 2015

Thnks fr th memoir-ies

There’s a lot to learn from these three acclaimed authors’ personal tales.

Oct. 29, 2015

BØRNS’ debut album will give you a rush of "Dopamine"

BØRNS’ debut album will give you a rush of "Dopamine"

The up-and-coming alternative artist's collection of indie-pop love songs is sure to impress.

Oct. 25, 2015

‘Goosebumps’ is the perfect Halloween treat

Columnist Bobby Ceresia reviews the cheesy but enjoyable “Goosebumps.”

Oct. 21, 2015

Academy Award discussion can start with ‘Steve Jobs’

Academy Award discussion can start with ‘Steve Jobs’

A movie worthy of a narcissist's love.

Oct. 21, 2015

Black, White and Read: funny people writing funny memoirs

David Sedaris, Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling bring a personal touch to their written work.

Oct. 21, 2015

Styled & Studied Sugghead1: Lizzie McGuire, explain yourself

Columnist Lauren Williams takes a look at one of fashion's biggest faux pas.

Oct. 21, 2015

Talk TV to Me: ‘Quantico’ thrills and surprises audiences

ABC’s breakout hit series starring former Miss World Priyanka Chopra is the show to watch this fall.

Oct. 21, 2015

The groover versus the snoozer

MOVE columnist Kennedy Simone reviews new releases from rappers Raury and Curtiss King.

Oct. 17, 2015

Record Radar: Two indie folk-rock bands, only one that didn’t suck

MOVE columnist Kennedy Simone reviews new releases from indie folk-rock bands.

Oct. 17, 2015

Scene-it Ceresia: ‘Sicario’ is a great film that will make you feel awful

Columnist Bobby Ceresia reviews the depressing thriller “Sicario.”

Oct. 17, 2015

Talk TV to Me: Jane Austen, meet YouTube

Hank Green and Bernie Su’s adaptations of two Jane Austen classics make them more timeless than ever before.

Oct. 14, 2015

‘Hamilton’ is a cast album to remember

Lin-Manuel Miranda seamlessly blends the American past with America of today.

Oct. 14, 2015

‘Becoming Bulletproof’ puts disability in the spotlight

‘Becoming Bulletproof’ puts disability in the spotlight

The film is an important step toward a more diverse media environment.

Oct. 14, 2015

House decs take MU homecoming to a new level

When it comes to homecoming, Greek Town doesn’t mess around.

Oct. 14, 2015

We’ve taken PSL too far

We’ve taken PSL too far

These drink alternatives will beat the pumpkin spice latte any day.

Oct. 14, 2015

Why booties are your fall best friends

Columnist Lauren Williams takes a look at fall’s favorite shoes: the bootie.

Oct. 8, 2015

Black, White and Read: Celebrating National Adopt-a-Dog Month with these four book recs

Fancy our four-legged friends with these fantastic book recs.

Oct. 8, 2015

Record Radar: The rapper takes on the production-perfect soul singer

MOVE columnist Kennedy Simone reviews new EP releases from rapper Marty and duo Blended Babies with Anderson .Paak.

Oct. 8, 2015

Scene-it Ceresia: ‘The Martian’ strikes the perfect balance of smart and fun

Columnist Bobby Ceresia reviews Ridley Scott’s science-fiction flick “The Martian.”

Oct. 8, 2015

Talk TV to Me: “But in the book—”

Talk TV to Me: “But in the book—”

Columnist Gabriela Velasquez discusses what book-based shows should and should not do.

Oct. 5, 2015

Scene it Ceresia: An incredible Johnny Depp doesn’t quite save ‘Black Mass.’

Columnist Bobby Ceresia reviews Depp’s latest film on notorious gangster Whitey Bulger.

Sept. 30, 2015

"Honeymoon” showcases Lana Del Rey’s experiences in love and loss

Lana Del Rey’s new album is more personal than ever with the dismissal of modern pop influences seen on her previous albums for a more authentic and pure sound.

Sept. 30, 2015

Scene it Ceresia: Zany animation doesn’t cover flaws of ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’

Columnist Bobby Ceresia reviews Adam Sandler’s recent animated film “Hotel Transylvania 2."

Sept. 23, 2015

Gary Clark Jr.’s “The Story of Sonny Boy Slim” a grab bag of styles

Gary Clark Jr.’s “The Story of Sonny Boy Slim” a grab bag of styles

The Austin blues rocker pulls sounds from all over the board in this personal, emotive sophomore LP.

Sept. 23, 2015

GRiZ closes out the summer with surprise EP

GRiZ closes out the summer with surprise EP

GRiZ surprises fans with new EP days before playing sold out Red Rocks show.

Sept. 23, 2015

Keep calm and riot grrrl on

Keep calm and riot grrrl on

The mother band of the feminist movement reissue debut LP, this time cleaner and with bonus tracks.

Sept. 23, 2015

Black, White and Read: five ways to make more time for reading

When the unread novels on your bookshelf begin to get that thick layer of dust, it’s time to make a change.

Sept. 16, 2015

Talk TV to Me: “Star Wars Rebels” isn’t just for kids

Columnist Gabriela Velasquez wants you to give this “Star Wars” cartoon a shot!

Sept. 15, 2015

Filling holes in the “doughnut” vs. “donut” debate

Jared takes a look at the linguistic background behind the great debate.

Sept. 15, 2015

Black, White and Read: Poetry is better than you thought

Change your poetry mindset with MOVE Columnist Katherine Rosso’s new recs.

Sept. 15, 2015

Record Radar: The soulful chanteuse and the dream-pop Aussie

MOVE reviews Troye Sivan’s “WILD” and Alessia Cara’s “Four Pink Walls” for this week’s edition of Record Radar.

Sept. 15, 2015

Scene it Ceresia: Shyamalan makes himself at home in movie theaters again with ‘The Visit'

Columnist Bobby Ceresia reviews a recent product from the divisive director.

Sept. 8, 2015

Black, White and Read: Fewer words doesn’t have to mean less story

When there are not enough hours in the day, MOVE columnist Katherine Rosso’s free short story recs can be the perfect solution.

Sept. 8, 2015

‘Dope’ is a unique movie that should not be passed up

Columnist Bobby Ceresia comments on a fresh comedy about unique subject matter with a brand new actor as the lead.

Sept. 8, 2015

Record Radar: The Weeknd v. Travi$ Scott

MOVE columnist Kennedy Simone reviews new releases from The Weeknd and Travi$ Scott.

Sept. 8, 2015

Talk TV to Me: Tatiana Maslany wows in BBC America’s sci-fi thriller

Talk TV to Me: Tatiana Maslany wows in BBC America’s sci-fi thriller

Columnist Gabriela Velasquez reviews "Orphan Black."

Sept. 2, 2015

Black, White and Read: Sort through the dystopian stacks with these book recs.

Don’t fall for all the dystopian hype; MOVE columnist Katherine Rosso sorts through the masses with these four novels.

Sept. 2, 2015

‘We Are Your Friends’ spins its wheels

A by-the-numbers coming-of-age story about chasing success in California.

Sept. 2, 2015

Hot Box clinches the crown in Columbia cookie comparison

Let me give it to you straight: despite their name, Insomnia Cookies is not worth staying up all night for. The Plain White T’s ...

Sept. 2, 2015

Record Radar: Christian Rich v. Mick Jenkins

Music columnist Kennedy Simone takes on retro beats and alternative hip-hop for this week’s edition of Record Radar.

Aug. 26, 2015

No sleep till cookies

No sleep till cookies

Insomnia Cookies will sell you up to 300 cookies in one order.

Aug. 26, 2015

Black, White and Read: ‘Elsewhere,’ ‘I Am The Messenger’ top MOVE’s great book list

If you're having a problem finding a novel, MOVE columnist Katherine Rosso has got your back.

Aug. 26, 2015

M.W.A (Movie With Attitude)

Staff writer Caleb Bishop learned a lot during his trip to see “Straight Outta Compton.”

Aug. 26, 2015

Record Radar: Tove Styrke v. LANY

Columnist Kennedy Simone pits these artists against each other for MOVE’s first edition of ‘Record Radar.’

Aug. 26, 2015

'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' fails to break new ground

It’s a by-the-book story of spies in the Cold War.

Aug. 26, 2015

USA drama 'Suits' digs into characters, explores inner conflicts

The USA drama delves deeper into its characters than many other cable series.

Aug. 26, 2015

Punk and Palm Trees: a syllabus week stay-cation

Columnist Morgan Magid takes a look at local music scenes around the country before the start of her new column for next week’s issue

Aug. 26, 2015

Syllabus week = major jam sesh

MOVE helps you de-stress and get pumped for the semester.

July 16, 2015

Punk and Palm Trees: Don’t be an American idiot

Guest columnist Morgan Magid provides some ‘Murica-inspired tracks

July 10, 2015

MOVE reviews Twenty One Pilots’ new album ‘Blurryface’

MOVE reviews Twenty One Pilots’ new album ‘Blurryface’

New album causes mixed emotions

July 10, 2015

Pass the Popcorn: The best so far

Guest columnist Caleb Bishop catches us up on this year’s offering of movies

July 1, 2015

MOVE reviews Jamie xx’s solo LP, “In Colour”

The LP is The xx’s “missing step forward”

June 22, 2015

Punk and Palm Trees: Pop punk’s Not Dead

Summer columnist Morgan Magid explores Blink-182, Fall Out Boy gems

June 9, 2015

Punk and Palm Trees: indie rock to rock your summer

We found the best of indie for the late nights and the high tides.

June 2, 2015

Punk and Palm Trees: high temps mean high energy

With school out and temperatures rising, we’ve come up with a way to satisfy all your summer music needs

June 1, 2015

New SSLYBY album is ’90s throwback meets indie pop

New SSLYBY album is ’90s throwback meets indie pop

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin’s sixth studio album “The High Country” will be released June 2, and they’ll be performing on June 20 at Rose Music Hall.

May 11, 2015

A “Wilder Mind” but a tender heart

Mumford & Sons’ new electrifying album delivers a brand new sound for the band, but keeps their soulful sincerity in the spotlight.

May 5, 2015

Pass the Popcorn: “Avengers” is flawed but fun

Columnist Caleb Bishop can’t even fathom how much money this movie will make.

April 28, 2015

Pass the Popcorn: ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ is bloody hilarious

Columnist Caleb Bishop is amazed that he enjoyed something related to vampires.

April 28, 2015

All you need to know before watching ‘Age of Ultron’

Latest Marvel film hits theatres on May 1.

April 28, 2015

‘Ex Machina’ fails its own Turing test

Sci-fi flick may look beautiful, but it lacks actual substance.

April 21, 2015

Pass the Popcorn: Monkeying around in ‘Monkey Kingdom’

Columnist Caleb Bishop has an insatiable urge to climb things.

April 14, 2015

Pass the Popcorn: ‘Unfriended’ is a new species of horror

Columnist Caleb Bishop will think twice before using Skype now.

April 7, 2015

Pass the Popcorn: ‘Furious 7’ has no brain but a huge heart

Columnist Caleb Bishop almost cried in a Fast and Furious movie.

March 31, 2015

Haunting lyrics with beautiful melodies make 'Carrie & Lowell' a masterpiece

Sufjan Stevens emerges from a five-year hiatus to release a grief-filled yet sublime album.

March 31, 2015

Pass the Popcorn: "It Follows" convinces that chastity is worth it

Columnist Caleb Bishop refuses to get out of the fetal position.

March 18, 2015

Pass the Popcorn: Thankfully, “Run All Night” isn’t “Taken 4”

Columnist Caleb Bishop wonders how many people had to approve the title “Run All Night”

March 11, 2015

MOVE reviews favorites of True/False films

This year’s True/False films showed a variety in subjects but impressed across the board.

March 10, 2015

Pass the Popcorn: Blomkamp’s bucket of bolts

Columnist Caleb Bishop reviews “Chappie.”

March 10, 2015

Taylor’s Turntable: ‘Bring da Ruckus’ of Wu-Tang for the first-time listener

Columnist Taylor Ysteboe gave hip hop a serious chance for the first time with the Wu-Tang Clan.

March 10, 2015

Neither/Nor brings “the truth of life” to “the truth of the screen”

Chimeric Polish films showcased at this year’s Neither/Nor film series

March 3, 2015

Pass The Popcorn: “Lazarus” is lifeless

Columnist Caleb Bishop reviews “The Lazarus Effect.”

March 3, 2015

Sir Sly hopes to make second album ‘personally valuable’

Sir Sly hopes to make second album ‘personally valuable’

Sir Sly opened for Kongos at The Blue Note on Monday night.

Feb. 24, 2015

Drizzy’s feels fall flat

Drake tried to pull a Beyoncé, but could only manage a Kelly Rowland.

Feb. 24, 2015

Pass the popcorn: ‘The DUFF’ is a decent but unoriginal and formulaic film

Columnist Caleb Bishop reviews “The DUFF.”

Feb. 24, 2015

Taylor’s Turntable: Acoustic-pop singer Barnes is a modern Renaissance man

Columnist Taylor Ysteboe on a singer-songwriter who offers fans more than just gentle ballads.

Feb. 17, 2015

Pass the Popcorn: 007 Uncensored

Columnist Caleb Bishop reviews “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”

Feb. 10, 2015

Beats and Eats: Mixing the wrong ingredient(s)

Columnist George Schramm isn’t a fan of the South Ninth Street eatery.

Feb. 10, 2015

Pass the Popcorn: Nostalgic nautical nonsense

Columnist Caleb Bishop reviews “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.”

Feb. 3, 2015

Beats and Eats: An evening at Pimlico

Columnist George Schramm dines at a homey locale.

Feb. 3, 2015

Pass the Popcorn: Fear and loathing in the penthouse

Columnist Caleb Bishop reviews “The Loft.”

Feb. 3, 2015

Taylor’s Turntable: Americana leads three albums to front of the pack

Columnist Taylor Ysteboe on the multi-faceted genre sure to please all musical palettes.

Feb. 3, 2015

A gritty, gripping search for glory

MOVE reviews “Foxcatcher.”

Jan. 27, 2015

Beats and Eats: Feelin' saucy

Columnist George Schramm takes a trip to Shotgun Pete’s BBQ.

Jan. 27, 2015

Dear Netflix: Sex and drugs in a Showtime gem

Columnist Elana Williams on the Bukowski of Showtime.

Jan. 27, 2015

Pass the Popcorn: Prepare to be uplifted

Columnist Caleb Bishop reviews “Paddington.”

Jan. 27, 2015

‘Mortdecai’ fails to impress

MOVE reviews “Mortdecai”

Jan. 27, 2015

Not another wedding movie

MOVE reviews “The Wedding Ringer”

Jan. 25, 2015

‘Are you paying attention?’

MOVE reviews “The Imitation Game”

Jan. 20, 2015

Pass the Popcorn: Cooper shines in ‘American Sniper’

Movie columnist Caleb Bishop reviews Clint Eastwood’s latest.

Jan. 20, 2015

Taylor’s Turntable: Why 2015 is looking bright for music

Columnist Taylor Ysteboe on why established artists and hidden gems will release their best works in 2015.

Jan. 20, 2015

‘Inherent Vice’ confuses, yet impresses

Director Paul Thomas Anderson blends ‘70s fun with a clever kidnapping caper for an entertaining joyride.

Dec. 9, 2014

Rants and Reviews: Prepare to be moved by ‘The Theory of Everything’

MOVE columnist Robert Mecchi on the emotional weight of “The Theory of Everything.”

Dec. 1, 2014

One Direction acts their age

MOVE reviews “Four”

Nov. 25, 2014

Rants and Reviews: ‘Birdman’ hits every beat

MOVE columnist Robert Mecchi on Michael Keaton’s return to top form

Nov. 25, 2014

Think outside the boom box: A Love Letter to Dave Grohl

Columnist Patrick McKenna thanks the virtuoso rock legend for brilliance.

Nov. 25, 2014

Snowden on the big screen

MOVE reviews “Citizenfour”

Nov. 25, 2014

Strong message, weak storyline

MOVE reviews ‘Dear White People’

Nov. 25, 2014

They’re baaack!

MOVE reviews “Dumb and Dumber To"

Nov. 18, 2014

Catch ‘Rosewater’ while it’s still here

MOVE reviews “Rosewater”

Nov. 13, 2014

Thoughts on ‘Nick Jonas’

MOVE reviews Nick Jonas’s self-titled, sexy new album.

Nov. 11, 2014

Pop Culture Shock: 'Automatic' does not equal 'evil'

MOVE Columnist McKenna Bulkley calls of Miranda Lambert for the millennial she truly is.

Nov. 11, 2014

Rants and Reviews: ‘Interstellar’ soars to new heights

MOVE Columnist Robert Mecchi on Christopher Nolan’s new film “Interstellar.”

Nov. 11, 2014

Think outside the boombox: Songs for an autumn hike

Music Columnist Patrick McKenna discusses his favorite songs for the fall.

Nov. 4, 2014

Taylor Swift shows new style

MOVE reviews “1989.”

Nov. 4, 2014

Rants and Reviews: ‘Nightcrawler’ is properly creepy

MOVE Columnist Robert Mecchi on Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Nightcrawler”

Nov. 4, 2014

Think outside the boom box: Run the Jewels presents furious sophomore effort

Music columnist Patrick McKenna discusses the hip-hop super-duo’s latest release

Nov. 4, 2014

'A different kind of documentary'

MOVE reviews “Meet the Patels.”

Nov. 4, 2014

Fantasy meets reality

MOVE reviews “I Believe in Unicorns,” playing at Citizen Jane this weekend.

Oct. 31, 2014

You+Me = harmony

MOVE reviews “Rose Ave.”

Oct. 29, 2014

Rants and reviews: Keanu Reeves is wicked

Columnist Robert Mecchi reviews “John Wick”

Oct. 29, 2014

‘A most unlikely friendship’

MOVE reviews “St. Vincent”

Oct. 28, 2014

Cold War Kids heat up

MOVE reviews “Hold My Home”

Oct. 28, 2014

Think outside the boom box: Bass Drum of Death lives on

Music columnist Patrick McKenna discusses the Mississippi punks’ new album

Oct. 28, 2014

Five scary flick picks

MOVE’s top films for scaring yourself silly this Halloween.

Oct. 21, 2014

Think outside the boom box: Dave Grohl shines light on Chicago blues

Music columnist Patrick McKenna recaps the HBO premiere of ‘Sonic Highways’

Oct. 21, 2014

'Fury' aims high, but misses the target

MOVE reviews David Ayer's new flick.

Oct. 17, 2014

A new classic

MOVE reviews Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s “Cheek to Cheek.”

Oct. 14, 2014

New Found Glory keeps it young

MOVE reviews “Resurrection”

Oct. 14, 2014

Weezer’s album is better than alright

MOVE reviews Weezer’s “Everything Will Be Alright in the End”

Oct. 14, 2014

Yellowcard returns

MOVE reviews “Lift a Sail.”

Oct. 14, 2014

Think outside the boom box: Flying Lotus dazzles in latest release

Music columnist Patrick McKenna discusses musicians latest work, ‘You’re Dead!’

Oct. 7, 2014

Rants and Reviews: ‘Gone Girl’ delivers biting satire of modern media

MOVE Columnist Robert Mecchi on ‘Gone Girl’ and the 24-hour news cycle.

Oct. 7, 2014

Think outside the boom box: Taking in Foxygen

Music Columnist Patrick McKenna discusses the California duo’s newest album

Sept. 30, 2014

Rants and Reviews: A ‘Frank’ character study

Columnist Robert Mecchi on the surprising insight of ‘Frank’

Sept. 30, 2014

‘This Is Where...’ a very wasteful film

MOVE reviews ‘This is Where I Leave You.’

Sept. 23, 2014

Slash is back

MOVE reviews the legendary rocker’s third solo album.

Sept. 23, 2014

Rants and Reviews: 'Tusk' is wonderfully twisted

MOVE Columnist Robert Mecchi on Kevin Smith’s new horror-comedy.

Sept. 23, 2014

Familiar but fun

MOVE reviews “The Maze Runner”

Sept. 23, 2014

The real fake Nick Cave

Blast from the past: MOVE’s True/False review of “20,000 Days on Earth,” which hit wide release last week.

Sept. 16, 2014

Rants and Reviews: Review out of the blue – “The Innkeepers”

MOVE columnist Robert Mecchi reviews a surprising little horror gem

Sept. 9, 2014

Think outside the Boom box: Benjamin Booker channels early rock influences on debut

Music columnist Patrick McKenna discusses the young rocker’s debut

Sept. 2, 2014

Best smoothie in CoMo

MOVE searches for the perfect smoothie to combat this summer heat.

Sept. 2, 2014

Rants and reviews: Comic book adaptations: the failure of “Sin City 2”

MOVE columnist Robert Mecchi on the financial disaster of the sequel.

Sept. 2, 2014

Think outside the boombox: Ty Segall flaunts originality at its best with “Manipulator”

Music Columnist Patrick McKenna on the Bay Area basher’s latest work.

Sept. 2, 2014

This time, without feeling

MOVE reviews “The Giver.”

Aug. 26, 2014

Arkells return with “pure rock ‘n’ roll”

Arkells return with “pure rock ‘n’ roll”

MOVE reviews “High Noon."

Aug. 26, 2014

“Boyhood” and the modern epic

MOVE columnist Robert Mecchi on “Boyhood”’s reinvention of the coming-of-age tale.

Aug. 26, 2014

Think outside the Boombox: Twin Peaks’s sophomore effort shows diversity and maturity while still rocking hard

Music columnist Patrick McKenna reviews the Chicago adolescent’s “Wild Onion.”

July 29, 2014

An awkward experiment in experimental film?

MOVE reviews “Lucy”

July 25, 2014

5 Seconds of Summer’s debut goes in more than one direction

5 Seconds of Summer’s debut goes in more than one direction

MOVE reviews 5 Seconds of Summer’s “5 Seconds of Summer”

July 25, 2014

Alvvays singing the same tune

Alvvays singing the same tune

MOVE reviews “Alvvays”

July 25, 2014

Is this a great album? YES!

Is this a great album? YES!

MOVE reviews Jason Mraz’s “YES!”

July 25, 2014

JMac is back

JMac is back

MOVE reviews Jesse McCartney’s “In Technicolor”

July 25, 2014

La Roux returns with sunny, sultry pop

La Roux returns with sunny, sultry pop

MOVE reviews La Roux’s “Trouble in Paradise”

July 25, 2014

Anger, hatred and fear in “Purge” sequel

MOVE reviews “The Purge: Anarchy”

July 14, 2014

Crazy like a PHOX

Crazy like a PHOX

MOVE reviews PHOX’s eponymous debut

July 14, 2014

How to Sing Well Enough (But Not Super Memorably)

How to Sing Well Enough (But Not Super Memorably)

MOVE reviews How to Dress Well’s “What Is This Heart?”

July 14, 2014

“x” marks the spot

“x” marks the spot

MOVE reviews Ed Sheeran’s “Multiply”

July 14, 2014

Rants and Reviews: Why is "Transformers" impervious to critics?

MOVE columnist Robert Mecchi on why the franchise still thrives.

June 21, 2014

Lana Del Rey sings about sex, love and self-destruction in her latest full-length album.

Lana Del Rey sings about sex, love and self-destruction in her latest full-length album.

MOVE reviews Lana Del Rey’s “Ultraviolence.”

June 21, 2014

The Black Keys ‘Turn’ toward synth-y, shiny electro-blues

The Black Keys ‘Turn’ toward synth-y, shiny electro-blues

MOVE reviews The Black Keys’ “Turn Blue”

June 21, 2014

The British are coming –– this time, with feeling.

The British are coming –– this time, with feeling.

MOVE reviews Sam Smith’s “In the Lonely Hour.”

June 21, 2014

The Downtown Fiction returns (in a cool punk way)

The Downtown Fiction returns (in a cool punk way)

MOVE reviews The Downtown Fiction’s “Losers & Kings.”

June 16, 2014

Indie rockers’ latest is “a breath of fresh air”

Indie rockers’ latest is “a breath of fresh air”

MOVE reviews Parquet Courts’ “Sunbathing Animal”

June 16, 2014

Work hard, play hard…again

MOVE reviews “22 Jump Street"

June 9, 2014

A movie that is far more than “Okay”

MOVE reviews “The Fault in Our Stars"

June 6, 2014

Fresh, new and…safe

Fresh, new and…safe

MOVE reviews Echo and the Bunnymen’s “Meteorites”

June 6, 2014

Klaxons’ New Rave

Klaxons’ New Rave

MOVE reviews Klaxons’ “Love Frequency"

June 6, 2014

Think Outside the Boombox: Jack White returns with genre-spanning, guitar-slamming “Lazaretto”

Music columnist Patrick McKenna discusses Jack White’s second solo album.

June 6, 2014

“The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green: Will there be a fault in the book-to-movie adaptation?

Staff writer Katelyn Lunders gives us her “The Fault in Our Stars” wishlist.

June 3, 2014

Angelina Jolie wows as Disney’s “mistress of all evil”

MOVE reviews “Maleficent”

June 3, 2014

Seth MacFarlane’s latest underwhelms

MOVE reviews “A Million Ways to Die in the West”

May 29, 2014

Robyn’s latest is EDM “whirlwind”

Robyn’s latest is EDM “whirlwind”

MOVE reviews Robyn’s “Do It Again” EP

May 26, 2014

MOVE reviews the latest installment in the X-Men franchise

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” is a crowd-pleaser unlike any other Marvel film

May 21, 2014

Singing about breaking up is hard to do

Singing about breaking up is hard to do

Album review: Coldplay’s “Ghost Stories”

May 21, 2014

Teenage-voiced Oberst grows up

Teenage-voiced Oberst grows up

Album review of Conor Oberst’s “Upside Down Mountain”

May 6, 2014

The Reel Reflections: The Not-So-Amazing Spider-Man

Movie columnist Claudia Guthrie on why “amazing” might be too strong of a word for the second Spidey film

May 6, 2014

Think Outside the Boombox: Kishi Bashi presents a perfect concoction of classical violin and indie-pop experimentation

Music columnist Patrick McKenna discusses the solo artist’s sophomore effort

April 29, 2014

Thee Oh Sees end hiatus early with thirteenth LP Drop

Music Columnist Patrick McKenna reviews the California punk outfit’s latest record

April 25, 2014

Album review: Asher Roth’s ‘RetroHash’

Album review: Asher Roth’s ‘RetroHash’

Roth grows up and mellows out with his sophomore album.

April 25, 2014

Album review: Neon Trees’ ‘Pop Psychology’

Album review: Neon Trees’ ‘Pop Psychology’

The band’s latest provides upbeat, catchy and motivational tracks for old and new fans alike.

April 22, 2014

Album review: NEEDTOBREATHE’s ‘Rivers in the Wasteland’

Album review: NEEDTOBREATHE’s ‘Rivers in the Wasteland’

The band’s return to its musical roots is a huge success.

April 15, 2014

Movie review: ‘Draft Day’

Movie review: ‘Draft Day’

“Draft Day” rushes in as a number one pick.

April 15, 2014

Think Outside the Boom Box: Avey Tare returns

Music columnist Patrick McKenna on the Animal Collective frontman’s second solo album

April 8, 2014

Think Outside the Boom Box: Return of the Mac

Music columnist Patrick McKenna on the latest from DeMarco

April 1, 2014

Album review: Manchester Orchestra’s ‘Cope’

The latest from the Atlanta-based quintet is unapologetically loud

April 1, 2014

The Reel Reflections: The grandeur of ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

Movie columnist Claudia Guthrie on Wes Anderson’s latest indie masterpiece webhead: The Reel Reflections: The grandeur of ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

April 1, 2014

Album review: Manchester Orchestra’s ‘Cope’

The latest from the Atlanta-based quintet is unapologetically loud

March 26, 2014

Album review: Foster the People’s ‘Supermodel’

Album review: Foster the People’s ‘Supermodel’

The one-time hitmakers play it safe on overwrought sophomore effort.

March 26, 2014

Album review: Freddie Gibbs and Madlib’s ‘Piñata’

Album review: Freddie Gibbs and Madlib’s ‘Piñata’

Suave rapper and renowned Produce collaborate, produce legendary album

March 26, 2014

Movie review: ‘Divergent’

Though lacking creativity, the highly anticipated film is ultimately successful.

March 18, 2014

‘Divergent’ by Veronica Roth: Will it be different from the movie?

A MOVEr reviews the novel and offers her opinion on what should be included in the upcoming movie.

March 18, 2014

The Reel Reflections: High-octane stunts, mid-grade plot

Movie columnist Claudia Guthrie on flashy people driving flashy cars really fast in “Need for Speed”

March 18, 2014

Think Outside the Boom Box: The War on Drugs returns

Music columnist Patrick McKenna on the Philadelphia rockers’ latest album

March 13, 2014

Album review: September Girls’s “Cursing the Sea”

Album review: September Girls’s “Cursing the Sea”

Irish all-woman noise-pop group releases full-length debut.

March 12, 2014

Movie review: ‘300: Rise of an Empire’

Movie review: ‘300: Rise of an Empire’

Sex and blood take precedence in the new action flick.

March 12, 2014

The Reel Reflections: Every dog has its day, mostly

Movie columnist Claudia Guthrie on why “every dog should have a boy"

March 12, 2014

Think Outside the Boom Box: Black Lips brandish woozy, classic rock return

Music columnist Patrick McKenna on the Atlanta bad boys’ seventh LP

March 6, 2014

Album review: ScHoolboy Q’s ‘Oxymoron’

Album review: ScHoolboy Q’s ‘Oxymoron’

The rapper’s latest brings gangster rap back.

March 4, 2014

Review: Gunther’s Games flourishes in new Broadway location

Review: Gunther’s Games flourishes in new Broadway location

The arcade revives a downtown tradition with both older and newer games.

March 2, 2014

MOVE Movies:

True/False movie review: ‘Happy Valley’

Joe Paterno had a rough go of things in the last few months of his life. “Happy Valley,” the popular and commonly used nickname of ...

March 2, 2014

MOVE Movies:

True/False movie review: ‘Forest of the Dancing Spirits’

In the midst of a tropical forest deep in the Congo Basin lives the Aka people, a uniquely spiritual community that director Linda Västrik lived ...

March 2, 2014

MOVE Movies:

True/False movie review: ‘Stand Clear of the Closing Doors’

“Stand Clear of the Closing Doors” is the telling of a fictitious tale that incorporates the everyday dilemmas people have — that is, everyday if you ...

March 2, 2014

MOVE Movies:

True/False movie review: ‘Private Violence’

In certain parts of our country, domestic violence seems to take on the “don’t ask, don’t tell” role, as situations of unnecessary pain ...

March 1, 2014

MOVE Movies:

True/False movie review: 'Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart'

In 1990, Pamela Smart came home to find her husband, Gregg, murdered and her house ransacked. The murder of Gregg Smart launched a string of ...

Feb. 28, 2014

MOVE Movies:

True/False movie review: 'Rich Hill'

Seventy miles south of Kansas City is Rich Hill, Mo., the home of three boys. Thirteen-year-old Andrew and his family have been moving from town ...

Feb. 28, 2014

MOVE Movies:

True/False movie review: ‘20,000 Days on Earth’

Fresh off its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, “20,000 Days on Earth” is a documentary of sorts following a day in the life ...

Feb. 27, 2014

MOVE Movies:

True/False movie review: ‘The Notorious Mr. Bout’

“The Notorious Mr. Bout” tells the story of businessman-turned-convicted-arms-dealer Viktor Bout. The film, one of the two that opened this year’s True/False Film ...

Feb. 25, 2014

Album review: St. Vincent’s ‘St. Vincent’

Album review: St. Vincent’s ‘St. Vincent’

The artist continues her conquest over everything cool.

Feb. 23, 2014

Movie review: 'The Lego Movie'

Movie review: 'The Lego Movie'

“The Lego Movie” builds greater meaning out of the stop-motion-animated world it’s created.

Feb. 18, 2014

Movie review: ‘Endless Love’

Movie review: ‘Endless Love’

The remake fails to do the original film justice.

Feb. 6, 2014

MOVE Music:

together PANGEA hits hard with latest album

As the reemergence of great garage rock continues to make its way from the deep underground California scenes, more and more bands are proving up ...

Feb. 6, 2014

Album review: Bombay Bicycle Club’s ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’

Album review: Bombay Bicycle Club’s ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’

The British indie rock quartet impresses with its worldly fourth album.

Feb. 4, 2014

Movie review: ‘That Awkward Moment’

Movie review: ‘That Awkward Moment’

That awkward moment when Zac Efron having sex is the only interesting part of the movie.

Jan. 28, 2014

Movie review: ‘Enemies Closer’

Movie review: ‘Enemies Closer’

Wait until this flick hits Netflix.

Jan. 25, 2014

Show review: Califone with William Tyler

The folk artists impressed at Saturday’s show.

Jan. 22, 2014

Album review: Young the Giant’s ‘Mind Over Matter’

Album review: Young the Giant’s ‘Mind Over Matter’

The second album by the Orange County indie group does not disappoint.

Jan. 21, 2014

Movie review: ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’

Movie review: ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’

Latest chapter in Clancy series is thrilling and intricate

Jan. 21, 2014

Think Outside the Boombox: Bringing '90s back

Music columnist Patrick McKenna on the latest album from the former lead singer of Pavement

Dec. 1, 2013

Movie review: ‘Catching Fire’

The ‘Hunger Games’ sequel burns brightly among its adaptation counterparts

Nov. 15, 2013

Movie review: ‘Thor: The Dark World’

The amount of mediocrity in the Marvel flick is ungodly.

Nov. 13, 2013

Album review: Lady Gaga’s ‘ARTPOP’

Album review: Lady Gaga’s ‘ARTPOP’

The pop queen’s latest might not deserve our “applause.”

Nov. 11, 2013

Movie review: ‘About Time’

This love story goes behind typical chick flicks.

Nov. 8, 2013

Album review: Eminem’s ‘The Marshall Mathers LP2’

Album review: Eminem’s ‘The Marshall Mathers LP2’

The rapper has very few tricks up his sleeve on the sequel to his classic album.

Nov. 8, 2013

Album review: Hellogoodbye’s ‘Everything Is Debatable’

Forrest Kline brings back a rather forgettable synth-pop sound.

Nov. 5, 2013

Movie review: ‘Ender’s Game’

The film puts an end to adaptation anticipation.

Nov. 3, 2013

Album review: Arcade Fire’s ‘Reflektor’

Album review: Arcade Fire’s ‘Reflektor’

The 10-piece band crafts a complicated disco epic.

Oct. 28, 2013

Album review: Best Coast’s ‘Fade Away’

Album review: Best Coast’s ‘Fade Away’

The garage rock duo once again fails to live up to its hype.

Oct. 28, 2013

Album Review: Katy Perry’s ‘PRISM’

Album Review: Katy Perry’s ‘PRISM’

The pop singer’s latest release is prismatic in every sense of the word

Oct. 20, 2013

Movie review: ‘The Fifth Estate’

A film for journalism junkies and thrill seekers alike

Oct. 14, 2013

Album review: Miley Cyrus’ ‘Bangerz’

Album review: Miley Cyrus’ ‘Bangerz’

The album is reminiscent of a bad mash-up of every genre known to songkind

Oct. 14, 2013

Album review: Panic! At the Disco’s ‘Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!’

The pop punk classic fails to impress with its latest release.

Oct. 9, 2013

Album review: Danny Brown’s ‘Old’

The rapper’s latest shows he can stay in the game.

Oct. 8, 2013

Movie review: ‘Runner Runner’

Timberlake’s latest is hardly a 20/20 experience

Oct. 3, 2013

Album review: Blue Sky Black Death’s ‘Glaciers’

Album review: Blue Sky Black Death’s ‘Glaciers’

The instrumentalists impress with their newest release.

Sept. 30, 2013

Movie review: ‘Rush’

The racing film appeals to a broader audience than you’d expect.

Sept. 26, 2013

MOVE Music:

Youth Lagoon: A night of melodic confusion

As Trevor Powers and company took the stage Wednesday night, there was a general feel of something peculiar brewing in the musky air of Mojo ...

Sept. 26, 2013

Album review: Kings of Leon’s ‘Mechanical Bull’

Album review: Kings of Leon’s ‘Mechanical Bull’

The album brings familiar flair of refreshing rockers

Sept. 26, 2013

Album review: ‘Pure Heroine’

Album review: ‘Pure Heroine’

The 16-year-old singer stuns with her debut album

Sept. 24, 2013

Movie review: 'Prisoners'

It’s not every day that an everyday crime thriller is this realistic

Sept. 20, 2013

Album review: ‘MGMT’

Album review: ‘MGMT’

The band’s self-titled album is a tribute to creativity over commercial value

Sept. 15, 2013

Life & Literature kicks off theater season

The show’s audience-oriented eleventh installment does not disappoint.

Sept. 14, 2013

MOVE TV:

‘Cold Justice’ brings reality and believability to crime television

It’s been a while since I last blogged, and now premieres are happening faster than you can say “But my dorm doesn’t have ...

Sept. 11, 2013

Album review: Arctic Monkeys’ ‘AM’

Album review: Arctic Monkeys’ ‘AM’

The rock band matures on its fifth studio album.

Sept. 4, 2013

Album review: Bastille’s ‘Bad Blood’

Album review: Bastille’s ‘Bad Blood’

The band's debut album impresses with good music and good lyrics.

Sept. 1, 2013

Album review: Franz Ferdinand’s ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’

Album review: Franz Ferdinand’s ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’

Don’t you dare pass up the latest from this rock band.

Aug. 27, 2013

MOVE Movies:

‘Kick-Ass 2’: Getting its ass kicked

If you were looking for dramatic storytelling, “Kick-Ass 2” is not the movie for you. However, if you're looking for gratuitous violence, then this ...

Aug. 27, 2013

Movie review: ‘You’re Next’

The attempted horror film deserves fewer shrieks and far more laughter.

Aug. 20, 2013

A look at LouFest

A look at LouFest

MOVE reviews the latest releases from some of the fest's most anticipated acts.

Aug. 14, 2013

Album review: Luke Bryan's 'Crash My Party'

Album review: Luke Bryan's 'Crash My Party'

The singer's latest fails to impress with the album's stereotypical nu country feel.

Aug. 10, 2013

Movie review: 'Elysium'

Though it takes its time, the film reinvents the wheel and gives a new image to sci-fi.

Aug. 7, 2013

Album Review: 'The Civil Wars'

Album Review: 'The Civil Wars'

Don’t let the duo’s new album be the one that got away.

Aug. 6, 2013

Pitchfork in review

Pitchfork in review

Here are our thoughts on the performers after this year's indie fest.

Aug. 4, 2013

Movie review: '2 Guns'

Despite entertaining performances by the lead actors, the film is just a typical action movie.

July 31, 2013

Album review: Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines"

Album review: Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines"

A sex-charged album that leaves no lines blurred

July 31, 2013

Album review: Tech N9ne's 'Something Else'

Album review: Tech N9ne's 'Something Else'

Looks like it's time for the rapper to reload.

July 28, 2013

Movie review: 'The To-Do List'

The comedy flops in its attempts to develop characters and teach life lessons.

July 21, 2013

Movie review: 'The Conjuring'

The much-anticipated horror film scared its way into our favor.

July 17, 2013

Album Review: Matt Nathanson’s ‘Last of the Great Pretenders’

Album Review: Matt Nathanson’s ‘Last of the Great Pretenders’

Nathanson’s latest production will you have pining for the golden days (and the Golden Gate Bridge).

July 17, 2013

Album Review: Sara Bareilles’ ‘The Blessed Unrest'

Album Review: Sara Bareilles’ ‘The Blessed Unrest'

She may not wear a meat dress or be married to Jay-Z, but Bareilles’ new album proves she has one thing: talent to spare.

July 16, 2013

Pitchfork preview: part three

Pitchfork preview: part three

The Windy City's indie fest brings even more acts to watch out for on its third and final day.

July 15, 2013

Movie review: 'Pacific Rim'

Combining prehistoric dinosaurs and futuristic gladiators is actually a recipe for fun.

July 8, 2013

Pitchforkin' it: a preview

Pitchforkin' it: a preview

Here's our list of acts to watch out for on the festival's second day, whether you're in Chicago or not.

July 1, 2013

A Pitchfork preview: acts to watch out for

A Pitchfork preview: acts to watch out for

You might not be in Chicago, but you should still check out these up-and-coming indie artists.

June 19, 2013

Album review: Kanye West's ‘Yeezus’

Album review: Kanye West's ‘Yeezus’

The latest from West reestablishes his place as the master of hip-hop.

June 12, 2013

Album review: Jimmy Eat World’s ‘Damage’

Album review: Jimmy Eat World’s ‘Damage’

The latest from the rock band is musically fab, but lyrically drab.

June 9, 2013

Movie review: 'The Purge'

With an intriguing plot line but no character build-up, the thriller leaves something to be desired.

May 23, 2013

Album review: Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories'

Album review: Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories'

The electronic duo calls on '80s for new album, but the '80s don't call back.

Feb. 26, 2013

Buckcherry- 'Confessions' – 3.5 out of 5 stars

Confessions is Buckcherry’s sixth studio album since 1999, and it certainly holds true to their signature hard rock sound. However, the band’s first ...

Feb. 26, 2013

‘Safe Haven’: 1 out of 5 stars

“Safe Haven” is the latest film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel, starring Julianne Hough as Katie and Josh Duhamel as Alex. In this romantic ...

Feb. 26, 2013

‘Snitch’: 2.5 out of 5 stars

As we all know, any movie with former wrestler and very large man Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson probably won’t be headlining the Academy Awards ...

Oct. 22, 2012

‘Nashville': 3.5 out of 5 stars

Try as it might, ABC couldn't quite hit the high note with its newest show, “Nashville.” Connie Britton, best known for her role as ...

Oct. 22, 2012

'The Perks of Being a Wallflower': 4.5 out of 5 stars

It’s always so refreshing when shyness and awkwardness are celebrated in a movie. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” does just that, while also ...

Oct. 22, 2012

‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower' soundtrack: 5 out of 5 stars

Compiling a movie soundtrack has become a lost art. But it should be pretty easy, right? After all, the only things that need to be ...

Aug. 24, 2012

Josh Sipp on 'The Expendables 2'

On the positive side, "The Expendables 2" didn't skimp on the pyrotechnics.

Aug. 21, 2012

2 Chainz — ‘Based on a T.R.U. Story’: 1 out of 5 stars

The rap game seems to be treated as less of a dog-eat-dog, survival-of-the-fittest contest than the rest of the music industry. Instead, rappers work on ...

Aug. 21, 2012

‘Shark Week’: 5 out of 5 stars

A group of people gathers around the TV set, their eyes glued to the screen. They cheer, they gasp and they drop their jaws in ...

June 27, 2012

‘Snooki & JWoww’: 0 out of 5 stars

Look out, New Jersey: newly engaged Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jennifer “JWoww” Farley decided to embark on one last adventure before finally growing up. Many ...

June 24, 2012

‘Snow White and the Huntsman:’ 4 out of 5 stars

Say what you will about "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart, but it’s hard not to fall in love with this dark and mature vision of ...

June 5, 2012

‘Along for the Ride’ by Sarah Dessen: 5 out of 5 stars

For the first time, all Auden wanted was a carefree summer, a chance to be a normal teenager before embarking on a new chapter in ...

June 5, 2012

‘Game of Thrones’ by George R.R. Martin: 5 out of 5 stars

Fans of HBO’s hit TV show “Game of Thrones” have started filling in the long waits between seasons with George R.R. Martin's ...

June 5, 2012

‘Marvel's The Avengers’: 4 out of 5 stars

It’s summertime, which can only mean three things in the movie theater: explosions, action and pure adrenaline. What better way to kick off the ...

April 6, 2012

Column: Noctourniquet as cosmic, long and frustrating as its title

Prog rockers The Mars Volta give listeners the kitchen sink and then some on latest release.

Feb. 12, 2012

Review: Steve-O delivers laughs at Déjà Vu

The "Jackass" star performed five shows last weekend at the local comedy club.

Feb. 5, 2012

Arts & Entertainment:

"Desperate Housewives" series - 4 out of 5 stars

It all started and possibly will end with a seemingly perfect woman’s secrets being unfolded for the world to see. "Desperate Housewives," the groundbreaking ...

Dec. 1, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Florence and the Machine: ‘Ceremonials’— 4.5 out of 5 stars

Since the release of their debut album Lungs, Florence Welch and her talented band have captivated listeners with unique melodies and one of the most ...

Nov. 28, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

The Beach Boys: 'Smile' – 5 out of 5 stars

There is not much debate that The Beach Boys created some of pop’s greatest and most influential works. From the oceanic vibes of “Surfin ...

Nov. 16, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

'Melancholia' – 4 out of 5 stars

It all starts with a non-descript rumble that shakes the tiniest of objects. Many can’t understand why this is happening, but none are in ...

Nov. 16, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

'Jack and Jill' – 0 out of 5 stars

There are rare times in films when not only do you feel physically ill, but you also feel as if the world is tumbling down ...

Nov. 14, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Tech N9ne: Welcome to Strangeland – 4 out of 5 stars

The opening two tracks of Tech N9ne’s collaboration album Welcome to Strangeland lives up to the album’s title by being, well, strange. The ...

Nov. 13, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Pusha T: 'Fear of God II: Let Us Pray' – 4.5 out of 5 stars

Pusha T’s Fear of God II: Let Us Pray is full of simple raps and rhyme schemes, but his words are so authentic and ...

Nov. 6, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

‘Footloose’– 4 out of 5 stars

Remakes of films are usually made for one of two reasons. Reason one: The movie company has completely run out of ideas, so they decide ...

Nov. 4, 2011

Rum Diary serves as star's farewell to an old friend

Depp’s second performance as iconic writer Hunter S. Thompson is entertaining, even if the film isn’t.

Nov. 3, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

'Once Upon a Time' – 4 out of 5 stars

Once upon a time, there was a TV show that brought the fairy tale characters we know and love into our world. “Once Upon a ...

Nov. 2, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Sleepy Kitty: 'Infinite City' – 5 out of 5 stars

From the opening beat of the thumping “Gimme a Chantz!,” it is evident that Sleepy Kitty’s latest album Infinite City is fun and eclectic ...

Oct. 25, 2011

Jack’s Mannequin: People and Things — 4 out of 5 stars

Pop rock group Jack’s Mannequin does what it does best on its third album People and Things. The rich orchestrated tones of the piano ...

Oct. 24, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

‘Paranormal Activity 3’ – 4 out of 5 stars

Covenants, cults and curses: the third addition to the “Paranormal” series adds more background to the story of Katie and Kristi than you could have ...

Oct. 18, 2011

Ryan Adams: Ashes and Fire – 3 out of 5 stars

Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams is notoriously prolific and musically diverse, having created an astounding 13 albums since the millennium began, dabbling in styles as diverse as ...

Oct. 4, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

“What’s Your Number?” – 2.5 out of 5 stars

Unsurprisingly, “What’s Your Number?” adds up to nothing more than another recycled, predictable romantic comedy. As I watched the main character count her number ...

Oct. 4, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Mr. Gnome: 'Madness in Miniature' – 4.5 out of 5 stars

Independent artists, indie rock bands in particular, tend to get caught in the “throw everything in and see what happens” trap in order to impress ...

Oct. 3, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Gavin DeGraw: ‘Sweeter’ – 5 out of 5 stars

If music were a drug, Gavin DeGraw would be my dealer. The musician’s fourth studio album just dropped last week, and I was addicted ...

Sept. 24, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Lucy and Wayne and The Amairican Stream: Hymn for Her Presents–4.5 out of 5 stars

When you first listen to “Hymn for Her Presents: Lucy and Wayne and the Amairican Stream,” you feel as if you are thrown into a ...

Sept. 24, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

'Death Valley'–4 out of 5 stars

“These are the stories of the cops that capture the monsters and the camera crew that captures the cops.” MTV’s new series “Death Valley ...

Sept. 24, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

‘Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest’ – 3.5 out of 5 stars

Director Michael Rapaport’s documentary, “Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest,” is a story that is definitely worth telling. It ...

Sept. 24, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

We Came As Romans: 'Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be' – 4 out of 5 stars

Hearing metal-core that has a positive message may sound like a rarity to some people, but We Came As Romans have done this feat for ...

Sept. 19, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

‘Terra Nova’ — 5 out of 5 stars

Steven Spielberg has a reputation for directing and producing amazing science fiction adventures. From “Jurassic Park” to “E.T.,” almost everything Spielberg has put his ...

Sept. 16, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

'Deus Ex: Human Revolution' – 4 out of 5 stars

If you’ve spoken to a PC gamer in the past 11 years, you’ve probably heard the story of "Deus Ex," an action role-playing ...

Sept. 12, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

The Horrible Crowes: ‘Elsie’ – 5 out of 5 stars

In between the incessant touring and promotion for The Gaslight Anthem’s successful 2010 release “American Slang,” lead singer Brian Fallon wrote a lot of ...

Sept. 12, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

George Watsky: 'A New Kind of Sexy' – 4.5 out of 5 stars

YouTube fame is supposed to be fleeting. The website has taken the once figurative ‘15 seconds of fame’ and made it into something far more ...

Sept. 12, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: 'I'm with You' – 4 out of 5 stars

The Red Hot Chili Peppers had a formula: a funk-bred rhythm section, the showy, psychedelic guitar showcase in guitar wunderkind John Frusciante and the vocal ...

Sept. 12, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

'Attack the Block' – 5 out of 5 stars

Director Joe Cornish’s film “Attack the Block” is by far one of the top films of 2011. This sci-fi whirlwind comes from many of ...

Sept. 12, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Lil Wayne: 'Tha Carter IV' – 4 out of 5

Rapper Lil Wayne's massively anticipated "Tha Carter IV" is a stylistic departure sure to leave fans divided. The album starts on a shallow, stereotypical ...

Sept. 12, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Cymbals Eat Guitars: 'Lenses Alien' – 3.5 stars out of 5

Ambition is a word not often associated with modern indie rock these days, so it's a wonderful change of pace that it has been ...

Sept. 7, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Troubadour Dali: ‘Let’s Make it Right’ – 4 out of 5 stars

First things first: Troubadour Dali, St. Louis’ resident neo-shoegaze minstrels are in no way just now emerging from the underground grapevine. It’s impossible to ...

Sept. 7, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Sims: 'Wildlife EP' – 3.5 out of 5 stars

Doomtree, a Minnesota hip-hop collective, has always had a talent that runs deep — maybe too deep. The group is made up of immensely talented emcees ...

Sept. 7, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

'Conan the Barbarian' – 0 out of 5 stars

“Conan the Barbarian” is one of those films that makes you physically ill before you see it, one of those films that is not only ...

Sept. 6, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

‘Colombiana’ – 2.5 out of 5 stars

For a movie full of blood, gore, a little sex and more blood and gore for your viewing pleasure, check out “Colombiana," a stylish but ...

Aug. 30, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Muppets: 'The Green Album' – 4 out of 5 stars

In the lead up to the new Muppets movie, "The Muppets," Disney has released a compilation of songs from The Muppets' catalog performed with a ...

Aug. 22, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

‘Final Destination 5’ – 2 out of 5 stars

Before I describe how completely ridiculous I thought the new "Final Destination" movie was, I have to admit this is the first "Final Destination" film ...

Aug. 22, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Kanye West & Jay-Z: 'Watch the Throne' – 4 out of 5 stars

With all of the hype surrounding Kanye West and Jay-Z’s collaboration album Watch the Throne, fans were awaiting the arrival of something legendary. And ...

Aug. 18, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

311: 'Universal Pulse' – 4.5 out of 5 stars

If you are a fan of 311, then Universal Pulse will not disappoint. The band continues to bring fans its familiar sound but has done ...

July 28, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

The Cool Kids: 'When Fish Ride Bicycles' – 4.5 out of 5 stars

It’s been three long years since Chicagoland duo The Cool Kids dropped their critically acclaimed EP The Bake Sale, the bouncy and coolly confident ...

July 25, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Incubus: 'If Not Now, When?' -- 4 out of 5 stars

Fans of Incubus may be caught a little off guard by If Not Now, When? The band takes its sound in a different direction, but ...

July 12, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

'The Tree of Life' -- 4 out of 5 stars

With movies like “The Thin Red Line” and “The New World”, reclusive director Terrence Malick became a director widely admired audiences, and with his latest ...

June 15, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Arctic Monkeys: 'Suck It And See' – 4 out of 5 stars

Relaxed is the feeling you get after listening to the Beatle-esque album by the Arctic Monkeys, Suck It And See. For first-time listeners of the ...

June 9, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

All Time Low: 'Dirty Work' – 3 out of 5 stars

All Time Low's new album, Dirty Work, carries a sense of familiarity. Many of the songs on this album have catchy hooks and fun ...

June 4, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

'Incendies' – 4.5 out of 5 stars

Being part of the generation that grew up knowing Disney movies could not exist without having the mother character die, I was understandably skeptical when ...

May 31, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Lady Gaga: ‘Born This Way’ – 2.5 out of 5 stars

One of the most anticipated albums of the year, Lady Gaga’s Born This Way is in stores and selling quickly among Gaga fans. But ...

May 31, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

My Morning Jacket: 'Circuital' - 5 out of 5 stars

To those who aren't familiar with the band My Morning Jacket, it is an authentic American rock and roll group. I emphasize the word ...

May 30, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ – 2.5 out of 5 stars

"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" was so disappointing it managed to turn the tides of even the most devoted "Pirates" fans into harsh ...

May 10, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Tyler, the Creator: 'Goblin' – 4 out of 5 stars

Breaking into the mainstream conscious with the music video for “Yonkers,” an explosive performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and a record deal with ...

May 3, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

The Antlers: ‘Bust Apart’ – 4 out of 5 stars

Not to be confused with a certain basketball cheering section, Brooklyn-based post-rockers The Antlers will release their fourth studio album, Burst Apart, on May 9 ...

May 2, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Silverstein 'Rescue' – 5 out of 5 stars

Silverstein never fails to make consistently strong albums. Its lyrics are always poetic, the melodies heartfelt and the screams energetic and raw. Its new album ...

May 2, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

The Beastie Boys: 'Hot Sauce Committee Part 2' – 4 out of 5 stars

After the short movie “Fight For You Right Revisited," featuring Will Ferrell, was released, the Beastie Boys released their long awaited album Hot Sauce Committee ...

April 29, 2011

Column:

Giamatti’s wrestling comedy is a ‘Win Win’

These days, it’s not uncommon to hear talk of financial pressures, people struggling to make ends meet and feeling down on their luck, and ...

April 27, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

'Parks and Recreation' – 5 out of 5 stars

When “Parks and Recreation” first popped up, it mostly got brushed off as a ploy by NBC to to cash in on the popularity of ...

April 25, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

'Rubber' — 3 out of 5 stars

"In the Steven Spielberg movie 'E.T,' why is the alien brown?" "No reason." "In 'Love Story,' why do the two characters fall madly in ...

April 25, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

'Bridesmaids' – 4.5 out of 5 stars

"Bridesmaids" is a classic example of our need to laugh at other people's pain. Annie (Kristen Wiig) has already hit rock bottom at the ...

April 22, 2011

Column:

'The Conspirator' misleads, disappoints

I have good news and bad news. First, the good: “The Conspirator” is the best movie with both a Lincoln and a lawyer out right ...

April 18, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Fleet Foxes: 'Helplessness Blues' – 4.5 out of 5 stars

With its extraordinary debut in 2008, Seattle's Fleet Foxes helped propel the modern resurgence in folk music, such as Mumford and Sons and The ...

April 18, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

TV on the Radio: 'Nine Types of Light' — 4.5 out of 5 stars

TV on the Radio's newly released album Nine Types of Light is nine kinds of awesome. Not only has TVOTR produced an aesthetic funk ...

April 12, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Snoop Dogg: 'Doggumentary' – 3 out of 5 stars

Back in the day, Snoop Dogg rapped alongside the likes of 2Pac and Dr. Dre. Today, Snoop Dogg's newest album features T-Pain, R. Kelly ...

April 12, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

The Foo Fighers: 'Wasting Light' – 4 out of 5 stars

The Foo Fighters' newest album Wasting Light was recorded in front man Dave Grohl's garage with the intent of producing a truly raw rock ...

April 11, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Ha Ha Tonka: 'Death of a Decade' – 4 out of 5 stars

Ha Ha Tonka is a difficult band to pin down. Hailing from rural southern Missouri, they use traditional Ozarkian instrumentation with sensational four-part vocal harmonies ...

April 11, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Various Artists: 'Tron: Legacy Reconfigured' – 3 out of 5 stars

How do you remix a score? That’s a question Tron: Legacy Reconfigured attempts to answer. Given access to the original soundtrack to “Tron: Legacy ...

April 11, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Panda Bear: 'Tomboy' – 3.5 out of 5 stars

At some point over the last couple of years Noah Lennox had to have started feeling like the Atlas of the music industry. Releasing two ...

April 11, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

'Source Code' – 4 out of 5 stars

Most time-travel films visit distant lands or distant eras in time, but the new film, "Source Code," is a little different from all the rest ...

April 7, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

'Plain White T's' concert – 5 out of 5 stars

At the Blue Note on April 6, Andy Grammar, Parachute and a little band called The Plain White T’s performed energetically to a female ...

April 7, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

'Extreme Couponing' – 3 out of 5 stars

Two million viewers learned the new commandment, "thou shalt not pay retail price," after tuning in Wednesday night to TLC’s newest show, “Extreme Couponing ...

April 4, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

The Weeknd: 'House of Balloons' – 4.5 out of 5 stars

The Weeknd has been taking the hype-machine for a joyride all over roads of the Internet since the release of its enigmatic-fueled, Internet R&B ...

April 4, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Protest The Hero: 'Scurrilous' – 3 out of 5 stars

Canadian progressive metal band Protest The Hero’s third album release Scurrilous is another solid project, full of complex rhythms, blasting drumbeats and roaring guitar ...

April 4, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

'Millennium Trilogy' – 4.5 out of 5 stars

While many of you spring-breakers were lounging on the sultry beaches in Florida flaunting toned bikini bodies, I was having my own escapades right at ...

March 30, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Britney Spears: 'Femme Fatale' – 3.5 out of 5 stars

If you see me walking around campus with my headphones and a somewhat paranoid look on my face, blame Britney Spears. I’ve never been ...

March 29, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: 'Belong' – 3.5 out of 5 stars

New York’s premier pun-loving group, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, swept away critics in 2009 with their cutesy, adorable music that focused ...

March 28, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Cirque Montage at Jesse Auditorium – 4 out of 5 stars

Imagine a typical Cirque du Soleil show, and then peel away the excess. Remove most of the scenery and the backup performers. Place the spotlight ...

March 28, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

'Cold Weather' – 4 out of 5 stars

An ex-girlfriend calls and asks to see you because she’s in town, you hangout a couple of times and everything’s sort of nice ...

March 23, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Jennifer Hudson: 'I Remember Me' – 4.5 out of 5 stars

Physically, Jennifer Hudson might have trimmed off 80 pounds since her last album release. Her voice, on the other hand, did not. It’s still ...

March 21, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Mountain Goats: 'All Eternal Decks' – 3 out of 5 stars

There’s that scene in “Walk the Line” when Johnny Cash is singing his gospel songs for the producer at Sun Studio. When the producer ...

March 21, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy: 'Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy' – 5 out of 5 stars

Many genres of music have experienced major transformations in the past 25 years. At times certain genres are unrecognizable from what they once were. Therefore ...

March 21, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

The Dodos: 'No Color' – 3.5 out of 5 stars

Fans who were let down by The Dodos' mellowed-out album, Time to Die, will be pleased to know in its new album, No Color, the ...

March 21, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

‘Somewhere’ – 4.5 out of 5 stars

Like a sunset, writer-director Sofia Coppola’s latest film “Somewhere” offers a delicate glimpse at a regularly stunning occurrence that’s taken for granted. And ...

March 20, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Green Day: 'Awesome As Fuck' – 4.5 out of 5 stars

Awesome As Fuck is the best way to describe the latest release from Green Day. Unlike their previous live album, Bullet In A Bible, Awesome ...

March 17, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Panic! At the Disco: 'Vices and Virtues' – 4.5 out of 5 stars

Fans of the foursome that created the ragtime and techno inspired album A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out will be pleased – recently renovated band ...

March 15, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Rebecca Black: 'Friday' single – 4.99 out of 5 stars

As harsh as this might be, some people need to learn how to write a song. I’m talking to you, Eminem; Lady GaGa; Bob ...

March 15, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Noah and the Whale: 'Last Night on Earth' – 3.5 out of 5 stars

The English Indie folk sensation Noah and the Whale released its third studio album, Last Night on Earth, on March 15 in the United States ...

March 14, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Biffy Clyro: 'Only Revolutions' – 3 out of 5 stars

Artists from the United Kingdom have crossed over into the U.S. music market in a big way throughout the past 10 years. These artists ...

March 11, 2011

Column:

'The Adjustment Bureaus' plot eclipsed by love story

It’s 2010. A slightly younger version of director George Nolfi is watching “Inception” for the first time on a recommendation from a friend. As ...

March 8, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Lupe Fiasco: 'Lasers' – 3.5 out of 5 stars

It’s pretty easy to link Lupe Fiasco to Kanye West. Both are from Chicago. Both work with a variety of collaborators. Oh, and they ...

March 8, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

R.E.M: 'Collapse Into Now' – 4 out of 5 stars

With its 15th proper studio album Collapse Into Now, R.E.M. has created something of a career retrospective. Rather than revamping its sound, as ...

March 8, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Kurt Vile: 'Smoke Ring for My Halo' – 3.5 out of 5 stars

If Bob Dylan and Sheryl Crow had a child, it would be Kurt Vile. His music combines clever, whispering lines with a constant strumming that ...

March 7, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Eisley: 'The Valley' – 2.5 out of 5 stars

Eisley, the indie pop quintet from Texas, appeared in mid-2003 when they introduced their first EP, Laughing City. Six EPs and two albums later, Eisley ...

March 7, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Dropkick Murphys: 'Going Out In Style' – 4 out of 5 stars

With St. Patrick’s Day just weeks away, it seems fitting that Dropkick Murphys realsed a new album, Going Out In Style. For this Irish-punk ...

March 4, 2011

Column:

‘I Am Number Four’ underwhelming

I didn’t know much about the plot of “I Am Number Four” before seeing it. The trailers only told me to expect explosions, two ...

March 1, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

G. Love: 'Fixin' to Die' – 4 out of 5 stars

Since 1992, G. Love has made a name for himself with his unique mixture of blues and hip-hop. But after 2008's Superhero Brother, it ...

March 1, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Wiz Khalifa: 'Cabin Fever' – 4 out of 5 stars

The recent commercial success of rapper Wiz Khalifa has taken him to new heights in the hip-hip world. His most recent single, "Black and Yellow ...

Feb. 28, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Lykke Li: 'Wounded Rhymes' – 4 out of 5 stars

Li’s debut album, Youth Novels, served as an electro-pop-groove anthem for those who enjoy circling the dance floor on their toes, and for those ...

Feb. 27, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

'Four Lions' – 3.5 out of 5 stars

What happens when a first-time director comes up with an idea to make fun of one of the most serious issues plaguing the world? The ...

Feb. 27, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Patrick Stump: 'Truant Wave' – 5 out of 5 stars

If you love Fall Out Boy (which I most certainly do), do not pick up Patrick Stump’s new EP, Truant Wave, expecting to hear ...

Feb. 27, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Beady Eye: 'Different Gear, Still Speeding' – 4.5 out of 5 stars

What do you call Oasis? A great band. But what do you call Oasis without Noel Gallagher? Still a great band. Beady Eye, the result ...

Feb. 25, 2011

Column:

'Unknown' plot twists leave viewer with little reward

“Unknown” definitely gets an “A” for effort. It tries so hard to be a psychological thriller, it sometimes resembles an overenthusiastic puppy. But like a ...

Feb. 22, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Radiohead: 'King Of Limbs' – 1.5 out of 5 stars

“What the Hell?” is the first thing that comes to mind after listening to the new Radiohead album. King Of Limbs sounds like a high ...

Feb. 22, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Toro Y Moi: 'Underneath the Pine' – 5 out of 5 stars

Translated from its half-Spanish-half-French jargon, "Toro Y Moi" means "Bull and Me." It's unclear what part the bull plays (drums perhaps?), but the "me ...

Feb. 20, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Adele: '21' – 4.5 out of 5 stars

In early 2008, blue-eyed soul sensation Adele debuted her set of pipes with the release of her first album 19. This album was a critical ...

Feb. 20, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Valencia: 'Dancing With a Ghost' – 4 out of 5 stars

The alternative-rock-punk-emo band Valencia can be classified under so many different categories one would think their music would get swept under the rug. Upon further ...

Feb. 18, 2011

Column:

'Rabbit Hole' illustrates the journey of grief

There’s a general consensus that the loss of a loved one is one of the most devastating and confusing times in a person’s ...

Feb. 17, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Mogwai: 'Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will' – 2.5 out of 5 stars

Back again — and as the album title might suggest — with a vengeance, Glasgow guitar-rockers Mogwai return in 2011 and with one of the most bad-ass ...

Feb. 17, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

'Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds' – 4.5 out of 5 stars

Much to the anticipation of button mashers and arcade masters around the world, Capcom released the third iteration of its legendary fighting series, "Marvel vs ...

Feb. 17, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

PJ Harvey: 'Let England Shake' – 4.5 out of 5 stars

The sound of war would typically be defined by the echoes of gunfire, screaming and other tortuous reverberations constituting sheer terror. It can now also ...

Feb. 17, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Cut Copy: 'Zonoscope' – 5 out of 5 stars

Zonoscope is the third studio album from Austrialian, synth-pop band Cut Copy. Like most of Cut Copy’s work, this album is extremely accessible and ...

Feb. 15, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Drive-By Truckers: 'Go-Go Boots' — 2.5 out of 5 stars

Go-Go Boots, the ninth studio album by the alternative country band Drive-By Truckers has in it a few solid, authentic tunes, but musters up little ...

Feb. 15, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

James Blake: 'James Blake' — 4.5 out of 5 stars

Looking back over 2010, James Blake covered a whole lot of ground in a very short time, releasing a new EP almost quarterly. And while ...

Feb. 14, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Lady GaGa: 'Born This Way' Single — 4 out of 5 stars

Lady GaGa’s new single “Born This Way” has been so hyped it couldn’t possibly live up to all the talk. No, it didn ...

Feb. 14, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

The Great Sabatini: 'Napoleon Sodomite' — 3 out of 5 stars

Sludge metal band The Great Sabatini recently released a 7” titled Napoleon Sodomite that uses musical techniques different from its past musical endeavors. The change ...

Feb. 14, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Bright Eyes: 'The People's Key' — 4.5 out of 5 stars

This is Bright Eyes’ last album, says frontman Conor Oberst. There will be no more after this. With the honest relationship Oberst has with his ...

Feb. 14, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never' — 5 out of 5 stars

Haters beware – Justin Bieber has taken entertainment to the next level. With explosions and neon lights to purple sneakers and screaming teen girls, “Justin Bieber ...

Feb. 11, 2011

Column:

'The Fighter' stands up to expecations

There’s a big difference between going to a movie that eventually gets an Oscar nomination and going to one that’s already been nominated ...

Feb. 8, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

'The King's Speech' — 4.5 out of 5 stars

The heartfelt performances of "The King's Speech" radiate in a clear, magnanimous voice. The twentieth century period piece, directed by relative newcomer Tom Hooper ...

Feb. 8, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Destroyer: 'Kaputt' — 3.5 out of 5 stars

Destroyer frontman Dan Bejar brings to mind that family uncle who is only seen on occasion, but every time he appears, all the kids jump ...

Feb. 4, 2011

Column:

'Somewhere' doesn’t lose itself

Whenever I watch a movie I plan to write about, I always bring a pad of paper and a pen for general note-taking purposes. On ...

Feb. 2, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

'Black Swan' — 4 out of 5 stars

Walking out of "Black Swan," I felt pistol-whipped by a strange sort of confusion. Something in my brain didn’t add up after watching the ...

Feb. 1, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

'No Strings Attached' — 4 out of 5 stars

Over the last few years, romantic comedies have become more and more diluted with dry, raunchy humor, poor writing and ultimately, a predictable plot carried ...

Feb. 1, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Cold War Kids: 'Mine Is Yours' — 1.5 out of 5 stars

In 2006, Cold War Kids generated deserved hype with its debut Robbers and Cowards, featuring standout tracks “We Used To Vacation” and “Hang Me Up ...

Feb. 1, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Dave Hause: 'Resolutions' — 4.5 out of 5 stars

Plenty of punk singers have gone solo over the past few years. Frank Turner, Chuck Ragan and Tim Barry among others have all traded in ...

Jan. 31, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Hercules and Love Affair: 'Blue Songs' — 2 out of 5 stars

It can be quite the damning experience to have a debut album become a new classic. In the same way J.K. Rowling’s new ...

Jan. 31, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

'Riverdance' Irish step show — 5 out of 5 stars

Before I saw “Riverdance” on Jan. 27 at Jesse Hall, the only thing I knew was that it was a show about Irish step-dancing. When ...

Jan. 31, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

The Get Up Kids: ‘There are Rules’ — 4.5 out of 5 stars

After almost six years of being out of the spotlight and close to seven years since releasing its last album, The Get Up Kids is ...

Jan. 25, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Smith Westerns: ‘Dye It Blonde’ — 4 out of 5 stars

“It’s evolve or die, really,” British stand-up comic and actor Craig Charles said. “You have to evolve, you have to move on otherwise it ...

Jan. 25, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Cake: 'Showroom of Compassion' — 3 out of 5 stars

Imagine you haven’t eaten cake since 2004. Now suddenly you have cake again. That sugary metaphor refers to the release of Cake’s new ...

Jan. 25, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

The Decemberists: 'The King is Dead' — 4 out of 5 stars

The Decemberists' 2009 release, The Hazards of Love, was an overblown, 17-track rock opera complete with multiple characters, fairy queens, shape-shifters, metal riffs and plenty ...

Jan. 25, 2011

Arts & Entertainment:

Social Distortion: 'Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes' — 4 out of 5 stars

An album that has been seven years in the making has become the first great album of 2011. You can tell Social Distortion really took ...

Dec. 27, 2010

Arts & Entertainment:

Keyshia Cole: 'Calling All Hearts' — 2.5 out of 5 stars

Keyshia Cole is engaged to Cleveland Cavaliers player Daniel Gibson, with whom she had a son with in March. Cole is happy – and that is ...

Dec. 26, 2010

Arts & Entertainment:

'Family Guy: It's a Trap!' -- 1.5 out of 5 stars

"Family Guy" has come out with the third installment of its "Star Wars" spoof series. After watching the movie, one word comes to mind: forced ...

Dec. 21, 2010

Arts & Entertainment:

Keri Hilson: 'No Boys Allowed' — 3.5 out of 5 stars

In case Santa hasn’t completely fulfilled your Christmas list yet, let me suggest one last minute addition – Keri Hilson’s No Boys Allowed. To ...

Dec. 14, 2010

Arts & Entertainment:

Ciara: 'Basic Instinct' — 2.5 out of 5 stars

Basically, Ciara’s Basic Instinct is her plea for her listeners to forgive and forget last year’s calamity, Fantasy Ride. I guess I will ...

Dec. 12, 2010

Arts & Entertainment:

'I Love You Phillip Morris' — 3 out of 5 stars

After seemingly endless delays, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s “I Love You Phillip Morris” has finally been released in the United States. The movie ...

Dec. 12, 2010

Langhorne Slim at Mojo's — 5 out of 5 stars

Arts & Entertainment:

Langhorne Slim at Mojo's — 5 out of 5 stars

Throughout his 11-year career, Langhorne Slim’s closest brush with fame has been an appearance in an insurance commercial. But judging by his performance at ...

Dec. 12, 2010

Arts & Entertainment:

The Beatles' iTunes release — 3 out of 5 stars

Clicking onto Apple’s homepage, my Mac’s screen was flooded with an image of The Beatles. All 13 of The Beatles’ original studio albums ...

Dec. 7, 2010

Arts & Entertainment:

Jazmine Sullivan: 'Love Me Back' — 4 out of 5 stars

While Missy Elliott continues to tease the public by withholding her newest album, she’s still submitting enough to please us. What I’m referring ...

Dec. 7, 2010

Arts & Entertainment:

Daft Punk: 'Tron: Legacy' — 2 out of 5 stars

Disney continues its classic series this next week with its release of "Tron: Legacy." The soundtrack is created by legends in their own right, Daft ...

Nov. 20, 2010

Column:

'Unstoppable:' An enjoyable film until it stops

There are a few facts that are accepted as absolute truths: cats hate everyone, the bread will always fall jelly side down and Denzel Washington ...

Nov. 15, 2010

Arts & Entertainment:

‘Boardwalk Empire’ — 4 out of 5 stars

HBO has another seemingly great drama premiering this fall — “Boardwalk Empire.” Now on its eighth episode, Martin Scorcese’s series has shown it has the ...

Nov. 15, 2010

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‘Blue Valentine’ — 5 out of 5 stars

There are many things in the movie biz that generate poor box office sales — poor promotion, unappealing plot lines or bad early reviews. But one ...

Nov. 5, 2010

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Immigration allegory disappoints in the end

Right around the turn of the millennium, a slew of films made on nonexistent budgets with nonprofessional actors and improvised scripts burst into the American ...

June 7, 2010

MOVE Music:

Eureka welcomes new fans

Rooney has returned with the release of its fourth studio album Eureka. For people who are not familiar with the band, Rooney is an alternative ...

June 2, 2010

Arts & Entertainment:

'Bit.Trip Runner' — 4.5 out of 5 stars

There’s a reason you don’t just run straight through Mario games: Goombas and Koopas don’t have day jobs, so they roam around ...

June 2, 2010

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'Robin Hood' — 2 out of 5 stars

In a world where “going green” is the hottest trend, “Robin Hood” recycles old characters like a liberal soccer mom from San Francisco attempting to ...

April 30, 2010

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'Runaways' rocks and rolls

Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning play a rock-star duo.

April 23, 2010

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'Death at a Funeral' has surprising laughs

There's no beating around the bush: You should hate this movie. Out of pure principle and a love for all that is holy, you ...

April 16, 2010

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Stiller gets serious in 'Greenberg'

In an era of indie films ripe with awkward loners and mundane conversation, "Greenberg" appears on the surface to be just another face in the ...

April 9, 2010

Crash of the Titans

Even with 3-D effects, 'Titans' fails to impress.

March 23, 2010

Arts & Entertainment:

Polanski succeeds with 'Ghost Writer' experiment

A political thriller, when done terribly, can be an unforgiving mar on a director's career. But Roman Polanski has never been afraid to take ...

March 23, 2010

Arts & Entertainment:

New Pokemon games worth exploring

'Pokémon Heart Gold/Soul Silver' Platform: Nintendo DS Publisher: Nintendo Release Date: March 14 Try, if you will, to remember the year 2000. It was ...

March 19, 2010

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'Ribbon' an arresting look at pre-war Germany

So often in the study of Nazi Germany, the horrific evils of the Third Reich gleam so cataclysmically, we forget the quiet tragedies that shaped ...

March 5, 2010

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Fight the hype, Oscars

This year's Oscar season has been plagued by early expectations and hasty hype for what critics and insiders are sure will win big at ...

Feb. 26, 2010

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'Shutter Island' nothing to shudder at

Odd twists and little plot keep the movie from being true horror.

Feb. 23, 2010

Arts & Entertainment:

Local Natives debut talent with vocals

California band Local Natives debut album, Gorilla Manor, is filled with heavy percussion, a Talking Heads cover and shrilling vocals. Surprisingly, none of it is ...

Feb. 23, 2010

Jason Derulo gets in your head

The artists' self-titled album is slated for release March 2.

Feb. 23, 2010

jj overshadows originals with catchy covers

It's pretty clear Swedish indie-poppers jj have something for Lil' Wayne. Last year, they released both jj n° 1 and jj n° 2 to ...

Feb. 19, 2010

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A-list actors couldn't save 'Valentine's Day'

People used to think there was nothing worse than being alone on Valentine's Day, but now there is: the movie "Valentine's Day." "Valentine ...

Feb. 16, 2010

Latest Xiu Xiu album not for new listeners

In the 10 years Xiu Xiu has been putting out music, only one thing has remained constant: singer and guitarist Jamie Stewart. Since 2002, Stewart ...

Feb. 16, 2010

'The Wolfman' bites

"The Wolfman" is yet another example of a classic horror film that should have never been remade. The movie, directed by Joe Johnston, centers on ...

Feb. 16, 2010

'Bioshock 2' gets revenge

It's time to get lost once more in Bioshock's Rapture, the underwater utopian city based on Ayn Rand's objectivist philosophies. This time ...

Feb. 16, 2010

One Life Stand fails to inspire listeners

Electronic juggernaut Hot Chip might have missed with their decidedly downbeat One Life Stand. The British electro-pop group's follow-up to its overwhelmingly exciting dance ...

Feb. 16, 2010

Toro Y Moi experiments with chillwave music

Swirling keyboards and an abundance of reverb are distinguishing characteristics of the emerging genre, chillwave, a genre dominated by Neon Indian, Memory Tapes and Washed ...

Feb. 9, 2010

B.o.B.'s May 25th shows promise

B.o.B. prepares for his debut release with a self-promoting mixtape.

Feb. 9, 2010

Four Tet keeps his footing with There is Love in You

Kieran Hebden experiments with his already experimental sound.

Feb. 5, 2010

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'Broken Embraces' blends style and humor

The Spanish import teams Cruz and Almodóvar to blow your mind.

Feb. 2, 2010

Beach House releases Teen Dream

The latest album from Beach House excels with every track.

Feb. 2, 2010

SMKA another hit from Atlanta

SMKA worked with many artists to produce The 808 Experiment Vol. 2.

Feb. 2, 2010

Vampire Weekend's Contra excites listeners

The sophomore album release tones it down with R&B beats.

Feb. 2, 2010

Los Campesinos! falls out with love

Los Campesinos! makes a spunky downward love spiral.

Feb. 2, 2010

Simplicity key to 'Mass Effect' success

Bioware's new game is as accessible as humanly possible.

Jan. 26, 2010

'Demon's Souls': 2009's most important game

From Software has created a game that's challenging but not very fun.