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A Decade Later, Local Natives Celebrate “Overnight” Success
Published 04/16/2014 at 10:45 a.m.
On paper, Local Natives’ rise to indie-rock stardom reads like an overnight success story. The band’s debut album, 2010’s Gorilla Manor, was an immediate critical favorite, earning pivotal Pitchfork buzz with its dense, harmony-laden arrangements. In the intervening four years, ...
Wes Anderson Regains His Footing in the Old Europe of 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'
Published 03/26/2014 at 10:28 a.m.
Anderson has bounced back splendidly with his eighth film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, tapping into the loopy majesty of his early classics while also finding a fresh creative foothold within a dizzying caper comedy.
Hayao Miyazaki Makes a Graceful Farewell With 'The Wind Rises'
Published 03/19/2014 at 9:30 a.m.
Hayao Miyazaki claims that the Oscar-nominated The Wind Rises, his 11th and most recent feature film, will be his last. If that’s true, the godfather of Japanese anime has bowed out with a near-masterpiece.
Boz Scaggs Finds His Voice at Memphis’ Legendary Royal Studios
Published 07/17/2013 at 11:43 a.m.
Boz Scaggs has survived an impressive five decades in the music industry, first as an eager rock ’n’ roll sideman, then as a blue-eyed soul star, now as an unwavering elder statesman. But for all his commercial success—his 1976 smash, ...
Local Prog/Post-Rock Newcomers Mobility Chief Look to the Future With New Album, Tour
Published 06/19/2013 at 11:58 a.m.
Listen to any of Mobility Chief’s cosmic, shape-shifting jams, and you’ll likely find yourself perplexed. And that’s precisely the point.
James McCartney Slowly Emerges From His Famous Father's Shadow
Published 06/05/2013 at 11:09 a.m. 1 Comment
It isn’t easy for the son of a Beatle to throw his guitar in the closet and become an accountant.
Local Music Review: Wesley Wyrick
Published 05/15/2013 at 11 a.m.
Wesley Wyrick’s debut album, Second Nature, certainly isn’t an easy listen. It’s a psychedelic collage more than a collection of songs—10 eerie tracks built on left-field samples, electronic spasms, and droning, lo-fi synths.
Baz Luhrmann’s 'Great Gatsby': All Spectacle, No Heart
Published 05/15/2013 at 10:48 a.m.
Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby has quite a bit going for it: an epic soundtrack; eye-popping art direction; a titanic-sized (or Titanic-sized) budget, courtesy of co-producer Jay-Z; a number of radiant performances; and source material from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great ...
Nashville Garage-Rock Duo JEFF the Brotherhood Aim for the Big Leagues With Major-Label Debut
Published 05/08/2013 at 10:44 a.m.
Over the course of a decade, under the name JEFF the Brotherhood, Nashville brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall released six albums of fuzzy, tone-deaf stoner-pop, full of blistering punk-pop riffs and hungover power-pop melodies. Their goal? Pay the rent and ...
French Alt-Rock Stars Phoenix Rise Again With 'Bankrupt!'
Published 04/24/2013 at 10:40 a.m.
Bankrupt! (Glassnote) is a logical extension of their trademark style, playing like the woozy hangover after Wolfgang’s decadent night out.