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Review: Searching for Sugar Man

An obscure, forgotten singer-songwriter, Sixto Rodriguez was first discovered in a Detroit bar by celebrated producers Dennis Coffey and Mike Theodore in the late '60s.
The freshman film from Malik Bendjelloul
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 10, 2012
Underworld - Awakening

Review: Underworld: Awakening

The Underworld series got long in the tooth early, but here, in the fourth installment (directed by Swede Måns Mårlind), it grows new fangs.
Brief but bloody
By TOM MEEK  |  January 27, 2012

Review: 2011 Art House Project Shorts Program

Short films are the art of omission, and those in this outstanding Sundance program transform non-sequiturs into surreal poetry.
Surreal poetry
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 20, 2012
Short Take: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Review: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Unfortunately, Fincher doesn't add much to Niels Arden Oplev's Swedish version: more Googling and plot-compressing montages and an altered but still convoluted ending.
Flamboyantly grisly sex crimes
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 23, 2011

Korallreven | Korallreven

Think of the happiest sound you've heard in your life. Maybe it's waves crashing on a serene shoreline, or the delicate rattle of wind chimes.
Acephale (2011) 
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  November 11, 2011
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Review: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

In the era when the Black Panther Party was its most powerful and off-the-pig-threatening and separatist, there was little interest in even conversing with whitey, unless whitey was from somewhere other than the ultra-racist USA.
A collage of privileged documentary moments
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 30, 2011

New album from Little Dragon called Ritual Union

Little Dragon | Ritual Union

On Ritual Union, the third full-length from these mechanical soul weirdos, Little Dragon have managed to get way catchier and also a great deal stranger.
Peacefrog Records (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  July 15, 2011
Fredrick list

Fredrick | Flora

Dreamy Swedish electropop outfit Fredrik bring a mellow collection of tunes stateside with their third album.
The Kora Records (2011)
By MIRIAM LAMEY  |  April 15, 2011
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The Sounds | Something To Die For

The recent news that British electronic act Faithless have called it a day no doubt left dejected ravers reaching for extra MDMA to stave off the tears.
SideOneDummy (2011)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  April 01, 2011

Review: Gorey at the Athenæum, animation at MassArt

In Edward Gorey's old-timey illustrated books, parents leave on an excursion and never return, friends enter a tunnel and never come out, a mother falls ill and dies, a man driving around searching for his lost daughter runs over her with his car, a pec
Cartoon network
By GREG COOK  |  February 18, 2011

Review: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

This Swedish-language adaptation of the bestseller is a B-movie, the screen equivalent of a "summer beach read."
Pulp affliction: this Girl has lost her sting
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 29, 2010


Dance, dance, evolution

They've been working together for a long time, since the late 1990s in Florida and the nascent Slowing Room, which came to Maine to become early innovators of the Portland electronic music scene.
The secret weekend start the party with Energy Broadcast System
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 04, 2009