Concert Preview: GRLwood, Oct. 2, Black Cat

Concert Preview: GRLwood, Oct. 2, Black Cat


Louisville punk duo GRLwood will open for indie rock group Man Man at the Black Cat on October 2nd. The duo, made up of guitarist/vocalist Rej Forester and drummer Karen Ledford, describe themselves on their bandcamp page as a “two piece band of Kentucky fried queerdos, wailing at max capacity”. They label their music as…

<i>Ad Astra</i> is Both Alienating and Deeply Human

Ad Astra is Both Alienating and Deeply Human


Bathed in the orange planetary glow of a Martian recording booth, astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) goes off-script. Roy, far from home on the Red Planet colony, is being used by superiors from Earth’s military space command to lure his father, Dr. Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones), out of hiding. Sixteen years prior, on a…

Critical Voices: <i>Charli</i>, Charli XCX

Critical Voices: Charli, Charli XCX


Charli XCX  has emerged again. It’s been five years since her last studio album, two since her last mixtape, and she grounds herself with her new record Charli (2019). Through self-titling the album, Charli invites the audience to immerse themselves in her tangible introspective process.  In her latest album, Charli breaks free from the blaring,…

Concert Preview: Mallrat, Sept. 26, DC9

Concert Preview: Mallrat, Sept. 26, DC9


Australian singer songwriter Grace Shaw, known by her stage name Mallrat, is bringing her eclecticism to DC9 on Thursday, September 26th. Characterized by her surprisingly blunt vulnerability, the 20 year old’s third EP, Driving Music, has become another breakthrough in the up and coming subgenre of bedroom pop.  Since Shaw’s first EP, Uninvited, she’s used…

<i>The Goldfinch</i> is a Poor Reproduction of a Work of Art

The Goldfinch is a Poor Reproduction of a Work of Art


In a rustic West Village workshop, two ostensibly twin claw-foot chairs are set in front of a young Theodore Decker (Oakes Fegley): one an authentic piece of period furniture, the other a reproduction of the antique. The difference between them is tactile—as Theo runs his fingertips over the dark mahogany grain, he finds the reproduction…

Critical Voices: <i>The Nothing</i>, Korn

Critical Voices: The Nothing, Korn


To be blunt, Korn’s The Nothing is their emotionally darkest record yet. The nu-metal outfit’s thirteenth, thirteen-song record dropped (in the most authentically Korn style) on September the thirteenth. The Nothing came to fruition as Jonathan Davis, Korn’s frontman, was mourning the loss of his wife who died of an accidental overdose in August 2018….

Critical Voices: <i>All My Heroes Are Cornballs</i>, JPEGMAFIA

Critical Voices: All My Heroes Are Cornballs, JPEGMAFIA


In the leadup to the release of JPEGMAFIA’s third studio album, All My Heroes Are Cornballs, the Baltimore-based rapper released a series of mock promotional interviews in which he plays his new album to celebrities and films their sarcastic disapproval of his new sound. This serves to not only introduce the listener to the multi-layered…

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