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Los Campesinos!: Hello Sadness

Despite a penchant for ironic melancholy, British indie-pop group Los Campesinos! are typically bright and buoyant, their sprightly sound belying dejected lyrics about romantic insecurity. But in their fourth LP, Hello Sadness, the band greet sadness full on, and their music suffers for it. The record retains their dreadful lyrics,
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Childish Gambino: Camp

Childish Gambino has traded in the Jesus piece for short-shorts and Top-Siders, and he’s ruthlessly unapologetic about it. Many know Donald Glover, the writer-actor-comedian and once-upon-a-time front-runner to play Spider-Man. Others know him as Troy from NBC’s “Community,” but some may still be in the dark on his other-other name,
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A Matter of Life and Death

Only a bulletproof glass window stands between Werner Herzog and Michael Perry, a 28-year-old death row inmate executed eight days after their interview. But Herzog, perhaps the most humane and methodical filmmaker of our time, is able to break the glass, to penetrate into the soul of a man who
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Private Eye

Clint Eastwood’s screen biography of iconic former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover falters in its depiction of its complex subject.

It seems like Clint Eastwood is bent on coming out with a new movie (or two) every fall. The darkened faces draped in heavy shadows seen throughout his films hint at the possibility of emotional grandeur. But as of late, with each over-hyped release an inescapable feeling of disappointment has
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Kurt Vile: So Outta Reach

It’s easy to stereotype Kurt Vile as just another psych-rock dude who loves reverb, smokes weed and has a propensity for using the word “yeah.” Accented by backing band The Violators, whose members’ long brown locks evoke an Addams Family vibe, Vile certainly looks the part of the shiftless, folk-influenced
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TV Land: Something completely different

The late ’90s were trying times for all of us. It was clear the apocalypse was near as Y2K was imminent, the first “Star Wars” prequel was released and some sadistic son of a bitch decided bleached tips were an attractive quality for pre-adolescent boys. For better or worse, Lance
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Atlas Sound: Parallax

In an age of endless touring and interviewing and Tweeting, Bradford Cox — the indie wonder-boy behind solo project Atlas Sound — has developed an enigmatic persona that’s both distant and within reach; he gives few interviews, but will drop demos, thoughts and entire albums on his blog. He allows
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David Lynch: Crazy Clown Time

Regardless of the medium he works in, David Lynch has a penchant for twisting kitsch into the weirdest shit you’ve ever seen. In his celebrated surrealist films, such as “Mulholland Drive” and “Blue Velvet,” tired storylines and familiar characters go through the fractured filter of the director’s mind. Cliches reemerge
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