After a career-defining performance at Glastonbury this summer, British grime artist Stormzy is now confronting his place on the throne—a place often as lonely and dangerous as it is rewarding. On Heavy Is the Head, Stormzy asks himself what kind of leader he wants to be, feeling the pressure of a divine test as he raps on early banger "Audacity." Will he be a villainous tyrant who flexes his crown with arrogant bravado, or will he use his platform...Read more
The title sequence of the new Safdie brothers film, Uncut Gems, brings the moviegoer along a CGI-assisted journey through light-years of celestial mist before the camera recedes into footage from a probe deep inside Adam Sander's ass. Watching the opening credits fade over shots of protagonist Howie Ratner's colon--pink and ribbed, like an aquatic worm--is bearing witness to an act that is in the macro graceful and in the micro grotesque, a confusing...Read more
Duster were victims of bad timing and missed chances. The San Jose, California trio has experienced a renaissance as of late, thanks to a comprehensive box set and vinyl reissues of their only two full-length albums through archival music label Numero Group, Contemporary Movement and Stratosphere. But nineteen years ago, the prospect of discovering their spacey, homespun indie-rock was near-impossible considering their past label, Up Records, folded....Read more
Rating: NNNN When I arrive on Monday for the Fine Line listening session at British pub the Oxley in Yorkville, I hear a familiar sound: young women squeeing. "I'm so sorry," apologizes the publicist as she waves a hand in the direction of the enthusiastic group-selfie photo-takers in front of a large Fine Line album cover foamcore print. "The fan event is running a little late." I brush off the apology; after all, I'm among my people. We #AdoreYou...Read more
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