Roadhouse 01 By Allan Rayman

Allan Rayman | February 24, 2017 | Rating: 9/11 “I am the wolf / I walk alone” In those words lie, for the curious and the uninitiated, the crux of the Allan Rayman narrative and begs that we forgo individual song dissection or a bullet point list of the worth of Roadhouse 01’s 13 songs: it deserves better than being […]

Feel Your Feelings Fool! By The Regrettes

The Regrettes | January 13, 2017 | Rating: 8.5/11 | By today’s musical (let alone by traditional punk rock) standards, at 46 minutes The Regrettes’ debut Feel Your Feelings Fool! is a long ass record but that’s probably because the teenage, not yet legal-to-drink Los Angeles quartet had a lot of shit to say with zero urge to bite their collective tongues: […]

Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women by Marianne Monson

Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women | Author: Marianne Monson | Rating: 7/11 | The 19th century westward expansion of the United States is a story every American knows well. So well, in fact, that it has taken on near-mythical proportions in the collective mind and heart of the nation. This chapter in American history is […]

Traces By Madaila

Madaila | November 4, 2016 | Rating: 9.5/11 | As a general rule, it’s always in a writer’s best interest not to lapse into unfortunate cases of hyperbole. So while thinking about this Madaila thing in a straight, linear thought pattern rather than randomly musing, it occurred to me that if you have trouble digesting Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s neurosis, perhaps […]

The Hunna (Fonda Theatre)

The Hunna | Fonda Theatre (Los Angeles, CA) | November 3, 2016 | Photo Credit: Amanda Bard | The Hunna may be from the UK, but by the time the rock quartet took the stage at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, they had been in town long enough to know how to cater to the LA crowd. They focused on the […]

The Neon Demon

The Neon Demon| Director: Nicolas Winding Refn| Rating: 4/11| Director Nicolas Winding Refn’s films have always been a bit over the top, to say the least. Drive and Only God Forgives are enticing looks at humanity (or rather, what happens when morals are tossed to the wind), as well as visually appealing feasts for the eye. Unfortunately The Neon Demon (his horror film set in the modeling world […]

The Paper Menagerie And Other Stories By Ken Liu

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories | Author: Ken Liu | Rating: 11/11 | Short story collections allow readers to savor bite-size narratives in between the regularly scheduled events of their hectic, day-to-day lives. The art of short story telling, however, is rarely tackled with much finesse. To be fair, it’s not an easy task to think of an original […]