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 […]

Femejism By Deap Vally

Deap Vally | Femejism | Rating: 8/11 | If the title of Deap Vally’s new record doesn’t make things clear, let me help you out: Deap Vally are not here for your foolishness. No, sir. They’re here to blow up the outside world from the delicate and ladylike perch of their womanhood, wrecking any and all absurd patriarchal tendencies lingering […]

Shape Shift With Me By Against Me!

Against Me! | Shape Shift With Me | Rating: 9/11 | On 2014’s Transgender Dysphoria Blues, we found Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace (and she “found” herself) growling and belting her freedom in gutsy, visceral glory. It wasn’t pretty but it wasn’t supposed to be: it was an honest engagement of the noise going on between the head and heart, […]

Before The Fall by Noah Hawley

Before the Fall | Author: Noah Hawley | Rating: 9.5/11 | Sixteen minutes after take-off, a private jet drops into the sea during a routine run between Martha’s Vineyard and New York City. Only two of the ten people on board survive: Scott Burroughs, a down-on-his-luck painter and recovering alcoholic, and JJ Bateman, the four-year-old son of a wealthy media tycoon. […]