Movie Review: The House That Jack Built

By Jon Fuchs, Music Director [Zentropa; 2018] Rating: 8/10 A Lars von Trier film without controversy is like an ocean without tides, but the non-stop outrage that came out of Cannes this year for his newest film, The House That Jack Built, felt more sinister than usual. Over 100 people stormed out of the theater…

Album Review: Anderson .Paak – Oxnard

By Kwase Lane, Contributor [Aftermath; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Key tracks: “6 Summers”, “Cheers”, “Sweet Chick” In his third studio album and final “beach trilogy” entry, Anderson Paak showers the auditory canvas with musical ideas of different tints and tones. Oxnard shows how far Anderson has come from Venice, even if it isn’t as critically acclaimed…

Movie Review: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

By Jessica Jones, Contributor [Netflix; 2018] Rating: 8/10 As if we didn’t already have enough Western-inspired movies from Joel and Ethan Coen, The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs brings you six short anthologies in one feature-length film. Each 20-ish-minute-long episode takes on a different perspective of living in the wild, wild West. This style of storytelling…

Movie Review: Suspiria

By Andrew Breazeale, Contributor [Amazon Studios; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Suspiria is a disorienting, hypnotic and precise mix of horror and dance. The story centers on a dance academy in Berlin in 1977 that doubles as a home for a coven of witches who cast magic through dance. We follow the stories…

Album Review: Lil Peep – Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 2

By Lane Moore, Contributor [Columbia; 2018] Rating: 3.5/10 Key tracks: “Life is Beautiful”, “Fingers” Lil Peep’s first posthumous record, Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 2, resembles found footage that was sculpted into a full project by Peep’s producer, Smokeasac. Whether it is the result of the record’s unfinished, puzzle-piece complexion or Smokeasac’s tampering, Come…

Album Review J Mascis – Elastic Days

By Abby Jeffers, Contributor [Sub Pop; 2018] Rating: 6/10 Key tracks: “Drop Me”, “Elastic Days”, “Web So Dense” Marketed as a slight electric shift from his previous acoustic albums, Several Shades of Why and Tied To A Star, J Mascis released another project in a string of solo albums, Elastic Days. The frontman of Dinosaur…

Movie Review: Beautiful Boy

By Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer [Amazon Studios; 2018] Rating: 7/10 With the country deep in the middle of an opioid crisis, it’s no surprise that one of the most Oscar bait-like movies of the year is Beautiful Boy, an autobiographical story based on the books by father and son David and Nic Sheff about the…

Album Review: Charles Bradley – Black Velvet

By Kwase Lane, Contributor [Dunham; 2018] Rating: 8/10 Key tracks: “Slip Away”, “(I Hope You Find) The Good Life”, “Fly Little Girl” Serving as a sort of final gift from the Screaming Eagle of Soul, Black Velvet is a lovingly curated collection of covers and original compositions by Charles Bradley. After being taken from the…

Album Review: cupcakKe – Eden

By Andrew Breazeale, Contributor [Self-Released; 2018] Rating: 8/10 Key tracks: “PetSmart”, “Garfield”, “A.U.T.I.S.M” If cupcakKe’s consecutively released albums are a staircase to her success, her fourth full-length album, Eden, is a giant step upward. The Chicago-born rapper Elizabeth Eden Harris released her second album of 2018 and doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. With…