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June 2019

by Vadim Rizov Feature Articles Music

Not Dying Young: A Decade of Vampire Weekend

June 28, 2019

Vampire Weekend were anachronistic from the moment they formed: clean-cut Ivy League youths writing exceptionally clear songs, both in terms of structure and recording clarity. Their first self-titled album officially dropped January of 2008, almost exactly one year before Animal Collective’s Merriwether Post Pavilion, which itself paved the way for what it’s apparently now possible to refer to with a straight face as the “summer of chillwave.” Fuzzy beach songs in, boat shoes out? This narrative seems a little too…

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#KickingtheCanon by Paul Attard Music

2Pac | Me Against the World

Had he not been murdered more than two decades ago, Tupac Shakur would have turned 48 this month; he would be in the third decade of his career, and probably still releasing an album every two years or so. He would also, very possibly,…

June 27, 2019
#StreamingScene by M.G. Mailloux Film

Knife + Heart | Yann Gonzalez

Knife + Heart  was probably the oddest entry in Cannes’s main competition slate last year — a trendy, queer, pop cinema throwback that stood-out in a sea of stodginess from the usual festival circuit faves. Director Yann Gonzalez previously caught the attention of world cinema’s…

June 22, 2019
#StreamingScene by Jaime Grijalba Gomez Film

Belmonte | Federico Veiroj

There are many portraits of human crisis in the annals of cinema. Many take the form of a series of events being heaped upon the main character until the cathartic moment when they either survive their ordeal, or they don’t. But Uruguayan filmmaker Federico…

June 21, 2019
#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Toy Story 4 | Josh Cooley

Ready for another go-round with your vaguely queasy adult feelings about the inner lives of toys? Disney and Pixar are here to oblige. Toy Story 4 does the usual advertised job of making grown-up parents all nostalgic and weepy while delivering a stealth dose…

June 20, 2019
#ObscureObject by Greg Cwik Music

The National | I Am Easy to Find

The National have been making music for about 20 years, and, while their style has developed over those two decades — becoming more ornate, with electronics adding layers of malaise — the sad ex-Brooklynites have a reputation for being ‘consistent,’ meaning they shy away…

June 15, 2019
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