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εὐδαιμονία | Issue II

September 27, 2018
Mitski

In an effort to reboot our music coverage, In Review Online is launching monthly features devoted to reviewing new album releases. Last month, we launced εὐδαιμονία (or, Eudaimonia), which we’re presenting in collaboration with the upcoming quarterly journal of the same name, and which will spotlight five worthwhile contemporary music releases, plus one older one, with no genre boundaries. Issue #2 features the latest album from critically acclaimed indie-rocker Mitski; the fourth album by alt-R&B singer-songwriter/producer Blood Orange (A.K.A. Devonté Hynes); two EPs by the electronic artist…

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by Joe Biglin by Paul Attard Feature Articles Music

What Would Meek Do? | Issue 2

September 14, 2018
WWMD2

In an effort to reboot our music coverage, In Review Online has launched monthly features devoted to reviewing new album releases. One such feature is What Would Meek Do? — in which SoundCloud junkies Paul Attard and Joe Biglin run down some of the latest rap releases. The second issue of What Would Meek Do? features takes on legends in their own time (Eminem’s Kamikaze, Nicki Minaj’s Queen), various kinds of cloud rap (Trippie Redd’s Life’s a Trip, Young Thug & Young Stoner Life Records’ Slime Language), and some rappers…

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by Eudaimonia Feature Articles Music

εὐδαιμονία | Issue I

August 17, 2018
Eud 1

In an effort to reboot our music coverage, In Review Online is launching monthly features devoted to reviewing new album releases. The first of these features debuted on Wednesday. Today, we’re launching εὐδαιμονία (or, Eudaimonia), which we present in collaboration with the upcoming quarterly journal of the same name, and which will spotlight five worthwhile contemporary music releases, plus one older one, with no genre boundaries. Issue #1 features a new project from Atlanta rapper Future; albums from two electronic artists (Laurel Halo and Pariah); progressive metal band Deafheaven’s fourth…

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by Joe Biglin by Paul Attard Feature Articles Music

What Would Meek Do? | Issue 1

August 15, 2018
wwmd1

In an effort to reboot our music coverage, In Review Online is launching monthly features devoted to reviewing new album releases. The first of these features to debut is What Would Meek Do? — in which Paul Attard and Joe Biglin run down some of the latest rap releases. The first issue of What Would Meek Do? features their takes on some blockbusters (Travis Scott’s Astroworld, Drake’s Scorpion, The Carters’ Everything Is Love), up-and-coming artists (the 88rising label compilation Head in the Clouds, Denzel Curry’s TA13OO), and rappers who should…

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by InRO Staff Feature Articles Film Year in Review

Top 10 Films of 2018 (So Far)

July 10, 2018
HalftimeFilm

Yesterday, we presented our Top 10 Albums of the Year (So Far). Today, we do the same for film — which also gives us the chance to offer takes on some films that haven’t been covered in our regular Blockbuster Beat reviews. (In fact, not a single “blockbuster” made the list, unless you count that dog movie we failed to review during its release.) Generally speaking, our best films of 2018 are actually from 2017: festival premieres from Toronto, Cannes, Sundance, etc. that took…

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by InRO Staff Feature Articles Music Year in Review

Quick Takes on Albums 2018 – Halftime (Part 3)

July 6, 2018
XXXTentacion

All this week at In Review Online, we’re presenting our takes on some notable (and less notable) albums that saw release during the first six months of the year. In the third of four installments (find the first one here and the second one here), we look at some recently released albums, which means we finally wade into the G.O.O.D. Music release cycle conversation that’s been dominating industry discourse. We also grapple with the presumably final album from controversial rapper XXXTentacion, who was shot and killed on…

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by InRO Staff Feature Articles Music Year in Review

Quick Takes on Albums 2018 – Halftime (Part 2)

July 4, 2018
Halftime2

All this week at In Review Online, we’ll be presenting our takes on some notable (and less notable) albums that saw release during the first six months of the year, more or less chronologically. In the second of four installments (find the first one here), we look primarily at spring 2018 releases, including a career summative statement from dream-pop duo Beach House; a major rap debut from former reality TV star Cardi B; a record-breaking album from K-pop boy band BTS; and more.…

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by InRO Staff Feature Articles Music Year in Review

Quick Takes on Albums 2018 – Halftime

July 3, 2018
Halftime1

All this week at In Review Online, we’ll be presenting our takes on some notable (and less notable) albums that saw release during the first six months of the year, more or less chronologically. In the first of four installments, we look at quarter one 2018 releases, including a strong feminist statement from ’90s alterna-pop hero Tracey Thorn; Justin Timberlake’s failed-experiment pop blockbuster; the long awaited return of ’90s indie-rock heroes the Breeders; and plenty of others.…

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by Odie Henderson Feature Articles Music

Isaac Hayes, the Way Nature Intended: Hot Buttered Soul, Shaft, and Black Moses

April 2, 2018
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On February 23rd, Craft Recordings issued remasters of three classic Isaac Hayes albums, 1969’s Hot Buttered Soul and 1971’s Shaft and Black Moses. Each has been carefully restored and pressed to vinyl, the way nature intended, with their memorable album covers also meticulously recreated. The trilogy documents Hayes’s journey from Stax Records producer and songwriter to legendary performer in his own right, taking the listener through over three hours of classic soul jams that range from the eerily quiet to…

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by Kyle Turner Feature Articles Music

Eat, Survive, Make Music: An Interview With Joe Benjamin

January 12, 2017
JB

If Damien Chazelle’s recent film La La Land essentially uses its every frame to try and justify its pastiche nature, through a sense of disenchantment, then Joe Benjamin & a Mighty Handful is the kind of band that doesn’t really feel it necessary to make that kind of effort; they just let themselves be there for the audience that wants them to be. And if you’re with their freewheeling, kind of kookie frontman (who recalls Alan Cumming in Bob Fosse’s Cabaret), then head to one…

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by Simon Abrams Feature Articles Music

ZAPPAtite Is a Dish Best… Not Served at All

October 13, 2016
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 25:  Singer songwriter Frank Zappa poses for a portrait in the editing room of his Laurel Canyon home on March 25, 1972 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ed Caraeff/Getty Images)

“One of these days, I’m going to erase all the tapes in the world. Tomorrow I may do it. All the Frank Zappa masters: nothing, blank, empty space.” —Frank Zappa, “Are You Hung Up?”  What would the world be like if ZAPPAtite, a new best-of compilation of music by poly-generic composer/prodigy Frank Zappa, served as its primary method of Zappa education? This is (hopefully) my less aggro way of asking, “Who needs this fucking thing anyway?” ZAPPAtite, a concept proposed…

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