The goal of most of today’s movies is to transport an audience elsewhere. Director John Hillcoat achieves this better than most in Lawless, starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, and Guy Pearce. Hillcoat strategically uses shots of Appalachian landscapes and rustic folk music to put the audience in 1920s
Although Austin-based singer-songwriter David Ramirez has released several recordings over the past few years, it’s clear from the first track that there is something uniquely intimate about Apologies. It’s recently become the trend for singer-songwriters to pare down their music, becoming more acoustic and writing lyrics that are more real
“While I love cycling and embrace it in all its forms, I’m also extremely critical.” This is the first of a total of four sentences with which Eben Weiss, more commonly known as BikeSnobNYC, uses to describe himself on his blog with the same name. He then spends the next
I heard Kendrick Lamar’s first single from his new album, “Swimming Pools (Drank),” shortly after seeing him perform in Chicago this summer. When I first heard it, I was concerned with what it meant in terms of the direction of his (technically speaking) second studio album, good kid, m.A.A.d city.
Indie veteran groups Spoon and Wolf Parade have been around for decades. Both have released albums to critical acclaim, both have headlined national (and even international) tours and both have reached the beloved land of Indie Stardom. Now, frontman of Spoon, Britt Daniel, and Co-leader of Wolf Parade, Dan Boeckner, join drummer Sam Brown
Just a few months ago in September, I wrote a piece for The Concordian Politics called “Charting a Course”. The gist of the piece was basically the idea that the United States needs to disabuse itself of the notion that it can unilaterally shape the affairs of the world to its liking.
Fox News and MSNBC have something very important in common: people aren’t listening to a word they say. Voter trust in the media is reaching new lows, with only 26% of Republicans saying that they trust the media a “great deal” or a “fair amount.” 60% of Americans say they trust the
It should be obvious to anyone who follows the news even cursorily that the biggest issue in Washington right now is the matter of the upcoming “fiscal cliff.” If this seems like an overly dramatic expression, it’s because the issue itself is extraordinarily dramatic and, if allowed to transpire, threatens
The swirling controversy surrounding the resignation of the director of the CIA, former four-star general David Petraeus, because of an extramarital affair is extremely perturbing. Surprisingly, the affair is perhaps the least bothersome piece of information about the whole situation. This is in no way to diminish the significance of
In 2004, 60.4% of eligible voters cast their vote at the polls, as compared to 54.2% in 2000. In 2008, that number rose yet again, with 62.3% voting. However, in this election of 2012, America followed up its two steps forward with a step backward: only 57.5% voted. While voter turnout wasn’t