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column – 2016’s best albums

2016 was both a wonderful and devastating year for music. Some of the greats put out incredible albums, but we’ve lost legends too. With that said, now let’s focus on celebrating great music with my top 5 of best albums of 2016. 5. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ Skeleton Tree Skeleton Tree is a…

column – 2016’s best TV shows

There’s no shortage of great TV on offer nowadays. From drama to fantasy and from miniseries to shows that never seem to end, there’s something that caters to every kind of viewer. But now it’s time to select only a few great shows. Because here’s my personal list of the best TV shows of 2016.…

column – 2016’s best movies

Another year almost over, another best movies list. While a lot of major tentpole films disappointed – Batman v. Superman, Jason Bourne, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back -, the smaller films – both indies and Hollywood productions – were largely impressive. Here’s a list of the films I find most memorable and I’ve enjoyed the…

music review – The Naked And Famous, Simple Forms

One of the beauties of The Naked And Famous’ work is that they have crafted their own distinctive sound. Another is that they’re not afraid to take that sound into new and varying directions. Simple Forms is no exception. While 2013’s In Rolling Waves took a stripped-back and subdued approach to TNAF’s unique sound of…

column – 2015’s best movies

2015 was a good year for movies. Great movies popped up in every genre, and managed to entertain and move moviegoers everywhere. While there were disappointments and straight-up terrible films too, this list is not about those titles. This top 5 celebrates the movies that grabbed my attention, sparked my imagination and made me come…

column – 2015’s best TV shows

Another year, another batch of great TV shows. While some shows returned with seasons that could rival previous outings – such as Penny Dreadful‘s haunting and terrifying second season -, other series returned only to fizzle out – such as Halt And Catch Fire‘s soapy second season. Other shows debuted with wonderful results, like Marvel…

music review – Silversun Pickups, Better Nature

One thing’s immediately apparent when you listen to Better Nature‘s title track “Cradle (Better Nature)”: Silversun Pickups’ first album on their own label New Machine Records marks a decidedly different direction for the band. It’s much bigger and louder than previous efforts, and significantly more produced. While the band has collaborated with producer Jacknife Lee…