Opening Tracks – 1/20/15

Rocknowski is listening to and reviewing the opening track of every new release we find interesting or worthy, for as long as he keeps his sanity. Unfortunately, Rocknowski is a little busy this week, so Nat joined in the fun. These reviews and ratings are for the opening tracks only.

Last week’s winners were Finish garage rock band Rajayttajat, Local H, the Chicago duo celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their debut album this month, The Decemberists, Sleater-Kinney and Hanni El Khatib.

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New Comic Releases – 1/27/15

The last week of the month is fairly busy for titles that I read. There’s Vertigo’s new murder mystery, Effigy, as well as Jonathan Hickman’s new title at Image, The Dying and the Dead and yet another new X-Men/Avengers title, The Uncanny Avengers, from Rick Remender, who also writes Black Science and Low.

There  are also new issues of relatively new titles Rasputin, Bitch Planet, Spider-Man and the X-men and Thor (which features a Thor vs. Thor showdown), but as always the title I’m most excited for is Sex Criminals, with Alex + Ada trailing slightly.

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New Video Releases – 1/27/15

The month of January closes with the excellent Nightcrawler, Brad Pitt in Fury, Katie Holmes, Elijah Wood, and Nicole Kidman in separate thrillers and more.

Youtube trailers: http://goo.gl/XzU4VG

 

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New Music Releases – 1/27/15

This week’s new releases include a new album from Cambodian pop group Dengue Fever, Björk, 50-year veteran Bettye Lavette, Lone Bellow‘s second album and more.

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Comics: New #1s – 1/14/15

First issues of a comic, like first episodes of a TV show, have a difficult task in front of them. They need to introduce characters, tone and story. Usually they might need to build up an interesting world, and they should end at just the right point to pique your interest. I’ve seen some truly great ones in the last year, so I’ve decided that I’ll review as many first issues this year as I can.

There was only one new #1 that I was interested in last week: Star Wars.

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Opening Tracks – 1/13/15

Rocknowski is listening to and reviewing the opening track of every new release we find interesting or worthy, for as long as he keeps his sanity. These reviews and ratings are for the opening tracks only.

Last week’s new music releases included Justin Townes Earle, Guster, Mark Ronson, Meghan Trainor, Panda Bear and more.

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New Comic Releases – 1/21/15

This weeks new #1s include Brian Michael Bendis’s new Powers series, which serves as a tie-in to the recently announced TV series, as well as a very cool looking book called Zombies vs. Robots. There’s also the interestingly titled Imaginary Drugs graphic novel, and plenty of other stuff.

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