Album reviews: Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie, Roger Waters, Cheap Trick, Styx and Ahmad Jamal

Album reviews: Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie, Roger Waters, Cheap Trick, Styx and Ahmad Jamal

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie (Warner) It’s not fair to criticize Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie for going adult contemporary, since that’s what Fleetwood Mac has been for 40 years. And this is basically Fleetwood Mac, with rhythm section Mick Fleetwood and John McVie on board, sounding pretty great on “In My […]

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ARTS Pick: Pippin

Told by a charismatic troupe of actors, Pippin is the story of a prince who desperately wants to impress his father, King Charles. The Leading Player convinces Pippin to betray the King instead, and his life goes hopelessly awry. Pippin dreams of love, family and a happy ending—but Leading Player anticipates a more exciting finale. […]

Discarded from society, The Bad Batch claw their way through a dystopian love story set in Texas. Photo courtesy of Neon.

“The Bad Batch” creates a kind of magic

The release of films in select theaters and on demand simultaneously may be good news for cinephiles in overlooked parts of the country, but the experience of watching a movie as intensely visual and stylistically unrelenting as The Bad Batch can’t help but be diminished as a result. Nothing is different about the composition—every shot […]

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ARTS Pick: Phantogram

Friends since junior high, Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel have made their pet project Phantogram into a monolith in the pop scene. But as the duo gains popularity, it holds fast to what made it unique in the first place, cranking out dark, synthy hits that are too dreamy to break into mainstream. The definition […]

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Spoon’s latest sonic adventure began in the woods

For more than two decades, Spoon has forged a path that embodies consistency. Across nine studio albums, the Austin quartet has dabbled in mainstream success (think “I Turn My Camera On” from 2005’s Gimme Fiction), but lives comfortably in the hook-laden, meticulous ebbs and flows that have solidified the group’s status as indie stalwarts. Comprised […]