Get the scoop on the latest releases from Thunderbitch, Atlas Genius and Foals in this week's album reviews. Photo: File photo

Album reviews: Thunderbitch, Atlas Genius, Foals

Thunderbitch Thunderbitch/self-released If you think Brittany Howard is too confined as the frontwoman of Alabama Shakes, look no further than her new side project, Thunderbitch. To say she is unhinged here—and good God is it glorious—is an understatement. Guttural roars tear out of her lungs like cannon fire on many tracks, with “Closer” being a […]

Cabinet showcases its rowdy take on Appalachian bluegrass at The Festy Experience on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Cabinet

Formed in eastern Pennsylvania in 2006, Cabinet is a band that honors Appalachian tradition by channeling bluegrass, country and folk into a hard-driving style that’s been deemed slamgrass. Through steady harmonies, soaring vocals and storytelling, the group’s music takes the long way home, inviting its listeners to sit back and relax on a virtual ride […]

Matt Damon fits comfortably into his starring role in The Martian, one of the year’s most anticipated films. Photo: 20th Century Fox

Film review: The Martian goes beyond the typical sci-fi surface

Matt Damon may be the star of Ridley Scott’s The Martian, but science itself is the hero in this breezy yet breathless tale of survival against all odds, bucking Hollywood’s preference for redundant fiction over interesting science in its sci-fi. The characters are charming, the tension is palpable, nearly every joke lands, yet by putting […]