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The sons of a Baptist preacher in Detroit evolve classic rock into groundbreaking kickass punk in the documentary A Band Called Death.

ARTS Pick: A Band Called Death

Three years before the Ramones launched their iconic schtick, a trio of brothers started the first American proto-punk band in Detroit. They wrote short, fast songs with driving rhythms and lyrics about politics, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, and of course, existential crises. Their pure originality and aggressiveness made them a hard sell commercially in the […]

Album reviews: The Wood and the Wild, Dinah Thorpe, The Dirty Guv’nahs

Album reviews: The Wood and the Wild, Dinah Thorpe, The Dirty Guv’nahs

The Wood and the Wild The Wood and the Wild/self-released Singer-songwriter Jon Perry is spot-on when he refers to this debut recording as “supernatural cinematic folk.” Part concept record, part proverbial soundtrack to your life, the album manages to amble along with a sense of purpose. The opening track, “Loveless Traveler/Belles on the Tye,” encapsulates […]

Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner, follows the administrative wheeling and dealing required to build a competitive team in the NFL.

Film review: Kevin Costner plays ball with the NFL

What’s with all the Kevin Costner movies lately? In the past 12 months he’s appeared in Man of Steel, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, and 3 Days to Kill. Given the quality of these movies, maybe he should have stayed semi-retired. It’s not like the movies he made beforehand were much better, but at least his […]