Ernest Cline’s pop culture love letter/empty geek pandering is brought from book to screen by the man who, if Peter Biskind is to be believed, probably started the plasticity of modern cinema and culture in general: Steven Spielberg.Read More
When cancer eventually did for George Harrison what a stab-happy home invader and a decade in Abbey Road tolerating bandmate Paul McCartney’s bi**hing couldn’t, there was of course a mourning for the man who will forever be remembered as the guitarist in The Beatles. Yet Concert for George wants you to remember he was more than that. Organised by Olivia Harrison and her son Dhani, and helped of course by Eric Clapton, said 2002 memorial concert has been newly re-mastered to commemorate what would have been Harrison’s 75th birthday.Read More
This, U2’s 14th studio album, comes after 2014’s Song Of Innocence, an album that (after the fuss of its intrusive delivery onto the libraries of unsuspecting iTunes users worldwide died down) carried some hope that the Irish monoliths wouldn’t fade out into a glorified greatest hits band a la The Rolling Stones. This album, whilst not sending them fully over that hill, certainly sees their ascent steepening.Read More
Unlike his contemporaries – one imagines a man with his back catalogue has few peers – Robert Plant refuses to crank out soundalikes of his prime. Like 2014’s “Lullaby…And The Ceaseless Roar, Plant shows off his inherent gift for melody and tenderness, aided by tremendous backing band The Sensational Space Shifters (it’s far from a backhanded compliment to say this may be the second best group he’s ever sung in front of). A patchwork quilt of styles form a beautiful whole, as djembe, e-bows and Texas tunings swirl, hurricane or drift along on a collection of soaring, stomping, or just sumptuous songs that you wouldn’t expect from a man on the cusp of his seventies.Read More
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