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Review: Fall Out Boy – Pax Am Days

Of all the things I love about Fall Out Boy, I think the thing I love most about them is their willingness to try anything musically. The most unexpected and weird musical experiment of theirs I can think of is a slow-jazz lounge version of “Dance, Dance”, which got put it at the end of their live album *** and is unfortunately ...

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AwardsWatch Weekly Music Roundup – Week of October 7

Weekly Roundtable: The Week of October 7, 2013 Looking for your new obsession in the music world? Want to know what everyone at AW is wagging their tongues about? Look no further – at our weekly roundtable, you can take a listen to a wide variety of genres, songs, albums, and artists, all of which come personally recommended by our ...

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Review: Miley Cyrus – Bangerz

From the first notes of slow burning opener “Adore You,” we can hear that it’s happened: Miley Cyrus has been reborn. “Well duh,” you say? Not so fast. Sure, she’s been on the mouths of everyone from CNN anchors to tabloid rats to your grandmother who still wants to know exactly what “twerking” is, but one thing that’s been in ...

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Review: Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals

In late 2009 a new sound was released unto the world in the form of Sleigh Bells, a two person noise pop band from Brooklyn. The duo consists of Derek Miller, of post-hardcore band Poison The Well, and Alexis Krauss, a school teacher with a teen pop past. The band’s first release, a self-titled EP, garnered attention from music lovers ...

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Review: Captain Phillips (Paul Greengrass, 2013)

2013 seems to be the year of survival stories. From Gravity to All is Lost and here with Captain Phillips the one man (or woman) against the world scenario is rich and in full effect. The hijacking of the U.S. container ship the Maersk Alabama in April of 2009 was big news, with a major military undertaking and whose details ...

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Review: Panic! At the Disco – Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!

I’m going to start this review by flat-out admitting that I don’t think Panic! At The Disco will ever be able to top Pretty. Odd. again. A poppy experiment with Kinks-esque sounds, Pretty. Odd. was immediately followed by the band’s original members splintering off in their own directions – Ryan Ross and Jon Walker started The Young Veins, which released one album before going ...

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Review: Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, 2013)

Since Alfonso Cuarón’s audacious dystopian sci-fi film, Children of Men, was released in 2006, cinephiles everywhere have been wondering how, and later as the years ticked on, when he would follow-up on the ambition and promise of that film. Now at last the wait is over. Gravity has been released, and those who fail to find the movie a worthwhile follow-up to Cuarón’s last will ...

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Review: Lorde – Pure Heroine

Pop music is built on extremes so it’s only fitting that in the year of Miley Cyrus, of twerking, foam finger excess, hanging naked on a wrecking ball fame, the world also discovered Ella Yelich-O’Conor, a 16 year old Kiwi singer-songwriter, known by her stage name Lorde. On “Royals,” her massive alternative crossover hit, she skewers the type of behavior ...

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The Grandmaster (Wong Kar-wai, 2013)

Most famous and renowned for his passionate tales of romance, Wong Kar-Wai still seems like an inspired fit for Chinese martial arts moviemaking. The beloved director has a lyrical control of tone and atmosphere, can precisely pace a picture, and has exhibited careful control of the camera. The challenge of melding artful storytelling with thrillingly executed fight sequences, a daunting ...

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Rush (Ron Howard, 2013)

Ron Howard’s latest film Rush depicts the epic rivalry between Formula 1 race car drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt. The film covers the six-year period from their amateur beginnings to their infamous battle for the World Championship in 1976. Peter Morgan’s straightforward and efficient script paints Lauda (as played by Daniel Brühl) as cool and tenacious, as he uses ...

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