Print Reviews

Find your next great graphic novel, retrospective, memoir, or manifesto in this all-over-the-place reading list, curated by our eclectically interested staff for your education and quiet-time entertainment.

A Darker Shade of Noir

A Darker Shade of Noir

Print Reviews

Roi J. Tamkin reviews A Darker Shade of Noir, fifteen new stories from women writers completely familiar with the horrors of owning a body in a patriarchal society, edited by Joyce Carol Oates.

GOTH: A History

GOTH: A History

Print Reviews

Founding member of The Cure Lol Tolhurst takes readers on a very personal tour of the people, places, and events that made goth an enduring movement and vital subculture, in GOTH: A History. Bob Pomeroy reviews.

The Residents Visual History Book

The Residents Visual History Book

Print Reviews

Aaron Tanner delivers 400 pages of visual delights from the ever-enigmatic band, The Residents, in The Residents Visual History Book: A Sight for Sore Eyes, Vol. 2.

We Can Be The New Wind

We Can Be The New Wind

Print Reviews

Superfan Alexandros Anesiadis writes the encyclopedia of post-hardcore, melodic punk from around the world, We Can Be The New Wind. Bob Pomeroy reviews.

Short Skirts and Whiskey Shots

Short Skirts and Whiskey Shots

Print Reviews

Author Andrea Janov shares memories of living in the New York City fast lane in the early 2000s with Short Skirts and Whiskey Shots: Tales of Nights I Shouldn’t Have Made it Home Alive. Review by Bob Pomeroy.

Lean on Me

Lean on Me

Print Reviews

Illustrator Rachel Moss transforms Bill Withers’ classic song into an uplifting children’s story about friendship and community. Bob Pomeroy reviews Lean on Me.

This Must Be The Place

This Must Be The Place

Print Reviews

That fancy menswear shop? It used to be the home of punk rock on the Bowery. Jesse Rifkin walks us through NYC neighborhoods, reconstructing their now long-gone music scenes and thriving night life in This Must Be The Place: Music, Community and Vanished Spaces in New York City.

Punk Rock and Philosophy

Punk Rock and Philosophy

Print Reviews

Gather round while philosophers discuss the meaning of Punk Rock in Punk Rock and Philosophy by Joshua Heter and Richard Greene, reviewed by Bob Pomeroy.

Ernie in Kovacsland

Ernie in Kovacsland

Print Reviews

Ernie in Kovacsland, Josh Mills, Ben Model, and Pat Thomas’s terrific testament to the memory the TV comedy visionary Ernie Kovacs, gets extra kudos from Phil Bailey.

This Bird Has Flown

This Bird Has Flown

Print Reviews

Roi J. Tamkin reviews This Bird Has Flown, a rock n’ roll redemption romance from multi-talented, many-hit wonder Susanna Hoffs.

Drumming with Dead Can Dance

Drumming with Dead Can Dance

Print Reviews

Ink 19’s Roi J. Tamkin reviews Drumming With Dead Can Dance and Parallel Adventures, Peter Ulrich’s memoir of an artistic life fueled by Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard’s remarkable friendship.

Love, Death & Photosynthesis

Love, Death & Photosynthesis

Print Reviews

Bela Koe-Krompecher recalls love and death in musty Ohio basements in Love, Death & Photosynthesis while Jenny Mae’s What’s Wrong with Me? Singles and Unreleased Tracks provides the soundtrack. Carl F. Gauze reviews.

CREEM

CREEM

Print Reviews

CREEM, the iconic rock and roll magazine from the 1960s, is back and just as snotty as ever… in its own quaint way.

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A.J. Croce

A.J. Croce

Interviews

Concert addict Jeremy Glazier talked with A.J. Croce near the beginning of his year-long Croce Plays Croce tour about embracing his father’s music and his own while honoring both their familial bond and shared influences.

Best of Film 2023

Best of Film 2023

Screen Reviews

For Lily and Generoso, 2023 was a fantastic year at the cinema! They select and review their ten favorite films, six supplemental features, and one extraordinary repertory release seen at microcinemas, archives, and festivals.

Ani DiFranco

Ani DiFranco

Event Reviews

This fall, Ani DiFranco brought new Righteous Babe labelmate Kristen Ford to Iowa City, where Jeremy Glazier enjoyed an incredible evening of artistry.

Garage Sale Vinyl: Ian Hunter

Garage Sale Vinyl: Ian Hunter

Garage Sale Vinyl

This week Christopher Long grabs a bag of bargain vinyl from a flea market in Mount Dora, Florida — including You’re Never Alone with a Schizophrenic, the classic 1979 LP from Ian Hunter.

Archive Archaeology

Archive Archaeology

Archive Archaeology

Bob Pomeroy gets into four Radio Rarities from producer Zev Feldman for Record Store Day with great jazz recordings from Wes Montgomery, Les McCann, Cal Tjader, and Ahmad Jamal.

Archive Archaeology: Phil Alvin

Archive Archaeology: Phil Alvin

Archive Archaeology

Bob Pomeroy digs into Un “Sung Stories” (1986, Liberation Hall), Blasters’ frontman Phil Alvin’s American Roots collaboration with Sun Ra and his Arkestra, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and New Orleans saxman Lee Allen.

A Darker Shade of Noir

A Darker Shade of Noir

Print Reviews

Roi J. Tamkin reviews A Darker Shade of Noir, fifteen new stories from women writers completely familiar with the horrors of owning a body in a patriarchal society, edited by Joyce Carol Oates.

Garage Sale Vinyl: The Time

Garage Sale Vinyl: The Time

Garage Sale Vinyl

Feeling funky this week, Christopher Long gets his groove on while discovering a well-cared-for used vinyl copy of one of his all-time R&B faves: Ice Cream Castle, the classic 1984 LP from The Time, for just a couple of bucks.

Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir

Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir

Interviews

During AFI Fest 2023, Lily and Generoso interviewed director Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir, whose impressive debut feature, City of Wind, carefully examines the juxtaposition between the identity of place and tradition against the powers of modernity in contemporary Mongolia.