review

  • Frightened Rabbit

    Scotland is known for a lot of things, like its whiskey and … some other stuff we can’t recall. We do know that the country’s second most satisfying export is the indie rock act Frightened Rabbit, whose third album, The… [ read more ]

    02/22/10
  • Drive-By Truckers

    We’ll be the first to admit that the Drive-By Truckers’ last proper full-length (and first since the departure of songwriter Jason Isbell), Brighter Than Creation’s Dark, left a lot to be desired. However, The Big To-Do is proof that the… [ read more ]

    02/22/10
  • Mass Effect 2

    The original Mass Effect had everything the Star Wars prequels didn’t: an engaging intergalactic plot, badass protagonists, and universal acclaim from fans and critics alike. The sequel to this mind-blowing action RPG doesn’t waste any time in kicking ass. When… [ read more ]

    02/17/10
  • Dark Void

    Pilot-for-hire William Grey should have known better than to fly across the Bermuda Triangle. His plane inevitably goes down over the legendary trouble spot, and he’s teleported to a parallel dimension dominated by an alien race known as the Watchers…. [ read more ]

    02/12/10
  • VAMPIRE WEEKEND

    On paper, there’s nothing likable about Vampire Weekend, a band made up of Columbia University students who describe their sound as “Upper West Side Soweto,” a reference to their blend of preppy indie rock and Afrobeat. But somewhere in their… [ read more ]

    02/08/10
  • STORY OF THE YEAR

    Those who accuse Story of the Year of identity confusion have the story only half right. While the St. Louis band is a Warped Tour regular and releases albums on punk label Epitaph, the truth is that SOTY has more… [ read more ]

    02/08/10
  • Army of Two: The 40th Day

    Here’s the setup: Two steroid-shooting, joke-spewing mercenaries are in Shanghai for a routine mission. When the city comes under siege from a rival private military contractor, the cocky duo ditch the bravado and prepare for the worst. Escaping the chaotic… [ read more ]

    02/04/10