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TV On The Radio, Seeds
. Unabashed alt-rock experimentalists TV On The Radio
have a slightly poppier sound on their first new release since 2011 and the death of long-time bassist Gerard Smith.
Bryan Ferry, Avonmore
. The sultry man-voice behind Roxy Music
is back with his 14th solo set, featuring contributions from The Smiths' Johnny Marr, Chic's Nile Rogers, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea and more.
Various Artists, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack
. The teens-killing-teens dramas have had some seriously strong soundtracks to date. The latest iteration is being "curated" by Lorde (whatever that means), and includes tunes from her as well as Chemical Brothers, Churches, Grace Jones and Bat for Lashes. Here's the "Yellow Flicker Beat" single from Lorde:
The big releases this week include 22 Jump Street
, the not-as-funny so-so sequel to the funnier-than-expected reimagining of the genuinely terrible TV show, and the sequel to Sin City
, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,
which was pretty much reviled by critics and audiences alike
Your time is probably better spent checking out these flicks:
The Wind Rises
is reportedly the final film from the legendary Spirited Away
animator Hayao Miyazaki
, who tackles the tale of a Japanese aviation designer in this one, featuring the voices of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinki and Emily Blunt. The 2013 release was nominated for an Academy Award for "best animated feature."
20,000 Days on Earth
is not a typical rock documentary, delving into the creativity of musician Nick Cave
through a fictional "day in the life" paired with real interviews with musicians, actors and friends who have worked with the cult icon, and filmed sessions between Cave and his therapist. Thankfully, there are also some stirring live performance clips filmed at the Sydney Opera House with Cave and his band the Bad Seeds.
is the Sundance Film Festival audience award-winner for "best documentary" for its engaging exploration of how music can help combat memory loss. The filmmaker follows social worker Dan Cohen as he travels the country for his nonprofit Music & Memory and tries to engage with the convoluted healthcare system.