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Calgary Film 2018: Under the Silver Lake

By Thomas Johnson, October 7 2018 — Under the Silver Lake, a Calgary Film entry by director David Robert Mitchell (It Follows), takes place in a version of Los Angeles that seems surreal through outsider eyes. Sam, an easily distracted, chain-smoking somnambulist played by Andrew Garfield, wanders the city’s hills, valleys and bomb-shelters on a bleary-eyed quest…

Calgary Film 2018: Shoplifters

By Jocelyn Illing, October 6 2018 — Walking into the ice-box theatre, I wondered to myself if the film I was about to watch was going to be worth the bitter cold. A few friends had seen it the previous night and had nothing but praise for Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters (2018). Eventually, I found my…

Calgary Film 2018: Pity

By Thomas Johnson, October 3 2018 — The premise of Babis Makridis’s Pity, at its shallowest depth, is one of an otherwise successful man, known as The Lawyer, coping with a wife-shaped hole in his life that’s newly depressed every morning when he wakes up feeling as empty as his bed. However, the deeper you fall into…

New Music: Mac Miller

By Thomas Johnson, September 13 2018 — Mac Miller played a show at MacHall in 2013. I was in first year and living in residence. Waking up to “Best Day Ever” or “Nikes On My Feet” or “Kool-Aid & Frozen Pizza” rattling through the cinder block walls was a simple fact of life, despite the fact that…

New Music: Armand Hammer

By Thomas Johnson, September 7 2018 — Rome, last year’s collaboration between Brooklyn-based underground stalwarts billy woods and Elucid, was the densest hip-hop record in recent memory. Under the Armand Hammer moniker, the duo has been responsible for some of the most caustic dismantling of modern elitism and status division since Karl Marx wrote his manifesto. Paraffin,…

New Music: Deafheaven

By Thomas Johnson, July 17 2018 — Deafheaven’s discography — as a radical outlier in a staunchly traditional metal scene and the larger conversation of independent rock — has taken an unpredictable trajectory, but a sensible one if considered chronologically. Roads To Judah (2011) was the experiment, Sunbather (2013) was the breakthrough mission statement and New Bermuda…

New Music: Freddie Gibbs

By Thomas Johnson, June 27 2018 — Gary, Indiana sits about 15 minutes from Chicago’s dicey south side. About a third of its homes are vacant and its cultural exports can generally be grouped in three categories — headlines, The Jackson 5 and Freddie Gibbs. Gibbs has been living in Los Angeles for about a dozen years…

New Music: Kids See Ghosts

By Thomas Johnson, June 13 2018 — On the uncharacteristically slapdash ye, Kanye West mused, “Screamed so loud, got no lungs. Hurt so bad, I go numb.” Eight years before, on his career-defining Man On The Moon II, Kid Cudi similarly murmured, “Life is like that. Beat me up and I’ll fight it right back.”…

New Music: Vince Ash

By Thomas Johnson, April 3 2018 —  Grit won’t age but it will refine. Under pressure, coal turns to diamonds, sand to pearls and so on. These past few weeks have been replete with slander against Tupac Shakur, ironically by young rappers whose careers are largely built off of the unrefined realness of the late icon….

New Music: Wye Oak

By Jason Herring, March 28 2018 — The 2018 lineup for Sled Island — Calgary’s shining yearly music and arts festival and without a doubt the best week of the year — made me practically scream with excitement. High on my most-anticipated list is Baltimore’s Wye Oak. Their 2011 album, Civilian, was a personal high…

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