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Ultra-Low-Budget Horror Flick 'Paranormal Activity' Hits the Marknew

How does a film from a first-time director, with a budget that matches what some studios would spend on a single ad in a trade magazine, manage to connect with so many people? Simple: It's scary.
Metroland  |  John Brodeur  |  10-26-2009  |  Reviews

Post-Punk Pioneers Mission of Burma Still Have Fuel to Burnnew

They've been together now longer than they were the first time around and they're back to making music that's equal parts forceful and fun -- they sound like no other band but themselves.
Metroland  |  John Brodeur  |  10-26-2009  |  Reviews

San Fran Bedroom-Pop Brats Girls Deliver a Killer Debut Discnew

Indie pop is the new indie rock, as evidenced by the recent popularity of bands like the Postelles and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Add to that list the San Francisco band Girls, who wrap their bedroom pop in many-colored paper without obscuring the classic sunny-day melodies underneath.
Metroland  |  John Brodeur  |  10-26-2009  |  Reviews

Pearl Jam Steps Back, Goes Pop -- and Makes One of the Best Albums of its Careernew

With Backspacer, the "grunge" godfathers seem intent on rewriting their story. It's their best record since 1998's Yield, thanks to the presence of producer Brendan O'Brien, who was allowed by the band to have a hand in picking apart the songs. The result is an economical and wholly replayable Pearl Jam album.
Metroland  |  John Brodeur  |  10-26-2009  |  Reviews

The Flaming Lips Return with a Dazzling Double Albumnew

The Oklahoma psych-rock vets have finally made their Dark Side of the Moon, and yet there are no obvious singles among the 18 tracks. In other words, Embryonic is a true Album, in that no one track can easily be taken out of context.
Metroland  |  John Brodeur  |  10-26-2009  |  Reviews

New Big Star Box Set is a Supermarket of Pop

Keep An Eye On The Sky brings new insight and appreciation to the Memphis power-pop band's catalog.
Metroland  |  John Brodeur  |  09-16-2009  |  Reviews

The Beatles: I'm Looking Through Them

Rediscovering something that wasn't lost: A few words on the Beatles remasters.
Metroland  |  John Brodeur  |  09-02-2009  |  Reviews

'Ten' + 18

Pearl Jam's touchstone grunge record gets a fresh coat of paint 18 years later.
Metroland  |  John Brodeur  |  04-23-2009  |  Reviews

Shocking: 'Crank' 2 Goes Electric

The sequel to a 2006 meta-parody charges up the action, vulgarity, and fun.
Metroland  |  John Brodeur  |  04-23-2009  |  Reviews

Shot in the Blart

Observe and Report is a mean, unfunny mess.
Metroland  |  John Brodeur  |  04-22-2009  |  Reviews

Are They Battling the Devil, or Music Itself?

Eddie Argos and company return with an album that finds them running out of ideas, but finding just enough new ones to keep things interesting.
Metroland  |  John Brodeur  |  04-22-2009  |  Reviews

California Rockers Make Big Strides with Their Second LPnew

Silversun Pickups break out of the shadows and into their own identity with their terrific second album Swoon.
Metroland  |  John Brodeur  |  04-22-2009  |  Reviews

Meet the New Rock Opera

Colin Meloy and the Decemberists stretch their penchant for story-songs into an album-length piece on The Hazards of Love.
Metroland  |  John Brodeur  |  04-22-2009  |  Reviews

The Passion of the Ram: 'The Wrestler'new

The Wrestler is a moving character study, featuring an amazing lead performance from Mickey Rourke.
Metroland  |  John Brodeur and Shawn Stone  |  02-03-2009  |  Reviews

Little Big Man: 'Notorious'new

Biggie Smalls' large life is reduced to a by-the-numbers biopic in Notorious.
Metroland  |  John Brodeur and Laura Leon  |  02-03-2009  |  Reviews

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