CD Review: Plants and Animals – Parc Avenue (2008)

Here’s an album that manages to capture, in its entirety, the twenty-something Plateau Montreal experience. The smell of vegan mush stewing in second hand pots following you across the pizza plate-littered street from the balconies of tiny, crowded apartments, where some dreadlocked dude from your…

CD Review: The Raconteurs – Consolers of the Lonely (2008)

This supergroup—with their special rings!—returns with this, its second outing. You all know the band is fronted by Jack White, so I’ll try not to mention it. It’s an album that feels like real rock and roll, but definitely has a strong taste of Tennessee…

Video Game Review: Duke Nukem

The great games you play now came from great games produced over the last decade. Duke Nukem 3D was one of those crucial intellectual properties of 3D Realms that would prove integral to the future of the first-person shooter. Every element of this game was…

CD Review: Crystal Castles – s/t (2008)

Toronto’s Crystal Castles are not hard to peg as children of the 80s. The duo’s namesake is a mythical locale from the animated series She-ra Princess of Power, and their sound is influenced heavily by early Nintendo. On their debut they offer up their already…

Free Will Astrology

Astrologer Rob Brezsny reveals Aries’ acne scars. Aries (March 21 – April 19) High-definition TV makes everything look more vivid than standard broadcast technology. Images are so high-quality they almost appear 3-D. While this is enjoyable to viewers, some performers are uncomfortable with the way…

Savage Love

Dan Savage pays tribute to his mom. I thought I could bang out a column today—a regular column, a column about my readers’ problems and their freaky fetishes and all those asshole politicians out there. You know, the usual. The day my son was born,…