Radio personality Peter Barakan brings the world to Tokyo for Live Magic!

Oct 18, 2015

Radio personality Peter Barakan brings the world to Tokyo for Live Magic!

‘I’m going off track again. Wait a minute.” Midway through a lengthy digression about an “amazing” New Orleans band named Boukou Groove, Peter Barakan pauses, ever so briefly, to check the conversational signposts. The bilingual British broadcaster, a fixture on Japanese radio for more ...

'John Wick' lets Keanu Reeves out of 'The Matrix'

Oct 14, 2015

'John Wick' lets Keanu Reeves out of 'The Matrix'

In a recent interview with The New York Times, Trevor Noah, the new host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” compared his surprise appointment to the casting of “The Matrix.” Though the fact has now been consigned to an obscure bit of movie lore, ...

Albino Sound explores angles on 'Cloud Sports'

Oct 11, 2015

Albino Sound explores angles on 'Cloud Sports'

When musicians from around the globe gathered in Tokyo last autumn for the 2014 edition of the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) — an intensive series of lectures, gigs and studio sessions that aims to nurture promising artists — many of the participants had ...

'Starred Up' shows British prisoners being unpleasant

Oct 7, 2015

'Starred Up' shows British prisoners being unpleasant

In the language of Britain’s penal system, “starred up” is the term used for a young offender who gets prematurely moved to an adult prison. Designated “single cell, high risk,” 19-year-old Eric Love (Jack O’Connell) certainly looks like he’s ready for the big time. ...

'Two Raging Grannies' try to figure out the global economy

Sep 16, 2015

'Two Raging Grannies' try to figure out the global economy

As Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone’s scabrous political correspondent, has often observed, one of the ways that Wall Street protects itself is by cloaking its activities in jargon so dense and dull that it’s impenetrable to the average observer. In “Two Raging Grannies,” a documentary ...