Recent ambient releases create sonic sanctuaries

Music Apr 23, 2020

Recent ambient releases create sonic sanctuaries

In stressful times, it’s natural to seek comfort in the familiar. But even for people still inclined to hunt for new music, some genres can feel more welcoming than others. Thankfully, the current vogue for ambient, drone and music on the new age spectrum ...

Squarepusher speaks up for a little human kindness

Music | Music Mar 27, 2020

Squarepusher speaks up for a little human kindness

In 2016, shortly after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, Tom Jenkinson released a plaintive protest song under his Squarepusher alias, titled “MIDI Sans Frontieres.” Though he’s better known for maximalist explosions of breakbeats, hyperactive acid synths and fusion-jazz frippery, the ...

Fuji Rock keeps calm and carries on despite coronavirus fears

Music | Sound Off Mar 20, 2020

Fuji Rock keeps calm and carries on despite coronavirus fears

You can’t fault the organizers of Fuji Rock Festival for failing to predict how thoroughly the COVID-19 outbreak would engulf the planet when they released a solemn announcement in late January, titled “Festival Crisis.” Granted, those were earlier, simpler times. But it still felt a ...

Gezan's Mahito The People says music won't be beaten by a virus

Music Mar 20, 2020

Gezan's Mahito The People says music won't be beaten by a virus

These are trying times for gigging musicians. As COVID-19 continues its relentless spread, tours are being cancelled and artists and promoters are having to adjust to a brutal new reality, in which the activities that livelihoods depend on are suddenly rendered taboo. When I ...

'All About March': A love story that puts years on you

Film / Reviews Mar 19, 2020

'All About March': A love story that puts years on you

While some people end up finding the right partner, others spend their whole lives wondering why they didn’t shack up with their high-school crush instead. “All About March” follows the fortunes of a pair of schoolmates who were clearly made for each other, even ...