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Album Reviews
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013
 Whether or not Georges Brassens hung out with Serge Gainsbourg, he was of similar era and ilk—a ’60s French songwriter with a witty, eclectic sensibility. One time punk rocker Pierre de Gaillande recorded this ambitious tribute to Brassens, translating his lyrics into poetic English and performing them in a klezmer
Film
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013

Blowing the Whistle on WikiLeaks?

 Benedict Cumberbatch plays Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate, the brisk dramatization of the WikiLeaks founder’s battle with the U.S. government (and everyone else he disdains). One of film’s great emerging actors, Cumberbatch gives a portrayal of the celebrity outlaw
Home Movies/Out on Digital
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013
 With a smile that casts deep shadows and a courtly Old World demeanor barely masking the madness in his eyes, Bela Lugosi plays a country doctor with dark secrets in this 1940 low-budget horror picture (out on Blu-ray). In a laboratory stocked with foaming beakers and arcing electricity, the doctor conducts
Books
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013

Milwaukee author rides with the “Real-Life Superheroes”

 The superheroes are among us. Some patrol the dark streets of our town by night, others deliver toys to needy children by day. Real-life caped crusaders come in many costumes and with many agendas. The phenomenon is the subject of Heroes in the Night: Inside the Real Life Superhero
Books
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013

New books on rock, jazz and country

 David Meyer has a hard task: arguing for the Bee Gees against 45 years of negative rock criticism, a disco backlash and the group’s own ridiculous
Home Movies/Out on Digital
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013
Theater was born in ancient Athens in amphitheaters much like the one overlooking the city where this hit-filled concert was recorded. Peter Gabriel brought rock theater to an exceptional level in staging, lighting, choreography and gesture, coupled with music that had absorbed a world of
Album Reviews
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013
 The music called rebetiko is the Greek blues, born in the same era as the great Mississippi players and arising from similarly impoverished, underclass environs. Çiğdem Aslan breathes new life into the old songs with her young, London-based band. A Turkish Kurd who grew up in Greek