Ghost Conjure Up Some “Spirit” At Chicago’s Riviera Theatre 10/3/2015

With a new album, and a new Supreme Leader, Ghost hit the road on their Black To The Future tour to showcase Meliora. This was my first experience seeing the group, and I was honestly more interested in the visual aesthetic than the music. Metal has never been a big part of my rotation, but after talking to a co-worker about the band I learned … Continue reading Ghost Conjure Up Some “Spirit” At Chicago’s Riviera Theatre 10/3/2015

CIFF Capsule Review: Force Majeure

Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure already won over many critics at this years Cannes Film Festival. Now it’s set to play here in Chicago for one of the most prestigious festivals in North America. Certainly a very European film, I think the darkly comic tone may help provide a foothold for American audiences to get lost in the story. Östlund could not have chosen a better setting … Continue reading CIFF Capsule Review: Force Majeure

The Tallest Man On Earth-There’s No Leaving Now


I’ve been listening to There’s No Leaving Now steadily for the past few days. In 2010 I hailed The Wild Hunt as the third best album of the year, and I’ve been singing the praises of The Tallest Man On Earth ever since. Upon my first tour through the new album, it didn’t immediately knock me out. I have to admit, I got pretty annoyed with Kristian Matsson and his unwillingness to make a record I immediately loved.

But then I listened to it again, and again, and again. Over the course of maybe ten listens I started seeing things a bit more clearly, understanding some of the nuance of this work. This is a bigger album than The Wild Hunt, in both the scope and production Matsson has turned it up a notch. There’s No Leaving Now has a more cinematic feel to it, and if you know TTMOE, you know that he’s the musical equivalent of a Spielberg or Scorsese.

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