Arca’s first solo foray into pop music is as infectious as it is strange.
Becoming the Song charts Denise Ho’s political awakening, her transformation from Cantopop icon to human rights activist amidst the backdrop of an increasingly turbulent Hong Kong.
To the extent that Antiracist Baby helps to define and explain antiracism succinctly, it may be useful for older kids and grown-ups.
Pianist Thomas Adès proves himself a sympathetic champion of Czech composer Leoš Janáček; it’s not often that a Schumann-Mendelssohn album focuses on the music of Clara and Fanny (rather than Robert and Felix); Jenny Lin’s performances of piano pieces by Philip Glass don’t lack for style or technical command.
It took more than a century, but Amy Beach’s Piano Quintet has finally got the recording it deserves; it would be hard to beat the all-star line-up featured in The Cave of Wondrous Voice; and ready for some flawless Shostakovich?
That this assemblage works so well is a tribute to the big ears and hearts — and collective intelligence — of all the players here.
Babyteeth is a lovely film, an unusually mature coming-of-age story that juggles restraint and abandon with astonishing ease.
A superior new Lamb of God disc was not entirely unexpected; an excellent new Cro-Mags record, well, I didn’t see that coming.
A reassessment on the 40th anniversary of A Confederacy of Dunces, a novel that many consider one of the funniest ever written by an American.
Five more feature films of great interest and their links, carefully chosen to get you through the travails of the coronavirus.