Michael Gallucci Archives
- Drive-by Spins
Bettye LaVette, the Whigs, Ryan Bingham and more
- Drive-by Spins
- Drive-by Spins
Quick takes on Dave Matthews Band, the Avett Brothers and more
- Drive-by Spins
Quick crits of new releases.
- Kylie Minogue - The Best of Kylie Minogue (EMI)
A loving compilation celebrates her meticulously crafted songs and
inherent pop smarts
- ‘Brave’: Pixar goes Disney in its first period piece
Princess Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) has a problem with authority, especially her nagging mom, who just wants her to settle down with a...
- ‘Moonrise Kingdom,’ one of Wes Anderson’s best movies
The characters in Wes Anderson's movies live in a fantasyland. Going back to his 1998 breakthrough Rushmore to 2009′s Fantastic Mr. Fox (a stop-motion animated film...
- Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man in the Universe (XL)
Soulful veteran drops his first album of new material in almost 20 years
- 'Madagascar 3': Going through the motions
The Penguins of Madagascar is one of the few TV shows that's better than the movies it's spun off from. That's probably why the third outing in this...
- 'Prometheus' opens a new world of possibilities
They're claiming that Prometheus isn't technically a prequel to Alien, despite the same universe and director. But that's not quite the truth.
- Sigur Rós - Valtari (XL)
Verdict: The breathtaking elegance of their music has sorta worn off
- Joey Ramone - ... Ya Know? (BMG)
Joey Ramone's unfinished songs are patched together into one good last call
- The Intouchables
A paralyzed millionaire and a poor ex-con buddy up in a weeper that's already taken Europe by storm
- 'Borat''s mastermind takes a more conventional route in 'The Dictator'
It was only a matter of time before Sacha Baron Cohen would have to retire his style of guerrilla filmmaking. After the success of 2006's Borat...
- Cornershop - Urban Turban (Ample Play/Darla)
Eighth LP is packed with pop hooks, dance grooves and hip-hop beats
- Jason Mraz - Love Is a Four-Letter Word (Atlantic)
Artist’s fourth album never tries too hard or aims too big
- Jack White - Blunderbuss (Third Man/Columbia)
You mean he’s just now getting around to his first solo album?
- The Cabin in the Woods
If its geek pedigree isn’t enough to tip you off that The Cabin in the Woods isn’t your typical slasher movie, it should become clear within the first few minutes
- 'Buffy' and 'Lost' alum dick around with horror clichés
If its geek pedigree isn't enough to tip you off that The Cabin in the Woods isn't your typical slasher movie, it should become clear within the first few minutes that...
- We Need to Talk About Kevin
A troubled kid's endgame leaves Tilda Swinton picking up the pieces
- Why 'We Need to Talk About Kevin' demands our attention
It's every parent's worst nightmare and it's something Eva Khatchadourian (Tilda Swinton) knows from the start: there's something wrong with her son.
- Shooter Jennings - Family Man (Entertainment One)
His fifth and most personal album
- Big Brother and the Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin - Live at the Carousel Ballroom 1968 (Columbia/Legacy)
70 minutes of live boogie-blues psych-rock
- Nneka - Soul Is Heavy (Decon)
Nigerian-German neo-soul singer embraces Afro-pop pioneer Fela Kuti
- Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It (Matador)
Mike Hadreas gives up a beefier, richer sound on his sophomore LP
- Imperial Teen - Feel the Sound (Merge)
Still surprisingly engaging for a part-time band.
- The Big Pink - Future This (4AD)
London electro-rockers are all about hippie aesthetics applied to new-wave influences
- The Little Willies: For the Good Times
The second album by Norah Jones' twangy side project formed in 2003 bears all the markings of a full-time artist playing around with part-time sounds.
- Guided by Voices - Let's Go Eat the Factory (GBV Inc.)
First album in eight years brims with fond looks back at the group’s glory days
- The Little Willies - For the Good Times (Milking Bull)
Norah Jones’ twangy side project has a good time with a dozen songs
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The director of Let the Right One In does John le Carré’s spy classic right
- Ray Charles: Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles
Even though his most influential and celebrated work was recorded for Atlantic a decade earlier, Ray Charles' tenure with ABC Records in the 1960s and early '70s...
- The Who - Quadrophenia: The Director’s Cut (UME)
Teenage angst split into four distinct personalities makes for rich work
- The Smashing Pumpkins - Gish: Deluxe Edition|Siamese Dream: Deluxe Edition (EMI)
20th anniversary rereleases of initial albums make for an interesting trip through the band’s past
- Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here: Experience (EMI)
Remastered album reveals new ear-blowing details, plus alternate mixes and live cuts
- The Rolling Stones: Some Girls
The Rolling Stones' last perfect album arrived at a crossroads for the band. They were coming off a string of disappointing albums in the wake of Exile on Main St....
A roundup of box sets, the traditional no-brainer gift for music fans
- 'Sideways' director dumps a mess of problems on George Clooney
Alexander Payne has this thing for mid-life crises. Whether pitting an exasperated high-school teacher against a scheming overachiever in his 1999 breakthrough Election, or ...
- Sigur Rós - Inni (XL)
The celestial Icelandic quartet puts out its first live album
- Meshell Ndegeocello - Weather (Naïve)
Another album of syrupy, moody R&B, easing into semi-funky homegrown grooves
- Sizing up the 20th century with the cross-dressing head of the FBI
It's no secret these days that J. Edgar Hoover was a real bastard. But back in the day he was a paragon of American idealism and fortitude.
- Florence + the Machine - Ceremonials (Universal Republic)
Florence Welch scores with a tremendous sophomore release
- Atlas Sound - Parallax (4AD)
On his third solo album as Atlas Sound, Bradford Cox mellows out a bit
- Tom Waits - Bad as Me (Anti)
It’s business as usual for the boozy, bloozy singer-songwriter on his 17th album
- The Decemberists - Long Live the King (Capitol)
An EP of leftovers recalls the band's pre-NPR-approved days
- Film review: The Ides of March
As a writer-director, George Clooney pushes all the hot buttons. In Good Night, and Good Luck it was the media; in The Ides of March it’s politics.
- Nirvana - Nevermind: Deluxe Edition (UMe)
After nine years of fat-and-happy records, a disorienting successor
- Mastodon - The Hunter (Reprise)
Not as epic as before, but just as brutally awesome
- Megafaun - Megafaun (Hometapes)
Justin Vernon’s former bandmates are even mellower
- Wild Flag - Wild Flag (Merge)
Members of Sleater-Kinney, Helium, the Minders form a supergrrrroup
- Blondie - Panic of Girls (Noble Id)
New release finds the band slipping into those early '80s sun-kissed grooves
- Zee Avi - Ghostbird (Brushfire/Monotone)
Precious, fluffy chill-out music that will lull you to sleep
- The Horrors - Skying (XL)
A foray into 1980s synth-pop territory for a turn at vintage post-punk
- Jeff Bridges - Jeff Bridges (Blue Note/EMI)
Ten tunes of ragged Americana filtered through a grizzled character
- Another Earth
Directed by Mike Cahill
Movies can’t just blow your mind with zooming X-wings anymore. They need to blow it on a completely different level, with a totally mind-fucking story to go along with all the fancy CGI effects (cf., The Matri
- Rise of the Planet of the Apes
This prequel starts at the very beginning, when a lab chimp injected with a serum to cure Alzheimer’s gives birth to Caesar.
- Joss Stone - LP1 (Stone'd/Surfdog)
Stone's most soulful and unfussy album since her debut
- Fountains of Wayne - Sky Full of Holes (Yep Roc)
Super-catchy pop songs that don’t sound all that miserable — on the surface
- Colbie Caillat - All of You
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Get ready for the best movie in the series and a spectacular finale to this magical universe.
- Bad Teacher
- LMFAO - Sorry for Party Rocking
The electro-rap duo makes the Black-Eyed Peas' club jams sound like poetry
- Marianne Faithfull - Horses and High Heels
Battle-scarred British singer Marianne Faithfull sounds tired and disconnected
- Bon Iver - Bon Iver
Justin Vernon's rumination on rural America is simply beautiful
- Mr. Popper’s Penguins
A successful real estate developer who lives for business hours and the big score. inherits a penguin from his late explorer father.
In the relationship drama Beginners, retired museum director Hal (Christopher Plummer) decides that his 75th year is the perfect opportunity to tell his son that he’s gay.
- Owl City - All Things Bright and Beautiful
Adam Young's third album has songs about angels, dreams, and butterflies
- Cults - Cults
Boy-girl duo from New York gets part nostalgic, part hipster cool
- Fucked Up - David Comes to Life
A 78-minute concept album is the Toronto sextet's latest
- The Hangover Part II
- Ozzy Osbourne: 'Diary of a Madman/Blizzard of Ozz 30th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set'
- Thurston Moore - Demolished Thoughts
A Sonic Youth album is rarely this dull
- Your Highness
This stoner comedy—about two medieval princes on a quest to rescue a beautiful princess, featuring Danny McBride, James Franco and Zooey Deschanel.
The latest 3D CGI talking-animal movie is about a rare and pampered pet macaw named Blu from Minneapolis.
Hop is the story of two twentysomething slackers with overbearing fathers. One is a jobless human; the other is the future Easter Bunny.
- Source Code
The time-space continuum offers an eon’s worth of problems for filmmakers. How do you get from Point A to Point B without losing grasp of your whole movie?
- Dr. Mashup
A sampled conversation with GT's Gregg Gillis
- Ryan Adams & the Cardinals - III/IV
This new collection of studio 'leftovers' rocks out surprisingly hard
- The King's Speech
There’s something about the real-life British monarchy that makes for great onscreen drama.
Archived Stories by Michael Gallucci
View older articles written by Michael Gallucci.