Review: A Streetcar Named Desire

Tennessee Williams’ drama, while deceptively simple, is notoriously difficult to stage. Or, rather, notoriously difficult to stage well. For a Williams’ play is, above all, a balancing act. To stay true to the playwright’s vision, each production must be rooted in human emotion but elevated by glamour, passion and a dose of fantasy. It is all too easy for a director to get swept away by the poetics or to land, with a dull thud, in the land of stultifying realism. Perhaps in its attempts to reconcile these disparate parts, Rapture Theatre’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire ends up falling short.

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Review: Stanton Moore – With You In Mind

Suffice to say, Stanton Moore has a lot on his plate. In addition to his personal projects, in the fields of studio work and TV and as a teacher, he’s the drummer for the band Galactic and still manages to find time to record and tour with David Torkanowsky and James Singleton.

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Review: The Drums – Abysmal Thoughts

Following the departure of founding member, Jacob Graham, surf-rock band The Drums release Abysmal Thoughts, their fourth studio album. Especially when compared with previous album titles (The Drums, Portamento and Encyclopedia) the forthcoming album title announces a change of tone, a shift towards something darker.

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Review: Sammy Brue – I Am Nice

At the tender age of sixteen, Sammy Brue has attracted attention from the likes of Rolling Stone, The Fader and The New Yorker. With a polished, confident sound, his brand of acoustic Americana recalls the well-established blues rock and indie-folk bands who have stormed the albums charts over the past decade. Tellingly, Ben Tanner and John Paul White, members of Alabama Shakes and the Civil Wars respectively, served as producers on I Am Nice. 

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Review: Chris T-T – Best Of

Best Of albums are never easy: trying to condense a musical career into a single release always feels like something of a gargantuan task. This is especially the case with Chris T-T whose output is not only remarkably prolific but has spanned twenty years. Furthermore, the fact that his career has not been confined to a single medium but encompassed music composition and performance, podcasts, radio and accompaniment makes the Best Of format a bit ill-fitting to contain the bountiful fruits of two decades of creation. 

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