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Wearing a loose-knotted black sweater that revealed his carved torso beneath, the pianist, singer and songwriter known as Perfume Genius sat before a whisper-quiet sold-out crowd at the Roxy in West Hollywood and tried to explain the raw, full-throated wail he'd just unleashed. Dubbing it his \"general horror movie scream,\" the artist born Mike Hadreas had just poured forth during \"Grid,\" a highlight from his new album, \"Too Bright,\" and devastating as performed live in a room with so much history. It was a harrowing cry amid a remarkable set, delivered from the thin membrane that separates singing and raging, a place expertly inhabited by artists including Jeff Buckley and his father, Tim, Fiona Apple and the Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Fraser. A realm that straddles an egoless display of creative emotion and uncontrollable onstage breakdown. (Randall Roberts) Read more
My relationship with Nintendo is maybe not as healthy as it should be. This realization comes to me as the year draws to a close, when one is pressed to discuss the most innovative or thoughtful interactive experiences of the year. Games such as the haunting \"The Vanishing of Ethan Carter\" or the whimsically lonely \"Broken Age: Act 1\" are some that immediately spring to mind. These are titles that made the same sort of lasting impression as a TV season of \"Orphan Black\" or a movie screening of \"Big Hero 6,\" which was full of unexpected considerations on loss. Like the getting-by struggles at the heart of hip-hop act Run the Jewels, these are all examples of pop culture with layers, where revisiting is encouraged. Yet there is one Wii U game in heavy rotation that I didn't expect to be there. That game is \"Super Smash Bros.,\" a button-smashing, jump-and-sock 'em extravaganza of punching, kicking and crazy moves with nonsense titles such as the \"Peach blossom\" and \"konga beat.\" There are fights at haunted mansions, fights in suburban streets and fights around space lava. Read more 153554b96e