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Best Concerts 2013: Timothy Reidy

by Timothy Reidy December 24, 2013


  1. Move Music Festival Albany, April 27 A one-day festival with plenty of nostalgia and new discovery, great performances and a good evening of fun. 2. Art on Lark Lark Street, Albany, June 8 Seeing Meg Duffy three times and ...


Best Concerts 2013: David Greenberger

by David Greenberger December 24, 2013

  1. Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby Catskill, Feb. 16 Billed as the Homemade Aeroplane Concert, this was a house concert in their own house, the deep, narrow room reimagined as an airline, an apt metaphor for the ...

Best Concerts 2013: Josh Potter

by Ali Hibbs December 24, 2013

    1. Danny Brown, Action Bronson Skidmore College, Oct. 4 Hip-hop shows are too often a cursory run through the hits for artists whose true medium is the studio. Not so for Danny Brown, who brought anarchic energy ...

Best Recordings 2013: David King

by David King December 24, 2013


  1. Cult of Luna Vertikal A labyrinthian musical interpretation of Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis. One of the most challenging listens of the year in any genre but even more rewarding. Don’t let the metal genre fool ...

Best Recordings 2013: Josh Potter

by Ali Hibbs December 24, 2013


  1. Jai Paul Jai Paul It’s poetic justice that, in a year dominated by major-label mega-roll-out record spectulars—Daft Punk, Kanye West, etc.—the best album should be an unfinished leak from a relative unknown who won’t even take ...

Best Recordings 2013: David Greenberger

by David Greenberger December 24, 2013


  1. Boister Your Wound is Your Crown This album is full of ensemble grooves that spring forth like little parades, confident melodic character, and alluring propulsion. 2. Yo La Tengo Fade The simple four-letter-word title says so much. The trio, ...

Best Restaurants 2013: B.A. Nilsson

by B.A. Nilsson December 24, 2013


  Every restaurant visit I make is built upon a level of expectation I try to fashion from clues that lurk in menu and decor. Which is why a humble diner can receive a rave akin ...

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Best Cinema 2013: Ann Morrow

by Ann Morrow December 24, 2013


    1. Gravity A heart-pounding and hauntingly meditative 21st-century adventure tale centered on the Sandra Bullock’s walled-off NASA engineer, and her reliance on George Clooney’s more experienced astronaut, as they maneuver through sensationally rendered outer-space catastrophes. The ...

Best Cinema 2013: Shawn Stone

by Shawn Stone December 24, 2013


    1. Gravity This lost-in-space story balances the human drama of a pair of astronauts (Sandra Bullock, George Clooney) with dazzling 3D special effects for the best 90 minutes of cinema this year. 2. Before Midnight Film number three ...

Best Cinema 2013: Laura Leon

by Laura Leon December 24, 2013


    1. Enough Said Poignant—and not just because costar James Gandolfini died suddenly prior to its release—warm, funny and wise, Enough Said is amazingly just like real life. 2. Dallas Buyers Club This is a wise and compelling story ...

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Best Cinema 2013: Ralph Hammann

by Ralph Hammann December 24, 2013

Tom Hanks stars in Columbia Pictures' "Captain Phillips."

  2013 was a particularly exciting year for women’s performances. Unfortunately, the list of best films does not pay tribute to all of the great work done by actresses. So, in addition to those cited therein, ...

Best Blu-ray/DVD 2013: Shawn Stone

by Shawn Stone December 24, 2013


1. The Big Parade A stunning presentation of King Vidor’s World War I epic. (Warner Home Video) 2. The Man Who Knew Too Much In one of the Blu-ray/DVD extras, Guillermo del Toro persuasively argues that this is ...

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The Year in Review

by The Staff December 24, 2013


    Obamacare agonistes Passing the Affordable Care Act was torture. Getting it through the courts was torture. Dealing with a massive wave of right-wing, anti-Obamacare propaganda was torture. But those struggles were to be expected. The rollout ...

The Dead List

by The Staff December 24, 2013


  Gone but not forgotten Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Hugo Chavez, Ed Koch, Peter O’Toole, Joan Fontaine, Deanna Durbin, James Gandolfini, Lou Reed, George Jones, Roger Ebert, Elmore Leonard, Tom Clancy, Stan Musial, Ken Norton, Pat Summerall. Writers ...

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