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New at Southwest Sound: Dec. 18

New releases for Dec. 18

1. Baroness, “Purple”;

2. Cage The Elephant, “Tell Me I’m Pretty”

3. Chris Brown, “Royalty”

4. Kid Cudi, “Speedin Bullet To Heaven”

5. Pusha T, “King Push”

What’s new: Night Beats, “Who Sold My Generation”

Night Beats, “Who Sold My Generation”

Available: Select tracks streaming now; LP and CD available Jan. 29

Label: Heavenly Recordings/PIAS

“Who Sold My Generation,” the third proper full-length from Seattle’s (by way of Texas) psych, R&B and garage chameleons Night Beats is one of my Most Anticipated...

New in theaters; This is Happening

Playing at the Gaslight

Wednesday only

Rating: R

Genre: Comedy

Directed by: Ryan Jaffe

Written by: Ryan Jaffe

Runtime: 1 hr. 24 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 33%

Synopsis: Philip Davis is sent at his father’s behest to place his grandmother, Estelle, into an assisted-living...

‘The Force Awakens’: A return to greatness

It’s a return to greatness.

Nearly 40 years after “Star Wars” exploded the pop culture universe and practically became a religion for generations of fans, and a full decade after many of those same fans felt betrayed and defeated by “Revenge of the Sith,” the seventh “Star Wars” movie could well bear the same subtitle...

New in theaters: Sisters

Playing at Stadium 9

Rating: R

Genre: Drama, comedy

Directed by: Jason Moore

Written by: Paula Pell

Runtime: 1 hr. 58 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 81%

Synopsis: “Saturday Night Live” alumni Tina Fey and Amy Poehler co-star in this film about a pair of 30-something sisters who...

New in theaters: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

Playing at Durango Stadium 9

Rating: G

Genre: Animation, kids & family, comedy

Dircted by: Wait Becker

Written by: Adam Sztykiel, Randi Mayem Singer, Ross Bagdasarian Sr.

Runtime: 1 hr. 26 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: Not available

Synopsis: Alvin, Simon and Theodore believe...

Do a little ponderin’ at the Ranch with Ponder the Albatross

“At length did cross an albatross, through the fog it came” ... Heading downtown and listen to a little live music Saturday night? Then check out Ponder the Albatross at 8 p.m. at El Rancho, 975 Main. Ave.

Hailing from Westminster, PTA plays an eclectic mix of folk, rock, bluegrass and experimental, so don’t be...

Style Fetish: Dressin’ fancy, with Heather from Sideshow

This week, I encourage us all to look extra fabulous at that holiday party (or anywhere, really) with a few reasons – obvious, practical, obscure – all the while ruthlessly debunking our lame excuses for not making an effort.

It’s not always about us

Dressing well, appropriately and with intention conveys our...

Downtown Lowdown: The 10 best albums of 2015

There are always going to be lots of musicians making shitty music. There will always be fewer people making great music. Here’s what I dug in 2015.

10. Jon Stickley Trio, “Lost at Last”

Bluegrass picker Stickley has always been a progressive guitarist, pushing boundaries in a genre defined by tradition. While...

Kevin Smith really can’t shut the f%[email protected] up

Kevin Smith’s PR man sends an email telling me that I have exactly 20 minutes to interview the filmmaker via telephone. He warns me that Smith is one chatty dude, and that Smith has other interview obligations afterward, and so 20 minutes tops, please. When Smith, best known for directing the cult classics “Clerks,”...

A frenzy of gifts at Bizarre Bazaar

Go ahead, get your mom that novelty chips-and-salsa bowl. Or for your dear uncle you could choose from one of the 80 XL charcoal knit sweaters at Penney’s. Or you could trudge up and down the aisles of Walmart to find something for your darling niece.

The good folks at Studio & have another idea. Why not use the...

New at Southwest Sound: Dec. 11

New releases for Dec. 11

August Alsina, “This Thing Called Life”

R Kelly, “Buffet”

Cam, “Untamed”

Withered Bones, “For The Ones I Love”

Enterprise Earth, “Patient 0”

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