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Nick Cave, Courtney Love, Devendra Banhart, And A Million Others Paid Messy Tribute To Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” In L.A.

It was an unusually wet evening in Los Angeles, and soggy Allen Ginsberg fans lined up outside the Theatre at the Ace Hotel to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of Ginsberg’s legendary poem, “Howl.” They chatted excitedly about the show while glaring at the sky. Drought be damned, they were taking the sudde… More »

By: Molly Bergen / April 8, 2015 - 11:13 am

The Best Soundtrack Moments Of January 2015: Game Of Thrones, The Americans, A Most Violent Year, & More

January is a tricky month for this column. Of course, it’s when all the bad movies come out. A bunch of great TV shows returned last month, but a lot of them — Parks And Recreation, Archer, Justified — haven’t historically made use of a ton of pop songs. And then you’ve got Girls, perennially… More »

By: Ryan Leas / February 5, 2015 - 12:27 pm

The 20 Best Soundtrack Moments Of 2014

When we first did a Best Soundtrack Moments Of 2013 last December, it was initially thought up as a one-off. But, hey, then we decided to turn it into a column! So the approach this year is a bit different. Last December, I spent a lot of time digging back through TV and movies I… More »

By: Ryan Leas / December 31, 2014 - 1:51 pm

The Best Soundtrack Moments Of May 2014: Chef, X-Men, Filth, & More

May has been, in a lot of ways, kind of a frustrating month. Summer blockbuster season is pretty much in full swing now, meaning there will be a lot of massive action set-pieces accompanied by orchestral scores that can be hard to tell apart from one film to the next. The truly inspired pop-song moment… More »

By: Ryan Leas / May 30, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Pete Townshend – “It Must Be Done” (From The Americans)

Near the beginning of April we got word that Pete Townshend would be doing a song for FX’s The Americans, a show that’s already gotten a reputation for very well-chosen music. That episode aired last night and now Townshend (and composer Nate Barr)’s “It Must Be Done” is available on iTunes. Watch a promo for… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 1, 2014 - 11:05 am

Pete Townshend Writes A Song For The Americans

FX’s The Americans has become known for its great music choices, from the use of Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk” in the pilot to… More »

By: James Rettig / April 4, 2014 - 1:55 pm

The Best Soundtrack Moments Of March 2014: Game Of Thrones, Archer, The Americans, & More

This column has started to take me to unforeseen territory: like a luxury theater in Naples, FL, the odd-man out amongst elderly retirees and pre-teen spring breakers killing a rainy afternoon at a showing of Divergent. The reason I wound up at Divergent is that it’s yet another YA franchise that has gone about curating… More »

By: Ryan Leas / March 31, 2014 - 12:13 pm

The Best Soundtrack Moments Of February 2014: True Detective, The Americans, Guardians Of The Galaxy, & More

Last month, I lead into this saying how January has a bad reputation for new movies. But it’s really February that’s the wasteland, where we’re expected to survive on the fumes of the last glut of strong Oscar contenders that saw limited release in December and trickled out in January, and the consistent buzz burbling… More »

By: Ryan Leas / February 27, 2014 - 1:53 pm

The Best Soundtrack Moments Of 2013

Maybe it’s because I spend the bulk of my time reading and writing about music or talking with people who do the same, but as much as I love TV and movies on their own merits, the second or third sentence I’ll say about any given piece of visual media usually deals with what sort… More »

By: Ryan Leas / December 26, 2013 - 3:58 pm