Above: David Duchovny in The X-Files There’s something about David Duchovny’s wry, seemingly detached persona, that you probably either love or otherwise feel slightly deterred by. After all, rock stars are generally idolized for their keenly cultivated ennui – but most people want to warm to their favorite actors…not marvel at their aloof sense of cool
Images by Elizabeth Cohen For all the dissemination of style minutiae during New York Fashion Week (as well as those in Milan, London, Paris), there’s curiously very little focus on, well, hair. But a genuine highlight of last week’s NYFW was the FW18 runway show by NYC label Kaimin (lorded over by the South Korean born designer / filmmaker / conceptual artist of the same name, and known for dressing stars like Björk and Lady Gaga) for its fourth collection, titled Oriental Garden – Utopian Discord
Sufjan Stevens is set to perform at this year’s Oscars on March 4, singing his nominated song “Mystery of Love.” We have already shed a solitary tear just out of anticipation.
Photo by Mark Duggan The Irish Times called them “architects of exuberant electropop” and “the best live band in Ireland.” And indeed, Dublin’s Le Galaxie have built a reputation very much on the strength of their exhilarating live performances . But the electro pop mavens are no slouches in the studio – their 2012 track “Love System” was nominated for Choice Music Prize’s “Song of the Year.” And their last album, 2015’s excellent Le Club , went top ten in their home country. A new single “Day of the Child” (which BlackBook premieres here) is genuinely electrifying, with lush synths, bracing beats and an ethereal vocal performance by new member May Kay Gegharty, graduating from her previous role of guest artist
You may not know Jackson Penn’s name, perhaps – but you’ve probably heard his songs.
Image by Eric Baiano Since debuting in 1995, Rachael Sage has remained one of music’s most inimitable iconoclasts (the New York Times rightly compared her to the late/legendary model-comedian Fanny Brice), always appearing relevant, but mostly floating along in her own self-created universe.
The creator and star in Schitt’s Creek – which has won 11 Canadian Screen Awards and received another 15 nominations, as well as picking up three Director’s Guild of Canada Awards – Dan Levy is a Canadian to his core. The entertainment multi-hyphenate and son of actor Eugene Levy grew up mostly outside the glittering spectacle of Los Angeles in his home country, spending much of his time in Canada’s notably culturally diverse city of Toronto.
Image by Gabriel Magdaleno When we first saw Nuyorican singer-songwriter Nomi Ruiz on a New York stage with Hercules & Love Affair nearly a decade ago, it was clear who the star was. Since then, she’s carried on with a notable solo career, including working under the nom de guerre Jessica 6
Since debuting in 1984, Sade has veritably redefined soul music for a new generation. But she appeared to retire after 2010’s Solider of Love album, much to woe of her devoted fans. It turns out it would take a cinematic event like Ava DuVernay’s upcoming film adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time to pull her out of her creative slumber – and indeed, Sade’s original new song for the film is “Flower of the Universe.” DuVernay recently announced the collaboration via Twitter.
Next Friday the 13th is going to be a lucky day for a select few horror fanatics. For most die-hard fans of the 1980 horror film named after the typically unlucky day, it’s usually a perfect time to binge watch the franchise. From Jason Voorhees’ mama drama to his run-in with a pre-pubescent Corey Feldman, we’ve seen them all too many times to count.