Author: Matthew Fugere

Review: Stephen Lynch, “Lion”

Stephen Lynch is a gifted musician. On top of having a great singing voice and being an excellent guitarist, Lynch has also consistently shown that he can adapt to a variety of music genres and styles. In the past, Lynch has used such musical talent to create songs about molestation, genocide, and rectally smuggling drugs, because if you’re a gifted musician and not doing that, let’s be honest, you’re performing a disservice to your fellow man (I’m looking at you, every musician who has ever taken anything seriously). His new album, Lion, doesn’t tackle the overtly shocking topics his...

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Review: Paul F. Tompkins, “Laboring Under Delusions: Live in Brooklyn”

Paul F. Tompkins is the gentleman’s comedian. He speaks with a kind of eloquence that lends itself to a degree of class not present in most of stand-up comedy, almost as though every joke is offered up with Tompkins sporting a top hat, cane, and monocle. I think I just described an early 20th century eccentric millionaire (and maybe the cover of this album — at least the top hat part), but it is just where my mind wanders when I listen to his latest album, Laboring Under Delusions: Live in Brooklyn. Tompkins’ special is crafted under the theme of...

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Review: Moshe Kasher, “Live in Oakland”

Moshe Kasher’s new special, Live in Oakland, (which debuted exclusively this past weekend on Netflix) starts off with what should be an unnecessary warning about the content of his show. Kasher clearly illustrates his apathetic view toward those who might be offended, explaining that, though they have the right to be upset, he really doesn’t care. It’s an off-putting beginning to an otherwise great set. I don’t call it off-putting because I would later be offended by the material and the idea of the comedian who made that material not caring about my feelings hurt. Rather, I call it...

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Review: Lewis Black, “In God We Rust”

Lewis Black hates himself. He also doesn’t think what he says is very funny. Black starts off his show letting everyone know that if they have the sudden urge to leave because the show isn’t funny enough, they better stay in their seats. Not because he’s funnier than they think, but rather because he opened his set by essentially explaining to those who don’t think he’s funny, “I agree.” If he has to live with misery, so does everyone else. In God We Rust is a dark album. Like most of Black’s material, it’s mostly him spiraling into depression/confusion-charged...

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Review: Tig Notaro, “Live”

Being human is generally a miserable and painful experience. You always have to wait in lines for things, nobody answers their cell phones when you call them, and practically nowhere has free parking. Oh, and cancer. Cancer plays a big part in making life unavoidably miserable and painful for way too many people. I’m not a fan of cancer. I am, however, a fan of Tig Notaro’s, and I have been since her debut album Good One. Her latest, Live (pronounced like the verb instead of the adjective), is a massive leap away from Good One in terms of...

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