Gang of Four: Content
The post-punk legends’ first album of all-new material in 16 years shows they still have some spit left in them. Andy Gill’s guitar still pierces like daggers, slicing these 10 songs with jagged precision. The band may have lost some spark since its 1979 landmark debut Entertainment!, but there’s plenty to like here. And they still rock harder than most guys half their age.
Enter the Void
Director Gasper Noé made one of the most disturbing movies of all time, Irreversible. That 2002 film (which included an infamous nine-minute rape scene) must have hit him hard too: this “psychedelic melodrama” is his first time behind the camera since then. It’s about a young drug dealer whose ghost protects his stripper sister. But it’s really about blowing your mind.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
The final chapter in Stieg Larsson’s bestselling Millennium Trilogy is the weakest of the bunch. But Noomi Rapace still simmers onscreen as dragon-tattooed heroine Lisbeth Salander, who finally catches up with her troubled past (or is it the other way around?). She makes it all worthwhile. See Rapace in action before the U.S. remakes start to hit theaters later this year.
LZ-’75: The Lost Chronicles of Led Zeppelin’s 1975 American Tour
Stephen Davis already wrote about the monster rock band in Hammer of the Gods (you know, the one with the fish story). This book offers a snapshot of one the group’s biggest tours. Davis misplaced most of his notes and photos from the ’75 shows, so there wasn’t much info about them in Hammer. So think of this as a lost chapter, complete with set lists, drugs, and groupies.
Pearl Jam: Live on Ten Legs
Their recent albums are starting to kick with some life again, but Pearl Jam consistently killed it onstage. This CD gathers 18 songs from shows that took place between 2003 and 2010, and the set is a mix of old and new, classic and not-so. There’s even a cover of PiL’s “Public Image.” But best are fan faves like “State of Love and Trust” that explode with immediacy.