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Leslie Hatton

Less Lee Moore is a Fannibal, an animal lover, a music maven, and a horror movie junkie. She is the Editor In Chief for Popshifter, and also contributes to Rue Morgue, Everything Is Scary, and Modern Horrors.

See Through You Review - A Place to Bury Strangers Album Cover Art

Album Review: A Place to Bury Strangers ‘See Through You’

“While ‘Pinned’ often feels like the diary entries of someone suffering from a wound that wouldn’t heal, ‘See Through You’ feels like a ‘Fuck you, I’m still here, and I’m happy,’ plus lots and lots of hooks.”

Celestial Blues by King Woman

Album Review: King Woman ‘Celestial Blues’

“Finding solace in music is perhaps one of the few truly safe spaces in which we can find a place to grieve. ‘Celestial Blues’ is an important reminder that there is always room for faith.”

Lapsis Movie Film

Fantasia 2020 Review: Noah Hutton’s ‘Lapsis’

“‘Lapsis’ offers the intriguing and hopeful possibility that our technologically dependent future may not be so bad after all.”

Time of Moulting Movie Film

Fantasia 2020 Review: Sabrina Mertens’ ‘Time of Moulting’

“It may seem strange to qualify Mertens’ audaciously original production as ‘horror’ when it has no gory set pieces, jump scares, monsters or special effects. Yet, despite a lack of these things, ‘Time of Moulting’ is very much a horror film.”

12 Hour Shift Movie Film

Fantasia 2020 Review: Brea Grant’s ’12 Hour Shift’

“As the debate rages on about whether strong female characters in movies should evoke admiration through heroism or just be flawed, human and sometimes downright unlikeable, it’s nice to see that Brea Grant created a film that’s full of different women.”

Creem: America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine Documentary

Review: Scott Crawford’s ‘CREEM: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine’

“There was nothing else like ‘CREEM’ back then, and there’s still nothing like it now. That’s not only a testament to the importance of the magazine, it’s also a sad commentary on what’s lacking in modern music criticism.”

Express Essay - Love and Rockets

Formative: Love and Rockets ‘Express’ (1986)

“‘Express’ felt like music that was made FOR ME — not my parents, and certainly not the other teenagers I knew who liked music that seemed boring and soulless.”

After Midnight Movie Film

Interview: Jeremy Gardner, Christian Stella and Justin Benson on ‘After Midnight’

Leslie Hatton Interviews ‘After Midnight’ Filmmakers Jeremy Gardner, Christian Stella and Justin Benson

JG Thirlwell Interview

Foetus Under Quarantine: An Interview with Musician JG Thirlwell

Leslie Hatton Interviews Musician JG Thirlwell

Oscillospira Review Album

Album Review: JG Thirlwell and Simon Steensland ‘Oscillospira’

“In conjunction with the religious references of the track names, the music on ‘Oscillospira’ evokes the drama of creation and destruction on a grand scale.”

Fungus II Review - Wasted Shirt Album

Album Review: Wasted Shirt ‘Fungus II’

“‘Fungus II’ is another reminder that not only is Segall one of the most hard-working and talented artists of the last decade, but also a genuine musical omnivore.”

Stray Review - 2020 Bambara Album

Album Review: Bambara ‘Stray’

“Stray’s expanded timeline, along with Bambara’s skill in conjuring a distinctly Southern kind of horror, feels akin to True Detective’s spectacular first season.”

Redd Kross Interview - Beyond the Door

Interview: ‘Beyond the Door’ with Redd Kross’ Jeff McDonald

Redd Kross Interview: Vague Visages Leslie Hatton discusses the album ‘Beyond the Door’ with musician Jeff McDonald.

Redd Kross Interview - Beyond the Door

Album Review: Redd Kross ‘Beyond the Door’

“Redd Kross remains the greatest American band most people have never heard of, much less heard. Don’t be like ‘most people.’ Join the party underground of Redd Kross fandom. You won’t regret it.”

First Taste Album Review - Ty Segall

Album Review: Ty Segall ‘First Taste’

“If ‘Manipulator’ is Segall’s White Album, and ‘Emotional Mugger’ his ‘Magical Mystery Tour,’ then ‘First Taste’ might be his ‘Abbey Road’: brazenly eclectic yet wonderfully cohesive; deeply personal yet superbly tuneful.”

Stonechild Review - 2019 Jesca Hoop Album

Album Review: Jesca Hoop ‘Stonechild’

“It’s a cruel world, but with music like this around, we are never truly alone.”

Lust for Youth Review - 2019 Lust for Youth Album

Album Review: Lust for Youth ‘Lust for Youth’

“Lust for Youth now have seven albums under their collective belts. It’s high time pop fans took notice and started giving them the attention they deserve.”

Reward Review - 2019 Cate Le Bon Album

Album Review: Cate Le Bon ‘Reward’

“‘Reward’ may traffic in ambiguity and absurdity, but the feelings it evokes are genuine. At a time when authenticity is considered the ultimate musical currency, Cate Le Bon’s music is rich indeed.”

Album Review: Ioanna Gika ‘Thalassa’

“Ioanna Gika has evolved from a promising artist to a fully-fledged talent to be reckoned with. Her uncommon, authentic voice has been sorely missed; it’s good to have her back.”

Album Review: Ty Segall & Freedom Band ‘Deforming Lobes’

“There is nothing quite like a Ty Segall show. Witnessing this talented wunderkind and his equally spectacular band in a live setting is nothing short of mind-blowing (and eardrum-rupturing, for that matter).”