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Writer, Director, Shoemaker. Tyler has been writing music/movie criticism since 2006 for various sites and papers (AbsolutePunk, The Milk Carton, Pop’Stache, Boston University’s Cultural Criticism Dept.), focusing on longer form discussions of the meaning and underlying complexes beneath pop music.

In 2012-13, Tyler wrote, directed, produced, cast and released a movie titled S/A/T/X about the now defunct music venue in San Antonio, TX, The White Rabbit. The movie was premiered at the Alamo Drafthouse, and is available to rent or buy at Vimeo On Demand.

2017 Yearbook: Tyler’s Top 10 Songs

Tyler runs down the best Songs of the Year, featuring a heaping helping of insistent and ebullient hip-hop moments, from emergent artists cementing their place to entrenched superstars topping themselves over again.

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2017 Yearbook: Tyler’s Top 25 Albums

In a year of social turmoil, the best albums of the year got angry, vulnerable, and fuzzy. Tyler breaks them down.

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In ‘THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI,’ The Damage Is Permanent

Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell anchor Martin McDonagh’s latest ode to the human condition, playing damaged, grieving shells lashing out in search of redemption or vengeance, whichever comes first.

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Best Albums of 2017: 3rd Quarter

The Best Records of 2017’s 3rd Quarter featured surprises, reformations, explosive expansions, and iterative growth, sometimes all within the same record. It was a quarter of thinking about some of the most carefully curated bands and their intentions, while also marveling at the simplicity that comes from a lack of expectation.

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Best Albums of 2017: 2nd Quarter

The 2nd Quarter’s Best Albums of 2017 evened out the year to a consistent rhythm of strong, if not revolutionary, albums from new and old artists alike. Oh, and a wallop from the Best Rapper Alive.

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Best Albums of 2017: 1st Quarter

Featuring a bevy of singer-songwriters, several ascendent stars, and the return of a few all-time great acts, the first quarter of 2017 did not disappoint with its Best Albums.

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2016 Yearbook: Tyler’s Top 10 Films

Anchored by strong performances across a variety of ages, the Best Films of 2016 were, frequently, markers of reconciliation with the eternal truths of familial connection.

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