Rarely one to break form, Woody Allen is releasing yet another film about the existential angst of the middle class’ oddballs. Irrational Man, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, and Parker Posey, tells the story of a philosophy professor (Phoenix) who, after falling into a slump in his personal life and career, finds inspiration in the buoyant presence of one of his students (Stone).
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With psych and krautrock influences aplenty, Mondo Drag’s self-titled full-length, their first for the Los Angeles label RidingEasy Records, is one hazy good time. The band’s psychedelic bonafides, more than apparent in the music of Mondo Drag, has already been established through the music of the retro rock/metal outfit Blues Pills, which features many of the same band members. Swirling, mind-numbing textures meld with the swagger of classic rock—the Rolling Stones in particular—in this potent sonic brew.
“I hope Satan eats your asshole.”
“Catch my hands right now turn on your fucking location you neck beard bitch.”
“You ugly ass big bird looking bitch, stop ruining everything you touch.”
This is just a very small sampling of tweets that were directed at Joss Whedon over the past few days since the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the year’s most anticipated Hollywood film next to Star Wars Episode VII. For a man who has created numerous TV shows centered around strong female characters, it was a bit of a shock when, on 5 May 2015, Whedon abruptly shut down his popular and humorous Twitter account following the heated backlash he received over the treatment of the Avengers’ main female protagonist, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).
Following their performances of “Ghost Ship” and “Song 2” from the Music Hall of Williamsburg, which PopMatters shared yesterday, Blur have made available two other video performances from that gig, in addition to a brief interview with the band. In the interview, Blur explain what it is that makes small shows so special for them, as well as their experience with the city of Brooklyn.
The Light, the new album by Austin, Texas natives Uncle Lucius, has been described as occupied with the “themes of travel, movement, and quests without destinations.” The tune “Don’t Own the Right”, however, features a message that you can and indeed should carry with you no matter where you travel to, no matter your destination. Over a honky-tonk piano and countrified guitar playing, frontman Kevin Galloway spins lyrical threads about the importance of being honest about one’s own standards for himself and others.