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by Thomas Hauner

25 Aug 2009

How long does it take to set up a bunch of drums, some keyboards and two amps?  Apparently, at least an hour.  The wait between opener, the Phenomenal Handclap Band, and headliner, Friendly Fires, was spectacularly long (longer than either’s actual set) but fans were rewarded with two stellar, albeit stylistically different, sets.

by Kirstie Shanley

25 Aug 2009

Fans of Scotland’s five-piece Trashcan Sinatras were thrilled last Sunday night to have the opportunity to see them playing songs again from their previous five studio albums as well as new material.  Devotees were also excited to be able to purchase their newest, soon to be officially released album, In the Music, which the band is planning on touring on more extensively in the fall.  Despite that The Trashcan Sinatras have technically been around for nearly 25 years, its members don’t seem worn down.  They haven’t lost their ability to be truly engaging live, finding a balance between subtlety and devoted cries.

by PopMatters Staff

25 Aug 2009

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Smallville: The Complete Eighth Season
(Warner Home Video)
Releasing: 25 August

There’s a new reporter at the Daily Planet: Clark Kent, who shares a workspace with Lois Lane. There’s a new hero in Metropolis, too. No one knows who he is. But Jimmy Olsen was on the scene of one of the do-gooder’s exploits, and he snapped a blurred photo of the hero in superspeed action—a hero everyone now calls the Red-Blue Blur. Red-jacketed, blue-shirted Clark Kent draws closer to his Superman destiny in the exciting 22-episode, six-disc Season 8 of Smallville. Another Kryptonian destiny also takes shape. Davis Bloome begins to realize he is Doomsday. His mission on Earth: kill Clark Kent. So many new events (will Jimmy and Chloe’s marriage last?), so many new faces (Tess Mercer, Saturn Girl and Cosmic Boy among them!), so many state-of-the-art effects—so don’t miss a single thrill-packed moment!

by Katharine Wray

25 Aug 2009

Director Ang Lee has yet again tackled a seminal part of the American Dream in Taking Woodstock. Perhaps it is his immigrant perspective (he arrived to America when he was 25) that allows him to encapsulate American values in such films as Brokeback Mountain and The Ice Storm. Whatever the cause, his movies are worth watching. Enjoy the trailer, and Demetri Martin’s funny intro.

by PopMatters Staff

25 Aug 2009

Islands
Vapours
(Anti-)
Releasing: 22 September

The Montreal indie band returns this fall with their third full-length album. Jamie Thompson rejoins former bandmate Nick Diamonds on Vapours.

SONG LIST

01 Switched On
02 No You Don’t
03 Vapours
04 Devout
05 Disarming the Car Bomb
06 Tender Torture
07 Shining
08 On Foreigner
09 Heartbeat
10 The Drums
11 EOL
12 Everything is Under Control

Islands
“Vapours” [MP3]
     

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