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by PopMatters Staff

6 Apr 2010


Enter for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Coachella by taking the AXE Morning Alertness Test at coachella.mog.com.  Win 2 festival tickets and a chance to attend the AXE Shower sponsored Anthem Lagoon pool party VIP style.

Some big names will be playing this year’s event, including Jay-Z, Gorillaz, Pavement, Muse, Phoenix, Thom Yorke, and LCD Soundsystem.

Enter the contest.

by John Lindstedt

6 Apr 2010


Marvel recently unveiled it’s new application for Apple’s iPad, and it’s essentially the already existing iPhone application Comixology, but limited to Marvel titles. So basically, it’s an iTunes for Marvel comics that you can read on your iPad, scrolling and zooming as you please.

The layout and function seem pretty smooth, but as digital prices run about the same as their paper counterparts, it may be pointless for some. Others, however, may appreciate the instant access and perpetual “mint condition”.

by PopMatters Staff

6 Apr 2010


She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) have been making the late night TV promo rounds for their latest LP Volume Two, which Joshua O’Neill says “plays like the second half of a somewhat bloated double album”. The late night bookers sure love them though.

by PopMatters Staff

6 Apr 2010


Michael Kabran raved about blue-eyed soulman Mayer Hawthorne’s debut last year saying “A Strange Arrangement, with its smoky retro aesthetic, is best viewed as a whole rather than a collection of individual songs. Listening to each track, you have the distinct feeling that you’ve heard it somewhere else, possibly long ago. None of these songs stands out, and each track’s purpose seems to be to contribute to the overall creation of a work that totally evokes ‘60s-era R&B.” In this short interview with ShockHound, the singer waxes on about his crate-digging ways and his big love for Motown.

by Nandini Ramachandran

5 Apr 2010


Indian Ocean turns 20 this year. Leaving Home, releasing this April, celebrates the life and journey of one of India’s most iconic bands.

Indian Ocean is one of very few Indian bands as old as its most ardent fans, and it is a band that has defined a generation. Young urban India is as discerning a rock audience as can be found anywhere, and it was bands like Indian Ocean that blazed the trail of homegrown rock. The story that this movie tells is thus not only about the evolution of a band, it is about the evolution of a kind of music that is today taking India by storm.

Equally inspired by rock riffs and Hindustani tradition, Indian Ocean’s music is a medley of instruments, harmonies, and languages. “Kandisa”, for instance, is lifted from an ancient Aramaic prayer of the Syrian Christian community.“Maa Rewa” is a song dedicated to the contested Narmada river and the Narmada Bachao Andolan’s heroic effort to save it, and draws heavily on local folklore, both for lyrics and melody.  Indian Ocean is one of India’s most consistently political bands, and their music often reflects this. “Maa Rewa” is equal parts protest and elegy. The band’s willingness to stand by their convictions is exemplified by their decision to score Black Friday, a controversial 2004 movie about the 1993 Bombay riots.

“Bandeh”, the album’s chartbuster, is an angry, passionate lament about the folly of communal violence. It was perhaps the strongest condemnation of riots to emerge from the nascent rock scene, reaffirming the old compact between rock music and uncomfortable truths.

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Double Take: 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' (1969)

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"The two Steves at Double Take are often mistaken for Paul Newman and Robert Redford; so it's appropriate that they shoot it out over Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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