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Wednesday, Mar 25, 2009

Greg Mottola’s upcoming Adventureland extends his Superbad interest in awkward young coupling, but this time around he’s chosen a more romantic approach. The wall-to-wall music in the film is an impressive collection of songs faithful to its period (1987) and setting (Pittsburgh amusement park staffed by frustrated folks in their teens and early twenties). While the script is sometimes too eager to point out the coolness of some of the songs—through characters’ mixtapes and onscreen LP jackets—the overall effect is an earnest love letter to the soundtrack of Mottola’s youth.


Music supervisor Tracy McKnight worked with Mottola to clear the almost 40 songs used in the film, which meaningfully connects Lou Reed and Big Star to Falco and Poison. Yo La Tengo provided the score.


Read more about the film’s use of music here.


 



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Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks and released their new album Tangled Tales today and yesterday Christel Loar raved about the album saying of Hicks that he is “a man and musician who’s spent the last 40 years defying classification. He and his band the Hot Licks bring a little blues and a little country, a dash of jazz and a bit of bluegrass, all sewn up in some swing to its sound. Of course, there’s always plenty of Hicks’s singular lyrical prowess. With a dry wit and sharp turn of phrase, his rhymes are unusual and often unpredictable, his delivery is delightful, and his timing is impeccable.” Here’s his new video from the album as well as upcoming tour dates.


TOUR DATES
March 25 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach CA
March 26 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles CA with Special Guests Van Dyke Parks and The Ditty Bops
March 28 Yoshi’s San Francisco CA with Special Guest David Grisman
April 03 One Longfellow Square Portland ME
April 04 Bull Run Shirley MA
April 05 Iron Horse Northampton MA
April 06 BB King’s Blues Club New York NY
April 07 Turning Point Piermont NY
April 09 Stage One at the Fairfield Theatre Company Fairfield CT
April 10 Sellersville Theater Sellersville PA
April 11 The State Theater Falls Church VA
May 12 Uptown Grill’s Playlist Theatre LaSalle IL
May 13 Logan Square Auditorium Chicago IL
May 14 Turner Hall Ballroom Milwaukee WI
May 15 Majestic Live Madison WI
May 16 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis MN


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Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

The Bloody Beetroots are due to release their debut album this summer, but in the meantime they have released a new video for “WARP 1.9” which features Dim Mak label head Steve Aoki on vocals. The group has a bunch of dates at this week’s WMC as well as a raft of North American dates through April, culminating in an appearance at Coachella.


TOUR DATES
3/24: Miami, FL @ Mansion
3/26: Miami, FL @ Dim Mak Party @ Fontinue
3/28: Miami, FL @ Ultra Music Festival
3/28: Miami, FL @ Louis
4/01: Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
4/02: London, ON @ Up On Carling
4/03: New York, NY @ Webster Hall w/ MSTRKRFT
4/04: Montreal, QC @ S.A..T. w/ Steve Aoki
4/07: Boston, MA @ Great Scott
4/08: Chicago, IL @ Abbey Pub
4/09: Toronto, ON @ Kool House
4/10: Vancouver, CAN @ Celebrities
4/11: Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Center
4/12: Calgary, AB @ The Whiskey
4/15: San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
4/16: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
4/17: El Paso, TX @ 69 Lounge
4/18: Indio, CA @ Coachella


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Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

The Rakes have a new album coming out this spring called Klang and have also released a video for the new single “1989” from the aforementioned album. Fans on the U.S. coasts can catch the London band at a select set of early April dates (listed below).


TOUR DATES
4/01/2009 - Troubadour - Los Angeles
4/02/2009 - Popscene - San Francisco
4/06/2009 - Bowery Ballroom - New York
4/07/2009 - Bell House - Brooklyn, New York


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Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009

It was a mere four years ago this week that the pre-“Paper Planes” M.I.A. dropped her full-length, non-mixtape debut Arular on the listening public. Like most critics, we loved it. Adrien Begrand raved that “Ms. Arulpragasam has delivered the best UK debut since Dizzee Rascal’s Boy in da Corner.” Here are the three videos from the album.


 

“Sunshowers” (single released 5 July 2004)


 

“Galang” (single released: 14 September 2004)


 

“Bucky Done Gun” (single released: 26 July 2005)


 

 



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