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Friday, Apr 10, 2009

Live and in person, Brooklyn’s the Naked Hearts are explosive, charming, and [something] exciting. With Amy Cooper on hollow-body electric guitar and Noah Wheeler on drums, the impeccably turned-out pair (Noah was in a suit jacket, Amy in leopard-print leggings and a headband when I saw them) ooze a fuzzy rock sincerity; every song is a stripped-down challenge to cut loose. Their debut EP, These Knees doesn’t quite do them justice. The recording gives their notes just a bit too much space, and makes their vocals just a bit too echoey and melancholy. Live, this guitar and drums duo is something like Williamsburg’s 2009 answer to Local H. On record, they’re somewhere between Sleater-Kinney and Sonic Youth. Both versions of the band are fantastic, but I’m partial to the hollow-bodied messiness of their live show. Call me old fashioned. Their EP’s first two tracks, “Cat & Mouse” and “Call Me” are below.


Naked Hearts
“Cat & Mouse” [MP3]
     


“Call Me” [MP3]
     



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Wednesday, Apr 8, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

We Live in Public directed by Ondi Timoner is a timely documentary that looks at the role of the Internet on human interaction and the erosion of the private sphere as told by Josh Harris. The film screened this past week at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durha, North Carolina.



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Wednesday, Apr 8, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Man Man go all horror film on us in their new video for “Rabbit Habits”. Actually, it’s more of a mini film than just another music video. Director Lex Halaby says, “It’s really intended as a tribute to classic Hollywood B movies. There’s the Teen Wolf van surfing scene and an homage to several classic horror films. We weren’t really worried about getting it on MTV as much as we just wanted to do something completely original.”


TOUR DATES
April 22, 2009 - The Square Room - Knoxville, TN
April 23, 2009 - The Rev Room - Little Rock, Arkansas
April 24, 2009 - Lounge on Elm St. - Dallas, Texas
April 25, 2009 - Norman Music Festival - Norman, Oklahoma


With Cursive:
April 26, 2009 - Mercy Lounge - Nashville, Tennessee
April 27, 2009 - Bottletree - Birmingham, Alabama
April 28, 2009 - Sluggo’s - Pensacola, Florida
April 29, 2009 - Social - Orlando, Florida
April 30, 2009 - Social - Orlando, Florida
May 1, 2009 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, Georgia
May 2, 2009 - Cat’s Cradle - Carrboro, North Carolina
May 3, 2009 - Black Cat - Washington DC, Washington DC
May 4, 2009 - State Theater - State College, Pennsylvania
May 5, 2009 - Diesel - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
May 6, 2009 - Magic Stick - Detroit, Michigan


With Gogol Bordello:
May 29, 2009 - Beaumont Club - Kansas City, MO
May 30, 2009 - Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN
May 31, 2009 - Congress Theatre - Chicago, IL
June 04, 2009 - Ram’s Head Live - Baltimore, MD
June 05, 2009 - House Of Blues - Boston, MA
 
 
July 2009 - Rothbury Festival - Rothbury, Michigan


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Wednesday, Apr 8, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Cartoonist Jeffrey Brown turns his pens on himself in his new autobiographical comic book Funny Misshapen Body out this week on Touchstone. Chronically his development as an artist, the book is compelling enough that Pop Candy is offering excerpts today.


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Funny Misshapen Body [book excerpts]


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Wednesday, Apr 8, 2009

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band returns May 5th with their sophomore album The Outer South and Merge has just released a free MP3 “Nikorette” from the record. The group also has a bunch of upcoming concerts, including appearances at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Summerfest in Milwaukee. Plus, they are offering up a documentary on April 15th called One of My Kind and we’ve got the trailer here for you. It’s big month for indie rock docs with Arcade Fire and the Hold Steady releasing theirs this week.


Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
“Nikorette” [MP3]
     


TOUR DATES
April 9: Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown
April 10: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
April 11: Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
April 12: El Paso, TX @ Barnett Harley Davidson
April 13: Albuquerque, NM @ The Sunshine Theater
April 14: Tempe. AZ @ The Marquee
April 15: Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
April 17: Indio, CA @ Coachella
June 17: Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
June 18: Telluride, CO Telluride Bluegrass Festival
June 19: Moab, Utah Star Hall
June 20: Salt Lake City, UT Library Square (Utah Arts Festival Kickoff)
June 21: Boise, ID Knitting Factory
June 22: Missoula, MT Wilma Theater
June 24: Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
June 25: Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
June 26: Omaha, NE Anchor Inn
June 28: Kansas City, MO Beaumont
June 29: Columbia, MO Blue Note
June 30: Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall
July 01: Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
July 02: Bearsville, NY Bearsville Theatre
July 03: New Haven, CT Toads Place
July 22-26: Carrboro, NC XX Merge


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