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by Matt Mazur

20 Oct 2010

The MPAA just slapped the dreaded “NC-17” rating onto this Weinstein year-end release, leading many prognosticators to sound the death knell for the film’s Oscar chances, even after the film played to raves at international film festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, and Toronto.

Clearly, American audiences need to get over the ham-fisted notion that cinematic sex and nudity are what their children need to be shielded from.

With endorsements from a tidal wave of critics who believe Blue Valentine is being unfairly judged for its realistic depictions of sex, look for the film to gain even more traction in the awards game thanks to a little good old-fashioned controversy. The film may have actually been given a new lease on life, rather than a death sentence after all.

Stars Gosling and Williams look to be at the very top of their games.

by PopMatters Staff

20 Oct 2010

Meat Beat Manifesto have been perfecting their techno sound since 1987 and have been major influencers on trip-hop, as well as drum and bass along the way. MBM’s latest album, Answers Come in Dreams, dropped last week via Metropolis Records and today we present the premiere of their new video for “Waterphone”. Juxtaposing vintage film footage—among some of the earliest recorded by the first movie cameras of the turn-of-the-century—with their hyper-modern electro beats, “Waterphone” is both artsy and cerebral.

by J.C. Sciaccotta

20 Oct 2010

UK downtempo-act Bonobo is back on the scene with a cross-continental tour of the U.S. and Canada this fall, in support of his Black Sands LP. He is joined by Andreya Triana, whose debut full-length, Lost Where I Belong, hit stores last September. Tour dates after the jump.

by PopMatters Staff

19 Oct 2010

Singer-songwriter Dar Williams released her latest album Many Great Companions last week via Razor & Tie. She offers up instantly memorable tunes rooted in the great Americana folk-pop tradition. This time around Williams re-recorded 12 of her classic songs with a number of notable musicians on the new record, including Sean and Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Patty Larkin. In this new video for “As Cool As I Am”, she pairs with the Jayhawks’ Gary Louris.

by Devin Mainville

19 Oct 2010

L.A. based Best Coast is serving up some much needed sun soaked pop with the video for their latest single, “Boyfriend”. The video, directed by award-winning filmmaker Tyler Cohen, features the band playing a Quinceañera, a Mexican 15th birthday tradition. The video highlights the indie trio’s love for the West Coast, documenting the significant occasion on the kind of golden day California is known for.  To support this new single the band has extended their tour dates (after the jump) and will now be performing through mid November.

//Mixed media

Indie Horror Month 2016: Executing 'The Deed'

// Moving Pixels

"It's just so easy to kill someone in a video game that it's surprising when a game makes murder difficult.

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