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Tuesday, Feb 3, 2009

Along with Mike Farris, the Duhks were the highlights of last year’s Americana Music Festival & Conference. Karen Zarker described the Canadian band as “a plate full of all the good stuff, all mixed up. You’ll get rock (with a violin that sounds like an electric guitar), cabaret (with that tinge of the dark, somewhat perverse, rather intellectual approach which makes for the best of cabaret), foot-stomping Celtic, and a spicy bit of Afropop (wherein the fiddle becomes a thumb piano). Sarah Dugas’ versatile pipes can belt out gospel with the best of ‘em, followed by some good ol’ Louisiana Cajun. Sarah and Tania Elizabeth will sing to you in French and sing to you in English, but the band’s instruments sing in more tongues than any mere multilingual human can.” The band’s latest video “Fast Paced World” from the album of the same name was directed by Dream Rockwell, who works as artistic director of the vaudeville circus group Lucent Dossier. That circus vibe is evident throughout as band romp in fanciful costumes and evoke a rather surrealist tone. This video was created for the Elevate Film Festival in Los Angeles.


Photo: Sarah Zupko

Photo: Sarah Zupko



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Tuesday, Feb 3, 2009

Filmore Mescalito Holmes wrote last year about Somalian rapper K’naan that “he clearly remembers what it was like to have three of his best friends shot in a single day, he understands the hope he desired at the time, and is doing his best to deliver it to the people who still need it. He is honestly trying to give back to the tragic birthplace of his soul, not merely profit from it like Fiddy Cent.” His work is indeed powerful and we eagerly anticipate his major label debut, Troubadour, out on February 24th. Here’s the new video “ABC’S” featuring MC Chubb Rock. Tour dates below…


And here’s the video for “Dreamer”...


TOUR DATES
2/05 Grand Rapids, MI Calvin College Fine Arts Center
2/06 Ann Arbor, MI Michigan Union Ballroom
2/07 Guelph, OH Sleeman Center
2/08 Chicago, IL Reggie’s Bar and Grill
2/10 Madison, WI The Annex
2/11 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural
2/13 Lincoln, NE University of Nebraska
2/14 Denver, CO The Bluebird
2/16 San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena
2/19 Garberville, CA Toph’s House
2/20 Oakland, CA Fox Theatre
2/21 Long Beach, CA Long Beach Arena
2/25 New York, NY SOB’s
2/27 Washington, DC Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage
3/01 Allston, MA Harper’s Ferry
3/02 Philadelphia, PA World Café
3/04 Atlanta, GA Vinyl
3/05 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbit’s
3/06 Orlando, FL Social
3/07 Miami, FL Bicentennial Park
3/09 Portland, OR Doug Fir
3/10 Seattle, WA Neumos
4/17 Indio, CA Coachella


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Tuesday, Feb 3, 2009
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We’re looking forward to the release of Frozen River on DVD February 10th. Melissa Leo’s performance was one of the finest acting turns of last year and got her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. The film made our Top 30 coming in at #14. Matt Mazur describes it this way: “With an intellectual, pummeling veracity, writer-director Courtney Hunt executes a film that is sparse, powerful and assured. Finally, we have a feminist movie, made by a woman, starring women that is about real women’s issues. Yet, because of this, and because of Hollywood’s idiotic bias against films by female directors, Hunt is not getting the kind of awards circuit praise she and her first film truly deserve.”



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Monday, Feb 2, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

The Von Bondies
Pale Bride [MP3] from Love Hate and Then There’s You
     


Azita
I’m Happy [MP3] from How Will You? [17 February]
     


Ruby Isle
My Girls (Animal Collective cover) [MP3]
     


Richard Swift
Lady Luck [MP3]


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Monday, Feb 2, 2009

If you’ve ever wondered what a MGMT video directed by David Lynch might look like, boy are you in luck! With corpse make-up, seizures, inexplicable deer, and semi-nude ballet, this new Antony and the Johnsons video is as close as you’re likely to get in this life.  Interestingly enough, it’s in fact directed by fellow cross-dressing enthusiasts the Wachowski Brothers (well, just one of them is an ALLEGED cross dresser, to be clear), of The Matrix fame.


“Epilepsy Is Dancing” is the first single from Antony’s new record The Crying Light.



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