Amid the patriotic pomp and circumstance of the 2011 Superbowl, Marvel Studios unveiled the trailer for their latest blockbusting superheroic outing: Captain America: The First Avenger. Helmed by Joe Johnston, whose directing credit on The Rocketeer (1991) shows that he might just know what to do with this franchise, and starring Chris Evans, rolling the dice as another lycra-clad Marvel icon, Captain America is pitching for summer success with a July 22 release date. Unfortunately for Marvel, this will place it in direct competition with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, and Cowboys and Aliens, released one week on either side. With the market for high-octane, otherworldly special effects so crowded, Cap will have to keep his shield and his wits about him, or it won’t only be the Red Skull giving him a kicking this summer.
While it seems to be channeling 12 Monkeys by way of Unbreakable, the latest from Duncan Jones (son of David Bowie and director of 2009’s indie hit Moon) has a whiz bang feel that promises something both special, if slightly familiar. Take a look for yourself in this latest trailer (the film opens on 1 April):
I never thought that I’d type Dr. Dre and Axl Rose in the same sentence anymore than you ever thought that you would read them in the same sentence. However, given that Dre’s fabled Detox record has been delayed enough times to be subtitled Chinese Democracy II, the Good Doctor and Rose seem like they might actually have been cut from the same artistic cloth. Don’t believe me? Check out the video for the track “I Need a Doctor” from the (alleged) forthcoming (alleged) album Detox.
Now that you’ve finished watching, click over here. Differences aside, Slash and Dre need to go back to driver’s ed, or something.
Sweden’s all-female Those Dancing Days named themselves after a Led Zeppelin song and there’s something of that ferocity present right from the get-go on the group’s new album Daydreams and Nightmares. “Reaching Forward” comes barreling out of the gate as an adrenalin soaked anthem and a statement of purpose for their sophomore record. Those Dancing Days has also fine-tuned their sound as a result of the hard work touring they’ve done over the past few years. Lisa Pyk Wirström says, “all the live touring has really made an impact. When you stand on stage, you really want to max out. Now we have maxed out in the studio as well.” Daydreams and Nightmares is out today via Wichita Recordings.
"Philip Glass, the artistic director of the Tibet House benefits, celebrated his 80th birthday at this year's annual benefit with performances from Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Brittany Howard, Sufjan Stevens and more.