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by Comfort Clinton

22 Feb 2012


18 IUS SOLI is an upcoming documentary, originated and executed in Italy, which addresses the issue faced by children of immigrants within the country. Italian law governs citizenship by the social policy of “jus sanguinis”, meaning that one’s place of birth does not determine one’s citizenship, but rather this is determined by one’s lineage. So, if a person cannot prove they are the direct descendent (child or grandchild) of an Italian citizen, they are not granted citizenship even if records show they were born on Italian soil, and have lived there all of their life. This means that, if you are the child of immigrants, after you turn 18 you are not recognized as a citizen, and must complete a complicated application for simply the chance to call yourself a citizen of the country in which you grew up, with no guarantee of success.

by Josh Antonuccio

22 Feb 2012


The long-awaited Big Star documentary is set to have its debut next month at South by Southwest in Austin. According to the director, Nothing Can Hurt Me: The Big Star Story is a feature-length documentary “of artistic and musical salvation”, chronicling the development, decline, and triumphant legacy of Memphis’ beloved underground heroes. 

Headed by ex-Box Tops singer Alex Chilton through the early ‘70s, Big Star released three critically embraced albums in its short lifetime, but never was able to achieve broader success. However, like the Velvet Underground before them, it would be a small, but committed core of followers who would propel this Memphis band to cult status for years to come.  A wide swath of artists including R.E.M., Cheap Trick, the dB’s, the Replacements, Jeff Buckley, the Flaming Lips, and Elliott Smith have all acknowledged the influence of Big Star and the importance of their music.

by Jonathan Kosakow

22 Feb 2012


Within minutes of announcing their 12-date tour of the (mostly western) United States, Explosions in the Sky had to make it a 13-date tour. Their San Francisco date sold out almost instantly, making it more than necessary to play an extra night at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater.

Whether it’s the success of their most recent album, 2011’s Take Care, Take Care, Take Care or their apparently earth shattering live show, Explosions may have just turned their name into reality.

Check below for tour dates, and a weirdly hilarious (also hilariously weird) yet touching video, Be Comfortable, Creature.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

21 Feb 2012


British band Blur is all over the news lately. The foursome will reunite for a performance at the 2012 Brit Awards 21 February, after singer/songwriter Damon Albarn appeared over the weekend with guitarist Graham Coxon at the War Child charity concert. There they debuted a new song, “Under the Westway”, a solid, if stripped down, composition. (See video below taken by a overzealous fan below.) 

There was also an announcement that Blur will play the Closing Ceremony Celebration Concert for the London Olympics this summer.  They will appear August 12 in Hyde Park with two other UK acts, ska band the Specials and some semblance of the iconic post-punk group New Order.

by Sachyn Mital

21 Feb 2012


Die Antwoord are in the midst of their 2012 US tour and have just released their second album TEN$ION. Our writer, Kevin Coyle, caught their performance in Philadelphia on February 9th and you’ll find his review in our events section now. Along the way, the band performed on the Late Show with David Letterman and have also released a music video for “I Fink U Freeky”, which we’ve posted below for your viewing pleasure.

Plus we also have a giveaway! To celebrate the release of the zef rap-rave crew Die Antwoord’s sophomore album, TEN$ION, the follow-up to their 2010 debut, $0$, we are giving away (1) copy each of TEN$ION on compact disc and on vinyl. If you aren’t patient, you can purchase TEN$ION over at iTunes right now or have it delivered from Amazon.

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