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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.

by Cynthia Fuchs

21 Feb 2012


When she first meets Queen Farah, filmmaker Nahid Persson Sarvestani remembers her own past. One of the revolutionaries who took to the streets to cheer the banishment of Farah Pahlavi and her husband Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, in 1979, Sarvestani was then targeted by the Ayatollah’s regime. She escaped to Sweden, where she pursued a career as a documentary maker, and now, in an effort to understand her own journey—from a child who admired the queen on television to revolutionary to an exile—Sarvestani asks Farah if she might film her. “Something about her still intrigues me,” she says. Their evolving relationship is revealed in their film, The Queen and I, available on Link TV and online beginning 21 February. As they become what she calls “friends,” Sarvestani comes to appreciate Farah’s complicated life and admire her persistence under duress, even to like her. She finds that they “share a profound longing for the Iran we both love and dream the same dream, to touch its soil again.” The trick here is parsing the “Iran we both love.” While both women deplore the ongoing rigid religious rule and efforts to keep citizens—especially women—ignorant, they remain split on the efficacy and benefits of a monarchy.

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