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by PopMatters Staff

11 May 2011


Photo: Trevor Marczy

Winnipeg’s Imaginary Cities were birthed in a club auspiciously called the Cavern—recall the Beatles and their residency at Liverpool’s Cavern Club—by Marti Sarbit and Rusty Matyas, who was formerly a member of the power pop band the Waking Eyes and is a current player with the Weakerthans. The duo’s recent LP, Temporary Resident, has done well in their native land, reaching #1 on both !earshot and CHARTattack Canadian National Charts. Not bad for this promising group with a multi-talented instrumentalist in Matyas, who played all the instruments on the album, and Sarbit with her rousing, unique voice.

The two labored carefully over the album’s tunes together in close collaboration during 12-hour songwriting sessions. The attention to detail shows and the group looks to have a very bright future indeed. Today, we premiere the new video for “Ride This Out”, directed by Jeremy Fisher in hand-drawn animated style. Both Matyas and Fisher offer their thoughts on the production of the video after the jump.

by Matt Mazur

11 May 2011


Oscar Nominees:

Ingrid Bergman ... Autumn Sonata
Ellen Burstyn ... Same Time, Next Year
Jill Clayburgh ... An Unmarried Woman
Jane Fonda ... Coming Home
Geraldine Page ... Interiors

Mazur Nominees:

Ingrid Bergman & Liv Ullmann ... Autumn Sonata

 

by Kiel Hauck

11 May 2011


Pop punk rockers Yellowcard recently released the music video for “Hang You Up”, the second single from When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes. The video, directed by Chris Marrs Piliero, features plenty of light-hearted humor and a cute storyline. The real treat though, comes at the 2:35 mark when singer Ryan Key walks up behind drummer LP, who hands him his signature black jacket before he approaches the microphone and straps on his guitar to join the rest of the band. This is a goosebump-inducing moment for any true Yellowcard fan, especially those who eagerly awaited the band’s return after their 2008 hiatus. Yellowcard is officially back.

by Crispin Kott

11 May 2011


Let’s say you knew nothing more about the Hamptons than the area’s tabloid reputation as a vacation destination for rich white people doing the kinds of things rich white people do on shows like Gossip Girl and Royal Pains. If either of those shows had a music festival headlined by real-life actual artists, the headliners would be Vampire Weekend and Bright Eyes, right? Of course they would.

The inaugural MTK (Music to Know) Music Festival just released its real-life actual lineup, and sure enough, the headliners are Ivy League yuppiebeat progenitors Vampire Weekend and Conor Oberst’s Bright Eyes, who eight years ago appeared on the yuletide soundtrack to the distant cousin of Hamptons-based TV shows, The O.C..

by John Bergstrom

11 May 2011


Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan’s dealings with drug addiction have been well-documented. Last week, though, Gahan, who has been clean for over a decade, was honored for using his experiences to help others.

On May 6 at the MusiCares MAP concert, Gahan received the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the charity, which helps out musicians who are recovering addicts.

Gahan performed a short set of covers, then was joined by bandmate Martin Gore for Depeche Mode’s classic “Personal Jesus”—itself a song inspired by Priscilla Presley’s support of Elvis during his substance-abusing years. 

Here, on Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart”, Gahan summons an eerily affecting invocation of the late Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis. Peter Hook, eat your heart out!

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