A Place to Bury Strangers tour Europe until May 13, ending up in Leeds, before kicking off a Western US round of dates in Austin and ending in gorgeous Vancouver, after which they stamp an exclamation point on their gigs with a show in the home of Boardwalk Empire. Dates below the jump.
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Enigmatic New York singer-songwriter Rachael Sage returns this May with her 10th career album releasing via her own successful indie label, MPress Records. Haunted By You (May 22) is a captivating song cycle about passion, desire and romance, both the glorious highs and the depressing lows. Sage took a different approach with this new set of tunes, penning them all on guitar, not her primary instrument, both to prove she could do it and to shake things up. The material was written during a period of her life when she went through a number of relationships in short order, both breaking hearts and being on the receiving end as well. As Sage explains, “I fell recklessly in and out of love multiple times while writing this record. I broke a couple hearts… and I also had my heart broken pretty badly.” Today we bring you the online premiere of album track one “Invisible Light”, a song that expresses romantic longing and the endless search to find a real soulmate.
If some records sound like night drives through the city, while others order windows thrown open and the outside—all air and light and summer’s scent—let in, then perhaps we’re ready for the post-video age. Because you really don’t need to see the accompanying clip for “Three Colours Red” by Lonely Drifter Karen. Quite the opposite. In fact, this is the second video I’ve seen this week that isn’t a patch on the tune.
I mean, what are videos for these days; they’re rarely more than sharp-cornered pacifiers: there to keep us quiet while we drool over our laptops. Surely, all we need are ears, and some God given daylight this time of year, and everything should be – in the words of Quagmire – “Hot diggity!”
“It started with the Army of Guardians patrolling the streets,” says Mitra Khalatbari, “constantly restricting, humiliating, and beating young people.” As she remembers the beginnings of resistance in her home country, the Iranian journalist is at once proud and sad. For as her memories bring her back to the elections of 2009 and the cruel oppressions that followed, Khalatbari, like other interviewees in The Green Wave, is stunned by the betrayal and brutality of her government, the government that not so many years ago was born of resistance to another inhumane regime. Ali Samadi Ahadi’s remarkable documentary underscores the horrific irony that the current Islamic Republic was born, in 1979, in response to the Shah’s abuses, and also makes clear the many contexts of the crisis, the history that made it possible and the lack of international that has allowed the crisis to persist. The first film of at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in DC, The Green Wave screens on 18 April, followed by a Q&A with Faraz Sanei, of Human Rights Watch Middle East.
See PopMatters’ review.