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Monday, Apr 7, 2014
The film indicts US arrogance in its many forms, including the American administrations and corporate interests that blundered their ways through decades of combat and escalation.

“Look, they’re focusing on us now. First they bomb as much as they please, then they film.” Responding to the camera following him across a broken, muddy plot of land where the remains of a home lean into the rain, a Vietnamese villager disdains the effort to document his loss. Among the many self-aware moments in Peter Davis’ Hearts and Minds, this one is particularly tragic. There is no distinguishing between invasions for him, as he remains resilient and proud, as a neighbor leans down to pick up debris in the background. The camera pans with his movement to find another man, who stares directly into the lens as he puts a cigarette to his lips. Affronted perpetually, all they can do is watch those who watch them.


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Friday, Apr 4, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
The justifiably legendary Lyle Lovett played his large band classic "That's Right (You're Not from Texas)" on Conan last night. We all need a little swing in our lives and this is a great place to start.

Lovett will begin a North American tour on May 1 with an appearance at Jazz Fest in New Orleans.



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Friday, Apr 4, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
The frontman for San Francisco's Birds & Batteries, Mike Sempert, has picked up and moved to Los Angeles with his new wife and a burgeoning solo career.

Mike Sempert‘s sound is very much rooted in the SoCal singer-songwriter sound with influences from ‘70s classics like Gram Parsons and Fleetwood Mac. His new LP, Mid Dream, releases May 6th via Velvet Blue Music and we have a new track here from the album to share with you.


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Friday, Apr 4, 2014
London's Dead Flowers came to be in the winter of 2011, underneath Coney Island's Wonderwheel, an ancient big wheel which still spins to this day.

They started writing right there on the beach, and the songs kept on coming as they worked their way up the East Coast, finally pulling into Montreal, where they spent long nights at the Wheel Club until the spring came and the snow melted.


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Friday, Apr 4, 2014
“I hope it’s worth the rent you pay / Too low to take the highway”, Tunde Olaniran sings in the hook-heavy chorus of “The Highway”, off the avant-garde performer’s new Yung Archetype EP.

It’s a resigned yet scathing indictment in a tune steeped in line after line of social commentary, the couplets’ biting quality matched by their astuteness. Coming from the beleaguered city of Flint, Michigan, themes of cultural divide and entropy aren’t foreign to Olaniran. Yet, as the new video for “The Highway” shows, reflecting on the steam-rolling nature of cultural exploitation and gentrification doesn’t preclude such lofty subject matter from being presented in an entertaining manner.


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