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Friday, Nov 4, 2011

With a new tour about to begin David Bazan fans can get a little taste of the man in action with bassist Andy Fitts and drummer Alex Westcoat via a new Daytrotter session (Bazan’s third) and an appearance on the venerable Austin City Limits. The Daytrotter session finds the band running through three tracks—“Eating Paper”, “Level With Yourself” and “Virginia” with an intensity that bodes well for the group’s upcoming performances.


With this year’s Strange Negotiations continuing to garner the onetime Pedro The Lion man critical acclaim, the road seems the perfect place for Bazan to connect with fans, which he will be doing straight through the middle of December, starting in Spokane, Washington and ending in Eugene, Oregon. Although those bookends might make it seem as though Bazan isn’t really traveling all that far, the tour winds through the middle of the country, to the south and southwest before he brings it all back home.


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Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011

If you were a fan of The Fling’s LP When the Madhouses Appear from earlier this year, then you’ll be excited to know that there is yet another release upcoming, complimented by a rather extensive US tour. What I’ve Seen will be released November 1, and their tour started October 18 in California. The rest of the year will be spent on the road in promotion of their new disc, so keep an eye out. Dates below the jump.


 

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Thursday, Oct 27, 2011

As part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 150th anniversary celebrations, the documentary Beyond This Place will be presented October 30 at 7:30 pm with the original score played live in the Opera House. The film follows director Kaleo La Belle as he attempts to reconcile a relationship with his estranged, drugged out father Cloud Rock. They embark on an ambitious 500-mile tour across the Pacific Northwest, looking for a way to connect after years of emotional distance. It has just been announced that La Belle will also be in attendance for a post-show Artist Talk, moderated by novelist Rick Moody.


Sufan Stevens is a childhood friend of La Belle’s (he and his brother Marzuki are the protagonist in Kaleo’s feature documentary film Crooked River in 2005). He collaborated on the soundtrack with Raymond Byron Magic Raposa, who records under the moniker Castanets. Together they created the soundtrack, capturing the various moods of the film. Sufjan re-recorded his song, “In the Devil’s Territory”, for the opening credits, while Raposa wrote an original song for the end credits called “Beyond This Place”.



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Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
Tune in today at 1pm PST / 4pm EST to catch a livestream concert from Coldplay as part of the American Express Unstaged series brought to you by YouTube and VEVO.

POPMATTERS SPONSOR: Today at 1pm PST / 4pm EST YouTube and VEVO are bringing worldwide audiences a live Coldplay concert from Madrid as part of the American Express Unstaged series. Expect the visual bar to be set very high by today’s event as renowned film/music video director Anton Corbijn is directing the live concert film. If you happen to miss the live event this afternoon, it will be available in repeats throughout this evening and you can even catch the proceedings on mobile devices, including both the iPhone and Android devices.


For the American Express Unstaged series, Amex teamed with YouTube and VEVO to bring artists from many different genres together in locations all over the world with top-notch film directors to present a truly global musical experience with extremely high production values. Today’s concert follows yesterday’s release of Coldplay’s new album Mylo Xyloto and is sure to be a big event as Coldplay are well-known for putting on a great show.


Check out the trailer below and head on over to YouTube/VEVO this afternoon to catch the live show.



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Monday, Oct 24, 2011
by Sam Phillips
Today, Sam Phillips puts the spotlight on some of her favorite film and music.




I went to this art party/benefit called 20 Wonder. If you are in Los Angeles next summer, go out of your way to attend their event and support these beautiful people.


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