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Thursday, Jul 28, 2011

The Answer—Allen Iverson—has always provoked questions. Steve James’ documentary, No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, revisits some of these, beginning with a look back at the trial held in Hampton, Virginia, where the “high school phenom” then lived. The filmmaker also grew up in Hampton, and his father B.J., an avid local sports fan, drew his attention to Iverson, whose trial commenced while James was living in Chicago. In the film the trial is at once specific, concerning Iverson’s involvement in a fight at a local bowling alley on Valentine’s Day, 1993. Charged with “maiming by mob,” Iverson and some classmates became vehicles for a harrowing exposure of the town’s racial divisions. In the film, James sorts through legal and political intersections, talking with community members, lawyers, protestors, and sports writers, as well as his own mother. James himself becomes an interview subject, when his black camera operator Keith Walker asks about his relationship to Hampton’s racist history. The film is at once attentive to that history and relentlessly metaphorical, reminding everybody of what they know and what they’d like to forget.


No Crossover kicks off the Steve James Master Class on 28 July at Maysles Cinema.


See PopMattersreview of No Crossover and interview with Steve James. See also, our review of Hoop Dreams, which screens 29 July.



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Friday, Jul 22, 2011
by PopMatters Staff

PopMatters recently said of Smoke Fairies’ debut album Through Low Light and Trees: “The duo’s voices and instruments harmonize in haunting ways that evoke the ethereal spirits from which they take their band’s name. But these sprites are far from being frail creatures. They are comprised of flesh and blood. The Fairies understand that even enchantment can have dangers and that the mystery of the world does not alter the concrete details of living in the material world.” Now the UK band is headed out on a US tour with Rasputina, hitting many major American markets. This is your chance to catch up on one of the finest neo folk groups around. Tour dates and video collection after the jump.


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Thursday, Jul 21, 2011
by PopMatters Staff

POPMATTERS SPONSOR—This year’s Honda Civic Tour features headliners My Chemical Romance and blink-182 with appearances at various dates from indie faves Matt & Kim and Manchester Orchestra, as well as punk heroes Rancid and Against Me! The tour covers much of the US and Canada during August through October, culminating in a huge blow-out gig October 8th in LA at the Hollywood Bowl and the final performance at the end of October at New Orleans’ VOODOO Music Experience 2011. We’ve got the dates below and you can snag tickets online at civictour.honda.com.


 



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Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011
Last night, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band, joined forces for a foot-stomping, soul movin' version of the gospel classic "I'll Fly Away" on the stages of the Late Show with David Letterman.

Last night two of my favorite bands on the planet, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band, joined forces for a foot-stomping, soul movin’ version of the gospel classic “I’ll Fly Away” on the stages of the Late Show with David Letterman. The tune is the highlight of the recent American Legacies album, currently my favorite record of the year. Our very own Thomas Hauner was at last night’s Letterman appearance and we’ll have photos from the gig shortly.


You can catch Preservation Hall on tour this summer both with and without the Del MCoury Band, as both groups have a loaded summer schedule with many dates as joint appearances. Do not miss them under any circumstances if they are in your town. After the jump are a few snaps of Preservation Hall’s recent appearance at the American Music Festival over the July 4th weekend at Fitzgerald’s just outside Chicago.



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Thursday, Jul 7, 2011

Below is a teaser video for M83’s forthcoming (currently untitled) new album. The video ends with four simple words: M83 New Album Soon. As the equally concise title of this brief post makes clear, M83 will tour soon, too. The dates are listed below, as well as on the band’s website—a site that wins the Internet for the best URL ever.


Also, check out the Pitchfork article on how this new album is really a double album. No need to be coy, Mr. Gonzalez.



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