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by Jonathan Simrin

14 Apr 2010

To address the elephant in the room, yes, the Paper Man trailer is rife with indie conventions that are somewhat cliché. The background music is vaguely familiar, if not decidedly hipster in style. Credit titles awkwardly shift in place, as if to shout, “This is an indie film! Notice the unfinished quality of it all!”

Now that that’s out of the way, it’s time to acknowledge the film’s potential. Although Paper Man has been working the festival circuit without gaining any crazy buzz, the cast alone should raise more than a few eyebrows from viewers. The film stars Jeff Daniels as a down on his luck novelist (nobody said it would be a stretch), who enjoys the company of an imaginary superhero, played by a bleach blonde Ryan Reynolds (the star of the forthcoming Green Lantern film). The story kicks into gear with the arrival of Emma Stone, playing a 17-year-old who just might be cool enough to change Daniels’ life.  Stone, having proven her chops in Superbad, continues to be a captivating actress, so it should be interesting how she fares in the land of the indie.

Paper Man is releasing 23 April in the US.

by Arnold Pan

14 Apr 2010

Indie rock’s most eagerly awaited sentimental journey arrives stateside as Pavement plays two performances the next few days in southern California, with more to come from coast-to-coast this summer and fall. The reviews floating around the blogosphere have raved about the first reunion shows in New Zealand and Australia, but you’d expect that from fans who’ve been waiting over a decade for this to happen. What’s lost in the haze of nostalgia is that Pavement was a notoriously frustrating and sometimes diffident live act, though, at the very least, the set lists this go-around have definitely been crowd pleasers. Check out for yourself this edited sampler of songs from the March 1st show in Auckland, New Zealand, one of the few YouTube fan videos that’s not rendered unwatchable by a pogoing camera hand or audience sing-alongs.

Thu Apr 15, 2010—Fox Theater—Pomona, CA
Sun Apr 18, 2010—Coachella Festival—Indio, CA
Tue May 04, 2010—Dublin—Tripod SOLD OUT

Wed May 05, 2010—Glasgow—Barrowland Ballroom SOLD OUT

Fri May 07, 2010—Paris—Le Zenith

Sat May 08, 2010—Amsterdam—Paradiso

Mon May 10, 2010—London—Brixton Academy

Tue May 11, 2010—London—Brixton Academy SOLD OUT

Wed May 12, 2010—London—Brixton Academy SOLD OUT

Thu May 13, 2010—London—Brixton Academy SOLD OUT

Fri May 14, 2010—Minehead, West Somerset—All Tomorrow’s Parties SOLD OUT

Sat May 15, 2010—Minehead, West Somerset—All Tomorrow’s Parties SOLD OUT

Sun May 16, 2010—Minehead, West Somerset—All Tomorrow’s Parties SOLD OUT

Tue May 18, 2010—Brussels—Ancienne Belgique SOLD OUT

Wed May 19, 2010—Berlin—Astra

Thu May 20, 2010—Praha—Palac Akropolis

Fri May 21, 2010—Vienna—Arena

Sat May 22, 2010—Munich—Muffathalle

Mon May 24, 2010—Rome—Atlantico

Tue May 25, 2010—Bologna—Estragon

Fri May 28, 2010—Barcelona—Primavera Festival
Sun May 30, 2010—George, WA—Sasquatch Music Festival
Sat June 19, 2010—Toronto, ON—Olympic Island
Fri June 25, 2010—Berkeley, CA—Greek Theatre
Sun Jul 04, 2010—Roskilde—Roskilde Festival

Sun Jul 18, 2010—Chicago, IL—Pitchfork Festival
Thu Aug 12, 2010—Oslo—Oyafestival

Sat Aug 14, 2010—Gothenburg –—Way Out West Festival
Thu Sep 09, 2010—Broomfield, CO—1st Bank Center
Sat Sep 11, 2010—Kansas City, MO—Uptown Theater
Sun Sep 12, 2010—St. Paul, MN—Roy Wilkins Auditorium
Sat Sep 18, 2010—Boston, MA—Agganis Arena 

Tue Sep 21, 2010—New York, NY—Central Park Summerstage SOLD OUT

Wed Sep 22, 2010—New York, NY—Central Park Summerstage SOLD OUT

Thu Sep 23, 2010—New York, NY—Central Park Summerstage SOLD OUT

Fri Sep 24, 2010—New York, NY—Central Park Summerstage SOLD OUT
Sun Sep 26, 2010—Atlanta, GA—The Tabernacle

by John Lindstedt

14 Apr 2010

It finally happened. New York City hipsters have finally created their utopia, transforming their 21st century metropolis into a retro video game landscape. Well, not really. But there’s a short film about it, and it’s amazing.

by Alex Suskind

14 Apr 2010

Being raised in Nashville, the spirit of music was instilled in Spree Wilson (born Joseph Young III) at an early age. His father was a hippie activist and a singer in a doo wop band, his mother, grandmother and great-grandmother played the piano and his godfather was the bass player in Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys. It is no surprise to hear that Spree began playing the saxophone at age six and would eventually teach himself the guitar. 

Now, Spree is on the cusp of trending a new era in hip-hop. His unique blend of poignant lyrics, clever hooks, guitar riffs and a signature croon have won him support from music heavyweights like Dallas Austin and Q-Tip (the latter of whom is executive producing Spree’s debut album, The Beauty of Chaos, slated for an early 2011 release)

You can listen to Spree’s full EP over on his

by Arnold Pan

14 Apr 2010

Total Life Forever
(Sub Pop)
Releasing: 11 May (Digital) / 15 June (CD)

Talk about Mixed Media: Check out the state-of-the-art online promotion for the upcoming release by Foals, Total Life Forever. Complete with interactive puzzles that preview samples from the new album, the stylish site augurs a drastic shift in the band’s aesthetic from its thrillingly hyperactive 2008 debut Antidotes to something more complex, more moody, and art-damaged—think less Gang of Four, more Philip Glass. The two pre-released videos for “Spanish Sahara” and “This Orient” reveal Foals’ shoot-for-the-stars ambition, smoothing out the caffeine jag of the group’s earlier math-rockish pop by creating soundscapes heavy on electronics and atmosphere this time around. We’ll find out if Total Life Forever is more a case of “difficult second album syndrome” or the start of something even bigger for Foals when the album is digitally released by Sub Pop on May 11.

01 Blue Blood 

02 Miami 

03 Total Life Forever 

04 Black Gold 

05 Spanish Sahara 

06 This Orient 

07 Fugue 

08 After Glow 

09 Alabaster

10 Two Trees

11 What Remains

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