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Wednesday, May 8 2013

The Devin Townsend Project: 4 May 2013 - Dublin, Ireland

Although the night has been without stage invasions, choirs, big name support acts, or live vocals from Anneke, Devin Townsend and company have still delivered a memorable show that has left the cheering Dublin crowd with an equal dose of tinnitus and smile-ache. What more could you want?


Tuesday, May 7 2013

SFIFF Spotlight: Vengeance!

Vengeance plays a prominent role in three audience-favorite films at the San Francisco International Film Festival this year. This classic theme lends itself to fast-paced, intriguing films about humans deal with darker urges.


Queensryche: 21 April 2013 - San Francisco, CA

Queensryche’s combination of progressive metal and bold political lyrics stood out from the pack in 1988, and still do in much the same way here in 2013.


Monday, May 6 2013

Tribeca Film Festival 2013: ‘Lil Bub & Friendz’ & Four Shorts

Via the Festival's digital library, I caught the shorts 'Fool's Day', 'RPG OK', 'ZZZZZZZ', and 'Royal American' plus the 'Lil Bub' internet cat phenom film.


Friday, May 3 2013

SFIFF Spotlight: Three Heartwarming Picks

Film festivals are usually synonymous with tough, challenging films and avant garde works. Yet even the most serious film festival can offer lighthearted picks that provide viewers an escape from the worries of our troubled world.


Sparks: 25 April 2013 - New York

Sparks' latest tour, titled Two Hands, One Mouth, is a collection of songs from the band's discography reduced to nothing but keyboard and vocals. It speaks volumes that neither the focus of the tour itself, nor the accompanying live album, come across as gimmicky


Thursday, May 2 2013

SFIFF Spotlight: Experimental Shorts

PopMatters takes a look at why experimental short films are such an essential part of film festivals—and how they work to create meaningful dialogue between film creators and viewers.


Wednesday, May 1 2013

SFIFF Day 2: ‘Blackfish’ + ‘The Act of Killing’

Should documentaries adopt the traditional story structure found in narrative cinema? Two films at SFIFF provide a powerful argument for why documentaries should be treated as much more than straightforward narratives.


Tuesday, April 30 2013

SFIFF: Opening Weekend

PopMatters takes a look at the best of this past weekend's offerings at the San Francisco International Film Festival and looks ahead to some of the most promising films that will show during the first week of the festival.


Monday, April 29 2013

Carl Hancock Rux: 20 April 2013 - New York

On the eve of Homeostasis, Carl Hancock Rux took the crowd at the Apollo "higher" with Burnt Sugar and special guests Nona Hendryx and Martha Redbone.


Thursday, April 25 2013

Tribeca Film Festival 2013: ‘The Project’ + ‘Big Men’

Mercenaries stumble in creating an anti-pirate militia in Puntland, while American wildcatters confront pitfalls aplenty in Ghana and Nigeria, in two documentaries examining crises in Africa.


Wednesday, April 24 2013

Dumpstaphunk + Ten: 7 April 2013 - San Diego, CA

Anytime Dumpstaphunk comes to your town it starts to feel a little bit like New Orleans.


Monday, April 22 2013

Pills and Pain at the Tribeca Film Festival 2013: ‘Oxyana’ & ‘Bottled Up’

A gritty documentary and fluffy comedy bring a similarly hardheaded sensibility to the invisible epidemic of pain pill addiction.


Wednesday, April 17 2013

Wasabassco Burlesque at Highline Ballroom: 22 March 2013 - New York

The tricks and routines performed by the Wasabassco Burlesque entertainers are not suitable for your parlor…


Friday, April 12 2013

BUKU Music and Art Project: 8-9 March 2013 - New Orleans

With a diverse lineup, BUKU intended to incorporate the post-industrial vibe as well as the garish festivity of Mardi Gras World, which it pulled off with varying degrees of success.


Thursday, April 11 2013

Swans: 2 April 2013 - Brighton, UK

In the three years since they reformed, Swans have developed into arguably the best band in the world. This gig on the south coast of the UK found them in devastating form.


Wednesday, April 3 2013

Black Francis: 22 March 2013 - San Juan Capistrano, CA

An informal (and often comedic) minimalist live show proves again that for Black Francis’ people, each new musical experiment only serves to make a classic even better.


Tuesday, April 2 2013

moe. + Orgone: 9 March 2013 - Los Angeles

They've been one of the stalwart bands of the jamrock scene since the late '90s, ever pushing the envelope with catchy melodic tunes, big grooves and melty psychedelic jams.


Monday, April 1 2013

Low with ACME String Quartet: 20 March 2013 - New York

The Society for Ethical Culture’s Concert Hall seems to be the ideal venue for Low's somber songs to unfold, because the duo’s showing on the New York date of their current tour was unbelievably gripping.


Friday, March 29 2013

The Men: 19 March 2013 - London

The Men's new album might have brought in a new set of country and classic rock influences, but in this show the band are keen not to lose sight of their own, more modern set of roots.


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