For electronic dance music to work in a concert setting – as a live spectacle that you would actually pay concert prices to see – the bar, in my mind, is pretty high. You need good mixes and well-wrung beats, sure, but the music can’t stand on its own – especially seeing as it’s […]
Archive for November, 2012
The makers of the latest film adaption of Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina” found a creative way to share this dramatic story, but in their attempt to capture the beauty and romance, did they miss out on some of the story’s darkness?
Andrew Dominik’s “Killing Them Softly,” with a cast full of big names and a barrel full of clichéd moves pulled from the last 20 years of crime films, joins a long line of movies that wouldn’t be the way they are if not for “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction.” Now, I’ve never been one to say that derivative equals bad. Many really, really good films were in no way inventive. But “Killing Them Softly” is just too derivative.
Texas might not be the first place people think of when they’re thinking about Christmas, but Austin band Driver Friendly’s new holiday song might just put it on the map as the premiere holiday destination. 85 degrees instead of snow? We’ll take it.
ARTIST: American Youth ALBUM: Swan Sessions #1 EP Huddled together in an apartment, American Youth, an indie avant garde folk group, record their stripped down EP titled “Swan Sessions #1”. For being recorded in a band member’s apartment, the sound quality is very impressive. Granted, I know […]
From writer/director Judd Apatow comes the the semi-sequel to Kocked Up. This is 40 is an original comedy that expands upon the story of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) as we see first-hand how they are dealing with their current state of life. We have a few advance screening passes to give […]
Movies are always more charming when we can identify with the characters on-screen. While few of us may know what it is like to be a womanizing spy, many of us know what it is to struggle with mental instability and lost love. In Silver Linings Playbook, Pat Jr. (Bradley Cooper) is really trying to get his […]
2012 has been the year of the ‘unfilmable’ books made ‘filmable.’ “Cloud Atlas,” “Anna Karenina” and even “The Hunger Games” are all challenging books for the cinema that have all made it to the big screen. Joining the list is Yann Martel’s “Life of Pi.” Much like the other books made into movies this year, there are some really spectacular and impressive elements to the film version of “Life of Pi,” but there’s also plenty to be desired.
There are few bands who have aged as well as Motion City Soundtrack.
Jakob Dylan (who is really looking more like father Bob Dylan these days) reunited with the rest of the Wallflowers at The Midland in Kansas City on 11/15. They performed in front of a decent sized crowd with My Jerusalem. Photos by Scott Spychalski Edit this setlist | More The Wallflowers setlists Midcoast StationMore […]