One of the best bands in Los Angeles is unsigned. This doesn’t mean that they aren’t busy, in fact it means that NO are hustling harder than any one to get their music out there and in to the hands of fans who may not know they exist yet. But there will be fans, because NO’s post-hymnal rock is mesmerizing and devastating. Mining the same vein as The National and Arcade Fire, NO digs deep to create atmospheric melodies that rely on emotion and surging guitar to drive their weighty songs forward. Their music could be the soundtrack to every break up in the world, and when it’s not your own break up, it’s a beautiful and compelling starting point.
NO just released their new EP “Don’t Worry, You’ll Be Here Forever” on vinyl through Origami Vinyl, but the record is also available for download via their bandcamp page. The EP evokes much of the same emotion as “Stay With Me” the video we’re premiering below. Tracks such as “Another Life” delve into the lyrical territory staked out by The Magnetic Fields, while others such as “Big Waves” show off the band’s more hard rocking roots. The album draws you in with its sad stories and anthemic and soaring melodies. Once you give it a listen, we think NO will be able to count you among its fans.
Watch the video for “Stay With Me,” directed by Ryan Reichenfeld:
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You can catch NO during their residency at The Echo in LA or on tour including dates at SXSW:
03.05 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo @
03.12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo +
03.14 – Austin, TX – 3pm @ Opal Divine’s Freehouse BUZZBANDS.LA presents DEAR AUSTIN: LOVE, L.A.
03.14 – Austin, TX – 5pm @ Shangri La -THE ECHO + ORIGAMI VINYL presents SXSW THROWDOWN
03.15 – Austin, TX – 2pm @ Brew Exchange – POPANTIPOP + SEA SHEPHERDS presents SEA NOW!
03.16 – Austin, TX – 11:15am @ The Jacked Stage (Next to Carmelo’s) SPIRIT MUSIC GROUP presents SPIRITXSW
03.16 – Austin, TX – 3:30pm @ Beauty Bar- ORIGAMI VINYL + KANINE RECORDS presents FAKE LIFE FÉTE
03.17 – Austin, TX – 10pm @ Buffalo Billiards -SXSW Official Showcase
03.19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo !
03.26 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo ^
04.01 – San Francisco, CA @ Café Du Nord =
04.02 – Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar =
04.03 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern =
04.04 – Boise, ID @ the Linen Building =
04.05 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court =
04.16 – Palm Springs, CA @ Dillon’s Roadhouse >
It is a period of civil war in amateur ice hockey. The taxation of beer kegs to outlying rinks is in dispute and it can’t be settled on the ice. Hoping to resolve the matter with a blockade of hockey sticks in front of the Zamboni, the greedy beer distributor has stopped all shipping to the small rink where the Chubbys play.
While the Congress of the Penalty Box endlessly debates this alarming chain of events, the Supreme Referee has secretly dispatched two of the best forwards in the league, the guardians of peace and justice on the ice and in the galaxy, to settle the conflict. But first they need to get a healthy buzz on.
Often covering heady concepts like philosophy and tragic social norms, science fiction is always in danger of being too dry and dour for its own good. However intelligent and astute the observations may be, if the themes don’t align with the tone, the end results could be a slog to watch. Sometimes we just want laughs to accompany aliens, time travel, and dystopian futures. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of sci-fi comedies that perfectly pair humor and futuristic wonder into a delightful package.
Here are 10 such sci-fi comedies that deserve a play when you need cheering up.
10. Repo Man
A staple in the cult film pantheon, Repo Man throws a punk-rocking Emilio Estevez into the bizarre world of car repossession set against a backdrop of a slightly-more-dystopian version of Los Angeles. Featuring veteran weirdo Harry Dean Stanton, a Chevy Malibu with aliens in the trunk, and a thumbnail philosophy centered around a hypothetical plate of shrimp, this midnight movie is a must-watch for those who are sick of boilerplate plotlines.
9. Night of the Comet
If you ever watched Valley Girl and thought it could use some zombies, then Night of the Comet is for you. This unfairly forgotten gem pits two mall-obsessed sisters against undead stockboys, bloodthirsty soldiers, and healthy teenage hormones in a post-apocalyptic land straight out of Omega Man. With tongue firmly in cheek, Night of the Comet is a fun and cheesy sci-fi comedy that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
8. They Live
Written and directed by genre king John Carpenter, They Live is a hilariously over-the-top treatise against commercialism, government control, and religious zealotry. The movie stars the sadly late (and never-better) Roddy Piper as migrant worker Nada who finds a special pair of sunglasses that reveal a world choked with subliminal consumerist messages and humanoid aliens. It’s endlessly quotable with a ridiculous yet valid message and contains the best street fight ever captured on film.
If you’ve read the comment section for an article on the Kardashians, energy drinks, or the state of our educational system, then you’re probably familiar with Mike Judge’s Idiocracy. Depicting a future where every American institution has crumbled due to wanton stupidity, average bloke Joe Bauers (Luke Wilson) becomes an Einstein among the mentally challenged and humanity’s last hope for survival. Like Judge’s Office Space, Idiocracy achieved cult status after a mismanaged theatrical release. It was also oddly prescient.
Endless charm and eye-popping special effects rev this high-energy, high-concept Joe Dante sci-fi comedy. Basically a goofball version of Fantastic Voyage, Innerspace injects a minuscule bio-pod piloted by Dennis Quaid into a neurotic Martin Short and propels them into the dangerous scientific underworld of nanotechnology supremacy. Quaid and Short — along with Meg Ryan, Robert Picardo, and Kevin McCarthy — are fun personified in this rollicking, rewatchable classic.
5. Galaxy Quest
Unfairly derided as “Three Amigos in space,” Galaxy Quest is actually one of the most accurate depictions of sci-fi tropes and geek fandom ever produced. A thinly veiled satire of the original Star Trek series, the ensemble comedy tackles everything from fan conventions to space-based MacGuffins, but does so with an unmistakable love for the genre.
4. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Movie concepts don’t come any higher: A lovable pair of wannabe rock gods travel through time in a phone booth to assemble historical figures as a means to pass their history final and unite the planet through music. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are an effusive duo you can’t help but love, George Carlin as their time-guide Rufus is perfectly cast, and the moral message (“Be excellent to each other and party on, dudes!”) should be a real-world Golden Rule.
3. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie
With a running time of 75 minutes and lacking a second “Mad” for loonier interplay, MST3K: The Movie is considered a lesser entry when compared to the television series. However, Mike and the Bots are in top form when mocking the sci-fi flick This Island Earth — Interocitor assembly and alien foreheads have never been richer for riffs — and any fan of the show would be remiss to skip the film.
2. Tie: Ghostbusters and Men in Black
It doesn’t get any more quotable than Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson as the titular spectre-snatching quartet. At its core, this beloved treasure follows the hardships of a new fringe business as it tries to find a reliable customer base. But add supernatural elements, and Ghostbusters becomes a perfect blend of comedy, sci-fi (those proton packs wouldn’t be out of place on Star Trek) and the occult. Every line in every scene is a bona fide classic, rightfully earning the film its place among other worn-out VHS tapes in our collection. Meanwhile, Men in Black channels Ghostbusters with its mix of comedy, sci-fi and creepy creature-based bureaucracy.
1. Back to the Future
Arguably the best matchup in a comedy film, Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd are absolutely perfect in this 1985 favorite. Back to the Future features Fox as a time-traveling teen sent back 30 years whose existence is in jeopardy when his 17-year-old mother falls in love with him and his father is too shy and weak-willed to pursue her. Nominated for Best Original Screenplay and spending 11 weeks at number one in the box office, Back to the Future is the rare mix of audience appreciation and critical acclaim — not to mention comedy and sci-fi.
Catch a Resident Evil movie marathon Saturday, November 28th during IFC's Sweatsgiving.
Posted by Luke McKinney on Photo Credit: Screen Gems/courtesy Everett Collection
Resident Evil is the sort of action franchise that’ll crash a motorbike through a stained glass window just to explode some zombies in awesome fashion. But how well do you know Alice’s adventures against the undead? Before you catch IFC’s Resident Evil Sweatsgiving Marathon, take the quiz below and prove once and for all that you’re the ultimate Resident Evil movie fan.
With the Uncle Chubbys boys throwing a wild party for Karen and Paul this week on the season finale of Benders, we thought we’d pay tribute to the biggest and most badass parties ever thrown on the big screen. Which parties would you die to go to? Which ones are you most likely to die at from going to? Before you catch the Benders finale tonight at 10P ET/PT, check out our list of the craziest parties to ever grace the silver screen.
10. Bachelor Party
Name the last party you went to attended by Tom Hanks AND a literal high horse. And if you can, kudos.
9. Animal House
Hey, does anyone want to hear me play gui—Ah, Bluto, what the hell??!!
8. Old School
Kegs, a hot DJ, random streaking…the Old School party has it all. We’re betting Frank never made it to Bed, Bath and Beyond, though.
7. Revenge of the Nerds
Ain’t no party like a nerd party, particularly when “Thriller” starts playing. Don’t forget the “Wonder Joints.”
6. Boogie Nights
If you ever find yourself at a party filled with ’70s adult film stars, remember to put a towel down.
5. House Party
If you’re wondering what the ’90s were like, watch any of the House Party movies. They were like this.
4. Can’t Hardly Wait
This party is like an uncut blast of ever ’90s high school movie. When the kid from Hook is bringing down the house with an epic lip sync performance of “Paradise City,” you know it’s a good party.
3. Weird Science
Mutants, missiles and Kelly LeBrock. Whatever you do, don’t tell Chet!
2. Real Genius
Val Kilmer knew the one secret to a kick-ass party. In a word, lasers!
1. Risky Business
Before there was Xenu, there were hookers. High school would never be the same.