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Exclusive Premiere: No “Stay With Me”

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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 >

Jackie That 70s Show

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15 That ’70s Show Quotes to Help You Unleash Your Inner Jackie

Catch That '70s Show Mondays and Tuesdays from 6-10P on IFC.

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When life gets you down, just ask yourself: what would Jackie do? (But don’t ask her, because she doesn’t care about your stupid problems.) Before you catch That ’70s Show on IFC, take a look at some quotes that will help you be the best Jackie you can be.


15. She knows her strengths.

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14. She doesn’t let a little thing like emotions get in the way.

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13. She’s her own best friend.

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12. She has big plans for her future.

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11. She keeps her ego in check.

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10. She can really put things in perspective.

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9. She’s a lover…

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8. But she knows not to just throw her love around.

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7. She’s proud of her accomplishments.

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6. She knows her place in the world.

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5. She asks herself the hard questions.

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4. She takes care of herself.

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3. She’s deep.

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2. She’s a problem solver.

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1. And she’s always modest.

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Exclusive premiere: The Golden Filter “Kill Me”

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The Golden Filter’s dark ballad about a deceitful relationship became a disturbing tale of murder with Oedipal undertones in this video directed by High Five Collective (who’ve made videos for Kanye West and Odd Future among others).

“‘Kill Me’ was written about a destructive relationship I was in where the other person was obsessively lying the whole time,” The Golden Filter’s Penelope Trappes told us. “After putting the pieces together later on, I discovered the whole relationship was a farce and I should have seen the warnings. He was killing me softly with his lies. It’s an eerily unsettling feeling to know you gave all of your trust to someone who wasn’t real.”

Anyone who didn’t just marry their high school sweetheart can probably relate to the New York singer’s tale, but hopefully the familiarity ends there and doesn’t apply to the familial relationships in the video. “When we brought the song to High Five Collective, they had a beautifully terrifying take on conveying that sense of complete betrayal,” Trappes added,  “hidden under a blanket of love and happiness.”

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Also of note is The Golden Filter’s short film “Syndromes,” which will be screening at SXSW this year. A collaboration with Scandinavian director Kristoffer Borgli, the film deals with a young girl’s unexplained ability to heal the wealthy elite, which leads her into a sinister underworld. The band’s accompanying soundtrack EP, released via the band’s own Perfectly Isolated label.

 

 

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Exclusive Premiere: Fenster “2.7 XO 17″

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Every song tells a story, but Fenster’s “2.7XO17″ tells not just a story, but delivers a nearly-tragic narrative set to a dreamy beat. The new video from the Berlin-based group elucidates the tale of 2.7XO17, a robot-child living in the distant nostalgic and retro-inflected future. Directed Bryn Chainey the video tells of 2.7XO17, who is is programmed to be an obedient servant, a loyal child who even brings her adoptive human parents breakfast in bed. But routine is made to be interrupted and when her’s is, she realizes that something has gone terribly wrong. The lonely robot girl is then forced to re-assess her place in the world of humans and venture outside into the great unknown.

The story played out in “2.7XO17″ is, in some ways, the story of the band. The group has been hard at work perfecting their subdued sound and now, with their debut album Bones hitting stores on March 13, they are poised on the brink of the unknown. The album is sparse without feeling hollow with his-and-hers vocals reminiscent of Coco Rosie and the xx, while some how also managing to evoke the Velvet Underground. The stand-out tracks, including ‘”Oh Canyon” and “White To Red” and, of course, “2.7 XO 17,” bring forth a rich sound through a mature and meditative minimalism that belies the fact that this is the group’s debut album. While scarcely known in the US, Fenster are making their touring debut this week, traveling from New York to SXSW. What happens next — be it indie rock stardom or some other adventure entirely — all begins by putting one foot in front of the other and heading into the great wide world. I, for one, can’t wait to see where this band goes.

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