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Exclusive premiere: Dreamers “City of Hope”

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LA’s Dreamers are a high voltage maelstrom of punk and techno. Robbie Williamson and Megan Gold, who were also affiliated with the extremist fever dream known as, We Are The World, have paired off for this more minimal, but no less aggressive project. The debut is out May 22nd on Germ.

“They were sick of the redundant dicklessness all around them,” notes their official bio, in the best possible terms. That was not directed at any of their other collaborators, just LA in general, I think. I dig the vaguely Native American presence hovering around behind Williamson as he goes animal spirit on his drum kit. Meanwhile, Gold, who will be goddamned if she let’s this moment slide through her hands, alternates between dazed and cutting, between Siouxsie Sioux and Perry Farrell, like a white hot Jane’s Addiction incarnate, in a leotard.

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Spirit Guide

Check Out the Spirit Awards Nominees for Best Male and Female Leads

Catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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From Jason Segel’s somber character study of author David Foster Wallace, to Brie Larson’s devastating portrayal of a mother in captivity, the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees for Best Male and Female Leads represent the finest in the year of film acting. Take a look at the Best Male and Female Leads in action, presented by Jaguar.

Best Male Lead 

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Watch more Male Lead nominee videos here.

Best Female Lead 

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Watch more Female Lead nominee videos here.

Exclusive premiere: Band of Skulls “Hometown”

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Southampton export, Band of Skulls, weren’t fully appreciated in their native kingdom until they had first roused audiences across the rest of the world. Touring, with a memorable soundtrack for a Mustang commercial — “I wanna see you in the morning!” — combined with other bits of luck like the inclusion on a “Twilight” soundtrack gave them a ton of unexpected attention.

They say the were insulated from all the teen throbbing, but knew something was up when, “for a period of a couple of months we saw younger people turning up to shows in Edward Cullen T-shirts, but they sort of disappeared again,” noted bassist/vocalist Emma Richardson.

Watch the band in this short documentary talk about going from working the bars to the relief they feel now, playing music in a hometown that appreciates them.

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Band of Skulls released their second album, “Sweet Sour” on Vagrant Records in February. They are on tour now:

3/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
3/28 – Providence, RI @ The Met
3/30 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
3/31 – Montreal QC @ Corona Theatre
4/2 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
4/3 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
4/4 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
4/6 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
4/7 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex (Grand Room)
4/9 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune
4/10 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
4/11 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s
4/12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
4/15 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Festival
4/22 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Festival

 

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Exclusive premiere: Say Anything “Burn A Miracle”

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For a self-described “fairly passive, overly analytical and neurotic Jewish guy,” Say Anything’s Max Bemis is pretty obsessed with anarchy.  It’s not the capital, circle-A, kind of anarchy that comes to mind, but his own spiritually rooted brand.”I believe that all of our collective existence, that of life itself, time and energy is essentially an all-encompassing, constantly evolving organism,” he wrote last month in an essay for Spinner. “What one might define as chaos is really just each particle of this greater thing expressing itself and thereby powering a greater truer good.”

In “Burn A Miracle” we see these particles reveling in explosive chaos — caped crusaders soar and plummet through the sky, a bowl of Cheerios bursts into flame, an American flag in all it’s plastic glory is made in China. Some of this hits close to home, clearly someone has something to answer for. When we prodded Bemis to answer for this anarchistic extravaganza, he replied simply, “Clearly we like chaos enough to center our record around it; clearly we like chaos enough for this video to exist.”

You may notice how “burn a miracle” sounds sometimes a bit like “burn America” when Bemis shouts it. Coincidence, or just chaos? This is the album opener from the band’s new record, “Anarchy, My Dear,” produced by Tim O’Heir (Superdrag, Sebadoh), out today on Equal Vision Records.

 

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