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Exclusive premiere: The Lost Brothers “Blue Moon In September”

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The Lost Brothers, sail away under a blue moon to New York this week where they are playing their Ireland-by-way-of-Nashville brand of “cosmic swamp” folk ditties. The Liverpool based duo, Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland, met Raconteur Brendan Benson last year and what was initially an invite to “record a song or two” with him in Nashville, suddenly turned into the making of a whole record.

“There was a great spirit of friendship and creativity in the studio,” the Lost Brothers said. “Ideas would be flying high about how to record the next song and we would grab at them like crazed pirates racing towards some finish line.”

The video for this high seas lullaby was created by artist Gavin Wood in Liverpool, using hand crafted props and puppetry.

 

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The Lost Brothers’ album, “The Passing of The Night,” is out on Benson’s Readymade label now. They are currently on tour with Glen Hansard and still have a CMJ date, Oct 20th, at the Irish Arts Centre in NYC.

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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: Guards “Silver Lining”

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Back in 2010, Guards made a big …well, indie sized splash with their eponymous EP. The New York City trio fronted by singer Richie Follin (the brother of Cults’ Madeline Follin), along with Kaylie Church and Ted Humphrey, make music filled with raw heartache, complicated emotions and a raucous vintage guitar-driven sound. Follin’s calls the sound “pop wave doom,” which is as apt a description as any for the rollicking indie pop built around darkly pontificating lyrics.

In addition to their EP, the band released a slightly 60s inspired pop rock song 7″ on White Iris Records and Follins, who also plays in the band Willowz, put out a solo album based on his uncle’s second world war stories. But when it comes to a band like Guards, the more music the better. At long last, their highly-anticipated full-length debut, “In Guards We Trust,” will be released February 5th on Black Bell Records.

“Silver Lining” is the first single from the trio’s forthcoming full-length debut. It’s a boisterous and driving track that shows Guards doing what it does best: Making raucous rock with a retro edge and undeniable appeal. We are pleased to premiere the video, directed by Kaylie Church.

Watch Guards “Silver Lining”:

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Guards Tour Dates:

October 17 Brooklyn, NY Glasslands†
December 8 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club‡
December 9 Hartfoed, CT Arch Street Tavern‡
December 11 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall‡
December 12 Buffalo, NY Mohawk‡
December 13 Ithaca, NY The Haunt‡

†as part of Stereogum’s CMJ Showcase
‡with Ra Ra Riot

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Watch an all new chapter of R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet

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Are you ready to be Trapped in the Closet? We sure hope so, because we are bringing R & B legend R. Kelly’s sprawling, wild and wacky hip-hopera back to IFC’s air on November 23 (9/8c). We know you’re going to want to recite every line, mouth along with every denial, make every heartfelt plea for understanding. The new chapters bring more suspense, mystery and drama – plus lots of unexpected twists. Hopping aboard for this next installment are two new faces, both played by R. Kelly: Dr. Perry, a therapist at Rufus and Cathy’s church guiding them through marriage counseling; and Beeno, a powerful underworld kingpin.

To get you ready for this momentous return of Trapped in the Closet to IFC, we’ve prepared Chapter 23. It recaps some of the many many many highlights from the first 22 chapters of Trapped (which you can watch here on our all-new Trapped site). Watch, learn, memorize, and get ready to get Trapped:

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Trapped in the Closet returns to IFC in November

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