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Exclusive Premiere: Mean Creek “Come On, Before It’s Gone”

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There’s something about Mean Creek’s seductively unapologetic pop punk that makes you nostalgic for the rock and roll you listened to as a kid, the songs that made up the soundtrack to warm summer days spent with friends listening to tunes on the back porch or the front stoop of your childhood home. Their gritty sound harks back to bands of decades past, filled with chord progressions and guitar riffs that would be at home on albums by Sugar, Big Star, Bruce Springsteen or even, on occasion, Nick Cave. On “Youth Companion,” Mean Creek’s third full-length album their simple straight-forward rock rhythms are paired with sentimental lyrics about growing up and letting go. The album, which is the Boston group’s best to date, “feels like the album we always wanted to make from when we were kids all the way up to where we are now in our lives,” according to Chris Keene, the band’s front man.

That sense of youthful nostalgia and end-of-summer longing runs throughout the new video for the band’s latest single “Come On, Before It’s Gone,” directed by James Lindsay & Richard TK Hawke and produced by Eponymous Films. In the video, the song’s gritty guitar chords, relentless drumming and soaring vocals and evocative lyrics, are paired with a frenzied friend fest. “The video was shot on one of the last great nights of summer,” explained Mikey Holland, the bands drummer. “The idea was pretty simple, really: Get all of our best friends in my apartment, enjoy the company and kill many beers. The video is really just a document of that night. For days after I was reeling in all the moments and conversations I had. I guess in a way it was a perfect goodbye to the summer and also a goodbye to friends whom have since moved all over the country.”

Watch the exclusive premiere of Mean Creek “Come On, Before It’s Gone” now:

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Catch Mean Creek on the road:

January 24 – Boston, MA – RadioBDC at The Black Rose
January 28 – New York, NY – Cake Shop (w/ Thick Wild)
February 1 – Providence, RI – Fete Lounge
March 1 – Brooklyn, NY – Shea Stadium

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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: The Milk Carton Kids “Snake Eyes”

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The Milk Carton Kids‘ folk lullabies harken back to a simpler time, a time before men stopped wearing suits when they harmonized together, a time before fracking. This is at least partly why Gus Van Sant picked them to feature prominently on the soundtrack to “Promised Land,” where their gentle ballads invoke days when lighting your water on fire wasn’t all the rage in big energy circles.

This song “Snake Eyes,” hand picked by Van Sant, plays during a central part of the film starring Matt Damon as a gas company man who arrives in a small town looking to tap its resources. The seemingly easy sale — economy dried up, lots of land to drill on, poor farmers fallen on hard times — gets complicated as Damon gets embroiled in grassroots environmental opposition. And “hold your tears, where they’ve hung all these years,” The Milk Carton Kids sing.

You may recall another Van Sant/Damon film in which an introspective artist was prominently featured by the director. And though they strum a different tune, The Milk Carton Kids seem to share something in common with Elliot Smith in their softly sung balladry. The duo, Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan, who display a talent for dry, deadpan humor during their live sets, did not want to color your viewing of the video by director Julian Pinder with a comment. So let it speak for itself and read in it what you will.

 

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The Milk Carton Kids Anti- debut, “The Ash & Clay” is out March 26. “Promised Land” is playing in theaters now. Let us know how you fracking feel in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook!

 

Exclusive Premiere: Whispertown “Open The Other Eye”

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While the band may have shortened their name from Whispertown 2000 to just Whispertown, their sound has gotten exponentially more expansive. Morgan Nagler’s group made a name for themselves with a lo-fi indie rock sound filled with summery harmonies and a country bent. While those heartland vibes are still present in Whispertown’s songs, Nagler has started to take the group in a different direction adding a synth pop sound to the group’s repertoire. While the combination of country and electro synth rock sounds like a bad idea, the effect is charming and irresistible.

While Nagler claims that “I ain’t havin’ fun” on the group’s song “The Fall,” it’s hard to believe that’s true when you listen to the tracks on their new record, Parallel. The seven tracks of the album are filled with dark-tinged songs complemented by Nagler’s sweetly raspy voice. The songs have traces of bands like Rilo Kiley, She & Him and Jenny Lewis in the mix, which makes sense as Whispertown has toured with each of them, but under the watchful of eye of Andy LeMaster (Bright Eyes) who produced, recorded and mixed the tracks, Whispertown easily finds their own rhythm. This is especially true on the stand out track and lead off single “Open The Other Eye,” which we are happy to premiere the video for below.

Watch the premiere of Whispertown “Open the Other Eye” now:

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