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SIFF 2011 : Pre-Pre-Preview

SIFF 2011 is upon us. The Northwest’s largest film festival and one of the biggest in the country continues its grand tradition of bringing a vast cornucopia of films to the Seattle area. This year the festival will feature 441 films from countries all across the globe, and will spread them over 25 days at...Read...
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San Francisco International Film Festival 2011 : 04/28 – 04/30 Round-Up

If you are looking for films from today, Wednesday, the 27th, you can see them here. Below are choice picks for the remainder of this week! Full festival details and movie listings here. — Asleep In The Sun This Argentine film evokes the tag words: “metaphysical mystery,” “canine-crazed,” “soul-deep,” “Kafkaesque world,” “psuedo scientists,” “self-possessed,” and...Read...
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San Francisco International Film Festival 2011: 04/24 – 04/27 Round-Up

This week’s San Francisco International Film Festival round-up is quite beefy, so we’re splitting it into two parts! For now, what you can see from Sunday through Wednesday. — Asleep In The Sun This Argentine film evokes the tag words: “metaphysical mystery,” “canine-crazed,” “soul-deep,” “Kafkaesque world,” “psuedo scientists,” “self-possessed,” and “’50s decor.” It certainly targets...Read...
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SXSW 2011 : Top 5 Epic Experiences

SXSW is always a whirlwind of excitement, anticipation and energy. People flock from all over the world to see their favorite bands, films and interactive media projects. My favorite part of the week is the music. That's what draws me there. Thousands of bands, playing all over the city, in hundreds of different venues. In...
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SXSW 2011 : Pre-Festival Picks

bass drum of death Garage rock junkies apply within. Bass Drum Of Death’s pure and unabated psych rock is sure to catch some people by surprise at SXSW 2011. Their new material is far more tuneful and engaging than their original demos, making Bass Drum Of Death an act not to be missed. -EB Wed....Read...
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No.Fest 2011: Pre-Festival Coverage

Doing pre-festival coverage for InterArts’ annual No.Fest isn’t always the easiest thing. Taking place in Portland’s northmost St. John’s neighborhood, No.Fest is a public event that asks you for a teeny tiny $1 donation for two days of music, art, film, dance, comedy, workshops, and more! No.Fest highlights multi-disciplinary practices and obscure acts to celebrate...Read...
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CMJ Music Marathon 2010: John Vanderslice, Marnie Stern, Harper Blynn, The Drums, Francis And The Lights, Wild Nothing

The word “marathon,” when applied to CMJ is quite literal; it involves a lot of running around from place to place, trying to catch every single bit of amazing music that you can soak up. Here’s some of my favorites from what I was able to catch. Harper Blynn (Tuesday, 10/19, Mercury Lounge) This was...Read...
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CMJ Music Marathon 2010 : Matthew Dear, Braids, The Luyas, First Aid Kit, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Active Child

Braids (Thursday, 10/21, M For Montreal Showcase, Arlene’s Grocery) Hailing from Montreal, Braids played on Thursday night at the M For Montreal showcase at Arlene’s Grocery. They blew me away with their art rock style and use of vocals as instruments, although their songs do have intelligible lyrics. They created a lush soundscape using lots...Read...
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