At 25, Blake Mills has quite the resume. Even if you haven’t heard his name, it’s likely that you’ve heard him play. He’s toured with Cass McCombs, Lucinda Williams, Jenny Lewis, Band of Horses and Julian Casablancas and recorded with Weezer, Kid Rock, Jakob Dylan, Rick Rubin, Dangermouse, Norah Jones, Andrew Bird, and Jesca Hoop, just to name a few. So yeah, you’ve probably heard him play.
The name may not ring a bell because Mills has never released an album, at least not in the traditional sense. He’s one of those rare performers who doesn’t like to promote himself, he doesn’t even like performing. But when you can play a guitar as beautifully as Mills can, you really have no choice but to embrace it.
The stage may be sparse, but according to the LA Times, Kristian Mattson, AKA The Tallest Man on Earth, fills the entire space with his Bob Dylan-esque sound. I guess that’s why they call him the tallest man on earth.
Don’t miss his show at 8pm tonight with Strand of Oaks at House of Blues. Follow the link for tickets.
You know you’ve got a good fan base when they literally fund your entire album. That’s exactly what happened for The Spring Standards, a multi-instrumentalist trio who’ve been together since high school. They’re double EP, yellow/gold, was entire funded by Kickstarter, a platform for funding creative projects. Their rich musical diversity is showcased in EP. The first part, yellow, is filled with warm folk songs that are reminiscent of their acoustic roots, while gold is much more raw, full of frustration and excitement, with pulsing, beat-driven songs.
The trio will be at The Prophet Bar in Dallas on September 28. Check out their performance on The Conan O’Brien Show for a little musical preview. Keep an eye out for Parks and Rec’s Aubrey Plaza.
Filled with just the right touch of violence, action, drama, and comedy, Lawless has the potential to be an award-winning film. It is a modern day version of a country-western gangster movie, set during the Great Depression and prohibition period. Lawless is a fictional film constructed from true events and is based on the novel, “The Wettest County in the World” by Matt Bondurant. It was directed by John Hillcoat (The Road), and adapted into a screenplay by Nick Cave (best known for his music).
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Lawless takes place in Franklin County, Virginia and focuses on the lives of the Bondurant family, three brothers immersed in the bootlegging business during the Depression. When the authorities bring in a special agent from Chicago to regulate the sale of moonshine and get a piece of the action, tensions rise. A split occurs between the police force of Franklin County as well as those who’ve agreed to “play ball” against those who support the Bondurants. The three brothers stay strong, creating a trail of violence through Franklin County. Lawless features actors Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Shia LeBeouf, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Jason Clarke. This film is rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity.
The first time someone showed me this little gem, I watched it six times. These girls are just so lovely and talented; I couldn’t get enough. Their parents must be so proud, and have a penchant for margarine. I also just found out (by stalking their Facebook page) that they are going to be on the show Nashville, which endears them to me even more since Nashvegas is my hometown.
I’m sure we’re going to be seeing a lot more of the world’s coolest preteens soon but for now I’m just happy to listen to their cover of Robyn’s ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ another six (or sixteen) times today.
“If you believe that there’s a hell, I don’t know if you’re into that, we’re already pretty much getting there,” Walt tells Jesse. “But I’m not going to lie down until I get there.”
No you certainly are not.
I have always rooted for Walter White no matter what; maybe it was the lasting memory of him standing in his tighty whities, but this episode put the nail in the coffin that held any sympathy for Mr. ‘I’m in the Empire Business’.
If you’re a Bachelor/Bachelorette devotee like me, than you’re pretty invested in who’s going to become the next Bachelor. I mean, you’re going to have to be watching this guy make big life decisions for about three months; so yeah, it matters.
According to People, the two front runners are Sean Lowe, the golden-haired, lovable second runner up for Emily Maynard’s affections but more importantly the guy I just barely missed seeing at Prime Bar a couple of weekends ago, and Ryan Lochte, Olympic star swimmer.
So much pixelization. So much teen angst. So many dairy products. Dinosaur Jr.’s new music video for their song “Watch the Corners” is pretty awesome. Girl falls in love with grungy boy, dad disapproves, grungy boy disses girl, and dad demolishes the dairy aisle in front of the guy who has to clean it up.
When Jason Bourne exposes Operation Blackbriar and the Treadstone project, CIA director Ezra Kramer (Glen) calls in retired USAF Colonel Eric Byer (Norton), who immediately suggests “canceling” all field assets and known associates around the world. Meanwhile, Outcome agent, Aaron Cross (Renner), is on a training assignment in the mountains and encounters another Outcome operative, and in order to get more pills, Cross pretends to lose his medication that gives him enhanced physical and mental abilities. Both operatives realize a predator drone is targeting them; they must escape or be killed. After surviving the attack, Cross knows he must have more of his “green and blues” (pills) to survive against Byer, and so he pursues Dr. Marta Shearing (Weisz), the only remaining chemist working in the lab who makes the enhancement pills. Cross and Shearing travel to Manila, Philippines, where the pills are manufactured, and with the plans to “viral off” the medication, they spend the rest of the movie being chased while in search of answers. (more…)