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Recreant's STILL BURN

  • Posted on: 28 August 2014
  • By: Greg Slattery


3 out of 5

Recreant’ Still Burn is a haunting presentation of guttural, crusty and dark aggressive music. Shrill screams and harmonizing guitars add a gritty texture to the charging rhythm section. The heaviness is amplified by the use of violin in chilling and often quiet breakdowns, giving this album a lot of dynamic. Opening track “The Spectacle”, “Silent Plague, Secret Trauma” and “Community At Convenience” are the albums best tracks. Blast for blast, scream for scream, this aggressive LP from Tampa’s Recreant is top-notch.

You can check their album out on their Bandcamp.

09.04.14 // The Armory // Clearwater, FL
09.05.14 // Uncle Lou’s // Orlando, FL
09.07.14 // Green Light Studios // Augusta, GA
09.08.14 // Foxfield // Columbia, SC
09.09.14 // Makeout Manor // Greenville, SC
09.10.14 // Static-Age Records // Asheville, NC
09.11.14 // New York Pizza // Greensboro, NC
09.12.14 // The Cave // Chapel Hill, NC
09.13.14 // The Cellar Door // Annandale, VA

Blackrune's PAUSTRINE HEGEMON

  • Posted on: 28 August 2014
  • By: Greg Slattery

3 out of 5

Paustrine Hegemon is a collection of home recordings from Savannah-based noise-rock band Blackrune. This album is a dark, droning, noisy sequence riddled with sparse vocals and guitar sounds with the passion of Icarus. While the recording quality isn’t quite there, their placement of percussion and random ambient sounds makes this a lot more than your typical home recording collection.

My favorite track is “Pompeil,” and we are featuring it on the Workers’ Comp. Vol II mixtape on our Bandcamp. Droning is quite prevalent on this album (even on some of their shorter tracks), but this nearly eight-minute track drones and builds in all the right ways. “Daylight Ritual,” “Persephone’s Lyre” and album closer “Vesuvius II” are some of my favorites, but this whole album is worth a hazy, smoke-filled listen. You can check their album out on their Bandcamp.

Manhattan Short Film Festival Announced

  • Posted on: 26 August 2014
  • By: Greg Slattery

FESTIVAL SEPT 26-OCT 6

Stereofly attended the Manhattan Short last year for it's showing at Nickelodeon, a film festival that involves crowd voting over six continents in a span of a week for a selection of 10 short films. We had a lot of fun, and each attendee can vote for Best Film and Best Actor. Votes are sent through to Manhattan Short HQ with the winner announced at ManhattanShort.com this year on Monday Oct 6, at 10 a.m.

"This film festival will unite people in all corners of the globe, from Sydney to Mumbai, from Buenos Aires to Kathmandu and Cairo. Venues also include cinemas in 20 cities in the Ukraine, 40 cities in Russia, and 120 Cinemas in 47 States in the USA. In times like these, cross-border events like Manhattan Short that contribute towards greater tolerance and understanding are needed now more than ever," said Nicholas Mason, Manhattan Short Founding Director.

The first Manhattan Short was held in 1998, when 16 short films were shown onto a screen mounted on the side of a truck in Little Italy's Mulberry Street in New York City, and has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon. Manhattan Short is currently the only film festival on the planet that unfolds, simultaneously, in cinemas around the world.

The Manhattan Short interviewed each of the filmmakers. Below is a list of the films with country of origin. Click the title of each of the selected films to read their interview with Manhattan Short.

97 % (Netherlands), On/Off (France), Crime - The Animated Series (USA), La Carnada (Mexico),

On The Bridge ( England), Mend and Make Do (England), Shift(Australia)

The Bravest, The Boldest (USA), The Fall (Norway) Rhino Full Throttle (Germany)

SOUTHEAST THEATER SCHEDULE

09.26.14 // Silverspot Cinema // Naples, FL
09.27.14 // Silverspot Cinema // Naples, FL
09.27.14 // Mos’ Art Theatre // Lake Park, FL
09.28.14 // Silverspot Cinema // Naples, FL
09.29.14 // Nickelodeon // Columbia, SC
09.29.14 // Cobb Village 12 // Leesburg, VA
09.29.14 // The Enzian Theatre // Maitland, FL
09.29.14 // Movies of Delray // Delray  Beach, FL
09.29.14 // Cobb Merrit Square // Merritt Island, FL
10.01.14 // Movies of Lake Worth // Lake Worth, FL
10.02.14 // Motorco // Durham, NC
10.04.14 // Cobb Village 12 // Leesburg, VA
10.04.14 // Cobb Merrit Square // Merritt Island, FL
10.04.14 // Plaza Cinema Cafe 12 // Orlando, FL
10.04.14 // Cobb Downtown 16 // Palm Beach Gardens, FL
10.05.14 // Alamo Drafthouse Cinema // Winchester, VA

The Tills' HOWLIN'

  • Posted on: 25 August 2014
  • By: Greg Slattery

3.5 out of 5

The Tills are an exciting and fun band to catch live, with a devil-may-care attitude and catchy hooks pulsing through song after song. This Asheville rock n’ roll band are releasing a new EP Howlin' on Phuzz Records, featuring 5 previously untracked songs and a new recording of “Who Wants You,” the first track on the mixtape they released at the beginning of the year.

The album does a great job of capturing the essence of their live energy thanks to Mitch Easter of Fidelitorium Recordings, the man responsible for early REM, Pylon, Pavement and was frontman of Let’s Active.  While a quick listen, I can’t help but keep it in my stereo. “Howlin’” and “Who Wants You” are some of the strongest tracks on the album, but the rhythm section on “I Can’t Afford Myself” make it the most interesting song and powerful EP closer.

The album comes out tomorrow and is available as 7" vinyl or digitally on their Bandcamp. Check them out at Hopscotch if you're going to be there, it's well worth it.

UPCOMING DATES

Sep 04 - Pour House Music Hall - Raleigh, NC (HOPSCOTCH DATE)
Sep 06 - The Hive - Raleigh, NC
Sep 12 - The Mothlight - Asheville, NC
Sep 13 - Snug Harbor - Charlotte, NC
Sep 20 - The Garage - Winston-Salem, NC
Oct 10 - The Whalehead Club - Corolla, NC

Ty Segall's MANIPULATOR

  • Posted on: 25 August 2014
  • By: Greg Slattery


4.2 out of 5

Ty Segall’s new album Manipulator is nearly an hour of fuzzy, psychedelic pop tunes bearing an impressive amount of production and rhythm.  Surely there will be singles, but this record was made to be consumed as a whole. There are no stand-out tracks on this album per se, and for me this is it’s strength. The quality of tracking, attention to detail and tasteful arrangement makes this record a top contender for album of the year.

For those unfamiliar with the prolific sounds of Ty Segall, a close comparison could be made to The Kinks for it’s quality of content and diversity of sound.  In short, this album is a must-have for the lover of rock & roll. You can check the album out on NPR's First Listen here.  It's available in record stores tomorrow and at Drag City's online store in 2xLP, CD, cassette or digitally here.

Check him out on tour at one of these spots with Wand in the Southeast:

09-04 El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace
09-05 Austin, TX - The Mohawk
09-06 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack's
09-07 Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Cafe
09-08 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
09-09 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
09-10 Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
09-11 Miami, FL - The Stage
09-12 Tampa, FL - Epic Problem
09-13 Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
09-14 Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall

Waitress' PEAKED IN HIGH SCHOOL

  • Posted on: 22 August 2014
  • By: Greg Slattery

3 out of 5

Peaked in High School from Athens band Waitress is a noisy collection, teetering between math rock and punk on the aggressive scale. The raunchy and dynamic “Year of the Bad Spider” starts the EP off, and quickly became my personal favorite. “Hogwash” is menacing. The title track from the EP brings the aggression down a bit before the EP closer “Island Shot” swoops in and delivers a satisfying final jab to the jaw. We are featuring "Year of the Bad Spider" on our Workers' Comp. Vol II available here for free. Stream their album below or on their Bandcamp.

Shovels & Rope's SWIMMIN' TIME

  • Posted on: 20 August 2014
  • By: Greg Slattery

4 out of 5

Swimmin' Time is the long-anticipated follow-up to O' Be Joyful, the critically-acclaimed album from Charleston, SC duo Shovel & Rope. This album is quite different in the realm of production, but radiates the magical connection Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent have been delivering since 2008. Swimmin' Time’s improved production, timbre and length are all favorable qualities, giving the listener something really wonderful to play at any volume.

“The Devil Is All Around,” the song released last month on their Swimmin' Time Primer, kicks things off. While a solid opener, the song “Bridge on Fire” is the first track on the album that really jumps out at me. This is immediately followed by my favorite track on the album entitled “Evil” (which you can stream below). As always, this track features some stellar vocal harmonies, but the raunchy and dark tone of this song is what wins it the blue ribbon for best in show. Runner-up is “Ohio,” a slower and almost equally dark song toward the end of the album.

“Coping Mechanism” is the most fun track on the album, very jaunty and playful like a 50’s Big Bopper number. Closing track “Thresher” is appropriately slow and beautiful, making for a perfect closer for this solid record. You can stream the album on NPR here, and order a copy here.

Roadkill Ghost Choir's IN TONGUES

  • Posted on: 19 August 2014
  • By: Greg Slattery

3 out of 5

The band released their debut EP Quiet Light in 2013 and ended up touring with Band of Horses, playing the New York’s Governor’s Ball, Austin City Limits, Shaky Knees, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. These Florida natives have stayed quite busy, and their debut full-length, In Tongues, just hit record stores. The album was produced by Doug Boehm and recorded in Athens, Georgia and in their home studio in Deland, Florida.

In Tongues is a solid full-length with great production, fidelity and dreamy backup vocals. My personal favorites are “A Blow To The Head,” “No Enemy” and “Lazarus, You’ve Been Dreaming,” all of which carry an emotion and grit that cuts through the very slick production the entire album has been coated with.

You can stream the album below and pick up a copy here.

MOVIE REVIEW: Boyhood

  • Posted on: 16 August 2014
  • By: William Goodman


4.5 out of 5

Directed and Written by Richard Linklater
Starring: Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater and Ethan Hawke

There is a certain point in life where you realize that many of the things you think are important aren’t the moments that you’ll remember down the line. Boyhood is the walking execution of this: pieces of a whole that add up to a larger experience; a larger life.

Filmed with the same actors over the course of 12 years, Boyhood follows the story of Mason (Ellar Coltrane), his sister (Lorelei Linklater), and his parents (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette) as they progress through life and all the ups and downs that it brings. The film often feels like a series of short stories, loosely tied together by the same characters. Taking place at different times and in different places, characters enter and depart without much fanfare. The passing of time is often marked in subtle ways: a sign in the yard, the type of phones being used, the media consumed.

The film is a trip down memory lane for all: whether it’s parents remembering what it’s like to see their own children grow up or younger people having nostalgia for the pop culture moments director Richard Linklater includes. But where the film really shines is how it presents Mason’s life and how we come to understand him. Larger and more cliche events are often passed over for smaller and more intimate moments that reveal how Mason becomes the person he is by the film’s conclusion.

Much like life itself, Boyhood is a series of wonderful and powerful moments that add up to a more beautiful whole.

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