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March 26, 2015

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In Review: SXSW Film 2015

Now that I’ve had a few days to put the chaos of SXSW behind me, I’m ready to divulge what I thought of the ten films that I saw during the festival.  For fun, I’ve sorted them from best to worst.  Read on. — Ex Machina As I was walking out of the Paramount a [...]

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March 26, 2015

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Movie Breakdown: Get Hard (Noah)

People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing led us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on! The Impression: It’s got Kevin Hart in it [...]

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March 26, 2015

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Quickdraw: Built To Spill, Crying, Griz, No Joy, Inheaven

Music!  Enjoy. :Built To Spill – Never Be The Same:  This track is no Living Zoo (hear that stellar single here), but it’s easy on the ears and worthy of your time.  Untethered Moon is due April 18 via Warner Bros.  See the band at Stubb’s on May 19. :Crying – Patriot:  Crying grabbed my [...]

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March 25, 2015

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Phil Ajjarapu (Jennifer)

On March 26, 2012 Phil Ajjarapu flew off an Austin highway overpass from his motorbike, survived against all odds, and committed his life to music. When he was raising money to make his album in 2013, he shared “I remember being in the hospital thinking that I need to make this album, even if no one bothered [...]

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March 24, 2015

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Mas Ysa

Yesterday the great Mas Ysa delivered a new tune.  I was hoping it meant an EP or LP would soon arrive, but it was actually put out to celebrate him hitting the road.  Boo!  Well, maybe not, but that’s only because the song is so goddamn fantastic.  Seriously, I can’t stop listening to it, and [...]

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March 23, 2015

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Quickdraw: Black Milk, Wire, Blur, Zero 7, James Murphy

Music!  Enjoy. :Black Milk – I Guess:  Black Milk recently released this infectious track in an effort to make sure you know that he’s now out on tour  So, do him a solid and give it good listen, then see if he’s coming to a town near you. :Wire – Split Your Ends:  Here’s the [...]

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March 18, 2015

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Sad Bastard Music: Spring Breakup Forever (John Gross)

It’s that time of year again. It’s a time when a flurry of complicated haircuts, free energy drinks and former members of Das Racist pour in to Austin for a music festival that is located in the Lone Star State. There are a lot of talented dance groups, party rock bands, etc coming to town [...]

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March 18, 2015

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Mean Jeans (Dan)

Rock has a long history of bands with ludicrous names that write ridiculous songs. I grew up listening to the Dead Milkmen, Dead Kennedys, and Buttholes Surfers. Bands like Diarrhea Planet, Joanna Gruesome, and, of course, Hoobastank, have succeeded them. I am not ashamed of my love of such music. These groups aren’t trying to [...]

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Carry Illinois

March 18, 2015

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Carry Illinois (Jennifer)

Local indie rock quintet Carry Illinois will be releasing their new full length, Alabaster, this month. The band is led by lead singer/songwriter Lizzy Lehman and also includes guitarist Darwin Smith, bassist John Winsor, drummer Rudy Villarreal and keyboardist Derek Morris. According to the band’s bio, Lizzy’s musical foundation is firmly rooted in ‘60s and ‘70s folk [...]

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March 17, 2015

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Sheer Mag

More music from Philadelphia’s Sheer Mag is something I’ve been impatiently waiting on, so it was really nice to get a new single from this week.  Jump below for the band’s latest riffy, fuzzed-out, infectious creation.  Also, I encourage you to join me in trying to catch them at some point during SXSW.  I bet [...]

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March 16, 2015

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Quickdraw: Bully, Male Gaze, BLXPLTN, Peach Kelli Pop, Ume

Music!  Enjoy. :Bully – I Remember:  Get ready to want to climb onto Bully’s bandwagon (if you’re not there already, of course).  This gem is a fuzz-filled scorcher, and I love it.  No word yet on an album, but I assume an official announcement will come soon. :Male Gaze – Gale Maze:  The debut LP [...]

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March 14, 2015

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Weekly Movie News Rundown

Time for your weekly movie news update!  Below you’ll find a slew of sentences meant to provide a brief glimpse of what’s been going on over the past week in movieland.  If something leaves you desperate for more info, then my advice is to do a little extra research on one or all of the [...]

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Stream This - Feature

March 13, 2015

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Stream This

From the depths of the SOTO inbox, I present to you your weekly serving of the latest and greatest album streams and videos.  Enjoy. FULL ALBUM STREAMS Please note that the majority of the streams expire as soon as the albums are released, so don’t wait too long to check them out. ALBUM OF THE [...]

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March 12, 2015

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Quickdraw: Tame Impala, Mikal Cronin, Death Cab For Cutie, Braids, Girlpool

Music!  Enjoy. :Tame Impala – Let It Happen:  This nearly eight-minuter from Tame Impala immediately slapped a smile on my life.  Not only is it rad and groovy as hell, but it officially means a new album from the band will be out at some point later this year.  Hooray!  See them play at Levitation [...]

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March 12, 2015

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Movie Breakdown: Run All Night

People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing led us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on! The Impression: Taken 4: Run All Night sees [...]

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