Von the Baptist's homegrown and introspective music is grounded in natural chemistry
Last month, Von the Baptist drummer Brandon Vasquez arrives at Coeur Coffeehouse for his interview several minutes early. A compliment on his Ryan Adams T-shirt sparks a discussion about his widely diverse tastes.
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony were the first to popularize singsong hip-hop; now young rappers are catching on
The men of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony are in their late 30s and early 40s, but when they first got together in the early '90s — before they famously bought one-way tickets from their hometown of Cleveland to L.A. in hopes of auditioning for gangster rap icon Eazy-E — they were still teenagers. "We've been here for a long time," says the group's oldest member, Flesh-n-Bone, over the phone.
All around the Inland Northwest, the music scene continues to persevere
This year, bands and venues came and went, legends were honored and more music festivals took place than ever before. Some complained about the music scene, but others were proactive, banding together to improve things.
How the Broken Thumbs find themselves melding rock instruments and a computer
The pieces came together as so many bands do, with a question. "I need to drum, can I come play behind you?" drummer Ryan Stocks asked his DJ friend Kelton Allen.
Jessica Hernandez kicks out new jams steeped in Detroit's musical roots
The time slot was far from ideal. Early Monday afternoon at Bumbershoot, the last gasp of the festival and hours before the day's headliners would draw more people to Seattle Center.
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Unbroken is a "triumph of the human spirit" story that forgets the spirit
A life story generally doesn't fit a neat dramatic arc; this much is a given. When you're telling the cinematic tale of a real-life person — as Unbroken does with the tale of Louis Zamperini — you're going to be deciding what part of a cradle-to-grave timeline is part of your narrative, and what part isn't.
Into the Woods brings a dark set of tales to the screen
I can't recall the last time a film I enjoyed as much as this one also infuriated me. Watching it was the best part: Terrific acting and singing, Oscar-worthy costumes and production design, a wholly imaginative transformation of very familiar stories into something new. The smash stage play, written by James Lapine, and with songs by Lapine and Stephen Sondheim, took a batch of Grimm fairy tales — say hello to Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack (of beanstalk fame) — introduced an original story about a baker and his wife who want only to have a baby, then mashed them all up into something new.
Peter Jackson bids farewell to his hobbits with one last, great movie
Peter Jackson has left Middle-earth. The series is done.
Why an Australian indie called The Babadook became one of 2014's creepiest films
"If it's in a word, or it's in a look, you can't get rid of the Babadook," reads weary Amelia (Essie Davis) to her frightened son Samuel (Noah Wiseman) from a book that has mysteriously appeared in the young boy's bedroom. Australian writer/director Jennifer Kent makes a stunningly assured feature filmmaking debut with this unnerving thriller, which has been racking up numerous awards on the festival circuit and in year-end tallies.
Exodus: Gods and Kings fails when it tries to humanize its spectacle
It's... big. Whatever else you might want to say about Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings, you can't deny that it's big.
Citizenfour brings Edward Snowden's revelations back to the forefront
After watching Pulitzer Prize winner Laura Poitras' new documentary about the early-on brouhaha surrounding government whistleblower Edward Snowden, you've got to wonder why his story — and its devastating revelations — have faded into mere background murmurings in these United (kinda, sorta) States. Unlike the title of this film, which refers to the email handle Snowden first used to contact journalist Glenn Greenwald and then Poitras, Citizenfour is an intimate look at Snowden's life in the days just before his spooky treasure trove went public, then viral.
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