Boris Announces Summer Tour

Boris will be touring North America this summer, first with Russian Circles, then Red Sparrowes. The tour starts at the Casbah in San Diego in late July and ends at The Glass House in Pomona in late August.

Shortly after the tour, Boris will be joining Sunn O))) on stage in New York at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival, curated by Jim Jarmusch, for a special Altar set.

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David Carradine Tribute Weekend

This weekend (starting yesterday, sorry!) Quentin Tarantino, the New Beverly Cinema, and Cinefamily are putting on a David Carradine movie marathon as a tribute to the late actor. This Carradine fest starts with three days (now two) at the at the New Beverly Cinema and ends with a quadruple-feature-BBQ-extravaganza at Cinefamily’s Silent Movie Theatre. They will also be screening some David Carradine rarities from TV and elsewhere on 16mm and video on Sunday along with the four movies they’re showing.

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Men Who Hate Women: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

For a film so dependent on its plot, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo‘s story isn’t as gripping as it needs to be. Though seemingly meant to genuinely unsettle us, it too often feels like little more than an exercise in paint-by-numbers. Take its premise, for instance: a falsely-convicted journalist whose name has been dragged through the mud gets a chance to redeem himself and make a few bucks in the process; a family with much to hide on a secluded island adds layers of intrigue; alternative-looking love interest helps everything fall into place and the skeletons come out of the closet one by one. The murder mystery that serves as Dragon‘s catalyst is fine as a starting point, but director Niels Arden Oplev seems less interested in turning the late Stieg Larsson’s 2004 novel into a resonant look at the innate darkness of his native Sweden than an atrocity exhibition a few rungs higher up the ladder than Saw. To this end, there are liberal doses of graphic violence, three rape scenes that add nothing to the plot–and far too little in the way of character development–to justify their inclusion in the first place (to say nothing of their excessive length), and an undercurrent of Nazism lest we forget that even a socialist haven like Sweden has its dark underbelly. Continue reading

First Annual Black Book Sessions (UPDATE: Event coverage)

Those of you kind enough to recall the recent event at Known gallery I mentioned, take note: not only is this another twofer, it’s on the same night as the opening at Known. Best of all, the two are only a few blocks away from each other. This should prove to be an amazing event. Gallery 6ixty6 is hosting a gala of its own, also on the 22nd of this month, the first part of which is a showing by MZK crew, such legendary Los Angeles graffiti artists as TEWSR, and special guests photographer Spencer 14.2.1 and artist Dytch 66.

The second helping of creativity comes in the form of the first annual Blackbook Session, a live drawing exhibit by the artists listed below. For the uninitiated, a black book is a sketch book that graffiti artists regularly use, sometimes for collecting different artists’ works. This could be a chance to go home with a one-of-a-kind creation, guys. The event is sponsored by Copic Markers, a sign that the work will be of the highest quality. As always, bet on me being there, and come say hello.

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Massive Attack in L.A.

Tonight is the third and final night of Massive Attack at The Wiltern here in Los Angeles. Tickets are not sold out for tonight’s show as of now (10:18am), which means you have one more chance if you missed the first two sold-out shows.

If you miss them again, you can try your luck at the free outdoor mini-concert for the Jimmy Kimmel show tomorrow night. You can request free tickets online here. I don’t know how mini this mini concert is, but my sense is that you’d have a better chance at The Wiltern.

ISIS Announces Farewell Tour, Impending Breakup

According to a post on the band’s official blog, ISIS is throwing in the towel. Their reasoning is actually quite commendable:

Simply put, ISIS has done everything we wanted to do, said everything we wanted to say. In the interest of preserving the love we have of this band, for each other, for the music made and for all the people who have continually supported us, it is time to bring it to a close. We’ve seen too many bands push past the point of a dignified death and we all promised one another early on in the life of the band that we would do our best to ensure ISIS would never fall victim to that syndrome. We’ve had a much longer run than we ever expected we would and accomplished a great deal more than we ever imagined possible. We never set any specific goals when the band was founded other than to make the music we wanted to hear and to play (and to stay true to that ideal), so everything else that has come along the long and winding path has been an absolute gift.

Though this is a bummer, I have to give them kudos for ending it on their terms and attempting to maintain their artistic integrity. Here’s a list of all the dates on their upcoming (and final!) tour.

Jesu’s New Sister: Pale Sketcher

It seems Jesu’s days of infusing electronic elements into its otherwise guitar-laden sound are over. Justin Broadrick has decided to distance these two sounds in order to explore each one more extensively. Jesu will remain guitar-based, but the electronica side of Jesu has splintered off to form a new project called Pale Sketcher. Pale Sketcher will be Broadrick’s new outlet for his “Jesu electronica”.

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