Mar 31, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

Day two of SXSW for us began where day one ended, at the Central Presbyterian Church. The night before we had seen there the appealing trio of Department of Eagles, St. Vincent, and Camera Obscura. This night we also saw three bands at the venue, but only one was great. As we had missed M. Ward the night before at the same venue by not allowing enough time to navigate the long line, we were determined to arrive in plenty of time for Grizzly Bear’s 8:30 P.M. slot at the eMusic showcase. That meant that we had to sit through two other bands we had no interest in seeing, including one we’d never even heard of before. More

Slumdog Millionaire

Studio: Fox

Mar 31, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

Danny Boyle’s followup to his Freddy Krueger-in-space epic Sunshine ended up winning Hollywood’s most prestigious award, an Oscar for Best Picture. More

Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter

Studio: Warner Premiere

Mar 31, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

By now, the Watchmen movie has come and mostly gone. It was a decidedly mixed bag, ambitious as all get-out, but unfortunately crippled by its slavish devotion to the original source material, as exemplified by wooden dialogue and a cheesy sex scene—not to mention some of the lamest music usage in recent memory. In order to make back all the money that was spent on the movie, several tie-in products are being released to coincide with all of the hype. More

Mar 31, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

The Toronto Peace Festival must have been something back in 1969, with artists such as Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, Gene Vincent, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and the titular star of this DVD, Little Richard. More

Mar 28, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

Fresh from its SXSW appearances just days ago, Melbourne’s The Temper Trap blazed through an eight-song, 40-minute set at Spaceland in Silver Lake on Monday night, rousing a packed room of curiosity-seekers and latecomers with its blend of anthemic soul and tempestuous, guitar-charged crescendos. More

Mar 28, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

SXSW is a guessing game. There are many hundreds of bands playing at so many different venues, that you can have a fantastic or a lousy time depending on who you see and how well you second guess how long it will take to get into each venue. The goal is to spend most of your time seeing as many great bands as possible, and as little time possible waiting in line or sitting through sets from bands you don’t want to see just to make sure you’re in the venue in time to see the bands you do want to see. Your enemies are late set times and the varying degrees of sound quality at Austin’s many venues. More

Mar 23, 2009 Live

Under the Radar's 2009 SXSW party was presented by JanSport and featured spirited sets from Mumford and Sons, Frances, Viva Voce, Loney Dear, Chairlift, Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy), and Camera Obscura. More

Mar 19, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

If Colin Meloy has, up to this point, written four full albums worth of excellent short stories, The Hazards of Love is his first crack at a novel. More

Mar 19, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Middle Cyclone comes off like a decent art house film that demands as much appreciation as it does affect once-is-enough sentiment. Neko Case is as cryptic as ever, but then straight-forward like never before. More