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La Luz's SXSW Instagram Takeover

La Luz’s SXSW Instagram Takeover

Photo Credit: Vikesh Kapoor   Currently based in Los Angeles’ duality of sunny dispositions and dark illusions, La Luz has crafted something special since their inception in 2012. Comprised of singer/guitarist Shana Cleveland, drummer Marian Li Pino, keyboardist Alice Sandahl, and bassist Lena Simon, the band’s surf-rock infested and reverb-drenched melodies maintain a haunting infectiousness...
SXSW Film Review: The Strange Ones

SXSW Film Review: The Strange Ones

  A thought provoking piece of cinema by co-directors Lauren Wolkstein and Christopher Radcliff, The Strange Ones sheds a veil over matters of truth and trauma, presenting a subjective reality that keeps you guessing throughout the film’s 80 minute run. Initiated as a short and years later coming together as a full length feature, we...
SXSW Film Review: Hounds of Love

SXSW Film Review: Hounds of Love

  Ben Young’s Hounds of Love renders as an emotionally staggering directorial debut, illustrating the vicious and cyclical nature of relationship abuse between both lovers and serial killers. Based loosely on true events, the film takes place in December, 1987 in the suburbs of Perth, Australia. Cruising down neighborhood streets, serial killers John (Stephen Curry)...
SXSW Film Review: Us and Them

SXSW Film Review: Us and Them

  A timely film in our current political wake, Us and Them serves as a cathartic viewing between the marginalized working class and the wealthy elite. With the use of flashbacks and screen title cards, Us and Them plays out in a stream-of-consciousness storyline with Danny (Jack Roth) playing leader alongside his blue-collared friends Tommy...
SXSW Film Review: Game of Death

SXSW Film Review: Game of Death

  Vacationing for a weekend getaway, seven teenagers settle at a summer home to partake in drunken shenanigans. Stumbling onto a mysterious board game, the friends read out the rules and we realize something is astray as soon as the game decides to take a pinch of their blood. “24” appears on the board’s counter...
SXSW Film Review: Inheritance

SXSW Film Review: Inheritance

  A intricately weaved collaboration between writer and director Laura E. Davis and Jessica Kaye, Inheritance is an introspective look into the underlying traumas embedded within families and the difficulty that remains in attempting to escape them. In anticipation of Mara (Jessica Kaye)’s father’s 70th birthday, she brings her recent boyfriend Aaron (Daniel Ahearn) to...
Dead Meadow Takeover!

Dead Meadow Takeover!

Website || Facebook || Instagram   Initially forming nearly two decades ago by guitarist and vocalist Jason Simon, Dead Meadow fuses psychedelic soundscapes with fuzzy rock and drone meditations to make for a transcendent aural experience. Drawing influences from classic acts like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, the three piece take things a step further...
SXSW Film Review: The Light of the Moon

SXSW Film Review: The Light of the Moon

  All too often films involving sexual assault/rape scenes seem like a convenient plot point to make a female character complex without ever actually exploring its complexities. Jessica M. Thompson’s film, The Light of the Moon, carefully considers the nuances of one individual’s experience without ever asserting that there is one authentic or correct way...
SXSW Film Review: Flesh and Blood

SXSW Film Review: Flesh and Blood

  Mark Webber’s Flesh and Blood interweaves both fictional and documentary-style elements throughout the course of his film, succeeding in both an incredibly personal and incredibly political story. Casting his own mother, Cheri Honkala, and his younger step-brother, Guillero Santos, Mark returns home to his family from years in prison only to find Pittsburgh has...
SXSW Film Review: Infinity Baby

SXSW Film Review: Infinity Baby

  Set in the not so distant future comes Infinity Baby, a company initiated by Neo (Nick Offerman) where infants perpetually stay infants due to a genetic modification in their DNA. Less a question of how these babies came to be and the scientific explanation behind them, infinity babies are presented similar to the latest...
SXSW Film Review: Signature Move

SXSW Film Review: Signature Move

  Jennifer Reeder’s Signature Move is a refreshing and eye-opening romantic comedy on the interpersonal relationships between women, family, and diverse cultural backgrounds. Inspired by actual events, the story revolves around Zaynab (Fawzia Mirza), a Pakistani lawyer in her 30’s, acting as caretaker to her recently widowed mother Parveen (Shabana Azmi) by day and trains...
Burger Records SXSW Hangover Fest V

Burger Records SXSW Hangover Fest V

    We’re all aware how chaotic SXSW can be; with all the day and night parties, free tacos and beer, never enough coffee, and an endless amount of bands to revel in, the idea of a hangover party sounds mighty appealing. Come Sunday, March 19th, Burger Records is celebrating their fifth Hangover Fest at...

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