Imperial Teen is still kicking, still churning out
singularly crafted Indie Pop so ear-pleasingly addictive that it’s kind
of remarkable they’re not more of a household name. But, then again,
that’s never been the band’s reason for being.
Now in its third year, the Cincinnati
Film Festival is committed to helping filmmakers project their visions,
as more than 80 works of various lengths and styles will grace venues in
Clifton, Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Sept. 6-14.
Talk shows used to be about talk.
Conversation was cultivated, not cut off. Ted Clark is here to reverse that trend with Ted Clark After Dark,
a local talk show that could — and often does — go anywhere at any
Lauren Greenfield’s documentary tracks the construction of the biggest private residence in America, billionaire David Siegel’s 90,000-square-foot behemoth inspired by the Palace of Versailles. The Queen of Versailles is an intimate, often engrossing tale that just happens to be an apt metaphor for a worldwide realignment.
Jay Roach, director of the Austin Powers movies as well as the excellent HBO-backed political dramas Game Change and Recount,
would seem the perfect guy to guide this ribald satire of a North
Carolina congressional race wherein each candidate is flawed.
When I told a friend via cell phone that a band called A
Lull was about to take the stage at the recently completed Pitchfork
Music Festival his response was, “A what?” Possibly uninspired moniker aside, Chicago’s A Lull went
on to deliver a dynamic, percussively driven set that drew heavily from
the band’s 2011 full-length, Confetti, and this year’s EP, Meat Mountain.
Exitmusic’s recent Tiny Desk Concert for NPR, in which
artists literally perform live amid desks in the media outlet’s office,
was anything but tiny. The New York City-based quartet, led by
husband-and-wife duo Devon Church and Aleska Palladino, played four
songs from the band’s recently released full-length debut, Passage
(on Secretly Canadian), all of which were delivered with a majestic
sweep — both sonically and emotionally — that belied the modest
surroundings that housed them.
A recent study
revealed that Brooklyn-based band Yeasayer was the most blogged-about
artist of 2010. Now comes Yeasayer's Fragrant World,
which Secretly Canadian will release Aug. 21. The first single,
“Henrietta,” finds the band tweaking its approach yet again — the song
opens as a frothy, tightly constructed dance track before, halfway
through, morphing into a dreamily atmospheric mood piece that lifts the
listener into the clouds.