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House Playlist: Beirut, CSS, Pictureplane, Real Estate, and The Stone Foxes

It’s quite a surprise to hear the surfy members of Real Estate take a feather duster to their garage-bound instruments.

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Beirut, “Port of Call.” “Port of Call,” the closing track from Beirut’s forthcoming The Rip Tide, is a profoundly touching and melodic account of a solemn shoreman’s pining for unreachable adoration. The band’s always elegant string and horn sections work together brilliantly here with singer Zach Condon’s gentle vocals. Wherever The Rip Tide may take Beirut and their dedicated fanbase, “Port of Call” will undoubtedly act as an unsinkable lifeboat. Mike LeChevallier

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVQDtkjpyFI


CSS, “Hits Me Like a Rock.” While they’ll likely never regain the recklessness and lack of conventionally good musicianship that made early singles like “Music Is My Hot, Hot Sex” and “Let’s Make Love (And Listen to Death from Above)” so charming, “Hits Me Like a Rock” suggests that CSS has figured out how to make a more polished style work for them. The arrangement sounds like every ‘80s pop stereotype, and frontwoman Lovefoxxx makes a line like “It’s been a while since I heard that song/It made me sweat when I sang along” sound both nostalgic and straight-up sexy. Jonathan Keefe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atbY03rKrdA


Pictureplane, “Black Nails.” Pictureplane’s new album, Thee Physical, is much more accessible than his previous output, but the standout “Black Nails” proves that he hasn’t wholly abandoned his grimy trance past. Over cut-up catcalls and whispers, Pictureplane offers the nastiest synth beats he can wrench out of a computer. The brief flashes of ‘90s-style dance-pop found on the track are enough to make even the most jaded hipster wax nostalgic for rave culture. Michael Kilpatrick

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSUkZn0dQZg


Real Estate, “It’s Real.” It’s quite a surprise to hear the surfy New Jersey group taking a feather duster to their garage-bound instruments and cleaning up their sound (courtesy of Kevin McMahon’s sharp production skills). “It’s Real” is a tidier rebirth of the genre trademarks that made the band’s debut significant: endlessly hooky guitar lines; steady, charismatic percussion; and frontman Martin Courtney’s tender vocals delivered sans the baby-talk style that’s become so popular with indie-pop acts lately. The song’s hook is essentially wordless, but by the time it arrives, it hardly needs any words anyway; the musical world surrounding it is generous enough to compensate. ML

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HWcViTXdYc


The Stone Foxes, “Psycho.” “She don’t think/She don’t drink,” bemoan the three voices of the Stone Foxes in “Psycho,” the band’s latest single. And with their laundry list of things “she” won’t do, which includes going home with them, Aaron Mort and brothers Shannon and Spence Koehler dive headlong into their real pursuit: a warbling mass of fuzz, all classic-rock throttle and overblown harmonica. From the tremolo-laden blues voltage of Quicksilver Messenger Service to recently expired torchbearers Sleepy Sun, the San Francisco trio revels in its hometown’s heritage of psychedelia. While Psycho underscores a missing, singular voice (something that sets their peers-in-sound Cage the Elephant a notch above), there’s fervor in their populist shout. M. Sean Ryan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNtdnnLaL04
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Watch: The Long-Awaited Deadwood Movie Gets Teaser Trailer and Premiere Date

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At long last, we’re finally going to see more of Deadwood. Very soon after the HBO series’s cancellation in 2006, creator David Milch announced that he agreed to produce a pair of two-hour films to tie up the loose ends left after the third season. It’s been a long road since, and after many false starts over the years, production on one standalone film started in fall 2018. And today we have a glorious teaser for the film, which releases on HBO on May 31. Below is the official description of the film:

The Deadwood film follows the indelible characters of the series, who are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

And below is the teaser trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAcftIUE6MQ

Deadwood: The Movie airs on HBO on May 31.

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Watch: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Gets Teaser Trailer

When it rains, it pours.

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When it rains, it pours. Four days after Quentin Tarantino once more laid into John Ford in a piece written for his Beverly Cinema website that saw the filmmaker referring to Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Tie a Yellow Ribbon, and two days after Columbia Pictures released poster art for QT’s ninth feature that wasn’t exactly of the highest order, the studio has released a teaser for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film was announced early last year, with Tarantino describing it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”

Set on the eve of the Manson family murders, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells the story of TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as they try to get involved in the film industry. The film also stars Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate), Al Pacino, the late Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Bruce Dern in a part originally intended for the late Burt Reynolds.

See the teaser below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scf8nIJCvs4

Columbia Pictures will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on July 26.

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Watch the Stranger Things 3 Trailer, and to the Tune of Mötley Crüe and the Who

A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence.

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A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence. On Friday, Jeff Tremaine’s The Dirt, a biopic about Mötley Crüe’s rise to fame, drops on Netflix. Today, the streaming service has released the trailer for the third season of Stranger Things. The clip opens with the strains of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home,” all the better to underline that the peace and quiet that returned to the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana at the end of the show’s second season is just waiting to be upset again.

Little is known about the plot of the new season, and the trailer keeps things pretty vague, though the Duffer Brothers have suggested that the storyline will take place a year after the events of the last season—duh, we know when “Home Sweet Home” came out—and focus on the main characters’ puberty pangs. That said, according to Reddit sleuths who’ve obsessed over such details as the nuances of the new season’s poster art, it looks like Max and company are going to have to contend with demon rats no doubt released from the Upside Down.

See below for the new season’s trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEG3bmU_WaI

Stranger Things 3 premieres globally on July 4.

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