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Tori Amos: Spotlight Live, NYC

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Tori Amos: Spotlight Live, NYC

A glorified karaoke bar isn’t exactly the kind of place you’d expect to find an artist with a career as varied and prolific as Tori Amos’s. Granted, Tori got her start gigging at gay bars in the D.C. area, and NYC’s Spotlight Live is quite fancy for a karaoke bar—it’s a cozy, interactive venue where anyone (even Tyra Banks, who stopped by last week) can jump up on stage and do their best “Proud Mary” for patrons dining on Pretzel Crusted Pork Chops and Sno Cones. But this wasn’t just an impromptu night out on the town for Tori—it was the official release party for her ninth album, American Doll Posse.

Tori’s last couple of albums have been so concept-driven that, despite running upward of 80 minutes apiece (they’re like the alt-rock equivalents of a Janet Jackson album, minus the rain sounds and sex songs with no melodies), it was beginning to look like the singer-songwriter had run out of actual musical ideas. A friend of mine who works as creative director for a top advertising firm noted Doll Posse’s laughable concept and the cover’s impossible lighting and lame typography (“that of a high school art student on Prozac,” were his exact words). Naturally, the helpless chicken in Tori/Santa/Clyde/Isabel/Pip’s hands (I can’t be bothered to figure out which of the album’s five characters it is) steals the shot (see above). You can almost hear Tori changing her wig and assuming a new personality at regular intervals throughout the album, not because its different sections are in any way discernable, but because of the numerous interludes.

Those interludes just so happen to comprise the majority of the album’s best tracks. They’re quirky, energetic, and bold—everything Tori hasn’t been for years. Though Doll Posse is her most inspired work in almost a decade, things weren’t quite as energetic last night, but that was because Tori was flying solo. As she told us via improvised song, her “boys,” including drummer Matt Chamberlain, don’t quite know the new songs yet and the fictional members of her “doll posse” don’t know how to play piano (but they’re learning!), which means Tori, who was in fine voice, only had the chance to don one wig. (She also mentioned her imminent appearance on Regis & Kelly, which will have aired by the time you read this, and how ABC won’t allow her to sing the acronym “M.I.L.F.”)

Tori’s set was only a brief 30 minutes, aired live on Sirius Radio, and she plowed through an impassioned “Velvet Revolution,” the lovely “Roosterspur Bridge” and “Almost Rosey” (alas, not about Rosie O’Donnell), “Father’s Son,” and “Beauty Of Speed,” an album weak-spot that benefited from a stripped down presentation. Tori’s exit was abrupt, and I’d complain about the fact that there were no tunes about M.I.L.F.’s and no songs from her extensive back catalog, but, to be fair, the woman’s in the midst of a promotional whirlwind and being left wanting more from an artist 15 years into her career is definitely something worth celebrating.

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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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