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Triple Threat – R – starring Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Tiger Chen, Scott Adkins, Michael Jai White – 96 minutes

A crime syndicate places a hit on a billionaire’s daughter, making her the target of an elite assassin squad. A small band of down-and-out mercenaries protects her, fighting tooth and nail to stop the assassins from reaching their target.

Hotel Mumbai – R – starring Armie Hammer, Dev Patel, Nazanin Boniadi, Jason Isaacs – 125 minutes

Terror strikes in the heart of Mumbai, India, as members of Lashkar-e-Taiba storm the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in a series of coordinated attacks throughout the city. Amid the gunfire and mayhem, a brave chef and kitchen worker decide to risk their own lives to try to protect the frightened guests. As the militants continue their assault on the hotel, a desperate couple must do whatever they can to protect their newborn baby.

Dragged Across Concrete – R – starring Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Laurie Holden, Don Johnson, Michael Jai White – 159 minutes

Police partners descend into the criminal underworld after they are suspended for assaulting a suspect on video.

Out of Blue – R – starring Patricia Clarkson, Jacki Weaver, James Caan, Toby Jones, Mamie Gummer – 110 minutes

Mike Hoolihan is an unconventional New Orleans cop investigating the murder of renowned astrophysicist Jennifer Rockwell, a blackhole expert found shot to death in her observatory. As Mike tumbles down the rabbit hole of the disturbing case, she finds herself grappling with increasingly existential questions of quantum mechanics, parallel universes, and exploding stars – cosmic secrets that may hold the key to unraveling the crime, while throwing into doubt her very understanding of reality.

The Aftermath – R – starring Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård, Jason Clarke, Martin Compston – 109 minutes

In 1946 Rachael Morgan arrives in the ruins of Hamburg to be reunited with her husband, Lewis, who is a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. As they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an unexpected decision: they will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower and his troubled daughter.

Us – R – starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Evan Alex, Shahadi Wright Joseph – 116 minutes

Accompanied by her husband, son, and daughter, Adelaide Wilson returns to the beachfront home where she grew up as a child. Haunted by a traumatic experience from the past, Adelaide grows increasingly concerned that something bad is going to happen. Her worst fears soon become reality when four masked strangers descend upon the house, forcing the Wilsons into a fight for survival.

New Music Releases

A Place We Knew – Dean Lewis – 12 songs

https://open.spotify.com/album/1mRtVjwGgBvLiaJhPGHZ8M?si=ab–0Jy6Qum7aDb6NmbgsA

The World Is Yours 2 – Rich The Kid – 16 songs

https://open.spotify.com/album/6GDXnx6AUDGH0tpxXQX0Kn?si=sedOR5KVSvuwW3-jjY8L5A

Bad Habits – NAV – 16 songs

https://open.spotify.com/album/7jKt0T2nzo707B2HdpMOZJ?si=d89jEpY1TcSMzd9ZVKUipQ

54+1 – Danny Ocean – 13 songs

https://open.spotify.com/album/3pHFjWCK7d5YLtEuFwfR5N?si=FUgUCAqzQVGSKi1W7QPREg

Nothing Happens – Wallows – 11 songs

https://open.spotify.com/album/7eed9MBclFPjjjvotfR2e9?si=8hk2J1D5RH6ADm4IfFic5g

My Finest Work Yet – Andrew Bird – 10 songs

https://open.spotify.com/album/2xQ1WHVV0MdVSRkpND5P51?si=wEWDRXaYQQqJqVU2Lv8KJQ

The Dirt Soundtrack – Mötley Crüe – 18 songs

https://open.spotify.com/album/41yK0Yl2fDWKMSn3l3Ii3u?si=5ysFUCsyRfKVsaldYeTIeA

No Words Left – Lucy Rose – 11 songs

https://open.spotify.com/album/7pmpIBfTUQFC5jTd6VgV22?si=IsEweJ2RT0ywU50GTastZA

On The Line – Jenny Lewis – 11 songs

https://open.spotify.com/album/2AHG3vkC3H7zqHbYdgCCcy?si=QILWbGz2Tqq1rBX7OiobyA

On My Momma 2 – Yhung T.O. – 13 songs

https://open.spotify.com/album/3NsKNBrbNAW6dDPW7WP4FS?si=lq6OeKR3RvezjrLr5fP94g

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Taking Back Sunday, The Killers, Brand New, Hodera, and Kings of Leon are all bands that have provided influence to up-and-coming Gainesville, Florida indie rock band Causa. The band’s influence is heard throughout their debut album Learn To Fall.

A smooth seven track, self-described “mini album”, Causa guitarist Erik Ruud tells me that their freshman disc is a “stew of sound, trying to blend Manchester Orchestra and Taking Back Sunday sound with a Foo Fighters feel and little bit of Silversun Pickups tossed in”. Ruud co-wrote all seven songs with then- drummer Ruben Moore for Learn to Fall and lists the album experience as “overcoming the fear of falling and recognizing that to truly enjoy the ride (whatever that may be) you must first overcome that fear”. Moore has since left the band to pursue other opportunities relinquishing duties to current-drummer Logan Fischer (who also produced the album and is taking over but is not featured playing on this album). Ruud credits Fischer for shaping the overall sound of the album saying that Fischer’s direction was paramount during the recording process. Ruud credits lead singer Barrett Swartz for transforming the lyrics and making them great, adding that he was a catalyst on the album. Ruud went on to explain that after writing the songs, the entire band got together and hashed out the direction they wanted the album to go, which resulted in the seven track effort.

The first track on the album, “Learn to Fall”, opens with a reverbed guitar over a sound byte of two people talking about failing, the intro to the song bleeds into Swartz’s melodic voice. This track is a fantastic opener for the album and it sets the chill vibe for what is to come. Ruud explained to me that the album is meant to be listened to in track order as it tells this falling story.

As the album turns to track two, “Ordinary”, the guitar riffs that were on “Learn to Fall” return but with a harder edge. Swartz’s voice remains a constant, easy presence as he sings about “there’s no trophies for second place” as the story continues about falling. While the track is clearly influenced by a Kings of Leon sound, it also sheds a light on some of Swartz’s vocal limitations. With the harder sound comes the need for a bit harder voice and Swartz doesn’t have that here like he does in other parts of the album where he opens up his range a bit more.

The transition to track three, “Make It So”, is a nifty one that opens with drummer Ruben Moore getting a solo of sorts. A rhythmic cadence of drum rolls that signal those you find in a march. Moore on the drums are fantastic here as its him that provides the calming presence. The story of the song, as Swartz’s voice finds its harder side (which I found welcoming), is about slowly falling down and Moore’s drums highlight that march to darkness. As I listened to the album, I found this track to be my favorite of the three tracks so far.

Track four, “7:6”, immediately starts with a clear rock vibe. As Swartz sings “my brother can’t you see, it means everything to me”, Ruud’s guitar riffs are so well weaved into the lyrics, it’s hard to believe these tracks are the first from this band. Composition and lyrics are well beyond that of a freshman debut of a band who has only been together fully for less than two years. Swartz ends the song “I want to find my own, find my home”. According to Ruud, the rhythm for this song came from bassist Adrian Latscu and the riffs he hits on the track. Causa clearly understands the niche they need to carve out in the music-scape of never ending bands and artists. While this track wasn’t my favorite, it’s the most musically advanced track on the album yet.

Track five, “Runaway”, the album’s lone single, continues the over-arcing story of falling by explaining that you have to let things go and not run away from those problems. Having followed this band since they were formed, I’ve heard this track both live and stripped down. It’s the albums most fine-tuned track and you can tell. I’m not a fan of some of the production on the track but it’s easy to see why the band chose this track as their single. It’s a song that pays off the time of listening to tracks one through four.

As the album comes to a close, track six, “Ms. Informer”, is the definite stand out. The influence from other bands – A Funeral For A Friend comes to mind – is heard throughout. Swartz’s voice has a lot of purpose on this track and it’s also the only track on the album that has defined background vocals – something that is lacking on the other tracks. Bassist Latscu also gets his due on this one as thumps from his bass guitar provide the direction for the song. The track reflects on the mediums in our lives where we get our information from and how wrong they can be. The bridge of the song finally condemns those sources of information and allows the listener to realize that we are our own culprit of misinformation (get it?). The track is this album’s best. The Taking Back Sunday influence is so loud and clear here with a hint of Silversun Pickups. I kind of wish the album ended with this track instead of track seven.

The last track, “Treading;Swimming”, opens with a melodic guitar line that transitions into Swartz’s smooth voice. The end to this album and story takes place much how the album and story began: with Ruud’s guitar. He has such command of the track that it’s easy to get lost in Swartz’s lyrics. The track speaks to growing tired of being in the same spot, emotionally and mentally, utilizing the ocean and waves to symbolize getting past something. The lyrics touch on asking for help and it’s a fitting end to the album. Subdued but with a purpose.

Learn to Fall is a fantastic surprise from a very talented band. Causa is a group that if Gainesville was a bit bigger and had more opportunities for indie-rock, you would find them on the radio. It’s not often that a debut album comes along from a local band that makes your ears stand at attention and long for more, but that’s exactly what Causa has accomplished here.

You can learn more about Causa by visiting their site.

We’re starting to get into busy time for film and music releases as spring turns into summer and we all know that the box office kicks it in to overdrive beginning in May.  Grab your Spotify and hold on to your butts!  Here are your new music and film releases for March 15th, 2019:

New at the Box Office:

Captive State – PG-13 – starring John Goodman, Vera Farmiga, D.B. Sweeney, Ashton Sanders, & Machine Gun Kelly – 109 Minutes

Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, “Captive State” explores the lives on both sides of the conflict – the collaborators and the dissidents.

Wonder Park – PG – starring (voices of) Jennifer Garner, Matthew Broderick, John Oliver, Mila Kunis, Keenan Thompson, & Ken Jeong – 86 minutes

Wonder Park tells the story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive. One magical day, June is running through the woods to find her way home where she discovers an old rollercoaster car and climbs inside. She suddenly finds herself in Wonderland, an amusement park she had created in her mind and put aside. All of her rides and characters are brought to life but are falling into disarray without her. Now, with the help of her fun and lovable park characters, June will have to put the wonder back in Wonderland before it is lost forever.

Five Feet Apart – PG-13 – starring Haley Lu Richardson, Cole Sprouse, Moises Arias, Claire Forlani – 120 minutes

Stella Grant (Haley Lu Richardson) is every bit a seventeen-year-old… she’s attached to her laptop and loves her best friends. But unlike most teenagers, she spends much of her time living in a hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is full of routines, boundaries and self-control — all of which is put to the test when she meets an impossibly charming fellow CF patient named Will Newman (Cole Sprouse). There’s an instant flirtation, though restrictions dictate that they must maintain a safe distance between them. As their connection intensifies, so does the temptation to throw the rules out the window and embrace that attraction. Further complicating matters is Will’s potentially dangerous rebellion against his ongoing medical treatment. Stella gradually inspires Will to live life to the fullest, but can she ultimately save the person she loves when even a single touch is off limits?

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase – PG – starring Sophia Lillis, Laura Wiggins, Sam Trammell, Andrea Anders, & Linda Lavin – 89 minutes

After the death of his wife, Carson Drew decides to leave Chicago behind and make a fresh start with his daughter in River Heights. But for 16-year-old Nancy Drew, life in a small town is mighty dull. She longs for excitement, adventure, and the chance to make a difference. Nancy gets that opportunity when she is asked to help solve the ghostly activity at the Twin Elms mansion. Can she help explain the creaking footsteps, exploding lightbulbs and the ominous creature? Is it the handiwork of high-school bully Derek Barnes? Or is it possible that the ghost of original owner Malcolm Colfax is back for revenge? Recruiting her best friends George and Bess, along with local “mean girl” Helen, Nancy Drew is on the case!

 

New Music Releases:

 

No New Friends (EP) – Sia, Diplo, & Labrinth – six songs, 18 minutes

Lux Prima – Karen O, Danger Mouse – nine songs, 40 minutes

portraits – Greyson Chance – 12 songs, 34 minutes

Together – Third Party – nine songs, 37 minutes

Teenage Fever (EP) – Johnny Orlando – six songs, 17 minutes

Crucial Moments (EP) – The Bouncing Souls – six songs, 14 minutes

 

It’s one of those mornings, you know, the kind that just spring up at you out of nowhere like all “hey there, guess what day it is?  NOT FRIDAY!” So in honor of not wanting to wake up to non-Fridays, I bring you WILL SMITH THURSDAY!

Yep, get your English muffin and orange marmalade ready because we’re about to take a trip down AWESOME lane on the corner of HE’S COOLER THAN YOU street and catty-corner to BAMF avenue.  Ok, all that was a bit much…but clearly I’m excited for some Will Smith videos!

 

Wild Wild West

*Dru Hill dancing around like he’s got ants his pants is the best part of the entire music video.

Men in Black

Nod Ya Head

Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It

Miami

Switch

And just as a bonus you get some Pitbull who has a song featured in the upcoming Men in Black 3.

If you weren’t aware that the music business was cutthroat as it is, here is further proof.  The Guardian is reporting that just 30 minutes after pop-icon Whitney Houston’s death, Sony Music raised the price of her music by 60% on iTunes and Amazon regarding her Ultimate Collection album.

The website Next Web says this;

It appears that within 30 minutes of Houston’s death becoming public, the price of the artist’s The Ultimate Collection album (released in 2007) rose from £4.99 to £7.99. Some iTunes users told DigitalSpy that as the price change propagated, the album became unavailable to download.

Immediately, users began accusing Apple of taking advantage of the singer’s death, ramping up pricing in order to profit from the announcement. By Sunday evening, the album had returned to its original price…As it turns out, the Sony Music was responsible for the price increase after it increased the wholesale price of The Ultimate Collection.

Now, couple this with the big music company’s trying to force SOPA and PIPA against us and the world.  Yes, my friends, I would say its ok if you torrent that classic album you want to listen to. There’s nothing worse than a company capitalizing on the death of an icon.

F*ck you, Sony, f*ck you.

What began as a YouTube sensation, with a couple of thousand views, the musical duo of Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan quickly became internet sensations when they took Chris Brown’s (yes, that joker) “Look At Me Now” and perfected it in a way that not even Chris Brown with the help of Busta Rhymes could do.  After a couple other covers of relevant pop music, the duo – now dubbed “Karmin” – was quickly signed up by Epic Records due to their over-whelmingly increasing popularity.

It seems like over night the duo became stars as they’ve already released the single “Crash Your Party” to their upcoming debut album “Inside Out”, accompanied with a very watchable music video.  Their success has been capped off with “Crash Your Party” making the radio circuit around the country.  Now they’ve reached the pinnacle of stardom, getting the musical guest spot on NBC’s Saturday Night Live this past weekend.

Here’s the thing with Karmin, they may sound like your average Katy Perry/Jessie J knock-off but it’s Heidemann’s ability to rap and string together breathtaking verses with ease that set them apart from the rest.  They’re really a breath of fresh air and I’m glad their success garnered from the internet has actually paid off.

Catchy tunes plus the chick’s pretty hot, what’s not to like?

Check out their SNL vids:

 

Have you ever wondered what Wes Anderson’s movies would be like if they were turned into music videos for Ja Rule?  What, you’ve never pondered that while laying awake at 2:30am?  Stupid.  Well, those of you reading this that actually have wondered what Wes Anderson’s movies would be like if Ja Rule narrated the slow motion scenes, your waiting has paid off!

Now, I’ll admit I’m not the biggest Wes Anderson fan (seriously, is there anyone out there that liked The Darjeeling Limited?  Anyone?  Didn’t think so.)  I also have no idea if Ja Rule is still alive, but this mash-up is quite frankly, genius.

Lean back and enjoy!

Via Slacktory