Archive for the ‘independent’ Category

Seattle’s The Head and the Heart continue to build momentum. According to a new “On the Verge” article posted at, the band is working towards a fall headlining tour. After supporting talent such as Iron & Wine and the Decemberists and performing at Bonnaroo, the band will take part in the Austin City Limits Festival and the Newport Folk Festival.

For those of you who haven’t experienced The Head and the Heart’s blend of pop, rock and americana, you can purhcase their self-titled SubPop Records album at for $5 thru July 31. In fact, their single “Lost in My Mind,” is a free download at You can take a listen to the track here:

Here’s a taste of what the band is like in a live in studio setting:


Living in Beckley, WV makes finding the latest independent films a daunting task. The local movie theatre (Marquee Cinemas) in town has a love affair with the mighty dollar and has a reputation for underestimating their audience. For example, films such as Pan’s Labyrinth, Letters from Iwo Jima and Little Children were ignored by Marquee’s film buyers when they expanded to a wider release. This means fans of independent films must travel to Blacksburg, Charlottesville or Roanoke to see the most recent indies that are creating buzz or simply wait it out until the titles are released on DVD. With that in mind, here is a preview of a few films that have caught my eye:

U.S. Release Date: Currently Limited Release in Major Markets

Anytime the Cohen Brothers make a film, my interest peaks. With a resume’ that includes film classics such as Raising Arizona, Fargo, Miller’s Crossing and The Hudsucker Proxy, No Country For Old Men follows in the same path as the aforementioned films: It combines elements of crime dramas, thrillers, dark comedy and adventure. After viewing the trailer, perhaps the Cohen Brothers film that is most similar to No Country is Blood Simple. The trailer for the film debuted on this week and the feature film debuted at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Javier Bardim (Anton) is a ruthless hunter who applies unconventional techniques to his trade. The trailer opens with Anton asking a convenience store clerk to call a coin toss. With a cast that includes Tommy Lee Jones and Woody Harrelson, No Country has the capability to be another strong cinematic statement.

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Here is my first ever independent weekly podcast. This time around you can hear the new Joseph Arthur and the Lonely Astronauts song, “Diamond Ring” from their upcoming album, Let’s Just Be and the National’s “Fake Empire” from their upcoming album, Boxer.

MP3:Podcast: Joseph Arthur & the Lonely Astronauts and The National – “Diamond Ring” and “Fake Empire”

You can find out more about Joseph Arthur and the Lonely Astronauts here:
Joseph Arthur Homepage
Lonely Astronaut Records
Joseph Arthur Myspace

More information about The National can be found here:
The National Myspace
The National Homepage

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