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See Nick Offerman's Dad-Daughter Band in 'Hearts Beat Loud' Trailer

See Nick Offerman's Dad-Daughter Band in 'Hearts Beat Loud' Trailer
When a teenager is considering medical school, there probably aren't too many parents who would encourage them to stay home and form a band with them instead, but that's just what Nick Offerman's character does in the new trailer for Hearts Beat Loud.

Offerman plays Frank, a single dad who is struggling to keep his Brooklyn record store afloat while grappling with the fact that his daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) is about to head off to college at UCLA. The pair holds weekly jam sessions, which Frank wants to turn into a legitimate band,
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Hearts Beat Loud’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Hearts Beat Loud’
“We’re not a band,” groans freshman medical student Sam (Kiersey Clemons) to her dad Frank (Nick Offerman) in Brett Haley’s “Hearts Beat Loud,” a friendly musical about an aging Red Hook hipster who needs to let go of his daughter, and his dreams of pop stardom. But Frank’s not giving up either one, at least not until Sam leaves Brooklyn for California at the summer’s end, though the flinty widower is considering abandoning everything else: the record store he’s owned for 17 years, his shoplifting mother (Blythe Danner) who must be put in a home, and the dignity that’s kept him from asking his landlady Leslie (Toni Collette) out on a date. Haley (“The Hero,” “I’ll See You in My Dreams”), and co-writer Marc Basch’s good-hearted goodbye to late-’90s alterna-culture is as pleasant and fleeting as sorbet on a hot day — or the feeling of being young and cool
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See Mavis Staples Perform Tender Protest Song 'Build a Bridge' on 'Kimmel'

See Mavis Staples Perform Tender Protest Song 'Build a Bridge' on 'Kimmel'
Mavis Staples delivered a pristine rendition of "Build a Bridge" on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday. The track appears on Staples' latest album, If All I Was Was Black.

The simmering soul tune boasts a pared-down groove of bass, drums and guitar. Onstage, Staples mixed her resonant vocals with the soft falsetto harmonies of her back-up singers. Staples moved effortlessly through "Build a Bridge" – a protest song about unity – flexing her vocal talents with subtle flourishes. "Look around at our country/ At the people we don't ever see/ Standing side by side us,
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Mavis Staples teams up with Jeff Tweedy for a politically charged new album

A new album is on the way from legendary soul singer Mavis Staples. Called If All I Was Was Black, the album sees Staples once again teaming up with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, who produced and co-wrote the record’s slate of 10 brand-new songs. If All I Was Was Black is described as a pointedly political album tackling…

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Run the Jewels, B-52's Top 'Portlandia' Season Seven Guest List

Run the Jewels, B-52's Top 'Portlandia' Season Seven Guest List
Run the Jewels and the B-52's are among the numerous special guests set to join Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein on Season Seven of Portlandia, which begins January 5th.

IFC announced the show's full slate of guest stars which features plenty of big comedy names including Broad City's Abbi Jacobson, Saturday Night Live's Vanessa Bayer and alum Rachel Dratch, Tim Heidecker, Andy Richter, Judy Greer (Archer), Jessica St. Clair (Bridesmaids), Maria Bamford (Lady Dynamite) and Laurie Metcalf (Horace and Pete). NBA star and Portland Trail Blazers point
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Wilco Shares Fun Stop-Motion Animation Video for ‘Someone to Lose’ – Watch

Rock band Wilco recently released their tenth studio album titled “Schmilco” which includes the breezy tune “Someone to Lose.” The group shared the music video for the single, which happens to be a stunning claymation piece.

The clip was created by Joseph Baughman and features a griffin in a “Lorax”-looking field, a bride and groom dancing in and around a wedding cake and a scene that reminds us of King Kong’s Empire State Building moment.

The folksy song features an acoustic guitar and minimal drums with an electric guitar to jazz up the chorus. “Schmilco” is the band’s latest album since 2015’s surprise LP “Star Wars.” In an interview with Rolling Stone, frontman Jeff Tweedy described the album as “joyously negative.” Adding, “It’s sad in a lot of ways but not in any that reach a conclusion of doom or hopelessness. I just had a lot
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Watch Wilco Unleash Rocker 'Someone to Lose' on 'Colbert'

Watch Wilco Unleash Rocker 'Someone to Lose' on 'Colbert'
Wilco performed their new breezy bummer tune, "Someone to Lose" on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Wednesday.

The Schmilco track opens with Jeff Tweedy singing delicately over a shuffling acoustic groove. By the chorus, the song turns to full-blown country rock with dueling riffs from Nels Cline and Pat Sansone

Tweedy also appeared in two Late Show bits, including one where he rebuffed the critique that Wilco is lazy with their album titles (see: Schmilco, Star Wars and Wilco the Album) with a list of forthcoming LPs such as,
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Newswire: Jeff Tweedy plays a song name game on @Midnight

Jeff Tweedy’s appearance on @Midnight is tonight and it turns out he was clever and delicately amusing about music based on this clip from Pitchfork. The Wilco frontman played a hashtag game called #OneWordOffSongs, and came up with the likes of “Ob La Di Al Qaeda” and “Sweet Home Williamsburg.” Nice burn there, Tweedy.

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Tweedy wasn’t quite as blue as his fellow competitors, David Koechner and Jen Kirkman, the latter of whom dropped “Smells Like Teen Scrotum.” Kirkman also paid tribute to Wilco with “I Am Trying To Break Your Fart,” but, to be quite honest, we’re disappointed no one came up with “Heavy Metal Bummer.” Missed opportunity, folks.
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Watch Dave Grohl Recall 'Austin City Limits' Influence in New Doc

Watch Dave Grohl Recall 'Austin City Limits' Influence in New Doc
Dave Grohl discusses the influence and aura of Austin City Limits in two exclusive outtakes from A Song for You, an upcoming documentary about the storied PBS concert series. For Grohl, watching Acl as a kid in Virginia gave him a chance to see bands performing full concerts onstage.

"It was more than just one song at the end of The Tonight Show," Grohl remembers. "It was an ensemble performance that went on for more than six minutes, and I really liked that a lot. It was that kind of
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'Mavis!,' The First Feature Documentary About Legendary Soul and Gospel Singer Mavis Staples, Debuts Feb. 29, Exclusively on HBO

Celebrating the extraordinary gospel and soul music legend and civil rights icon, who rose to fame as lead singer of the legendary family group The Staple Singers, the first feature documentary on her life, "Mavis!", debuts Monday, February 29, 9:00-10:25 p.m. Et/Pt, exclusively on HBO, the network announced today. Jessica Edwards directs. In conjunction with the film's HBO debut, her new album, "Livin' on a High Note," will be released by Anti- on Feb. 19. Highlighted by dynamic live performances, recent behind-the-scenes video, rare archival footage and recordings, and conversations with friends and collaborators, among them Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Tweedy,...
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Watch Wilco's Jeff Tweedy Sing Stephen Colbert a Lullaby

Watch Wilco's Jeff Tweedy Sing Stephen Colbert a Lullaby
Many of Wilco's folkier, dreamier tunes already feel like alt-rock lullabies, so frontman Jeff Tweedy seemed comfortable singing Stephen Colbert to sleep during Thursday's The Late Show.

"Sometimes you're scared, and then you're not scared / Sometimes you worry, and then you don't care," Tweedy sang in his gentle rasp, strumming an acoustic guitar as the host clutched his teddy bear and stuffed giraffe. "Sometimes you cry and then you're Ok / Tomorrow's gonna be a great day." The pair finished the bit by whistling together, often in accidental harmony.

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Mavis Staples on Her 12 Favorite Young(er) Singers, From Adele to Pharrell

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Mavis Staples on Her 12 Favorite Young(er) Singers, From Adele to Pharrell
“I’ve always tried to keep a young frame of mind,” Mavis Staples says, shortly after discussing one her favorite songs of the past few years, Pharrell's “Happy.” “I’m 76 years old but when I go shopping, I don’t look for clothes for old people. Right now I have me some orange neon sneakers. I don’t deal with age.” On the heels of both a new studio album and Mavis!, a feature-length HBO documentary about the singer’s career, Staples is as prolific now as she’s ever been, enjoying yet another peak in a late-career resurgence that began in 2010 when she teamed up with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy to make the Grammy-winning LP You Are Not Alone. In April, Staples — who began her recording career in 1956 as the teenage star vocalist of her family gospel group, the Staple Singers — heads to Coachella, where she will be the only
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Film News: ‘Uncle John’ is Top Film at 2015 ‘Best of the Midwest’ Awards Night

Chicago – On Tuesday, December 1st, the Midwest Independent Film Festival gave out their 2015 “Best of the Midwest” Awards with a ceremony at Rockit Bar & Grill in Chicago. Best Film honors went to “Uncle John,” directed by Steven Piet. Best Female Actor was Carisa Barreca of “Doomsdate,” Best Male Actor was Charles Whitcomb of “Full Frame,” and Best Director was Sonny Mallhi of “Anguish,” among other categories.

Best Male Actor Charles Whitcomb (‘Full Frame’) With Presenter Rich Moskal and BMA Host Mike McNamara

Photo credit: Patrick McDonald for HollywoodChicago.com

The evening was hosted by Festival Director Mike McNamara, and included presenters Betsy Steinberg – the new Executive Director of Kartemquin Films, Christine Dudley – the Director of the Illinois Film Office, Rich Moskal – Director of the Chicago Film Office, Billy Dec – Rockit Entertaiment & “Windy City Live,’ and a video appearance from the director of the Best Music Video, Nick Offerman. The event
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Review: 'Fargo' - 'The Gift of the Magi': Morning in America?

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Review: 'Fargo' - 'The Gift of the Magi': Morning in America?
A review of tonight's "Fargo" coming up just as soon as I find out if Joan Crawford had crabs... "Do you really think we'll get out of this mess we're in?" -Lou After being alluded to throughout the season's first four episodes, Ronald Reagan finally appears in the fleshy form of Bruce Campbell (who's having himself quite the fall, between this and "Ash vs. Evil Dead"). Reagan — even more than most American presidents of the TV age, given his acting background — is difficult to portray as anything but a caricature, but Campbell is able to get across the essence of the man whom many Americans believed could finally pull the country out of the morass it was in from Vietnam, Watergate, gas lines, and Jimmy Carter's comments about our national malaise. When he busts out his "shining city on a hill" rhetoric (which the real Reagan famously used in
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Eric Church’s ‘Mr. Misunderstood’ Reignites That Old Debate: Is Wilco Country?

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Eric Church’s ‘Mr. Misunderstood’ Reignites That Old Debate: Is Wilco Country?
"I would never categorize ourselves as specifically country," Jeff Tweedy told Boise Weekly three years ago about his band Wilco's disassociation with categories. (A stance he's since expanded to include his frustration with the term dad rock, no matter how literal the meaning.) The band have never fit comfortably within one singular genre, pulling elements from alternative, psychedelia, and country on every album, including Star Wars, surprise-released earlier this year. In a 1997 Rolling Stone profile on Wilco, David Fricke noted that the group — who started as an offshoot of Tweedy's previous actual alt-country band, Uncle Tupelo — "sound more like a power-pop dream machine than some premillennial reincarnation of the Flying Burrito Brothers." Though they've distanced themselves even further from country since the delicious twang of first album A.M., Wilco's association with the genre just doesn't end. "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot actually comes up as 'country' under iTunes," Tweedy mentioned
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Mavis! Review [Philadelphia Film Festival 2015]

76-year-old Mavis Staples hasn’t run out of songs to sing or stuff to say. Mavis! depicts the legendary singer’s journey across genres and through decades of performances with clips from past and present. Much of Mavis! is spent in the lively and instantly delightful presence of the titular singer. Whether listening to her booming vocals or watching her warmly point and smile at someone in her audience, Mavis Staples makes for an endearing narrator for her own story. Despite the documentary’s lack of extensive details, Mavis! provides a comprehensive look at the vocalist’s life and career, punctuated by insightful talking head tidbits.

Tracing Mavis’ roots from her childhood years in Chicago through her more recent tours and collaborations with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, Mavis! looks beyond the music to profile The Staple Singers family and their position in a burgeoning civil rights movement.

One thing that
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All of the Celebrities Endorse Bernie Sanders

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All of the Celebrities Endorse Bernie Sanders
128 celebrities — including actors, musicians, and doctors who dress as clowns — signed a letter endorsing Bernie Sanders to become the 2016 Democratic nominee for President. Posted on Sanders's official website, the letter has a wildly eclectic assortment of names, including Margaret Cho, Patch Adams, Danny DeVito, Mark Ruffalo, Flea, Anthony Kiedis, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Zoë Kravitz, Justin Long, Killer Mike, Susan Sarandon, Sarah Silverman, Jeff Tweedy, Hans Zimmer and so on. Donald Trump has Tom Brady, so. But how epic would it be if Hans Zimmer wrote the score for a Sanders political ad? Braaaaaammmm!
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Bernie Sanders Serves 'Bern Notice' on 'Late Show'

Bernie Sanders Serves 'Bern Notice' on 'Late Show'
Stephen Colbert and his audience felt the Bern on Friday night's Late Show as the host dedicated much of the episode to Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, who is steadily closing in on Hillary Clinton's once-impenetrable lead in the Democratic presidential field. Before Sanders sat down for their interview, Colbert first served up a "Bern Notice" summarizing the candidate's "meteoric rise." "He's rising, you know, like meteors do," Colbert quipped.

"Sanders' popularity is surprising because he's a self-described socialist who would also be our oldest president ever. The man is 74 years old,
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10 Best Wilco Songs

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Wilco are often called America’s Radiohead, and they’ve been critically-acclaimed since they formed back in 1994. Their magnum opus came in 2002 with Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, which got a perfect 10 from Pitchfork, but also nearly ripped the band apart.

Don’t be fooled by the fact that was 13 years ago, though. They’ve consistently made interesting and compelling music throughout their career, and newly-released ninth record Star Wars is no exception.

It arrived in July 2015 with little warning, and took just about everyone by surprise. The band posted short messages on Facebook and Twitter announcing its availability, and that was that. The very next day they performed it live, in full, at Pitchfork Festival in their hometown of Chicago. In keeping with its low-key introduction, frontman Jeff Tweedy described the album simply as “having a cat on the cover”.

A trim 11 tracks and just 33 minutes long, Star Wars is
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