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Slothrust’s Frontwoman Was Into Sloths Before They Were Cool

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At the Sailor Jerry Gypsy Lounge event in East Austin, Slothrust opened their set with the same song they always open with. Simply titled “Intro,” it’s a minute and a half of intimidating sound that boldly proves Leah Wellbaum is much more than a pretty face. The crowd head-banged as the band thumped through a blistering set, literally shaking the stage.
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Dead Stars, Tearing Through SXSW, Aren’t Hipsters So Much As Beatsters

(photo: Cary Whittier)

Dead Stars (photo: Cary Whittier)

Austin’s Club 1808 felt like a soul-food roadhouse yesterday as some young dudes who clearly dig Sebadoh worked through their tight, efficient set. In the bright sun of the backyard stage, Jeff Moore, the guitarist and frontman of Dead Stars, looked younger than he had when he played a show in dreary New York last week, and bassist John Watterberg — who was excited about playing on the bright backyard stage after a long winter of playing indoors — quickly became flushed.
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This Film About a Sex Surrogate Explores Intimacy and Isolation in NYC

She’s Lost Control is a tense, brooding story about a sex surrogate and her involvement with a volatile new client. Technically, the profession is now called “surrogate partner training” (in researching and preparing to make the film, director Anja Marquardt and her captivating lead actress, Brooke Bloom, spoke with the head of the International Professional Surrogates Association).
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The Heart Machine Plumbs an East Village-Bushwick Cyber Affair

Still from The Heart Machine

Still from The Heart Machine

The first moments of The Heart Machine are a dream, an abstract impression of movement and shifting light, laced with muted sounds like music from next door. Then the filter pops off, the thumping music rushes in, and we’re thrust into the life of Cody, checking his phone in a loud club, ignoring the Millennial mating ritual happening around him. In Zachary Wigon’s film, which premiered at SXSW over the weekend, Cody suspects that his online girlfriend is not, as she claims, in Berlin, but here in New York, perhaps in the East Village as he pines for her from Bushwick.
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A Chat With Oh, Honey, the Latest Williamsburg Band Sign With a Major

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Danielle Bouchard and Mitchy Collins of Oh, Honey (Photo: Jesse DeFlorio)

Oh, Honey, the Williamsburg-based band made up of Mitchy Collins and Danielle Bouchard, has a dreamy, sun-drenched sound that could almost pass as being from the other coast, or from another decade. One thinks of the Sundays, or a more upbeat Crowded House with a lithe female vocalist.
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Honduras Ain’t Gonna Lie: ‘We Want to Be a Big Band, So We’re Trying to Write Good Songs’

Opening for Kaiser Chiefs  at Music Hall of Williamsburg last month. (Photo: Shayne Hanley)

Pat Philips, opening for Kaiser Chiefs at Music Hall of Williamsburg last month. (Photo: Shayne Hanley)

Pat Philips, the lead singer of the band Honduras, might be hungover. He’s drinking a lot of water. Philips, Tyson Moore, lead guitar, and Josh Wehle, drums, are relaxing in the front of Radio Bushwick — without alcoholic drinks — before the gig celebrating the release of their EP Morality Cuts, on Black Bell Records. The bass player, Paul Lizarraga, is off somewhere taking a nap.
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Lawrence Levine On Making Wild Canaries With His Wife, Sophia Takal

wild canaries stillLawrence Levine and Sophia Takal have gotten a lot of great attention for previous works like Green, directed by Takal, and Gabi On The Roof In July, directed by Levine. The married couple’s latest effort, Wild Canaries — directed by Levine, produced by Takal, and featuring both of them as actors — is about a Brooklyn couple who suspects foul play when a neighbor drops dead in her rent-controlled apartment. It premieres at SXSW this Saturday. Levine is originally from New Jersey but went to high school in the Bronx. We caught up with him by phone and talked about growing into wider resources, such as a cast including Alia Shawkat of Arrested Development, Jason Ritter, and Greenpoint fixture Kevin Corrigan.
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Ian Vanek of Japanther: ‘If You Want to Say Fuck Williamsburg, You Better Not Be Talkin Bout the Southside’

(Photo: Jesus Rivera)

(Photo: Jesus Rivera)

Japanther, an art and rock n’ roll project established in 2001 by Pratt students Ian Vanek and Matt Reilly, might just be obsessed with phone booths. In the “Phone Booth” project, presented at Alanna Heiss’s now defunct Clocktower Gallery, the artists served farm-to-table meals in exchange for stories told by their guests. A 1970s phone booth was re-configured to record when the phone was taken off the hook and, later, played stories back to an audience of one.
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The Directors of Fort Tilden Traveled From Williamsburg to Rockaway to SXSW

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(Clare McNulty and Bridey Elliott in Fort Tilden.

It’s hard to get accepted by the South by Southwest film festival — especially if you’re not from New York. This year’s festival features eight films, chosen from 1,324 submissions, and more than half of them have roots here: The Heart Machine, directed by Village Voice film critic Zachary Wigon; Wild Canaries, Lawrence Levine’s Brooklyn-based film; The Mend, set in Harlem and directed by John Magary, who attended Columbia University’s graduate film program; Brooklyn resident Leah Meyerhoff’s I Believe in Unicorns; and the world premier of Fort Tilden, about two girls’ “needlessly complicated” bike ride from Williamsburg to Rockaway’s Fort Tilden beach, co-directed by two NYU MFA film candidates.
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