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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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