PSSST! Outside Lands has released their line up a little bit early… Like, um, 9am PST on Tuesday, March 26th early. And it’s pretty exciting! As usual, we are going to deep dive into the best acts from the bottom half of the calendar closer to the event. But, first, the headliners: both Paul Simon and Childish Gambino are postponing their retirements to visit us in Golden Gate Park. And, if you missed last year’s farewell shows at Oracle Arena from either of them, both were practically religious experiences. (I cried twice at that Childish Gambino show) Those two are pretty universally loved acts. The third headliner is twenty øne piløts, and, well, the moment I read that, I could see the Reddit page explode! That being said, just because a band sells a lot of records and crossed over to Top 40 radio, doesn’t devalue them. This duo first played early on the day in the 2013 Outside Lands Fest, and has taken their dissonant, tribal brand of dark pop rock, and continued to experiment with it while crossing over to the mainstream.

Other highlights include gospel legend Mavis Staples, R&B avant gardist Santigold, the most aggressive hip hop performer I’ve ever seen, Denzel Curry, 2018 Grammy winners Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals and Kacey Muscgraves, LA rock n roll heroes Cherry Glazerr, and SO MANY MORE! GA, VIP, and the brand new “Golden Gate Pass” with special elevated viewing area, a clear bag for your things, and much, much more. Tickets can be purchased starting Thursday, March 28th here!

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Knightley, Skarsgård helm predictable but entertaining post-War melodrama

In 1946, British Rachael (Keira Knightley) is none too happy to meet the German Stefan (Alexander Skarsgård, l.), despite the fact she and her husband (Jason Clarke) will be sharing Stefan’s Hamburg home.

With Jordan Peele’s Get Out follow-up Us opening today and receiving a ton of buzz, you may not realize there actually are a few other quieter, less high-profile films opening today as well. One of these is The Aftermath, an old-fashioned historical drama that, while somewhat forgettable and ultimately predictable, is a serviceable alternative for those searching for something less intense than Peele’s headline-grabbing horror flick.
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The night’s NoisePop lineup at the always intimate and enjoyable Bottom of The Hill was an inspired collection of complementary bands, each unique but playing through similar sugary grooves. We just caught the tail end of the first act, Agouti, but as first acts go, they were delivering capably. The crowd was good and warm by our arrival. [read the whole post]

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Every now and then she gets a little bit nervous / that the best of all the years have gone by 

Gloria (Julianne Moore) frequents LA’s dance clubs looking for love.

Chilean director Sebastián Lelio peppers his new picture Gloria Bell with enough ‘70s and early ‘80s pop songs to make a Gen X’er weep, but often it’s hard to distinguish whether the songs are meant to match the film’s themes, or the other way around. But to watch Julianne Moore, as the titular Gloria, in her car, alone, singing her heart out along with Olivia Newton-John’s “A Little More Love” is to experience a sublime and intimate moment with a fully realized and utterly unique character. Scenes like these make Leilo’s reliance on musical crutches forgivable. [read the whole post]

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Andrea Dennison-Laufer, Danielle Philapil, Tanika Baptiste (Passengers), Jon-David Randle (Flick), Juliana Lustenader (Violet), and Jourdán Olivier-Verdé (Bus Driver #2) in Bay Area Musicals’ production of VIOLET. (Photo courtesy of Ben Krantz Studio, 2019.)

Violet is the perfect follow up to last season’s Crazy for You. With a similar small-town country-twang and a southern gothic feel, this musical follows the story of Violet, a young woman with a mysterious scar headed out on a mysterious journey. [read the whole post]

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illuminati hotties and SOAR have different capitalization strategies, but collectively with Club Night, they blew the doors off the Starline Social Club.

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Spinning Platters Interview: Niki Bodemann of Noise Pop

February 22, 2019

This year marks the 26th year that the Noise Pop Festival debuted at The Kennel Club (now The Independent). Since then, it’s grown to become one of the primary tastemaking music festivals in the world! Past performers that have broken shortly after their Noise Pop debut have included The White Stripes, Death Cab for Cutie, […]

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Film Review: Fighting With My Family

February 22, 2019
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Merchant throws down with charmer of a wrestling tale   Florence Pugh, the young British actress best known for Lady Macbeth and The Outlaw King, steps out of those historic costume drama roles and into a costume of another kind in the terrific new wrestling picture Fighting With My Family. Written and directed by British comedian Stephen […]

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Film Feature: Carrie and Chris Pick the 2019 Oscars

February 21, 2019

Film critics Carrie and Chris on who will – and who should – win the 91st Academy Awards The 91st Academy Awards air this Sunday, February 24th, on ABC at 5:00 pm PST (with the requisite pre-show fashion assessments starting hours before). As they did last year, Spinning Platters film critics Carrie Kahn and Chris […]

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Album Review: Ladytron – Ladytron

February 15, 2019

Of all the bands that I’ve been obsessed with over my life time, Ladytron was one that I came to on the later portion of their career. While I appreciate their first two albums, it wasn’t until the dark post-rock infusion of Witching Hour that I my ears suddenly perked up and I realized how […]

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