Jordan Peele makes Oscars history with Get Out nominations

Last year, Jordan Peele became the first black writer-director with a $100 million debut when Get Out passed the box office mark in a mere 16 days. On Tuesday morning, Peele made more history when the nominees for the 90th Academy Awards were announced.

Get Out earned a nomination for best picture in addition to Peele receiving nods for best director and best original screenplay. As The Hollywood Reporter points out, the feat makes him the third person in history to earn nominations in all three categories with their directorial debut. He follows in the footsteps of Warren Beatty (Heaven Can Wait) and James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment).

(Read: Oscars 2018 Predictions: Who Should Win, Who Will Win)

Peele also has the opportunity to become the first African-American to win the best director category. He’s only the fifth African-American to earn the nomination, and none of the previous nominees have won. Last year, Barry Jenkins was nominated for Moonlight, while Steve McQueen earned a nod in 2013 for 12 Years a Slave and Lee Daniels was nominated in 2009 for Precious. Back in 1991, John Singleton was the first African-American nominee for the classic film Boyz n the Hood.

Get Out also joins a select group of horror films which have earned best picture nominations, including 1973’s The Exorcist, 1991 Oscar winner The Silence of the Lambs, and 1999’s The Sixth Sense.

In December, Peele’s reboot of The Twilight Zone received an order to series from CBS.

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Japandroids announce 2018 North American tour

Photo by Philip Cosores

This spring, Japandroids will hit the road for a North American tour. Kicking off with back-to-back dates in the duo’s hometown of Vancouver, the trek will then proceed through such cities as San Francisco, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, Kansas City, and Boise.

Guitarist Brian King and drummer David Prowse will also bring their electrifying live show to festivals like Shaky Knees in Atlanta and New York’s Governors Ball. Select dates will be alongside fellow Canadian indie rockers Wolf Parade. Consult the full itinerary below.

All dates are in continued support of the band’s 2017 album, Near to the Wild Heart of Life.

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Japandroids 2018 Tour Dates:
04/27 – Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
04/28 – Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
05/01 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
05/04 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
05/21 – Kansas City, MO @ The Truman #
05/22 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre #
05/23 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge #
05/24 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory #
05/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge
05/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge
06/02 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball
07/12 – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival
07/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
07/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle

# = w/ Wolf Parade

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Alex Kapranos on Franz Ferdinand’s political new album: “Can we not learn from history? Can we not stop shit from repeating itself?”

Recently Franz Ferdinand made waves in the UK when they seemingly threw shade at Prime Minister Theresa May. Earlier this month, May appeared on The Andrew Marr Show to discuss criticism of her handling of the Britain state-funded health service, the NHS. A performance from Franz Ferdinand followed May’s interview, and in expression of solidarity, drummer Paul Thompson wore an “NHS” t-shirt.

In a new interview with Kyle Meredith of Louisville’s 91.9 WFPK, frontman Alex Kapranos further digressed on the ills of society and how the band’s politics come into play on their latest album, Always Ascending. “For me, a measure of civilization is looking after your weak, looking after the sick… educating everybody. It seems like a really obvious thing… human compassion, you care for the sick around and about you. I feel it’s a responsibility for all of us, it’s something everybody deserves no matter what their financial circumstances are. If you don’t have a fat wallet, you don’t deserve to die. If we have the technology to save people, we should be saving people. To me, that’s a basic and essential truth.”

On the album, Kapranos specifically sought to use American literature to express the societal concerns. Perhaps this is no more obvious than on the track “Huck and Jim”. As he explained, “I wanted to pick the archetypical American figure, I wanted to find a character from American literature that represents America for me.”

He continued: “Huck Finn popped into my mind and I remembered there are two lead characters in the book. When they popped into my head, they were there in the way that I experienced them as a kid, the naive understanding that you have a boy… And then I started thinking about it as an adult, and it seemed incredibly poignant and so reflective of our current situation.”

“It was kind of chilling when I remembered that,” Kapranos added. “When you put them into the context of your adult understanding, there’s so much more depth, and darker depth to them. And they say so much to us know about the age we live in… It was a horrendously flawed era that gives us clues to our contemporary flawed era.”

Kapranos went on to call our current state of affairs “depressingly retrogressive. It feels like, for the first time in my life, that attitudes have gone in reverse and there’s a petty, small mindedness that seems to be flourishing.” Noting the eerie similarity between the events of today andthe lead up to World War 1 when countries were “threatening each other with war and building up their arsenals,” Kapranos added, “Can we not learn from history? Can we not stop shit from repeating itself?”

Listen to the full interview below. Always Ascending, Franz Ferdinand’s fifth album, is due out February 9th.

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Modest Mouse announce 2018 tour dates

Photo by Ben Kaye

Modest Mouse have mapped out a new set of US tour dates for April and May The cross-country trek kicks off on April 18th in Birmingham, Alabama and concludes on May 24th in Oakland, California. Along the way, the band will visit cities including Nashville, Charlotte, Detroit, and Washington, DC. In July, they’ll play Forecastle Festival in Louisville, Kentucky. It all comes in continued support of their 2015 album, Strangers to Ourselves.

(Read: How Modest Mouse Won the Lonesome Crowded West)

See the full docket below, and grab tickets here.

Modest Mouse 2017 Tour Dates:
04/18 – Birmingham, AL @ Sloss Furnace
04/20 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
04/21 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
04/23 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
04/24 – Nashville, TN @  Ryman Auditorium
04/26 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
04/27 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
04/28 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
04/30 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
05/01 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
05/02 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
05/03 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
05/05 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
05/06 – Mankato, MN @ Verizon Center
05/08 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ McGrath Amphitheatre
05/09 – Ralston, NE @ Ralston Arena
05/10 – Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theatre
05/11 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Amphitheatre
05/13 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
05/15 – Albuquerque, NM @ Villa Hispana Pavilion
05/16 – Flagstaff, AZ @ Pepsi Amphitheatre
05/18 – Riverside, CA @ Riverside Municipal Auditorium
05/19 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Arlington Theatre
05/20 – Redding, CA @ Civic Auditorium
05/22 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Madonna Inn Expo Center
05/24 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
07/13-15 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival

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Thom Yorke, Gorillaz, and LCD Soundsystem to play Sónar Festival’s 25th anniversary in 2018

Photos by Autumn Andel (Yorke), Robert Altman (Albarn), Lior Philips (Murphy)

Spain’s Sónar Festival has brought together an impressive roster of actors in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

Thom Yorke, Gorillaz, and LCD Soundsystem are set to headline the festival, which goes down June 14th, 15th, and 16th in Barcelona. Other notable acts include Modeselektor, Cornelius, Bonobo, Goldlink, Wiley, Richie Hawtin, John Talabot, Laurel Halo, A-Trak, DJ Harvey, Ólafur Arnalds, and Yung Lean, among others. Plus, Diplo will both perform and curate a showcase as part of Sónar By Day.

You can find more information, including ticketing information, on the festival’s website.

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ASAP Rocky returns with new song “☆☆☆☆☆ 5IVE $TAR$”: Stream

Photo by Philip Cosores

Last we heard from ASAP Rocky, he and Tom Morello were giving the earth the finger on “Fuck the World”, a song from Will Smith’s Netflix film Bright. Now, the ASAP Mob rapper is back today with new track called “☆☆☆☆☆ 5IVE $TAR$”.

Rocky can be heard rhyming about soda, Pop-Tarts, pop art, and more over a slightly sinister production provided in part by Southside and Metro Boomin. Also, as Genius points out, an uncredited DRAM seems to drop in for a quick cameo around the 0:43 mark.

Take a listen down below.

In the SoundCloud description, Rocky teases that something called “TESTING” is “COMING SOON.” If the undisclosed project turns out to be an album, it would mark the Harlem MC’s first since 2015’s At.Long.Last.ASAP. He and the rest of ASAP Mob dropped Cozy Tapes Vol. 2 last August.

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Grammys 2018: Who Will Win, Who Should Win

The Grammys are not known for doing the right thing. But these nominees are just attractive enough to make us wonder if they will. There’s a staggeringly beautiful number of non-white artists who made great work nominated in major categories; even a lightweight like Bruno Mars is a really likable and savvy talent at this point, hooking up with Cardi B for one of the most memorable videos of his career. Perpetually spoiled whiners like Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran were kept on tight leashes. Fringe pop one-of-a-kinds like Kesha and Lana Del Rey were finally shown some respect, though Paramore is still nowhere to be found and Lady Gaga really deserves a comeback. Surprises like Rapsody and Body Count actually invigorate their respective categories even though they can’t all be winners — there’s a good chance Leonard Cohen’s ashes will lose to Foo Fighters. Mainly, though, this is the JAY-Z and Kendrick show. Here are several of the biggest face-offs of the night.

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Best Music Video

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Beck – “Up All Night”
Jain – “Makeba”
JAY-Z – “The Story of O.J.”
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Logic – “1-800-273-8255”

Who should win: JAY-Z

Who will win: Kendrick Lamar

JAY-Z being passed over for Kendrick is hardly a crime, and this could well end up being Sean Carter’s year at the Grammys, but he’d be relatively late to becoming an awards-show darling if that was the case. It’s also thinkable that conservative Grammy voters will find “O.J.”’s Lil’ Sambo imagery too upsetting. Kendrick is so likable that even at his most challenging, he’s become a Grammy fave, so bet on him.

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Best Urban Contemporary Album

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6LACK – Free 6LACK
Childish Gambino – “Awaken, My Love!”
Khalid – American Teen
SZA – Ctrl
The Weeknd – Starboy

Who should win: Khalid

Who will win: Childish Gambino

SZA almost cuts a Lauryn Hill-style figure for the Grammys, with nearly conversational singing that blurs casually into rapping and always being candid and frank about the current tribulations of dating. But I’m in the minority believing she’ll go on to more ambitious, trickier, riskier things, and she’ll probably be nominated in even bigger categories by then. Khalid, on the other hand, is a bright, young talent and painfully sweet class act who isn’t likely to top the plainspoken innocence of his debut. This is all moot, though, in an entertainment world where Donald Glover reigns supreme, and this will undoubtedly be his consolation prize for not winning AOTY.

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Best Dance/Electronic Album

Kraftwerk

Bonobo – Migration
Kraftwerk – 3-D the Catalogue
Mura Masa – Mura Masa
Odesza – A Moment Apart
Sylvan Esso – What Now

Who should win: Kraftwerk

Who will win: Kraftwerk

Yes, Kraftwerk were given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Grammys. But it’s time for electronic music’s most important elder statesmen to win in their category.

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Best Solo Pop Performance

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Kelly Clarkson – “Love So Soft”
Kesha – “Praying”
Lady Gaga – “Million Reasons”
Pink – “What About Us”
Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”

Who should win: Kesha

Who will win: Ed Sheeran

I hope you’re somewhere praying, because I want to believe we live in a world where Kesha’s heartfelt rebuke of her industry-protected abuser finally earns her the Grammy voters’ respect. But unfortunately, we live in a world where Ed Sheeran’s in love with our body.

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Oscars 2018 Predictions: Who Should Win, Who Will Win

Near the crack of dawn this morning, the nominees for the 90th Academy Awards ceremony were announced. They were joined by the now-usual din, as compliments on the broader diversity of genres and faces this year was met by talk of how far the industry still has to go. With the movement resulting from last year’s flood of new and renewed sexual assault and abuse allegations hanging over this year’s awards season, just as it did so many of the nominated films, it remains to be seen just how much change is happening in Hollywood when the winners are announced on March 4th.

But the show goes on, and so do the Oscars, and in their 90th year, the nominees feel a little more reflective of the times than usual. Two filmmakers, both nominated for Best Director, made their debuts with Best Picture nominees, a big-budget industry A-lister made a tone piece about the personal hells of war, and a pair of period pieces attempted to reach back into the past to explain our fraught present. Love stories took on new forms that the Oscars have a long history of disregarding, new kinds of heroes and villains took over movie screens, and even the sequels turned out pensive and remorseful.

It’s a hell of a time to be a filmgoer, an American, a person living in this world. But the best movies, of which a great number of them are featured among this year’s nominees, can help ease the pain of the times, or help us better understand and process it. It’ll be an odd year to kick back and enjoy an awards ceremony, but it’s one that has a lot to offer this year. Whether you agree with us or not, we’ve tried to pick the likely winners for this year’s Oscars, but it’s a far harder year to call than usual. For once, it’s hard to say where the voting base’s heads are anymore, as much a sign that the times are a’changing as any.

–Dominick Suzanne-Mayer
Film Editor

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Best Sound Editing

Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

What should win: Baby Driver

What will win: The Shape of Water

The amount of play that went into The Shape of Water’s bubbly, muffled, magical, and quite-literally-watered-down sound was pure invention. It’s a feast for the ears as the film’s silences, musical digressions, and harmonious existence with scoring and creature effects made for an entrancing listening affair. But. If the Academy really wants to put some gas in the tank, it could award Baby Driver. It’s a film that cuts itself like crazy in what we can only describe as the world’s most high-octane mixtape movie. Vroom vroom, boom boom, you know? –Blake Goble
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Best Sound Mixing

Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

What should win: Dunkirk

What will win: Dunkirk

Dunkirk should win this one by a country mile. The film’s sound design is a masterwork of meticulous, immersive craftsmanship, a tension-filled hum of bombs, splashes and ticking stopwatches that never, ever lets up. Not since Gravity has a film’s soundscape been so comprehensively interwoven with its musical score, making Dunkirk an unrelenting sensory experience. The rest of the nominees all did admirable work – Baby Driver blends music and revving engines beautifully, and Last Jedi deserves to be on here just for one perfectly calculated moment of silence – but this is clearly Dunkirk’s game to win. –Clint Worthington

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Best Visual Effects

apescover Oscars 2018 Predictions: Who Should Win, Who Will Win

Blade Runner 2049
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes

What should win: Blade Runner 2049

What will win: War for the Planet of the Apes

In looking at recent winners for Visual Effects, the Academy tends to gravitate toward specific designs done well (Ex Machina, The Jungle Book), rather than the well-executed onscreen noise and chaos of a film like Guardian or The Last Jedi, even if the latter featured possibly the coolest single shot in any major studio film released in the past year. We’d love to see 2049 take the prize here for its stunning visual augmentations and its show-stopping reconstruction of a familiar face, but we think it’s time for the stylistically game-changing Apes trilogy to finally get its due. —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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Best Film Editing

Baby Driver
Dunkirk
I, Tonya
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

What should win: Baby Driver

What will win: Dunkirk

Despite the fact that Best Editing has often tended to be an early-evening predictor of the Best Picture race, two of this year’s five nominees aren’t in the hunt. As you may have noticed by now, we were big on Baby Driver here at Consequence of Sound, as we were on all of this category’s nominees, but that film’s endless stylistic verve stood out in a great year of movies. That said, it’s going to be the elliptical visual storytelling of Dunkirk that deservedly wins out here. —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer
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Best Makeup and Hairstyling

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Darkest Hour
Victoria & Abdul
Wonder

What should win: Not, freaking, Darkest Hour

What will win: Darkest Hour

Actors wearing heavy prosthesis to add age or weight pretty much never works. Remember Dustin Hoffman’s old age makeup in Little Big Man? Like looking at a mound of chatty candle wax. And remember when DiCaprio went full jowl-monster to portray J. Edgar Hoover in J. Edgar? It’s like a mound of rubber was slapped on a legitimate actor to obstruct an otherwise decent performance. The same logic goes for Darkest Hour, where Gary Oldman went big with the latex to portray Winston Churchill. It’s a bloody distraction! So, fingers crossed on the other entries. –Blake Goble

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Best Costume Design

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Beauty and the Beast
Darkest Hour
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Victoria and Abdul

What should win: Phantom Thread

What will win: Phantom Thread

Phantom Thread is such a clear frontrunner here, it isn’t even funny. It’s the film that calls the most attention to its costumes (it’s a film about a haute couture tailor, for Pete’s sake), and the film’s themes of aesthetic control and the frustration of being around an uncompromising artist are literally woven into the fabric of its deceptively simple, vintage designs. There’s some other great period costumes in Darkest Hour and Victoria and Abdul, but Phantom Thread has this one in its elegantly designed handbag. (And the less said about the dull literalism of Beauty and the Beast’s straight-from-the-cartoon fripperies, the better.) –Clint Worthington

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Best Production Design

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Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water

What should win: The Shape of Water

What will win: The Shape of Water

You’re probably thinking, Wait, don’t you mean Blade Runner 2049 in the Will Win section? Hang on, there’s a logic here. Yes, 2049 crushed its open-world techno-mania in a way that begged for your attention. But it’s still a work of homage – to other artists like Tarkovsky and Ridley Scott. Done bigger and louder. The Shape of Water is actual creation. A turquoise amalgam of ‘60s Americana, B-movie horror, and romantic movie-going magic. It’s a beautiful blend, for sure. Actual new sights for the cinema. And that’s something you don’t see everyday, unlike war recreations, and Disney Pinterest jobs. –Blake Goble

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Best Cinematography

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Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049
Bruno Delbonnel, Darkest Hour
Hoyte van Hoytema, Dunkirk
Rachel Morrison, Mudbound
Danish Dan Laustsen, The Shape of Water

What should win: Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049

What will win: Hoyte van Hoytema, Dunkirk

There’s a lot to laud this year as cinematography goes, and in this year’s set of nominees as well. Rachel Morrison becomes the first woman in the 90 years of the Oscars to be nominated in the category for her stunning work on Mudbound, an achievement in drawing gorgeous visuals out of the most muted palette. As grossly overdue as Roger Deakins is all around, with his work on 2049 yielding another career high, we’re going to give the edge to Hoyte van Hoytema’s gorgeously tactile work on Dunkirk. He sets the tone of the entire film. —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer
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Best Original Song

Mary J. Blige – “Mighty River”, Mudbound
Sufjan Stevens – “Mystery of Love”, Call Me By Your Name
Gael García Bernal, Libertad García Fonzi, and Gabriella Flores – “Remember Me”, Coco
Andra Day feat. Common – “Stand Up for Something”, Marshall
Kaela Settle, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul – “This is Me”, The Greatest Showman

What should win: “Mystery of Love”, Call Me By Your Name

What will win: “Remember Me”, Coco

This entire category is going to make for a great set of Oscar night performances, most of all when the venerable stars of yesteryear get to bear witness to a mid-evening Sufjan Stevens performance. While his work on the Call Me by Your Name soundtrack is one of the lustrous film’s highlights, the statue is going to another 2017 release that made its music a core dramatic component. Coco is a high-water mark for Pixar, and the performance of “Remember Me” in the film is the cornerstone of one of the studio’s best-ever storytelling payoffs. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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Best Original Score

Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk
Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread
Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water
John Williams, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Carter Burwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

What should win: Hans Zimmer

What will win: Alexandre Desplat

This one comes down to three names: Desplat, Zimmer, and Greenwood. All three composers delivered exceptional work this year, especially Zimmer, whose Hail Mary score for Blade Runner 2049 could easily swap in for the dull, forgettable nostalgia of Williams’ latest snorefest. Still, there’s a whimsical majesty to Desplat’s romantic score, which just picked up a Golden Globe, one that Zimmer and Greenwood can’t contend with, and that could go a long way. Also, The Shape of the Water dominated this year’s slate, and this is an all-too-easy pickup for the film. Better luck next year, Hans. –Michael Roffman

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Best Animated Short Film

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Dear Basketball
Garden Party
Lou
Negative Space
Revolting Rhymes

What should win: Revolting Rhymes, on the strength of that title alone.

What will win: Negative Space

Whoa whoa whoa – Kobe Bryant wrote a poem, about basketball, then produced a short film animating the aforementioned poem? Yeah, well, we’ll go with the snazzily, spindly, nastily amusing BBC adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes for now. The French Lou is nifty. The also French Garden Party is eerily photo-realistic. And the poetic Negative Space rocked the festival circuit. But yeah, Revolting Rhymes all the time, man! –Blake Goble
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Best Documentary (Short Subject)

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Edith + Eddie
Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Heroin(e)
Knife Skills
Traffic Stop

What should win: Edith + Eddie

What will win: Edith + Eddie

“All these titles make a woman from an urban area uncomfortable,” says Tiffany Haddish after reading the nominations for Best Documentary (Short Subject). That was about as exciting as this category will get for now. We get it. These categories are always a little, “that’s nice… what the hell are these now?” Well, Knife Skills is about a restaurant opening. Edith + Eddie is about interracial marriage and elder abuse. Heaven is a Traffic Jam on 405, well, just watch the damn thing here. Heroin(e) is, get this, about the opioid epidemic and is on Netflix. And Traffic Stop is about exactly what the title says and comes to HBO in March. Out of all these films, doesn’t Edith + Eddie just sound like an Oscar contender? Anyways, that’s our guess. –Blake Goble

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Phish announce summer tour dates

It seemed like Phish fans practically had no choice but to travel to New York City to see the band in 2017, what with both their 13-show Baker’s Dozen residency and their four-night New Year’s Eve run held at Madison Square Garden. This summer, though, The Phish phaithful across the country will have much easy access to the jammers, as they’ve announced a new summer tour.

The 21-show trek is spread out over 10 cities, with all the gigs held between mid-July and very early September. Phish will hold down two night stands in Stateline, Nevada; San Francisco and Inglewood, California; Camden, New Jersey; and Columbia, Maryland. Meanwhile, George, Washington; Alpharetta, Georgia; and Commerce City, Colorado will each get three concerts. Austin, Texas and Raleigh, North Carolina are stuck with just one each.

Find the band’s complete itinerary below.

Phish 2018 Tour Dates:
07/17 – Stateline, NV @ Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
07/18 – Stateline, NV @ Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
07/20 – George, WA @ The Gorge Amphitheatre
07/21 – George, WA @ The Gorge Amphitheatre
07/22 – George, WA @ The Gorge Amphitheatre
07/24 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
07/25 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
07/27 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
07/28 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
07/31 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
08/03 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Amphitheatre
08/04 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Amphitheatre
08/05 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Amphitheatre
08/07 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
08/08 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
08/10 – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
08/11 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
08/12 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
08/31 – Commerce City, CO @ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
09/01 – Commerce City, CO @ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
09/02 – Commerce City, CO @ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

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R.I.P. Hugh Masekela, activist and “Father of South African Jazz,” has died at 78 $BK

Hugh Masekela, the renowned South African jazz artist also notable for his anti-apartheid activism, has died at the age of 78.

According to the Guardian, he “passed peacefully” in his sleep in Johannesburg after nearly a decade battling prostate cancer. His family said the following in a statement:

“A loving father, brother, grandfather and friend, our hearts beat with a profound loss. Hugh’s global and activist contribution to and participation in the areas of music, theatre and the arts in general is contained in the minds and memories of millions across six continents.”

Known by many as the “Father of South African Jazz,” Masekela rose to prominence in the 1950s as a member of South Africa’s Jazz Epistles, who were forced underground in 1960 when the government banned gatherings of more than 10 black people. He was given his first trumpet by anti-apartheid activist archbishop Trevor Huddleston. Later, Masekela found advocates in Harry Belafonte and South African singer (and one-time spouse) Miriam Makeba, who helped him to hone his skills in Manhattan. Across his career, he shared stages with the likes of Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, and Jimi Hendrix. He also toured alongside Paul Simon on the latter’s Graceland tour.

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In 1986, he released “Mandela (Bring Him Back Home)”, an anthem associated with the anti-apartheid movement. “My father’s life was the definition of activism and resistance,” Selema Mabena Masekela, Hugh’s son, said on Tuesday. “His belief [was] that the pure evil of a systematic racist oppression could and would be crushed. Instead he would continue to fight.”

Masekela performed a pair of farewell shows in 2010, but continued to play one-off performances up until 2016.

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