Category: Film and Music


Festival Recap: This is Not a Love Song

FOALS LIVE at TINALS

FOALS LIVE at TINALS

By Kayla Flores

What a Festival! Taking place at the Paloma venue, in Nîmes this past weekend of June 3-5, 2016. Consisting of 3 days and nights of various international indie and rock groups, organic vendors, and great beers, this festival in the south of France truly is a great time. Compared to festivals in the United States, such as Coachella, Outside Lands, and Lollapalooza, TINALS can be ranked amongst them in terms of quality, music selection, and organization. I would say pricing was reasonably cheaper in comparison, but it is also a smaller event with bands performing in the later afternoon and nighttime. Saturday and Sunday had two groups play in the early afternoon inviting anyone to come listen, free of charge. The eco-friendly festival provided various activities such as flower headband crafts, games, Elvis ordaining weddings, even a ‘50s style hair cut for men. It was truly a unique experience. Below is a short recap of some of the bands that performed this weekend. Enjoy!


Friday, June 3

CHOCOLATE- Arriving a bit late due to traffic, Chocolate was the first band we got to enjoy on opening night! Not only did they really wail, with excellent guitar solos, Chocolate provides great energy, and the crowd was loving it.

FOALS- As one of the closing acts, Foals was probably one of the most popular bands that headlined the festival itself. With the crowd singing along, Foals really gave a great performance. With an excellent presence and production team, they put on a great show with the effects of color and light techniques.


Saturday, June 4

MY GREAT BLUE CADILLAC- One of the early afternoon acts, My Great Blue Cadillac was able to pull in festival goers with their intense sound. Arriving early, we enjoyed some beer awaiting the next group when My Great Blue Cadillac began with chants drawing in a crowd quickly. They really put out a lot of energy in their performance. Lead vocals alternating between the two members, Eddy and Louise, was energetic. Lyrical emotions were greatly executed in the performance. With alternating vocals, they also switched instruments (guitar and drums) effortlessly for each song, and their chemistry on stage allowed the dup to deliver a hauntingly kickass performance. Ending their act with Eddy smashing his drum sticks into the drum, while chanting their name he finished with destroying the guitar as well.

SHEER MAG- Another opening act, Sheer Mag really kept up the energy with the impending rain storm approaching and was able to keep the crowd. The early afternoon slot leaves for a guessing game of who’s who but they pulled a great crowd with their sound. Good vibes. Garage band feel with the energy of a closing group! Truly ‘party time, excellent’ as Wayne would say… Their ability to pull a crowd in the rain was remarkably reflective of their energy. Reminded me of summer rock shows in California. Positive energy all the way and great sound!

PALEHOUND- The band opened with a sultry whispering melodic and dramatic song. A huge crowd was awaiting prior and the American band killed it. Minor sound issues but the band was able to pull through. I would describe this band as a Rilo Kiley meets a garage heroin group. The band was truly thankful for the opportunity to be apart of the line up, and lead singer, Ellen Kempner even shared some debut creations, performing two songs solo.

LUSH-Raining in from the United Kingdom and performing on the main outdoor stage, Lush had great energy and even sang one song in French with the help of a translated lyric board.

DIRTY FENCES- This Brooklyn band is truly unique. With members who can really play their instruments, you can definitely hear the influences of the Ramones in their sound. Great energy!

PARCELS- Coming from England, Parcels truly is groovy-rock at its finest.

AIR- French electro-pop band was really a group that has created a sound that seduces your ears and forces you to sway to the beat. Featured on the soundtrack for “The Virgin Suicides”, they returned to touring and joined the TINALS lineup.

HER- One of my favorite performances of the weekend. Positive energy and a great dynamic between the two front mans. Alternating lead vocals, they could really hit some high notes. Engaged the crowd and got them dancing and singing along.

Sunday, June 5

STEVE GUNN BAND- As one of the openers for the festival was alive and soothing. Almost country rock and pulled in a great crowd with great the great weather

QUETZAL SNAKES- This band was psychedelic rock. French band who truly gave good vibes with their sound. With three guitars, one bass, and drums they started getting everyone’s head bobbing. Garage meets psychedelic they had an interesting sound…

METZ- Their performance had crowd surfers galore. This band really gave the crowd some energy!

PORCHES- With the use of synthesizers and folk guitar, Porches gave a soothing performance.

LUKE WINSLOW KING- This New Orleans blues band was a big hit in the early afternoon. The band really drew a crowd, getting everyone singing and dancing along. Bass guitarist was extremely engaging with the crowd and the band seemed to have just as much fun as the crowd.

PARQUET COURTS- A group from Texas, this group really pulls elements and the personality of iconic bands like Pavement with Some Strokes and Sonic Youth, you have Parquet Courts. Personally, I hear a similar sound to the band Cake, slow and mellow but they can rock out.

TORTOISE- A group of 6 individuals conquered the stage with their post-rock sound. Composed of two drums, two keyboards, and alternating guitars and various other instruments, void of vocals, they sure have an interesting sound.

BEACH HOUSE- Ending not only the night but the entire weekend with this dream pop, the electronic duo created magic. With amazing sound and lightening choreographed, Beach House suspended time.

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Underlying greatness of this festival was its contributions to an eco-friendly cause. Each guest was given a coupon for a free goblet /day promoting the decrease in usage of cups per person (cost 1€ for cup) and its recycle bins located throughout the park. They had dry toilets which eliminated the usage of water and instead provided bags of hay to absorb the components and would later be used as manure. For food, they had various food trucks featuring vegetarian, vegan, and organic cuisines such as burgers, ‘Mexican’ food, falafel and more.

FOR MORE INFO ON THE LINEUP, CHECK OFFICIAL TINALS WEBSITE: https://thisisnotalovesong.fr/edition-2016/lineup/

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EUROPEAN FESTIVALS SUMMER 2016

Festival season is upon us! If you live or are planning to travel to Europe this summer, we have compiled a list of exception music events happening this summer! Below are a variety of events that will have groups from around the world performing rock, alternative, metal, folk, and more! You can visit the websites provided for each event to check out the artist roster and purchase tickets.


JUNE

Rock Im Park

Nürnberg, Germany

03 June –  05 June

http://www.rock-im-park.com/

This Is Not a Love Song

Nîmes, France

03 June – 05 June

https://thisisnotalovesong.fr/

Sweden Rock Festival

Sölvesborg, Sweden

08 June -11 June

http://www.swedenrock.com/

Nova Rock Festival

Nickelsdorf, Austria

09 June –  12 June

http://www.novarock.at/

PinkPop

Landgraaf, Netherlands

10 June –  12 June

http://www.pinkpop.nl/2016/

Download Festival

Paris, France

10 June – 12 June

http://www.downloadfestival.fr/fr

Hellfest Summer Open Air

Clisson, France

17 June-19 June

http://www.hellfest.fr/en/the-festival/

Graspop Metal Meeting

Dessel, Belgium

17 June – 19 June

https://www.graspop.be/nl/

INmusic festival

Zagreb, Croatia

20 June –  22 June

https://www.inmusicfestival.com/

Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury, UK

22 June – 26 June

http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/

Copenhell

Copenhagen, Denmark

23 June –  25 June

http://copenhell.dk/

Solidays Festival

Paris, France

24 June –  26 June

http://www.solidays.org/

Hurricane Festival

Bremen, Germany

24 June –  26 June

http://www.hurricane.de/

Southside Festival

Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany

24 June –  26 June

http://www.southside.de/

Roskilde

Roskilde, Denmark

25 June –  02 July

http://www.roskilde-festival.dk/

Volt Festival

Sopron, Hungary

29 June – 02 July

http://sziget.hu/volt_english

Provinssirock Festival

Seinäjoki, Finland

30 June –  02 July

http://www.provinssi.fi/

Rock Werchter

Werchter, Belgium

30 June –  03 July

http://www.rockwerchter.be/nl

Open Air St. Gallen

St. Gallen, Switzerland

30 June –  03 July

http://www.openairsg.ch/

JULY

Eurockéennes de Belfort
Belfort, France
01 July –  03 July
http://festival.eurockeennes.fr/

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
Helsinki, Finland
01 July –  03 July
http://www.tuska-festival.fi/

Rock for People
Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
03 July –  05 July
https://www.rockforpeople.cz/

Exit Festival
Novi Sad, Serbia
07 July –  10 July
http://www.exitfest.org/sr

Bilbao BBK Live
Bilbao, Spain
07 July – 09 July
http://bilbaobbklive.com/en-us/home

Ruisrock Festival
Turku, Finland
08 July – 10 July
http://www.ruisrock.fi/

Bospop
Weert, Netherlands
09 July – 10 July
http://www.bospop.nl/

Vieilles Charrues Festival
Carhaix, France
14 July –  17 July
http://www.vieillescharrues.asso.fr/2016/

Woodstock Festival Poland
Kostrzyn, Poland
14 July – 16 July 2016
http://www.woodstockfestival.pl/

Truck Festival
Oxford, UK
15 July –  17 July
http://www.truckfestival.com/

Ilosaarirock Festival
Joensuu, Finland
15 July –  17 July
http://www.ilosaarirock.fi/2016/

Suikerrock
Tienen, Belgium
29 July –  31 July
http://www.suikerrock.be/

Indietracks
Ripley, UK
29 July – 31 July
http://www.indietracks.co.uk/

AUGUST

Arenal Sound
Castellón, Spain
04 August 07 August
http://www.arenalsound.com/

Wacken Open Air
Wacken, Germany
04 August –  06 August
http://www.wacken.com/

Lokerse Feesten
Lokeren, Belgium
05 August – 14 August
http://www.lokersefeesten.be/

Off Festival
Katowice, Poland
05 August –  07 August
http://off-festival.pl/

Sziget Festival
Budapest, Hungary
10 August –  17 August
http://szigetfestival.com/

La Route du Rock
Saint-Malo, France
11 August –  14 August
http://www.laroutedurock.com/

Rocco del Schlacko
Püttlingen , Germany
11 August  – 13 August
http://www.rocco-del-schlacko.de/

Bloodstock Open Air
Walton upon Trent, UK
11 August – 14 August
http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/

Pukkelpop
Hasselt, Belgium
17 August – 20 August
https://www.pukkelpop.be/

Summer Breeze
Dinkelsbühl, Germany
17 August –  20 August
http://www.summer-breeze.de/

Highfield Festival
Störmthal, Germany
19 August –  21 August
http://www.highfield.de/

Lowlands
Biddinghuizen, Netherlands
19 August – 21 August
http://lowlands.nl/

Reading Festival
Reading, UK
26 August – 28 August
http://www.readingfestival.com/

Rock en Seine
Paris, France
26 August –  28 August
http://www.rockenseine.com/

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The European Independent Film Festival, Europe’s premier event for independent cinema, announces its 25 award winners for 2016.

After screening, 77 films from 31 countries over the past 3 days it all comes down to one moment: the Award Ceremony. Films competed across 14 categories and were judged according to their quality, creativity, and independent spirit in both form and content. Judged by a panel of internationally acclaimed industry experts, jurors found it difficult to choose this year’s highest honour Best European Independent Film 2016. ÉCU is proud to present our 2016 Award Winners:

Best European Independent Film 2016 THE CHICKEN (Croatia/Germany) Una Gunjak
Best European Independent Dramatic Short HORSEFACE (Spain) Marc Martinez Jordán
Best European Independent Dramatic Feature VANITAS (Belgium) Oscar Spierenburg
Best European Independent Documentary WOMEN IN SINK (UK/Israel) Iris Zaki
Best European Independent Experimental Film REFUGEES (Netherlands) Eduardo Hernandez Perez & Hans Jaap Melissen
Best Independent Music Video CIRCLES (Estonia) Helen Takkin
Best Independent Animation THE OLD MAN AND THE BIRD (Germany) Dennis Stein-Schomburg
Best Independent Comedy DISCIPLINE (Switzerland) Christophe M. Saber
Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Short THUNDER ROAD (USA) Jim Cummings
Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Feature KIDNAP CAPITAL (Canada) Felipe Rodriguez
Best Non-European Independent Documentary LIFE ON THE BORDER (Iraq/Syria) Basmeh Soleiman, Delovan Kekha, Diar Omar,
Hazem Khodeideh, Mahmod Ahmad, Ronahi Ezaddin, Sami Hossein, & Zohour Saeid
Best Student Film THE VAN BOMMEL BROTHERS (BELGIUM) Laurens Jans
Best Short Script 6TH OF SEPTEMBER (Romania) Ionut Gaga
Best Feature Script AS AN ACTRESS (Austria) Maria Hinterkörner
Best Actor PATRICK’S DAY (Ireland) Moe Dunford
Best Actress LOVE/ME/DO (UK) Rebecca Calder
Best Editing THE WAY OF TEA (France) Coban Beutelstetter
Best Cinematography THE SEED (Belgium) Kassim Olivier Ahmed
Best Director THE MAN OF MY LIFE (France) Mélanie Delloye
Special Jury Mention SEMILIBERI (Italy) Matteo Gentiloni
BALCONY (UK) Toby Fell-Holden
WELCOME (Spain) Javier Fesser
Audience Award WHILE YOU WERE AWAY (UK) Ben Mallaby
The Ahmed Khedr Award for Excellence
in Arab Filmmaking LITTLE GANDHI (Turkey/USA/Syria) Sam Kadi
Excellence in Women’s Filmmaking UNTIL 20 (USA) Jamila Paksima & Geraldine Moriba


Bleached

Bleached
Welcome the Worms
Dead Oceans Records

Great, powerful L.A. pop-punk. Much prefer Welcome the Worms to Jennifer and Jessie Clavin’s 2013 release Ride Your Heart. Favorite tracks “Keep On Keepin’ On” and “Sour Candy”.

Visit Bleached at Facebook and iTunes


Margo Price Photo Credit: Angelina Castillo for Third Man Records

Margo Price Photo Credit: Angelina Castillo for Third Man Records

Margo Price
Midwest Farmer’s Daughter
Third Man Records

Debut album from the Nashville based singer-songwriter. It’s retro-country with a lot of soul.

Visit Margo Price at Facebook and iTunes


Gun Outfit
Gun Outfit
Two Way Player
Wharf Cat Records

Olympia to LA rockers Gun Outfit have released their EP. Featured here are three sample tracks: “Expansion Pact”; “Make Me Promise”; and “King of Hearts”. As to Carrie Keith’s vocal on this latter Lucinda Williams cover – totally on target.

Visit Gun Outfit at Facebook
iTunes


Sophie_banjoSophie Tapie is known for her work in music, film and television. On 9 April, she takes center stage at The European Independent Film Festival presenting her experience-based views on barriers and keys to success for women in film and music.

The purpose of this workshop is to further understanding of the barriers and keys to success through the personal experiences and observations of featured speaker, Sophie Tapie. In addition, the program is intended to facilitate the networking among people interested in issues related to participation of women in film and music and to suggest action points.

Sophie Tapie was born in Paris in 1988. At 17, she went to London in order to attend classes in music, dance, and comedy at “The Arts Educational School.” Following two years of study, she graduated and returned to France with the certainty that music will govern her life. She has met with and worked with different authors / composers / French interpreters, she seeks her style, her voice …

Passionate and hard working, in parallel to her music, she has performed in theater (Oscar) and made a film (24 days Alexandre Arcady), a TV series (Commissioner Valencia), and she hosts a TV show (Equidia TV).

In 2012, she participated in The Voice. Noticed by the Canadian label Vega Music, Sophie moved to Montreal for a few months to work with Steve Marino and a successful director from Montreal, Steve Marino. In 2015 she released her album, “Sauvage”: 12 tracks that make us look and travel in a world full of humor and lucidity, ideals and freedom.

Follow Sophie on Facebook and Twitter


Beau
Beau
That Thing Reality
Kitsuné / RED Music Solutions

Debut album from the NYC-Greenwich Village duo of Heather Golden and Emma Rose. Shades of ’60s folk and ’70s punk.

Visit Beau at Facebook and iTunes


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What’s The Buzz ?


ECU_2016ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is dedicated to the discovery and advancement of the very best independent filmmakers from around the world. We proudly provide a unique platform for risk-taking storytellers to reach the broadest audiences possible.

Our annual festival showcases films that demonstrate quality, innovation, and creativity in both form and content. These qualities are judged in 14 categories, 7 of which are open to non-European filmmakers (from the Americas, Australia, Africa, and Asia), and compete for 25 awards. Jury members come from around the globe, have a variety of backgrounds, and are all united in their desire to screen films that will truly impress and inspire attendees.

ÉCU has expressly established itself and is often referred to as the Sundance of Europe. As such, we are the perfect venue for bold and visionary filmmakers to present their work to the cinema-loving public who are actively seeking alternatives to commercial-hungry major studio projects. Our screenings of new and thought-provoking cinematic creativity attracts more than just the public, but agents, talent scouts, production company representatives, distributors, and established producers, all of whom are searching for inspiring projects and raw talent.

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival has a wide variety of events for attendees to participate in throughout the weekend. Following every screening session, there are Q&A’s where audience members can pose questions directly to the directors. Directors then have the opportunity to respond and speak about their work and process. An assortment of workshops focusing on a number of subjects and hosted by industry professionals are available to all attendees. ÉCU is also a strong supporter of musicians and live music can be heard throughout the entirety of the weekend. Every evening there are amazing after parties were attendees and filmmakers can unwind, ideas can percolate, and a general good time can be had by all.


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Not everyone is able to make it to Paris to ÉCU’s annual film festival. So, every year after the main event ÉCU travels around the world making sure its “Official Selection” directors and films are made known. This demonstrates ÉCU’s active commitment to cultivate and encourage the new and inspiring talent that comes its way.

Last year over 10 countries around the globe were showing ÉCU films. This was made possible through the help of film commissions, film schools and our partner festivals. This action alone makes our storytellers voices heard, their creativity made known and allows them possibilities they would otherwise might not have had.

As a festival for filmmakers, it is extremely important for ÉCU to go on the road and tour our films. Through our road series, we have the ability to changes lives, forge relationships, further artistic expression, and most importantly, encourage a new generation of filmmaking and film-goers.

WHERE ARE WE GOING:

Vault Film Festival, London

February 7th,14th,21st,28th , 2015

We are very proud of ÉCU’s partnership with the first edition of Vault Film Festival. The festival will take place in central London on Sundays between 14:30 – 16:00 on the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th February 2016. The Film Festival is the newest addition to the Vault Festival of Arts, which will see it’s fourth festival taking place in the edgy underground location of The Vaults, Waterloo for six weeks in 2016: January 27th – March 6th. The best of ÉCU will go to London soon and we are super excited! Check here for more information.

NDU International Film Festival, Beirut

November 15th-22nd, 2015

At its 9th edition, NDU was celebrated at Notre Dame University – Louaize, between November 15 and November 22. In this last version the Festival decided to honor the Lebanese Legend Abdel Halim Caracalla for his lifetime achievements. As a great example of an artist who gained success after years of persistence and belief in the artistic gifts of his team, he well represents the independent type of filmmakers the Festival aims to promote and reward.

The Clare Valley Film Festival showcases Australian and international independent film, as well as informing and inspiring a new generation of filmmakers, meanwhile raising the profile of this vibrant and diverse area – the Clare Valley. This year, the theme of family, friendship and life as seen through the eyes of the young and the old have played a big influence on many of the films.

HorizonVU Music is proud to partner with ÉCU, Paris, 8-10 April 2016. For more details concerning The European Independent Film Festival go to http://www.ecufilmfestival.com/


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