March 2012

Grimes – “Oblivion”

Directed by Emily Kai Bock, the video for “Oblivion” compiles machismo activities including, but not limited to: dirt bike racing, football, working out in a weight room, and of course, pushing each other…

SXSW 2012 Highlights Day 4

By the time Friday of SXSW dawns, if you aren’t battling exhaustion and the uncertainty of wondering if you’re hung over or still plain drunk when you wake up at noon, you clearly…

Film Review: Jeff Who Lives at Home

For the Duplass Brothers’ new feature, Jeff Who Lives at Home, they’ve recruited some of the most prominent names possible in quirky, real-life comedy, Ed Helms and Jason Segel.  True to form, the Duplass brothers create…

SXSW 2012 Highlights Day 3

A day show at SXSW has the potential to be the great equalizer.  If the sponsor chooses not to offer special access to badge holders or wristband wearers, adopting an equal opportunity stance,…

Down River Swimmers: An Interview with Tennis

Like many of the buzzworthy bands at SXSW, Tennis’s name is almost everywhere you look.  With almost a dozen performances, including two official showcases, Tennis is one of the busiest and most popular…

SXSW 2012 Highlights Day 2

Day shows have always been an honored tradition for SXSW goers.  Though the official SXSW entity has been known to attempt to reign in and control what shows bands playing official showcases can…

SXSW 2012 Highlights Day 1

With each passing year, SXSW has increased the number of bands, shows, parties, and even days the festival utilizes. Once only Wednesday through Saturday, in 2012, the music festival portion of SXSW stretched…

Film Review: Chronicle

At 27 and 26 years old, director Josh Trank and screenwriter Max Landis have broken cinematic history, becoming some of the youngest directors and screenwriters to work on a #1 box office film. …

Video: Youth Lagoon – “Montana”

To be honest, writing about videos wasn’t something we ever planned on at Pop Press.  Our staff, largely, is full of word nerds who tend toward the literary side of music criticism rather…

Circle Brewery Tour

Austin’s support of all things local, its commitment to mass beer consumption, and its, laid back pretentiousness (we’re actually not knocking it) create the perfect conditions for successful craft breweries. As of late,…

Album Review: Tennis – Young and Old

Opener “It All Feels the Same” from Tennis’s new effort, Young and Old, accurately pinpoints the potential dilemma for any band facing the dread of the sophomore slump.  The question of how to…

Album Review: Gotye – Making Mirrors

Gotye’s 3rd full-length album, Making Mirrors, gives listeners more reason than ever to proclaim the talents of creative force Wouter “Wally” De Backer. Even so, the Australian waves from the album’s first single, “Eyes…

The Mountain Goats Live at Antone’s in Austin

Often, a band garners a compliment of being “great” live by playing their instruments with particular skill, carefully recreating intricate soundscapes from their recorded album, or introducing nuanced deviations from original incarnations of…

Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad

Michael Azerrad’s Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991 gives us 13 profiles of some of the most integral and influential bands in the history of underground music….

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