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Indie Film CRSHD Now Streaming on HULU

Posted by Greg on Feb 25, 2021 in Movies

One of our favorite films of last year, Emily Cohn’s hilarious coming-of-age film CRSHD is now available on HULU. We highly encourage you to check it out. Trust me there will be at least one, (if not more, characters you can relate with. Promise. Read more…

 
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Film of the Week: A Tiny Ripple of Hope

Posted by Greg on Feb 15, 2021 in Movies

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This past weekend one of our favorite film festivals kicked off its 27th installment: Slamdance. While overshadowed by the more ballyhooed Sundance, this Park City-based festival showcases promising filmmakers long before they become household names. To date the film’s screenplay competition has introduced the likes of Marc Forster (“Loungers), Rian Johnson (“Evil Demon Global from Hell!), Christopher Nolan (“Following) , Bong Joon-Ho (“Barking Dogs Never Bite”) and the late Lynn Shelton (“We Go Way Back”) to name a few. The documentary portion of the festival has introduced the likes of “The Real Dirt on Farmer John” (2005) and more recently “The Art of the Prank” (2015) and “Kifaru” (2020). Read more…

 
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Artist of the Week: Emily Rodgers

Posted by Greg on Feb 12, 2021 in Music

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Earlier this week we were stopped in our tracks by “I Will Be Gone” the second single from Emily Rodgers. The song features amiable acoustic guitar, commanding vocals and a bed of windswept folk-rock a la Lera Lynn, Kathleen Edwards and Tennille Townes. Lyrically the song is more telling as it unwinds the memory of her schizophrenic brother and his death by suicide. A violin and pedal steel enter the frame and both wobble steadily as Rodgers eulogizes poignantly. Her vocals while arresting are limp and weary (think Lucinda Williams) and the sonic veneer has a hazy vibe that calls to mind Mazzy Starr, Neil Young and Cowboy Junkies. Read more…

 
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SXSW Announces 2021 Film Lineup

Posted by Greg on Feb 11, 2021 in Movies


EDITOR’S NOTE: This post by all accounts is our longest to date, but if you’re a cinephile like us, you’ll want to keep scrolling.

We haven’t talked up film since our year-end list of favorite movies. As we have documented previously COVID found us watching more film than listening to music and we don’t see that trend stopping anytime soon.

The all-virtual iteration of the 2020 Florida Film Festival allowed us the opportunity to view every single film on the Eventive streaming platform. While that made for an insane amount of screen time, it sure did leave our hearts and minds full. At the end of the day is there anything else we can ask for?

SITH will be making its SXSW Film Festival debut next month and to say we are pumped is an exaggeration. We just received the list of films screening this year and to say we are excited would be an understatement. While mathematically and logistically it will most likely not be replicable we are hoping to adopt the same all-in approach that we adopted in FFF.

SXSW’s 2021 program includes 57 world premieres, 3 international premieres, 4 North American premieres, 1 U.S.premiere, 8 Texas premieres and 53 films from first-time filmmakers + 84 short films including music videos, 5 episodic premieres, 6 episodic pilots, 20 virtual cinema projects, 14 title design entries, plus 30 special events. The format will feature seven films at a time in two hour increments from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. We’re hoping to use the Connected Brightcove smart TV app features give our tablets and laptops some much needed rest.

Clearly our plan is too ambitious but as Mason Jennings once opined, “I believe you fall in love, you should jump right in.” And to say we are smitten with the SXSW film festival this year is an understatement. Fingers crossed our ambition will be met with success.

Without further ado, here’s the list of films screening this year. Feel free to comment and let us know if there are any you are excited about and/or want us to document. We already have at least two-to-three dozen (and more) we hope to see. Read more…

 
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Podcast of the Day: Jack Stafford’s Podsongs

Posted by Greg on Feb 10, 2021 in Music

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As we usher into 2021 we’re trying to shed more light on the arts community and how it’s shining a light through troubled times. One such artist doing exactly that is British-by-way-of-Italy singer-songwriter Jack Stafford. Read more…

 
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AMA and AMAF Announces Board of Directors

Posted by Greg on Feb 9, 2021 in Music

We always love shedding light on the great things the Americana Music Association (AMA) is doing and today that is no exception. The organization announced a new board of directors and many of the names on our list are some of our favorite organizations in the music business. Head to the jump to see the list below: Read more…

 
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Two Valentine’s Day Songs Worth Your Time

Posted by Greg on Feb 8, 2021 in Music

We won’t deny it, we’re romantics at heart. Maybe that’s the chemistry of a journalist and a violinist tying the knot and doing life together or maybe it’s just we’re wired that way. The most likely reason though might just be that Feb. 13 is our wedding anniversary. Either way that movie gets watched in some capacity every year and will remain a staple of the SITH household. And yes we know it’s one of the worst movies released that year (if not ever) but Feb. 13 and 14 will forever be linked to our marriage, so yeah, there’s that. All this to say, we’re unabashed saps about Valentine’s Day and the “holiday” always has us jonesing for new love songs to add to an ever-growing playlist.. This year we’ve found two that do just the trick. Read more…

 
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I’m So Over Phoebe Bridgers

Posted by Greg on Feb 7, 2021 in Music, Op-Ed

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By now everyone you know and their closest relative has an opinion on the Phoebe Bridgers incident on SNL. All I’ll say is John Hiatt sang it best in “Perfectly Good Guitar.

There are countless numbers of children across the globe who would love nothing more than to have a guitar in their hands. One destroyed guitar is one too many. People want to cite her mental health and that music is catharsis but there are hundreds of other ways to be cathartic without smashing a guitar. There isn’t a single artist who has ever smashed a guitar who gotten a pass for said situation. Call me old-fashioned, call me square, call me out-of-touch, Phoebe Bridgers knew what she was doing and she did it anyways. Was she trying to be feminist? Was she trying to be a bad-ass? Who the heck knows? Call me a misogynist but let’s face it, if she wasn’t so easy on the eyes, she’d be 70 percent less popular.

Is she talented ?Yes. Is she worth the accolades? Absolutely. Is she worth a free pass? Hell freaking no. Feel free to share your ten cents in the comments below. I’ve never backed away from a good dialogue. Then again I’d rather listen to folk singers than electric guitar-smashing narcissists, so what do I know?

 
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Songwriter of the Month: Daniel Leonard Nigro

Posted by Greg on Feb 7, 2021 in Florida/Long Island, Music

Since we referenced As Tall as Lions in a previous post it is worth noting that former As Tall as Lions frontman Dan Nigro currently has one of the nation’s biggest songs at the top of the charts. “Drivers License” is a co-write with TV star Olivia Rodrigo that is making waves across the globe in history-making fashion. While “Drivers License” is easily Nigro’s biggest hit to date he is not without his share of accolades. Read more…

 
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Song of the Day: Home Free – “American Pie” (Don McLean cover)

Posted by Greg on Feb 6, 2021 in Music

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For reasons only an anxious mind can explain SITH has spent the past few weeks uncovering a cappella music in all its glory. It started with Bare Naked Statues‘ version of As Tall as Lion’s “Maybe I’m Just Tired” and ended in Home Free’s kick-ass version of Don Pie’s “American Pie.” Borrowing McLean’s vocals as well as their own vocal contributions Home Free’s version is a tour-de-force and better yet it’s all for charity. Read more…

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