Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 6/26/14-7/2/14

June 26, 2014

Thursday, June 26th Veruca Salt, The Echo Friendly at The Independent Veruca Salt released two fine pieces of fuzzy guitar pop goodness in the mid 90s. It’s been far too long since Louise Post and Nina Gordon have put collaborated on a project, but the new Veruca Salt record is another classic piece of Alternative […]

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Show Review: Matt Nathanson & Gavin DeGraw with Mary Lambert at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre, 6/20/2014

June 25, 2014

Okay, I’ll be the first to admit my folly: I was tardy to the Gavin DeGraw party. I mean really tardy. It’s not that I’d never heard of him or didn’t enjoy his music. It’s just that, for some reason, while my friends were all obsessing over him back in 2004 when he first came […]

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Spinning Platters Interview: James Ward Byrkit, Writer/Director, “Coherence”

June 23, 2014

After Coherence screened to a packed house at the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival, the film’s writer/director James Ward Byrkit (Rango, Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy), sat down with me to discuss the mind-bending thriller, its origins, its unique production, and more… Where and when did you originally come up with the premise for Coherence? Well, we […]

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Film Review: A Coffee in Berlin

June 20, 2014
www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9By3IQrzfM

You still got me: Benjamin Braddock as a German millennial If you’re looking for a respite from X-Men, Spider-Man, Transformers and other big budget blockbuster men of all types, look no further than German writer/director Jan Ole Gerster’s subtle yet compelling A Coffee in Berlin, an indie about a flailing young man in modern-day Berlin […]

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 6/19/14-6/25/14

June 19, 2014

Thursday, June 19th

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Show Review: tUnE-yArDs at the Fillmore, 6/6/14

June 13, 2014

“I’ve got something to say,” tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus sang at the start of her show last Friday at The Fillmore in San Francisco. And she does! She totally does. A good tUnE-yArDs track is like a puzzle — layers and layers of sound, led by African-inspired percussion looped over and over itself with electric bass […]

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Film Review: 22 Jump Street

June 13, 2014
www.youtube.com/watch?v=06rvPK8ydZo

School in the summer has never been so awesome. The unlikely success of 2012′s 21 Jump Street prompted the production and release of the sequel, 22 Jump Street, which ends up being funnier, more ridiculous, and more exciting than it’s predecessor.  Phil Lord and Christopher Miller must be on cloud nine right now since the writing/directing duo has experienced unbelievable success […]

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Film Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2

June 13, 2014
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9a4PvzlqoQ

A worthy return to Berk, where the kids are all grown up now. In 2010, How to Train Your Dragon surprised audiences with its incredible cinematography and emotionally resonant central relationship between a young nerdy Viking, Hiccup, and Toothless, the elusive and dangerous Night Fury dragon.  Nearly 4.5 years later we are treated to the follow-up, How […]

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 6/12/14-6/18/14

June 12, 2014

Thursday, June 12th

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Film Review: Edge of Tomorrow

June 6, 2014
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More like… ‘Edge of your seat’. With films like The Bourne Identity and Mr. and Mrs. Smith under his belt (as well as Swingers and Go), director Doug Liman is no stranger to directing top notch action sequences that simultaneously contribute to clever storytelling.  Edge of Tomorrow has some of the most gripping battle scenes in quite some time, but also […]

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