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Live Review and Photos: The National, Wye Oak, and Local Natives at the Neptune Theatre, December 1, 2011

Photos by Natalie Kardos

Having seen The National perform at least ten times over the past few years, one comes to expect certain things from the band’s live set: the cathartic chorus of “Apartment Story,” the crowd sing/scream-along with “Mr. November,” and of course singer Matt Berninger’s gracefully awkward stage presence. Continue reading…

Film Review: Warrior

The men at the center of Warrior are bruised and battered long before any of them step into the ring. The story of two brothers pitted against each other in a mixed martial arts tournament could have easily felt rote or manipulative, but thanks to its crystalline performances, smart script, and understated direction, Warrior succeeds in being the best sports movie since Rocky. Continue reading…

Poetic Memory: The Midwinters (List)

Photo credit: Rosemary Bystrak/SDDialedIn.com

MP3s: The Midwinters – Hinges (EP)

Back in 2006, a bunch of San Diego scene regulars decided to try something new. Soon, Americana was introduced to power pop and The Midwinters began to catch on. The band — currently comprised of Paul Donovan on vocals, Chris Hobson on keys, Jeff Hoyer on guitar, Matt Cliff on bass, and Erik Ekdahl on drums — has been writing, playing shows, and recording ever since, with the excellent EP Hinges released last year (download it for free at the link above), and another scheduled for 2011.

The band will play the Tin Can Ale House tonight, April 13. If you’re lucky, you might hear some of those new songs. In anticipation of the show, Paul and Matt sent us lists of their influences. Check it out below…