Last year, news broke that Childish Gambino and Rihanna would co-star together in a new film called Guava Island. Now, the hotly anticipated feature from director Hiro Murai will officially debut during Coachella‘s livestream on Saturday night of the festival’s opening weekend.
With Gambino working alongside the director who also helmed his award-winning “This Is America” visual and numerous episodes of his hit TV series Atlanta, Murai’s involvement suggests Guava Island could be a music video, though the project is officially billed “A Childish Gambino Film.” The film, set and shot on location in Cuba, follows a narrative that finds Donald Glover and Rihanna’s characters in a relationship and Glover’s character getting kidnapped.
Childish Gambino will headline Coachella Friday night (April 13), and Guava Island will premiere the following evening. Tune in to Coachella’s YouTube channel to watch.
RÜFÜS DU SOL will expand their artistry beyond just the stage during Coachella 2019’s consecutive weekends. In addition to performing at each of the California festival’s two weekends, the alternative electronic group will also present their new 360-degree film, Underwater. Directed by James Frost, the visual shares the name of SOLACE album inclusion, “Underwater,” the second single released on RÜFÜS DU SOL’s third studio album. Frost is notable for his prior work on Radiohead‘s music video for “House of Cards,” and OK GO‘s “This Too Shall Pass.”
The “Lost In My Mind” trio will debut the production at Coachella’s 11,000 square-foot Antarctic Projection Dome. Devised by HP Inc., the dome is the largest structure in the world of its kind. The geodesic dome is the product of cutting edge technology that enables forward thinking artistic expression. Underwater is a creative endeavor well-suited for an inaugural screening in the Dome, given the short film’s 360-degree format, and its implementation of hi-definition imagery sourced from graphic artists around the world.
“RÜFÜS DU SOL and I have been trying to collaborate for awhile, so when the opportunity arose to create the visual accompaniment to ‘Underwater’ for the HP Antarctic Dome at Coachella, I couldn’t think of a more perfect song and I knew we could create something magical,” Frost said in a press release. “‘Underwater’ is rich with layers, and the piece we’ve created immerses the audience visually and sonically in this expansive dome setting,” Frost added.
RÜFÜS DU SOL will supplement Underwater with a DJ set, and a panel discussion that contemplates technology’s ability to augment the affective power of music. Underwater will first screen on April 11, during an exclusive Coachella VIP event, and will be available for general viewing thereafter.
Back in August of 2018, Justice‘s Xavier De Rosnay sat down with Dancing Astronaut to discuss the Woman Worldwide tour that was, at the time, canvassing the globe from major festivals to arenas. During last summer’s discussion, De Rosnay coyly mentioned the idea of a visual accompaniment to the group’s Grammy-nominated record, though he was sure to dispel any certainties at the time. “We’re always trying things. If it’s good enough, it’ll exist,” said the “Safe and Sound” producer—now, it appears the alluring visual De Rosnay was so characteristically tight-lipped about actually made the cut.
Justice has announced the upcoming premiere of IRIS: A Space Opera By Justice, based on the live show the pair created for Woman Worldwide, slated to debut at SXSW this spring. But for those expecting IRIS to follow in the footsteps of the band’s beloved 2008 tour documentary, A Cross The Universe, check that notion at the door.
“A Cross The Universe was really about what happens when you take a new French band and you allow them to indulge in the rock and roll cliches we’ve always been told about. But we made it knowing that ten years later, we’d be in a completely different place,” said De Rosnay in 2018.
IRIS: A Space Opera By Justice indeed comes from a much different space. The new visual, co-directed by André Chemetoff and Armand Beraud,is an hour-long rendition of Justice’s live tour performance, presented without an audience. Instead, the spectacle is recorded in an empty, invisible space equipped with all the complexities of the group’s full live show, from a floating platform structure to mirrors and rotating LEDs. The film will debut on March 13 at SXSW, as part of the 24 Beats Per Second screening in the Alamo Ritz at 5:15 p.m. See the film’s official title poster below.
With over 8 months having passed since the death of Tim Bergling aka Avicii and after countless tributes from hundreds of artists, Netflix has brought back “True Stories”. The documentary offers a widely compelling look into the life and mind of the esteemed producer from when he first embarked on his journey at the young
The Chainsmokers spoke to Billboard at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’s red carpet. During the interview, the duo i.e. Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart discussed working with singer/songwriter Kelsea Ballerini and their upcoming ‘Paris’-inspired film. Ballerini, who met the Chainsmokers at the 2017 Grammy Awards, is featured on the electronic duo’s hit ‘This Feeling.’
Listen to it late at night, alone in your apartment, while you’re curled up with the lights off, and try not to get goosebumps; but God forbid, don’t overthink the unsettling chanting monks or how eerily disturbing, crushing and seamless the dissonant work is.
Radiohead frontman, Thom Yorke, has finally released the soundtrack for the remake of Italian film director, Dario Argento’s 1977 cult horror classic Suspiria. It’s an exasperating, all-consuming body of work. From the glowing piano ballads of “Suspirium,” to songs that would have fit in nicely against The Moon Shaped Pool backdrop, to the vintage Yorke circa The Eraser, seen on tracks like “A Green Light,” Yorke’s experimental inclinations are all in attendance. It’s an amorphous body of work that both soothes and spooks in its perpetual ebbs and flows. What more could a listener want in a horror soundtrack?
The Suspiria soundtrack is out now via XL. Suspiria is in theaters everywhere November 2.
Thomas Bangalter, best known as part of the near-mythical duo Daft Punk, has been inching his way into the film world. In spring 2018 he penned a song for a horror movie, and prior to that he’d played a brief cameo in 2015’s Reality. His latest work follows this path, and shows off his roots in the process.
Titled “Riga (Take 5),” the track immediately shows its connection to its film of Riga (Take 1). Ed Banger, Bangalter’s longtime label home and also the landing spot of this release, showed off a preview via blue vinyl on Instagram. Perhaps the thing that piques interest most, however, is the fact that the entire 14-minute song was recorded in one take. Based off the acidic sounds and gritty, industrial arrangement, one can guess that Riga (Take 1) is not going to be an uplifting watch.
After 10 years, Soulwax has re-released its 2008 documentary Part of the Weekend Never Dies for the first time in HD and for free on YouTube. The rockumentary follows the dance music pioneers on what seems to be a never-ending tour, during which they capture the evolution of a scene from 2005-2007 – an alchemist’s golden age of music. The film captures Soulwax and their confidants bump and jam literally all over the world from Japan to Scandinavia, Europe to Australia, Brazil to the States, leaving spun minds and good times in their wake.
Like all great rockumentaries, Part of the Weekend Never Dies is honest and unflinching in its presentation of the band. Through one camera, they capture Soulwax evoking release in people through an unprecedented combination of dance and rock music. This human release isn’t always pretty, but it is always honest. The level of humor and chaos presented in this film is something worth seeing and even harder to look away from.
Part of the Weekend Never Dies features clarifying and fascinating interviews from an eclectic group of notable individuals and friends of the band. Tiga, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and Nancy Whang, Klaxons, peaches, and Justice all speak to the ridiculous energy, desired remixes, and innovation Soulwax/2ManyDJs gave to the scene. It’s clear from the footage that these guys are rightfully godfathers of the dance scene. Through their live drum beats, musical innovation, and ability to keep going, Soulwax set the stage for how big dance music would become, which is probably why they were so impossible to follow. Their continued commercial success is also a testament to this.
Netflix is set to release what is sure to be one of the year’s most enigmatic and deeply compelling documentaries in Wormwood, out December 15.
The six episode miniseries, which screened at the Venice and Telluride film festivals earlier this year, was directed by Errol Morris, the mind behind The Thin Blue Line and The Fog Of War. Now the Academy Award-winning documentarian takes on one of the biggest conspiracies of the last century as Wormwood delves deep into the cloaked history of the CIA, its secretive effort “Project MKUltra,” and the death of Frank Olson.
Olson, a bacteriologist and Army scientist, was covertly dosed with LSD by his supervisor. Nine days later, he plunged to his death from the window of a New York City hotel room. The US government ruled the death a suicide. Olson’s son, who has spent the last 60-plus years trying to unearth the truth behind his father’s death, stands convinced it was a CIA cover-up.
The docudrama attempts to uncover the murky secrets further associated with the highly controversial MKUltra experimentation on both willing and unwilling participants. The MKUltra project sought to use mind control through the dosing of certain drugs, namely LSD, which could then be used in CIA interrogations and torture.
Wormwood includes both interviews, including with Eric Olson, alongside dramatic reenactments starring Peter Sarsgaard (as Frank Olson), Molly Parker, and Bob Balaban.
Fans of Chance The Rapper have long awaited his first real entrance into acting, by way of a much-discussed pizza murder mystery now known as Slice. The project was directed by Austin Vesely, who had previously worked with Chance on the “Sunday Candy” music video. Now the Chicago emcee is serving up the first trailer for the upcoming film. The trailer for Slice comes as a rendition of a viral video currently making rounds, “Line Rider – Mountain King” scored by Edvard Grieg’s “In The Hall Of The Mountain King” wherein a scooter-sporting stick figure man navigates an insanely intricate sonic doodle thrill ride.
Quick frames from the film appear in the trailer, giving little away concerning any sort of plot or narrative details, though pointing to a project that’s likely to be somewhere between spooky and perhaps a little cheesy. However, albeit short and vague, the sneak peek trailer reveals some endearing “Thriller” callbacks in the new Chance-starring feature, expected the land early next year.