Three years after the 2011 film, The Raid: Redemption, writer-director Gareth Evans returns with the highly anticipated, vehemently violent sequel, The Raid 2: Berandal.
Essentially commencing where The Raid: Redemption finished, the sequel finds the protagonist, Rama (Iko Uwais) going undercover to infiltrate a crime syndicate and bring everybody down, especially the crooked cops at the top.
As Rama falls deeper and deeper into his undercover role, he begins to lose his senses of what is right and wrong, incrementally becoming more punitive toward his aggressors. Of course, in a society where cops and government officials are as crooked as the gangsters, who can tell what is right and wrong? The only thing to know for sure is how to survive and fight another day. Read on, reader…
Completely random Friday greatness: Electronic music pioneer and composer Wendy Carlos revisits bits of never-before-heard music from the scores for Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and A Clockwork Orange. [via Resident Advisor]
UR A WINNER: Pitchfork Contests COMING SOON to UR Chicago!
For the second year in a row, UR Chicago will be doing a series of contests to win passes to Pitchfork!
This is great news for those of you that have slept on getting three-day passes for the Pitchfork Music Festival - happening JULY 18-20 in Chicago’s Union Park - since they have already SOLD OUT!
Single-day passes are available, though, for a steal at $60.
PURCHASE TICKETS: http://ticketf.ly/NFSjgS
Beck headlines FRIDAY with Giorgio Moroder, Sun Kil Moon, Death Grips, Sharon Van Etten, Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, and more.
On SATURDAY, Neutral Milk Hotel headlines a full day of music with St. Vincent, Danny Brown, Tune-Yards, Pusha T, andothers you won’t want to miss.
Closing out the festival on SUNDAY is headliner Kendrick Lamar with earlier sets from Grimes, Slowdive, Real Estate, Schoolboy Q,and many more!
For all #pitchforkfest announcements, contests, and information…
Scoop up your tickets today or stay tuned for chances to win passes through UR Chicago - be sure to follow us on Twitter (@urchicago) and “like” the UR Chicago Facebook page!
MSI || Got Money, Got Girls, Get High
Son of a bitch!
God likes me
I am the best
Fuck everybody else
Suck on my dick
I am the best
Fuck everybody else
With Lyrics like these and “This song is so bad it could win a grammy/this dick is so sad, it could start a family" how can you lose?
Mindless Self Indulgence, an oft maligned group of miscreants that may or may not feature an ex-cast member of Clarissa Explains it All released this gem of an album How I Learned to Stop Giving A Shit and Love Mindless Self Indulgence quietly through kickstarter late last year. The title basically sums up exactly how I came to worship MSI in all its forms. Take it as robot pop-punk with a dark and twisted sense of humor and have a fucking blast. Here’s the opening track for those of you that missed the album release (easy to do) and those of you that don’t realize that you love MSI yet, because you need to learn to stop giving a shit and just dance.
UR INTERVIEW: Benjamin Lorr | Author of Hell-Bent
by Andrew DeCanniere
My first read of the year was Hell-Bent (St. Martin’s Press, 2012) by Benjamin Lorr. The book offers an informative, eye-opening and engaging look into the world of Bikram Yoga, as the author dives in head-first, researching its history, learning of the health benefits it has had for so many, training for competition, and participating in a multi-week teacher training course in California. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Ben about competition in yoga, some of the preconceived notions that exist, the moment he decided to make his experiences into a book and much more. Read on to see what he had to say…
Released quietly today and recorded with Chicago’s very own Mr. Steve Albini over Halloween 2013 (while Daisy lived in my closet for a month, true story), if you thought that Foxy took a far-too-normal turn with their last album “The Church of Rock and Roll” then you need to catch back up with them on “Gonzo,” which in my book (3 listens in) is already their greatest achievement thus far. Easily the most challenging, thought out, wonky, and ballsy statement Foxy has made thus far. Click here to get the album for free!
New Liars Album || ‘Mess’
Get ready to dance your ass off to the most fucked up punk-disco record this year. Liars have been more interesting than is required by modern rock since their inception, and it looks like they are going to continue that way. Can’t recommend this album enough. Get the new album from iTunes
UR FASHION FEATURE: Chicago Nightlife Awards Fashion
by Laine Pepp
Old Style and Jameson present Chicago’s first annual Chicago Nightlife Awards on Tuesday April 1st, honoring and recognizing those industry professionals that spend their nights making sure we all have a good time. With that being said, we all are looking in our closets (or at least I am) wondering what to wear for the big night.
The Nightlife Awards are a chance for us to push the limits with our fashion, certainly not a night to blend in; a night for tighter pants, shorter skirts, higher heels, and bolder make-up. With the spirit of honoring and recognizing those industry professionals that are behind our favorite drunken nights, I also want to recognize some of the hottest/best dressed and encourage that we channel our fiercest Chicagoans while getting dressed Tuesday night. Read on, reader…
The Pirate Bay || Has Lost its Shit
Today, the Pirate Bay somehow made a post from the future (12/13/2014) stating that:
"In cooperation with russian, israeli and japanese neuro scientists, we are developing a device that will embrace your entire mind. Using laser projections directly onto the retina it’ll no longer be any resolution but 100%. The sound will be delivered in a range from 12Hz to 79kHz and will cancel all noise from the outside world."
No way to verify these ridiculous claims, but something strange is certainly afoot over at ye olde Bay.
FREEPUB || Short Stories by Chicago Writer Pawl Schwartz
For those of you that find your attention held by the violent and bizarre, there is a special little circus that you can attend called Pawl Schwartz. This transplant from Louisville, KY has been distributing his zines in the Chicago for years, and starting in December began slowly digitizing them. This collection of short stories We Stay Up All Night Because We Are Dissatisfied range in subject from wonky cyber-punk to the final thoughts of a woman engulfed in flame. This zine will be free starting tomorrow (03/30/2014) and will go back to being 99 pennies on April 3rd, so snatch it while you can!
Climbing the Shit-Rope || Trailer Park Boys is Back!
Trailer Park Boys has become an absolute favorite of mine, warranting at least three full watch throughs in the past year alone. Despite the seven seasons available on Netflix, I still find myself wanting more, wondering what the boys are up to now. Well, fret no more, fuck-goofs! All new episodes are coming to Netflix this Fall, along with two new movies! We in the USA will be getting Season 8 for the first time, as well as an all new Season 9 featuring ten never-before-seen episodes! Read on, reader…