Top 10 Female Vocalists at SXSW 2015

words by Chad Elder and Cassie Purtlebaugh | photos by Chad Elder

It’s no secret that Chad Elder loves female vocalists — and during our week at SXSW 2015, we caught a lot of amazing women singers. Here are our top 10. -Cassie Purtlebaugh

1. Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice | photo by Chad Elder

“I walked into this show with no prior knowledge and expected absolutely nothing…and I enjoyed every moment of it.” -Cassie

Click here to see more photos of Wolf Alice at SXSW 2015

2. Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett | photo by Chad Elder

“Great energy and a great smile while the whole crowd got drenched. I have wanted to see her for awhile.” -Chad

Click here to see more photos of Courtney Barnett at SXSW 2015

3. Alex Winston

Alex Winston | photo by Chad Elder

“‘Oh, no big deal I’m just super sick but you can’t tell when I sing. P.S. I’m classically trained’” -Cassie

Click here to see more photos of Alex Winston at SXSW 2015

4. Ryn Weaver

Ryn Weaver | photo by Chad Elder

“Pop with enough rockin’ and attitude.” -Chad

Click here to see more photos of Ryn Weaver at SXSW 2015

5. Zella Day

Zella Day | photo by Chad Elder

“Despite playing one of the most awkward setups I’ve ever seen in my life, she was fantastic.” -Cassie

Click here to see more photos of Zella Day at SXSW 2015

6. Elliphant

Elliphant | photo by Chad Elder

“Her raspy voice, eclectic attire, and infectious energy on top of the fact that I already love her songs? Sold.” -Cassie

Click here to see more photos of Elliphant at SXSW 2015

7. Chelsea Tyler of Kaneholler

Kaneholler | photo by Chad Elder

“Love the soul!” -Chad

Click here to see more photos of Kaneholler at SXSW 2015


SOAK | photo by Chad Elder

“This was a special guest that caught me off-guard. I had heard about her in the past and was thankful to have witnessed her sweet voice and lyrics.” -Cassie

Click here to see more photos of SOAK at SXSW 2015

9. Marina & the Diamonds

Marina and the Diamonds | photo by Chad Elder

“One hour late for a 12:30 a.m. show while standing in the mud and rain, better be fantastic…and she was.” -Chad

Click here to see more photos of Marina & the Diamonds at SXSW 2015

10. Leanne Macomber of Young Ejecta

Young Ejecta | photo by Chad Elder

“The show I was at when my camera took a shower…she might be higher on the list if I hand’t been so distraught.” -Chad

Click here to see more photos of Young Ejecta at SXSW 2015

The Rebel Spell Frontman “Todd Serious” Jenkins Dies in Climbing Accident

The Rebel Spell, photo courtesy G7 Welcoming Committee

Sadly,  Todd Jenkins (aka “Todd Serious”), vocalist of The Rebel Spell, died on March 7, 2015 in a climbing accident. The surviving members of the East Vancouver band made a post on Facebook and on their official website on March 9th:

It is our deepest regret to inform you all that on Saturday, March 7th, we lost our good friend and lead singer Todd Serious, also known as Todd Jenkins, in a tragic rock climbing accident. Todd influenced our lives in a way that is beyond comprehension. This is completely sudden and unexpected and we’re still processing what has happened. We’re taking a few days to figure it all out. This is pretty heavy for all of us, and a lot of people are still finding out so if you’re letting others know, please be respectful.

Further details are not yet known.

Netflix to Reboot “Inspector Gadget” and “Danger Mouse”

Inspector Gadget

Disney has announced that it is rebooting “Duck Tales” and Netflix recently announced a new Pee-wee Herman movie. Next up on the wave of ’80s nostalgia? Not one, but two offerings from Netflix: “Inspector Gadget” and “Danger Mouse” reboots.

“Inspector Gadget” is set to launch in March, with 26 episodes of the reboot in all, produced by DHX Media. The show will premiere first in the US, followed by other markets, including Latin America, the UK, Ireland, and France.

“Danger Mouse,” set to become available in Spring 2016, will follow the super-spy rodent and his adventuresalongside his hamster pal Penfold. Stephen Fry will provide the voice for Colonel K.

(via Digital Trends)

New “DuckTales” Cartoon Coming in 2017


According to an official Disney statement, a new “DuckTales” cartoon is coming in 2017, and it will feature the same cast of characters from the original late ’80s cartoon series:

The new series will star the same beloved characters as the old: Scrooge McDuck, Huey, Dewey, Louie, Launchpad McQuack, Donald Duck, Duckworth, Gyro Gearloose, Flintheart Glomgold, Magica DeSpell, Poe, Ma Beagle, the Beagle Boys, Mrs. Beakley, and Webbigail Vanderquack.

 The original “DuckTales” series, inspired by comics artist Carl Barks, ran from 1987 through 1990.

(via Kotaku)

New Pee-wee Herman Movie, “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday” to Premiere On Netflix

Pee-wee's Big Holiday on Netflix

After plenty of speculation, an official announcement has finally been made regarding the release of a new Pee-wee Herman movie.  Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, starring Paul Reubens as the titular character, will be produced by Reubens and Judd Apatow, and will be the feature film directorial debut of John Lee. The script was co-written by Reubens and  Paul Rust (“Comedy Bang! Bang!,” “Arrested Development”).

According to peewee.com, in Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in an epic story of friendship and destiny.

This will be the third Pee-wee Herman movie, following Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985) and Big Top Pee-wee (1988). Production begins in March 2015.

Pee-wee's Big Holiday on Netflix

Song Premiere: Carolinabound “Chaos”


Carolinabound is led by Chris Smith, a singer-songwriter based in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Chris performs more than 100 shows a year both as a solo artist, and under the moniker Carolinabound, where he’s joined by bassist Jeremy Blake.

Carolinabound began recording their first EP, Smoking Gun, in November of 2014. The album is a collection of songs based on love, loss, and life experience seen through the eyes of a man that claims his number one influence is the Blue Ridge Mountains. The EP features the quartet of Chris Smith on guitar and vocals, Jeremy Blake on bass, Leo Grassl of Motel Rodeo on pedal steel, and Halli Anderson of River Whyless on violin.

Smoking Gun, produced by Seven Moths Records founder Michael O’Shea, is set to be released on March 10, 2015. Below, listen to the track “Chaos,” premiering today at VerbicideMagazine.com.

House of Thee Unholy Returns to Seattle for Another Run, March 11 – 15, 2015

House of Thee Unholy 2014 | photo by Heather Schofner

You may recall seeing Heather Schofner’s lovely photos from last year’s run of House of Thee Unholy – it was a celebration of the psychedelic ’70s starring burlesque sensations Miss Indigo Blue, Waxie Moon, Lily Verlaine, The Luminous Pariah, Paris Original, Trojan Original, The One and Only Inga, Mimi Me, and more. They’re putting the sexy, loud, Zeppelin-drenched show on again March 11 – 15, 2015 at The Triple Door in Seattle (same venue as last time — there isn’t a bad seat in the house, and the food and drinks are great).

If you really want to go but don’t have the funds check out PaulaNowEvents on Facebook — they’re giving away tickets on the tab of the page marked “GIVEAWAY!”

Jon Stewart Leaving “The Daily Show” in 2015

Jon Stewart

First we lost “The Colbert Report” and now this: Jon Stewart has announced that he is leaving “The Daily Show.”  Stewart made the announcement on Tuesday’s episode, and his departure was confirmed by the channel, which said in a statement, “Jon will remain at the helm of ‘The Daily Show’ until later this year.”

Stewart has hosted the show since 1999, when he replaced original host Craig Kilborn, who sat at the helm from 1996 through 1998. You can click here to see Stewart’s first two appearances as a guest on “The Daily Show,” first in 1996 and against in 1998.

Laibach Announce 2015 Tour Dates

photo by Luka Kaše

Laibach have announced details of the Spectre Digital Deluxe Album out on March 31st, 2015. The deluxe version of 2014’s Spectre will feature the original album plus bonus tracks and Spectremix, a remix album (also available separately on the same date).

Additionally, the band will embark on a worldwide tour beginning in February in Germany, including a performance at the Kampnagel/Krass Festival in Hamburg on February 14th. Full dates are below.

Laibach on Tour
2/13 Mannheim, DE @ Alte Seilerei
2/14 Hamburg, DE @ Kampnagel/Krass Festival
2/15 Bochum, DE @ Zeche
3/12 Rostock, DE @ Mau Club
3/13 Malmö, SE @ Moriska Paviljongen
3/14 Stockholm, SE @ Debaser Medis
3/16 Helsinki, FI @ Tavastia
3/17 Talin, EE @ Rockcafe
3/18 Tampere, FI @ Klubi
3/21 Lahr, DE @ Dark Dance Festival
3/22 Dresden, DE @ Beatpol
3/24 Brno, CZ @ Sono Centrum
3/25 Krakow, PL @ Fabryka
3/26 Warsaw, PL @ Palladium
3/27 Berlin, DE @ Astra/Out of Line Weekender
3/28 Oberhausen, DE @ Turbinenhalle / E-tropolis Festival
3/29 Breda, NL @ Mezz
3/30 Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
3/31 Glasgow, UK @ Classic Grand
4/02 London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
4/03 Manchester, UK @ Academy 2
4/04 Maastricht, NL @ Muziekgieterij
4/05 Paris, FR @ Divan Du Monde
4/08 Vienna, AT @ Arena
4/09 Budapest, HU @ Barba Negra Music Club
4/11 Munich, DE @ Residenztheater (part of The Dark Ages production)

North American Dates
5/11 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
5/12 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
5/13 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of The Living Arts
5/16 Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
5/19 Indianapolis, IN @ Vogue Theatre
5/20 Chicago, IL @ Abbey Pub
5/21 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
5/23 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
5/26 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
5/27 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
5/28 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
5/30 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
6/01 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre

Larry Wilmore Hits the Ground Running With “The Nightly Show,” Goes After Bill Cosby

Larry Wilmore on "The Nightly Show"

In 2014, it was announced that a new show called “The Minority Report” hosted by Larry Wilmore would be replacing “The Colbert Report,” as Stephen Colbert would be replacing David Letterman as host of “The Late Show.” Despite an eventual name change (Fox requested that Comedy Central change the name due to a coming show of the same name based on the 2002 film), Wilmore’s “The Nightly Show” finally debuted on January 19, 2015. On the show’s second episode, Wilmore presented his take on the Bill Cosby fiasco (and his “tone-deaf comedy jam”), which you can watch below.

“Wet Hot American Summer” Eight-Episode Series Headed to Netflix

Wet Hot American Summer on Netflix

In 2014, it was rumored that a series based on the film Wet Hot American Summer was being developed for Netflix. Now, those rumors have been confirmed by Netflix’s official Twitter account.

According to Deadline, following months of deal-making and prep work, filming has started this week on an eight-episode series for Netflix based on the film, with nearly its entire ensemble cast returning:  Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Nina Hellman, Ken Marino, Zak Orth, David Hyde Pierce, Joe LoTruglio, Christopher Meloni, A.D. Miles, Marguerite Moreau, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Marisa Ryan, Molly Shannon, Michael Showalter, and Kevin Sussman.

David Wain and Michael Showalter will return to executive produce the series, and Wain will direct. Based on previous rumors, the show will serve as a prequel to the 2001 film. Unfortunately, it is too early to know when the series will arrive on Netflix.

An official Twitter account for the series has been created: @WetHot

Punk Rock Bowling 2015 Festival Tickets On Sale January 10th

Punk Rock Bowling full 2015 lineup

On Saturday, January 10, 2015, tickets to the festival portion of Punk Rock Bowling 2015 will go on sale.

Beginning at 1 p.m. PST, you can purchase Punk Rock Bowling three-day festival passes.  Then, VIP passes will go on sale at 5 p.m. PST.  For those of you wanting to purchase individual day tickets, those will be available for purchase on Saturday, February 7th at 1 p.m. PST.

 Recently, the full lineup of Punk Rock Bowling 2015 was announced. Headliners will include Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, and Refused, as well as Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Sick of It All, Anti-Flag, and many, many more.

New Pee-wee Herman Movie Heading to Netflix

Pee-wee's Big Adventure

ComicBook.com reports that Paul Reubens will reprise his role as Pee-wee Herman in a new, feature-length film set to be produced by Judd Apatow. The film will be distributed exclusively through Netflix, according to TheWrap.

Back in October, Reubens stated, “There’s going to be a big announcement any minute now. Yes. It’s been months and months of being right on the verge of being announced.”

The deal hasn’t been formally closed yet, but apparently the project moved from Universal Pictures to Netflix some time ago, according to TheWrap’s sources, and it’s just a matter of making it official at this point.

No director has yet been named, although again that appears to be a formality as sources close to the production say that one has been chosen and production could start by February. Reubens penned the script with comedian Paul Rust.

Thurston Moore and John Moloney (Caught On Tape) to Release “Full Bleed” on February 10, 2015

Caught On Tape | photo by PJ Sykes

Thurston Moore and John Moloney, who perform as Caught On Tape, will be releasing a new album in the new year. Full Bleed, which will be released through Northern Spy, will hit stores on February 10, 2015.

A tour in support of Full Bleed may take place, but is not fully confirmed.

“John and I, whether in Caught on Tape, or in any of our other side projects always tour,” says Moore. “We are soldiers of the road, warriors of the wing – buses, vans, cars, trains, bicycles — we get to gigs and we plug in whether we are expected to or not. We just may play again in support of this LP if we can find the minutes where the universe allows us to be in the same room at the same time.”

Moloney and Moore have also played together in Chelsea Light Moving. A full track listing of the new album is below.

Full Bleed Track Listing:
Age Limit
Nothing Glamorous
Full Bleed
Arguing with a Balloon
Reverse Funeral
Rubber Grandma