Rachel Summers

TK Tour and New Album News

Telekinesis is hitting the North American trails again starting February 18th 2011, three days after his sophomore release of 12 Desperate Straight Lines, if this is the album art above we can already tell it’s going to be stunning and a little ominous.

The ‘bowl has been covering Telekinesis since the beginning and we’ve been twiddling our thumbs in anticipation for this tour since the last time he hit our Minnesota streets in April of 2009.

Check out an interview our friends over at Tandem Magazine got to do with Michael Benjamin Lerner and definitely pre-order your copy now! Or buy his latest EP, Parallel Seismic Conspiracies to quell those wet fears.

Track listing:
1. You Turn Clear In The Sun
2. Please Ask For Help
3. 50 Ways
4. I Cannot Love You
5. Dirty Thing
6. Car Crash
7. Palm Of Your Hand
8. I Got You
9. Fever Chill
10. Country Lane
11. Patterns
12. Gotta Get It Right Now

Telekinesis on tour:
Dec 03 Seattle, WA Triple Door
Dec 04 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
Feb 18 Bellingham, WA  Jinx Arts Space
Feb 20 Portland, OR  Doug Fir Lounge
Feb 23 San Francisco, CA TBA
Feb 24 Los Angeles, CA  The Echo
Feb 25 San Diego, CA  The Casbah
Feb 26 Tempe, AZ  The Sail Inn
Feb 28 Norman, OK The Opolis
Mar 01 Omaha, NE  Slowdown Jr
Mar 02 Minneapolis, MN  7th St. Entry
Mar 04 Chicago, IL  Schubas
Mar 05 Detroit, MI  Magic Stick
Mar 06 Toronto, ON Horseshoe Tavern
Mar 07 Montreal, QC  Casa Del Popolo
Mar 08 Cambridge, MA  TT the Bear’s Place
Mar 09 New York, NY  Mercury Lounge
Mar 10 Brooklyn, NY The Rock Shop
Mar 11 Philadelphia, PA  Johnny Brenda’s
Mar 12 Washington, DC  The Red Palace
Mar 13 Chapel Hill, NC  Local 506
Mar 14 Atlanta, GA  The Earl
Mar 22 Denver, CO  Hi Dive
Mar 23 Salt Lake City, UT  Kilby Court
Mar 24 Boise, ID  Neurolux
Mar 26 Seattle, WA  The Crocodile
Mar 27 Vancouver, BC  Media Club

Written by Rachel Summers
rachel.dustbowl@gmail.com


Skyway Sessions: The Farewell Circuit

The Dustbowl packed up their equipment and headed to the new Infinitea Teahouse in Uptown. No, we weren’t having an herbal refreshment, we were on site to get going on a long overdue Skyway Session with Minneapolis transplants The Farewell Circuit. Local film director, Matt Cici, first wired us to The Farewell Circuit back in April after using one of their songs in the trailer for his film Lambent Fuse.

With the greatest of ease, The Farewell Circuit swiftly filled the space of Infinitea with the ethereal sounds of their latest EP Brother’s Eyes.  Just as mesmerizing are the lyrics, which beautifully compliment every chord and chime. They left us with resonating melodies permeating a dream-state we didn’t want to wake from. The EP is available on their bandcamp site for a “pay-what-you-can” price.

If you want to see them for yourself, catch their next show tomorrow, September 10th, 9PM at Nick and Eddie (1612 Harmon Place Minneapolis, MN). Sorry youngbloods, it’s a 21+ event. Also, check out the photos we snapped in our Flickr ‘bowl section.

The Dustbowl
Haley Rheinhart & Rachel Summers
blog.dustbowl@gmail.com


We Live In Public

written and directed by Ondi Timoner

Who is watching? Why are we watching? How will watching affect us? What does it mean to be constantly watched without privacy? How is the digital age helping or hindering our personal interactions with others?

Ondi Timoner  (two-time Sundance Grand Jury award winner) takes us to a truly evocative time in technological history by documenting the polarizing experiences and works of internet visionary, Josh Harris. As the world was in flux over a potential Y2K apocalypse, Josh Harris’ “Quiet: We Live In Public” experiment was in the midst of collapsing. This art exhibit was one of the most invasive looks into the way the human condition functions when exposed to extreme measures of virtual scrutiny through filming. Over 100 artists in a New York warehouse signed away their lives to the control of Josh Harris in this large scale, big brother examination.

We Live in Public (2009) shows how relationships can become dissonant under these types of digital pressures of having an audience view one’s every move. The nature of celebrity relationships comes to mind while watching and why so many can never truly become of anything more than tabloid fodder. As things start to crumble in Harris’ world he finds peace in the bare necessity’s that life has to offer. Timoner’s exploration of ten years of an internet genius is definitely one to witness.

Written by Rachel Summers

rachel.dustbowl@gmail.com


The Wilderness Downtown/Chris Milk/Arcade Fire

Do this right now, you will be incredibly pleased! It features the Arcade Fire jam, “We Used To Wait” and I hear their new album is out of this world too! The film is so innovative, so fresh, and so cool.

http://www.thewildernessdowntown.com/

Written by Rachel Summers

rachel.dustbowl@gmail.com


“The Big C”

Who doesn’t love Laura Linney? If there was a fan club I’d probably at best be the secretary. Showtime’s newest show, “The Big C,” walks into the life of Cathy Jamieson (Linney) as some of the worst news she can hear in her life has been diagnosed: Cancer. Unlike the normal steps one would take of telling his or her family, Cathy decides to keep her loved ones out of the loop. Instead, she’s decided to live again and live harder than she ever had before.

The plot moves along as her character quickly takes a sledge hammer to the monotonous reality she has built for herself as a school teacher, soccer mom, and suburban wife and slowly tries to mend relationships by taking a stand with the people in her life. One of the few charming relationships to watch play out is the one between her and her estranged, environmentally-conscious, homeless, older brother; and her feuding senior neighbor, the gritty, rough around the edges, widower Marlene.

But I do have some qualms with the show already.

1. It’s another Showtime series about a white suburban mom breaking out of the gelatin mold.

2. Gabourey Sidibe plays the overweight, sassy, black girl. And Cathy decides to save her life by paying her one hundred dollars for each pound she loses. Puke.

3. It’s set in Minneapolis (wahoooo!), but it’s not even filmed here.

4. It’s not that funny. If you want funny, watch “The United States of Tara.” Now that’s a half hour I can’t get enough of.

I’ve waited to watch the second episode of the show to really decide how I feel about it. And to be honest, I’m still on the fence leaning towards the watch this only if you’re bored side. But, I’ll probably still tune in Mondays because on the next episode Idris Elba is going to guest star (swoon) and I still LOVE Laura Linney.

Written by Rachel Summers

rachel.dustbowl@gmail.com


Taking Woodstock

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dir. Ang Lee

It’s all in the details. How will we look back at our youth? I look back to last year in glimmers, but forty years from now that will most likely turn into smog. Over half a million people attended the most celebrated of music festivals, Woodstock 1969. I wonder if they remember this influential festival like it was yesterday. It’s festival season, and in light of some of my closest friends returning from their unforgettable time at Lollapalooza, now is as good of time as any to talk about 2009’s Taking Woodstock, directed by Ang Lee (he’s directed a couple other of my favorites including The Ice Storm and the Academy Award winning Brokeback Mountain).

The film drops the viewer into the life of Elliot Teichberg (Demetri Martin) in rural Bethel, New York, where he is trying to save his family’s sinking motel from foreclosure.  As a last resort to help his family out, he decides to put his whole town on the map by inviting the owners of Woodstock Ventures to use his land for their huge music festival that had currently been run out of the original site of Wallkill, NY. Elliot’s difficult relationship with his parents is weaved throughout the 3-day series of events and inevitably helps him come of age. The entire cast really drew me in especially standout performances from Emile Hirsch and Liev Schreiber. Lee’s attention to detail in every scene really made the film feel authentic; from the extras to the vendor stands leading to the festival. Although, the film does have it’s slow moments (where you may need to pause, take a cat nap, and then hit play), it’s shot really beautifully. The character’s that come and go continuously throughout leave the viewer with distinct memories and also propel the film along.

I’d recommend Taking Woodstock to anyone longing for a past that they did live or an imagined past we all wish we could have been a part of.

Written by Rachel Summers

rachel.dustbowl@gmail.com


Sia at the Fine Line

Photos by Rachel Summers and Haley Rheinhart

Last Saturday, April 24th Sia made her stop at the Fine Line in Minneapolis on “The We Meaning You Tour” and she brought all of her personality and love of color to the gloomy Minneapolis skyline. From the speakers to the mic stands almost everything was covered in crocheted and knit quilts – it looked like my grandmother’s living room had been transplanted onto the stage.

Photos by Rachel Summers and Haley Rheinhart

The opening act Body Language, all the way from Brooklyn, New York, made the Fine Line audience “hot like butter” with African and psychedelic infused beats, super catchy lyrics, slick harmonies and synchronized handclaps.

After a short wait it was time for Sia.  The band came out in retro 80’s jump suits that would make anyone run out and get one for their summer closets. And not only did Sia come out ready to sing, but for the first couple of songs she had the help of a giant, quasi-unicorn horn, light strapped onto her forehead. With or without the horn, her soulful voice echoed across the venue as she mixed new and old songs into the set. Sia performed the song that put her on the radar, “Breathe Me.” Surprisingly, this low tempo songstress picked the tempo up with the six new songs she sang from her upcoming album, We Are Born set to release on June 7th, 2010.

Not only did Sia’s clothing and performance show off her personality but also she made sure she interacted with the crowd.  Unlike any other concert, Sia encouraged ‘heckling’ as she called it.  She pressed the crowd for the best that they had, if someone yelled, “I love you Sia!” Sia would respond with a quick-witted answer along the lines of, “Oh that’s authentic!”  As magical as her songs were so were her stories she would tell in between almost each song.  Sia breathed life into the performance and into the experience of what a show is supposed to be, fun, relaxed, and conversational.

After the last song, she reassured people with anxiety problems that they would return for an encore. When Sia came back on stage she transformed into a human butterfly, in her colorful wing contraption, spinning and blowing bubbles out into the front of the crowd, ending the night on whimsical, happy high note.

See more photos from the show on The Dustbowl’s Flickr and check out the set list:

  1. The Fight
  2. Buttons
  3. You’ve Changed
  4. Be Good to Me
  5. Oh Father
  6. Little Black Sandles
  7. Bring Night
  8. Sunday
  9. I Go to Sleep
  10. Never Gonna Leave Me
  11. The Girl You Lost
  12. Cloud
  13. Clap Your Hands
  14. You Have Been Loved
  15. Breathe Me
  16. Co-dependent
  17. Soon You’ll be Found

Karen Perault-Boughton

kperaultboughton01@hamlineuniversity.edu

Rachel Summers

rachel.dustbowl@gmail.com