Happy Friday everyone! Not only is it the end of the week, but it’s Labor Day Weekend! Let’s enjoy the unofficial end of summer with some new flicks and tunes.
September gets off to a bit of a slow start when it comes to movies, but there’s still a few new options out there. For fans of historical dramas, there’s TULIP FEVER. Set in the Netherlands in the 17th century, an artist (Dane DeHaan) falls for a married young woman (Alicia Vikander) while he’s commissioned to paint her portrait. The two invest in the risky tulip market (yes, there was a tulip market) in hopes to build a future together.
If you missed the chance to see CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND in theaters back in 1977, then you’re in luck. For its 40th anniversary, the sci-fi classic is making its way back onto the big screen, digitally-remastered in 4K.
Also out this week is UNLOCKED, starring Noomi Rapace as a CIA agent trying to stop a biological attack, DOLORES, a documentary about Dolores Huerta, who started the country’s first farm worker’s union, and VICEROY’S HOUSE, about the final Viceroy of India.
Releases are starting to ramp up a bit more on the music side of things, starting with the return of LCD Soundsystem! Having reunited last year, the dance-punk band’s new album, AMERICAN DREAM, proves that they haven’t lost a step. No one mixes the organic and the digital like them.
If you like your dance music to hew closer to today’s pop scene, The Script should scratch that itch. Their latest, FREEDOM CHILD, looks to tackle big themes like terrorism and the state of U.S. politics after last year’s election. But it’s not devoid of love songs either, as seen below.
For something a bit more trippy, post-rockers Mogwai are back with EVERY COUNTRY’S SUN. The album sounds just as smooth and infinite as fans have come to expect. Plus, it has a song called “Coolverine.” Can you really go wrong with that?
You’ve also got new records by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (THE ECHO OF PLEASURE), Hercules and Love Affair (OMNION) and Ellen Andrea Wang (BLANK OUT).
Any Labor Day weekend plans? Let’s chat!