Film At 11: Django Django

Off Django Django’s third album, Marbles Skies (Ribbon Music), comes the video for the title track. The clip features a group of people roughing it out in a post-apocalyptic world, in need of water to survive. The idea for this video came from the setting where it takes place. During a week between two Coachella dates, the empty Mojave Desert was left open and perfect for filming. Watch “Marble Skies” now, and look out for Django Django on tour until mid-October.

MAGNET Exclusive: TENTS’ “Tales From The Road” Documentary

“Music and art and culture is escapism, and escapism sometimes is healthy for people to get away from reality. The problem is when they stay there.” —Chuck D

Anyone who loves music (and if you read MAGNET, we assume you most certainly do) knows how powerful it can be. It has the ability to not only get you through the day, but also change your life. It’s a mind-altering substance. And that’s just for the listener. For those who create music, it goes even deeper. If a band’s music can change the lives of its fans, just think about what it’s capable of for the actual members of the group.

Which brings us to TENTS, a Portland quartet that just released debut album Deer Keeps Pace (Badman). TENTS is the brainchild of Brian Hall, a musician who made his living composing for advertising campaigns. When he turned 31, he realized he needed a more creative outlet for his art, so, naturally, like any good Portlander, he formed an indie-rock band, recruiting singing wife Amy, guitar-playing friend Christopher Hall (no relation) and drummer Josh Brine. So problem solved, right?

Well, no, actually. Around this time, Amy had to have spinal surgery and Brian discovered he was infertile, changing the couple’s plans for starting a family. They decided to adopt, and they successfully found their first child. Life was going as planned—until Brian diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. The couple soldiered on, adopting a second child. Life was again on the right track—and then Brian was diagnosed with cancer. (“I am doing well—all clear,” he says now. “Have my six-month check-in soon, but feeling great—knock on wood.”)

To cope with all of these big life changes (the good and the bad), Brian, Amy and their bandmates immersed themselves in the music they were making. They set up in Brian’s backyard studio, and they found joy in the art they were creating together. When they started playing these song for others, TENTS also realized their music brought joy to people outside the group. It provided both band and listener an escape from the troubles of daily life as well as catharsis. It also kept both parties grounded enough to deal with life’s problems after the music was over.

To drive the importance of the band/fan relationship home even more, TENTS shot a short documentary on the creation of Deer Keeps Pace and life on the road. The band made the 10-minute Tales From The Road for the superfans as well as those who’ve just come across TENTS for the first time.

“Music is often has the deepest effect on people when they can experience it in the context of some kind of friendship,” says Brian. “Community is a big part of what makes music become timeless. The songs we shared about in Tales From The Road are little time capsules for us. Our hope is that through these little time capsules, folks can find some inspiration. By sitting down and talking to our audience, it allows us to hopefully build a stronger personal connection than we’d otherwise have. It’s our way of connecting. For us and for a lot of bands, touring and putting out a record is so personal. The build up to a release is so dramatic, and touring on a new release is like a big celebration. The whole process is tough, but also just really fulfilling. We felt like highlighting it would be fun.”

Fun, indeed. And a good temporary escape, one that will hopefully put you in a better place to deal with all of life’s many unexpected issues when you need to. We’re proud to premiere Tales From The Road today on Watch it now.

Film At 11: Joan Of Arc

“A horror story in the shape of a lullaby” is exactly what you’ll hear and see while watching Joan Of Arc’s video for “Tiny Baby.” The song is about encountering memories that aren’t so easy to think about, and it comes off the always-inventive Chicago institution’s new LP, 1984 (Joyful Noise). You can hear Joan Of Arc perform it live on its current tour of the U.S. and Europe.

Film At 11: Father John Misty

Father John Misty’s latest album, God’s Favorite Customer (Sub Pop), has definitely (and unsurprisingly) made its mark this year. After tons of great press, Mr. Josh Tillman will continue his world tour up until late November, sharing his new material. The video for the title track was directed by the good Father’s wife, Emma Elizabeth Tillman, and stars John himself, wandering the streets of New York City. Check out the clip, and don’t miss the tour, which kicks off Friday in Louisville, Ky.

Film At 11: Beach House

7 (Sub Pop), the new album from Beach House, has earned a spot on virtually every “best albums of 2018 thus far” list. (We can’t wait until the end of the year to make best-of lists anymore?) Along with yet another successful album release has come yet another world tour that will keep Victoria Legrand‎ and ‎Alex Scally on the road until the end of October. Get a glimpse of what 7 is all about by watching the new video for “Black Car.”

Film At 11: Albert Hammond Jr.

Albert Hammond Jr.’s video for “Far Away Truths” is full of fun and passion. You can find the song on the Strokes guitarist’s new album, Francis Trouble (Red Bull), which explores the still-born death of Hammond’s twin, Francis. (Read our recent feature for more insight into this very personal LP.) Although the topic is dark, the music is full of light and energy. Watch the clip for “Far Away Truths” right now.

Film At 11: Will Stewart

Will Stewart’s latest album, County Seat (Cornelius Chapel), earned him a place on Rolling Stone‘s list of “10 new country artists you need to know” earlier this year. We couldn’t agree more, as the veteran of both Timber and Willie And The Giant has upped his game as a serious songwriter. The Alabama native returned home after a stint in Nashville, and County Seat definitely embraces his love of the Yellowhammer State. “Sipsey,” the first single and lead track off the nine-track album, references the Sipsey Wilderness Preserve in northwest Alabama. Stewart uses this visual to nostalgically describe the innocence of youth. Watch the video for “Sipsey” to see for yourself.

Film At 11: We Are The West

We Are The West just released debut album The Golden Shore in March. The Los Angeles duo’s cool and thoroughly original sound is known to many locals via Brett Hool and John Kibler’s monthly underground parking-garage concert series. If you’re unable to make it to these one-of-a-kind performances, you can check out We Are The West instead in its video for The Golden Shore track “Any Day Of The Week.” You can also catch the duo live on the West Coast in July and August.

Film At 11: Low Cut Connie

Our Philly baby brothers are growing up right in front of our eyes. Just named one of Rolling Stone’s “50 Best Albums Of 2018 So Far,” Low Cut Connie’s Dirty Pictures (Part 2) (Contender) is definitely worthy of all the hype. Adam Weiner And The E. Passyunk Ave Band are kicking off a two-week tour with Social Distortion supporting the LP tonight in Columbus, Ohio, before heading out on their own the rest of the summer. Low Cut Connie has a brand-new video for album closer “Hey! Little Child” (an Alex Chilton cover) that reflects the band’s lifestyle offstage, hanging at dive bars, snapping pictures and just having a good time. Watch it now; to us, it feels like a typical night out on the streets of Philadelphia.