In the ’90s, most indie rockers were white males who cultivated a cool, detached image. New York-based Versus stood out from its contemporaries for many reasons. Its lineup included two (and sometimes three) Filipino-American brothers, it had a female bassist/singer, and the band gleefully professed its love for sports, meat and classic rock. After several albums and lineup changes continuing through 2001, the group went on a recording hiatus, only occasionally performing live. However, a reinvigorated Versus returned two years ago, and the band has just released On The Ones And Threes (Merge), its first full-length in a decade. Now consisting of singer/guitarist Richard Baluyut, drummer Edward Baluyut, bassist/singer Fontaine Toups, plus live violinist/keyboardist Margaret White, Versus picks up where it left off sonically: hypnotic melodies, male/female vocals and the occasional heavy guitar squall. The band members will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our Q&A with them.
Fontaine: The Road is the post-apocalyptic movie adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel of the same name, and I’m certain the novel is much better than the movie. But who has the time to read anymore? This movie wouldn’t leave my mind for an entire week and is still lingering. It is an emotionally harrowing film about a father and son trying to find their way to a warmer climate after an unknown event happens, leaving most of the human race dead. The earth is barren, covered in ash, and they are starving. It is dark and terrifying, but offers a bit of hope in the father’s strength and will to keep his son alive. And who doesn’t love Viggo Mortensen? Definitely not a feel-good movie, but since Richard is obsessed with the apocalypse, this seemed appropriate to mention.
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