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New York’s (Le) Poisson Rouge Launches, Livestream Concert Series With Cults, Kimbra, More



New York City venue (Le) Poisson Rouge is launching, a subscription-based service through which they will livestream concerts held in their downtown venue (without an audience) in high-definition video with full production and soundboard audio.

The venue has booked an impressive array of indie-leaning artists for’s inaugural lineup, including Cults, Kimbra, Sunflower Bean, !!! (Chk Chk Chk), San Fermin,  Kevin Devine, Son Little, Laraaji, Too Many Zooz and more. See below for the full list of confirmed artists, with many more to be announced soon.

For $19.99 per month, subscribers will receive access to all of the venue’s livestreamed concerts, plus on-demand access to their archive of past streams, as well as interviews and more. The series will also enable LPR to put much of its staff back to work.

Composer and LPR co-founder David Handler said, “There comes a point where standing still is a greater risk than making a move. Our venue has been closed for half a year now, and like nearly everyone in our industry, we’ve battened down the hatches as much as possible to weather the storm, but still it feels like we are no closer to live music venues reopening than when this all began. We can no longer continue to wait in fear while others decide whether live music is essential or not. was born out of our need to safely get back to doing what we do best, putting on bold, carefully curated and unique live performances for a discerning audience. I can’t think of anything more essential at a time like this.”

LPR Senior Music Director and Partner Brett Tabisel added, “The subscription model allows us to take the risks we are known for, while giving artists a platform to perform safely, with the production quality they deserve. Our independent spirit and determination to innovate will not be silenced.”



1 – Cults

3 – Jose James

5 – Laraaji

7 – Domi & JD Beck

10 – EMO Night BK

14 – Kimbra

15 – Laraaji

21 – Son Little

24 – Too Many Zooz

29 – !!! (Chk Chk Chk)

30 – Laraaji



7 – Kevin Devine

13 – OSHUN

14 – EMO Night BK

17 – San Fermin

19 – Overcoats




3 – Samia

5 – Sunflower Bean

6 – Oso Oso

18 – Vundabar


JANUARY (2021)

14 – Frankie Rose


Who Is Tristan Harris From The Social Dilemma?




Since The Social Dilemma hit Netflix, social media users have been up in arms regarding the tech industry’s intrusion on our everyday lives, especially in regard to mental health. The documentary follows Skyler Gisondo and Vincent Kartheiser as they point out the dangerous effects social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have on the average citizen. Current and former Silicon Valley bigwigs weigh in, including Tristan Harris, who gives one of the scariest revelations to come from the film: “if you’re not paying for the product, you are the product.”

A former Google design ethicist, Harris attended Stanford, where he studied computer science with a focus on human-computer interaction (HCI). While pursuing his education, he worked at Apple, where he had tremendous success with his invention of the “Spotlight For Help” feature. Commonly known as the magnify glass icon on Apple products, this search bar is still in use today. Not too long after, he began working on a startup called Apture, which proved to be another hit for the San Francisco native. Google acquired Apture in 2011, and Harris dropped out of his master’s program at Stanford for a position at Google.

As Google’s design ethicist and product philosopher, Harris studied how screen applications affect consumers in terms of their behavior, patterns, connections, and overall health or attitude. There, he spent time “developing a framework for how technology should ‘ethically’ steer the thoughts and actions” of people from their screening applications. It was his three years at Google where Harris proved just how addictive mobile devices and other products are designed to be.

Harris went on to work with Time Well Spent, a nonprofit initiative, on “reforming the attention economy.” In 2019, he went before the US Senate to testify for a hearing on “Persuasive Technology and Optimizing For Engagement,” where he illustrated how the tech industry is utilizing algorithms and machine learning to manipulate consumers.

Now, Harris is the cofounder of the Center For Humane Technology, where he aims to “reverse ‘human downgrading’ and realign technology with humanity.” With cofounder Aza Raskin, he hosts Your Undivided Attention, a podcast dedicated to conversing with other tech experts.

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39 Cringy Notes Teachers Sent To Unsuspecting Parents




Imagine you’re in the kitchen making dinner and simply hoping your kid is self-dependent enough to make it back home safely. However, the first thing they do when they see you is hand over a note from their teacher. Yikes. I mean, teachers usually do a really good job maintaining order in the classroom, and guiding their students towards a brighter tomorrow. So if they think the little one acted out in a way that requires parental adjustments, it’s probably something… surprising. And that’s not the word mothers and fathers like to hear. Continue scrolling and check out some of the cringiest notes teachers have written to poor mothers and fathers.

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Two brothers embark on a funeral march in Two Gates Of Sleep




Illustration for article titled Two brothers embark on an arduous funeral march in the elemental iTwo Gates Of Sleep/i

Screenshot: Two Gates Of Sleep

Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases, premieres, current events, or occasionally just our own inscrutable whims. This week: Antonio Campos and Sean Durkin both have new movies coming out, so we’re looking back on other projects released by their production company, Borderline Films.

Two Gates Of Sleep (2010)

Borderline Films, the production company founded by Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, and Josh Mond, has released only a handful of features over the last decade and change. (By our count, they’ve got nine to their name, including the two produced for side label Borderline Presents.) Yet there’s a distinct sensibility that unifies the company’s slate—a disquieting vibe more than anything else. If these films, all perched to some degree on the edge of dread, have any one thing in common, it’s their interest in expressing the frazzled headspaces of their characters, of making anxious internal worlds external. That’s true of the other films in our Watch This series, and it’s true, in its own way, of this early one—probably the most elemental and the least story-driven project the brain trust of Campos, Durkin, and Mond has ever spearheaded. It’s also one of the few not written or directed by one of those three.

The filmmaker, Alistair Banks Griffin, sets Two Gates Of Sleep in the remote backwoods of the American South, somewhere near where Louisiana touches Mississippi. Here, two brothers, Louis (David Call) and Jack (Brady Corbet, who would pop up in future Borderline projects), live in total isolation from the rest of the world, in a rustic shack where they care for their mother (Karen Young), who’s dying of some unspecified ailment. They’re not the talkative type, these stoic two. You can count on one hand the number of times either speaks over the film’s predominately wordless hour and 18 minutes. Though they smoke and watch TV, the brothers usually seem more animal than man, and certainly in tune with the natural world where they live, hunt, and forage.

The film is half over before its plot, if it can even be called that, emerges from the thicket of daily routine like a deer cautiously poking its head into a clearing. The mother dies, unceremoniously and possibly by her own hand, bringing the nearest authorities to claim her body. Two Gates Of Sleep turns out, from here, to be a slender variation on William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, following the two brothers as they lug a heavy coffin through the foliage, determined to bury their mom somewhere deep in the woods as per her implied last wishes and their own desire not to see her handled and embalmed by strangers. This wilderness pilgrimage is an arduous one, and Griffin emphasizes its physical and emotional confluence; it’s as if the boys channel all of their heartache into the hard task in front of them, sweating our their grief. And just as their mother leaves them, Mother Nature seems to forsake them; her conditions become impediments, as when the pair’s plan to float the coffin down the river hits troubled water when it begins to sink into the drink. (Corbet, especially, throws his back into this simulation of mourning-through-labor.)

Two Gates Of Sleep is better felt than overthought. More than anything the Borderline crew has made since, it’s pure sensory experience, privileging the sights and sounds of the forest over anything else. Thankfully, Griffin, who finally finished another movie last year (the Naomi Watts psychological thriller The Wolf House), has a crack team of craftsmen at his disposal, from cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes to the sound designers creating an enveloping cone of woodland quiet and cacophony around the bereaved brothers. In the context of the company that produced it, the film looks like a dry run, establishing the Borderline preoccupation with death, isolation, family, and how damn loud it can be inside your own head. But the film has an intoxicating rhythm and texture all its own; call it the feel of the outskirts.

Availability: Two Gates Of Sleep can be rented or purchased from Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, or VUDU.

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