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Thom Yorke???? Atoms for Peace

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Radiohead Frontman, Thom Yorke, Names New Band Just in Time to Confirm April U.S. Show Dates 

Fans who lined up last year to see the band mysteriously identified by a series of question marks will be happy to know that the newly named Yorke-led rock-band, Atoms For Peace, is about to appear on billboards around the nation. Yorke announced via the Radiohead website’s, that Atoms For Peace will play a series of eight U.S. shows in New York, Boston, Chicago, Oakland and Santa Barbara, leading up to its appearance at the Coachella Festival in Indio, CA.

Originally created to perform live tracks off Yorke’s solo album, The Eraser, The Atoms For Peace lineup remains the same as when the band performed three shows in Los Angeles last October: Yorke, Flea, Mauro Refosco, Joey Waronker and Nigel Godrich. 

In spite of their fresh union, the band played previous shows with tight execution and infectious exuberance leading Rolling Stone reviewer Matt Diehl to report, “The Eraser is the ultimate bedroom electronica opus, its synthetic beats influenced by dubstep and IDM starkly rhythmic. In the live setting, however, the songs, taken out of the computer realm by virtuoso musicians with such passion, suddenly became transformed into downright euphoria.” 

Their elusive name aside, the band’s early dynamism and cohesion make it all the more exciting for fans to witness their April evolution. As Yorke sings on The Eraser track from which the band took its name, “No more talk about the old days, It's time for something great.” 

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Thom Yorke????/Atoms for Peace will play at the Santa Barbara Bowl on Saturday, April 17, 2010. Ticket prices range from $40 to $50.  1122 N. Milpas, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, 805-962-7411.  

Tickets On Sale Saturday, March 6 @ 11 AM

(Note: Tickets for this event are only available at online at and will be paperless.) 

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Legendary American Roots musician Ry Cooder to join The Chieftains in concert, performing selections from their forthcoming CD collaboration San Patricio, at The Granada

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Six-time Grammy Award-winners The Chieftains will be joined in concert by legendary American roots musician Ry Cooder and Mexican Roots band Los Cenzontles on Monday, February 22 at 8 p.m. at The Granada, 1216 State Street, Santa Barbara. Ireland's "inadvertent prophets of the world-music boom" (Rolling Stone), The Chieftains will perform selections from their forthcoming album San Patricio (March 9/Fantasy Records/Concord Music Group), a collaboration with fellow Grammy-winner Ry Cooder.


San Patricio, which also features guest stars Linda Ronstadt, Liam Neeson, Los Tigres del Norte, and many other celebrated Mexican, American and Irish musicians and singers, is one of The Chieftains' most unique projects ever. An unprecedented blend of the musical heritage of Ireland and Mexico, San Patricio brings to life the story of the San Patricio Battalion, Irish-Americans who deserted the U.S. Army to join the Mexican side in the Mexican-American War. The New Yorker recently listed San Patricio among the most eagerly awaited albums of 2010.



Tickets to The Chieftains with Ry Cooder and Los Cenzontles are available now. Tickets are $55, $45, and $35 for the general public and $19 for UCSB students. The  concert is presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures and sponsored by Santa Barbara Hotel Group/Best Western Pepper Tree Inn, KCBX FM Public Radio, and Buttonwood wines. To purchase tickets or for more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at 805.893.3535, The Granada at 805.899.2222, or purchase online at




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2010 Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) Winners Announced!

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Santa Barbara, CA - The 25th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced the winners of the 2010 festival competition at a Press Conference and Sunday morning brunch at the famed Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort, hosted by KTYD Radio's Julie Ramos.   The festival, which celebrated its Silver Anniversary February 4-14, was a huge success.  By the look of the theaters you'd never know the economy was in the fight of its life as audiences packed the theaters for the last 11 days, proving once again how powerful the art of film can be.

SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling commented, "This year's films proved once again the caliber of filmmaking is higher than ever.  The jury was truly challenged in making the final determination."

The esteemed Jury for the 2010 SBIFF included:  actor/director Joel David Moore (Avatar and director, SBIFF Award winning film, Spiral); SBIFF originator Phyllis de Picciotto; actor Haaz Sleiman (The Visitor); USA Today Film Critic Claudia Puig; Andy Abrahams Wilson (director, Under Our Skin); actor Clifton Collins, Jr. (Capote), actor Anthony Zerbe(The Matrix); actor Dennis Franz (NYPD Blue); actor Jay Thomas; and actor/director/writer Perry Lang.


The winning films are as follows: 

The Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema, given to a unique independent feature that has been made outside mainstream Hollywood, went to Exam (US Premiere), directed by Stuart Hazeldine, and starring Luke Mably, Nathalie Cox.  Eight talented candidates have reached the final stage of selection to join the ranks of a mysterious and powerful corporation.  Entering a windowless room, an Invigilator gives them eighty minutes to answer one simple question. He outlines three rules they must obey or be disqualified.  Tensions rise as the clock steadily descends towards zero, and each candidate must decide how far they are willing to go to secure the ultimate job.  Winner received a camera package worth $60,000.

UK Director Stuart Hazeldine, who was present to accept the award, commented "We are absolutely thrilled that the first film festival in America that we've come to has embraced our film."

The Best International Film Award goes to Letters to Father Jaakob (Postia pappi Jaakobille) from Finland and directed by Klaus Härö.  Leila Sten has spent a large part of her life in a Finnish prison. When her life sentence is pardoned, Leila is left homeless. She goes to live with an old priest, who promises to provide for her in return for her help. Father Jaakob finds solace in the letters he receives daily from burdened souls requesting his prayers, and since he is blind, Leila's task is to read these letters to him. When the letters stop, Jaakob questions the role that God has chosen for him, and Leila finds herself facing a dilemma.

Helena Arstila from the Consulate General of Finland in Los Angeles was on hand to accept the award: "On behalf of director Klaus Härö, I have the honor and pleasure to accept this award.  Klaus is a wonderful storyteller who has been inspired by tales of the less fortunate throughout his life.  He has a unique capacity to portray human frailty and the good and the bad that all of us have in ourselves in all cultures, in all walks of life.  To receive the award here in Santa Barbara is a wonderful honor and I would like to thank you in his name for this distinction."

The Nueva Vision Award for the best Spanish/Latin American film was awarded to The Wind Journeys (US Premiere), directed by Ciro Guerra and starring Marciano Martínez, Yull Núñez.  The film is a deceptively simple story: two men on a journey, each with common quests but finding unexpected truths. 

Best East Meets West Cinema Award went to South Korea's Mother (Madeo), directed by Joon-ho Bong, about a mother who desperately searches for the killer that framed her son for a horrific murder.

Best Eastern Bloc Award went to Katalin Varga (US Premiere), directed by Peter Strickland.  In the beautiful, otherworldly Carpathian Mountains a woman is traveling with a small boy in a horse and cart, looking to punish those who once abused her. For years, Katalin (Hilda Péter) has been keeping a terrible secret. Hitchhiking with two men, she was brutally raped in the woods. Although she has kept silent about what happened, she has not forgotten, and her son Órban serves as a living reminder. When her village discovers her secret, Katalin's husband rejects her. With nothing to lose, she is free to seek revenge on the perpetrators.

Best Documentary Film Award went to Enemies of the People, from UK/Cambodia and directed by Rob Lemkin.  The Khmer Rouge slaughtered nearly two million people in the late 1970s, yet the killing fields of Cambodia remain unexplained. Until now.  Winner received a Blu-Ray interactive authoring of the film by Mozaik Multimedia and Home Planet Productions, valued at $15,000.

Bruce Corwin Award for Best Live Action Short Film Under 30 Minutes went to Ana's Playground, directed by Eric D. Howell.  Film depicts just another day for children surrounded by armed conflict. 

Bruce Corwin Award for Best Animation Short Film went to Urs, directed by Moritz Mayerhofer.  Urs takes his aging mother on a dangerous journey, carrying her up a mountain to find a better place for both of them.

The Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award Sponsored by The Fund for Santa Barbara for a documentary film that addresses social justice issues also went to Enemies of the People, directed by Rob Lemkin (description of film above).  Winner received $2,500.

The festival closes tonight with the World Premiere of "Middle Men," directed by George Gallo.  Starring Giovanni Ribisi, Luke Wilson, James Caan, Kelsey Grammer and Kevin Pollack, the film chronicles Jack Harris, one of the pioneers of internet commerce, as he wrestles with his morals and struggles not to drown in a sea of conmen, mobsters, drug addicts, and pornstars.


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