Articles tagged pop

Shelby Lynne: I Can’t Imagine (take 2)

This is Lynne’s show, and when she sings her voice is always the lead instrument, but she lets the layers of music carry her forward. Sometimes she gets wordlessly overwhelmed and resorts to sounds to express her emotions.

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John Newman - “Come and Get It” (video)

UK neo-soul crooner John Newman flashes off his skill in crafting a huge pop chorus with his latest single "Come and Get It".

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Tracey Thorn: Songs from the Falling EP

Thorn wrote and performed the score completely by herself using musical instruments one would find in a school band room (piano, guitar, recorder, bass, percussion) to fit the ambiance of the movie.

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The Mix Tapes - “Just Don’t Get It” (audio) (Premiere)

The Mix Tapes' "Just Don't Get It" exists at the intersection between Telecaster twang, Spoon-esque indie rock, and the music of the Beatles.

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Rachel Lynn - “The Claim” (video) (Premiere)

New York City chanteuse Rachel Lynn brings on a bevy of ballet dancers to enhance the vivid drama of her piano-led number "The Claim".

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Shelby Lynne: I Can’t Imagine (take 1)

I Can't Imagine feels like a remarkably minor record in Lynne's discography, full of warmth and good vibes but lacking that conviction that has defined virtually all of her post-millennial work.

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Sneaky Feelings: Send You

This 1983 debut effort by under-appreciated Flying Nun band, who were in the vanguard of the famed Dunedin Sound, is the latest to get the Captured Tracks reissue treatment.

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Starbenders - “Diet Soda” (audio) (Premiere)

The B-side to Starbenders' "Powder" 7-inch, "Diet Soda", is an example of the Atlanta band's take on punk.

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LCMDF - “Fooled (5/5 Remix)” (video) (US Premiere)

Taylor Swift-esque pop meets PC Music on the latest remix of the Finnish sister duo LCMDF, "Fooled".

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Glen Campbell: Rhinestone Cowboy (expanded reissue)

The overly amplified arrangements and an occasional clunker like the schmaltzy "Pencils For Sale" aside, Rhinestone Cowboy makes for an album well worth rediscovery.

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The Chandler Travis Three-O - “Air, Running Backwards” (audio) (Premiere)

Chandler Travis takes one of his classic tunes and radically re-interprets it for his latest compilation, which captures his friendship with fellow songsmith David Greenberger.

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14 May 2015 // 12:15 PM

North of Nine: Alive EP

The up-and-coming boy band North of Nine secure themselves as a Top 40-ready force to be reckoned with with strong lyricism and memorable hooks.

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The Wheel Workers - “Burglar” (audio) (Premiere)

New wave synth stylings meet sharp lyrics in the latest tune by Houston's the Wheel Workers, "Burglar".

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5 May 2015 // 4:30 AM

Tinashe: Amethyst

Tinashe’s meticulously crafted world is too engrossing to leave.

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Pop Unmuted Podcast: Brian Wilson’s ‘No Pier Pressure’ and Veteran Pop Artists

The latest installment of Pop Unmuted talks about pop artists who are far into their careers, starting with the latest Brian Wilson album. No Pier Pressure.

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22 Apr 2015 // 1:03 AM

Ron Sexsmith: Carousel One

Blandness sometimes encroaches, but Sexsmith’s 14th record proves, at its strongest, to be a typically warm, reassuring, and likeable piece of work.

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17 Apr 2015 // 1:02 AM

Emile Haynie: We Fall

Underground-turned-super producer Emile Haynie (KiD CuDi, Lana Del Ray, Eminem) stunt-casts his debut like crazy (Randy Newman?!) and against the odds crafts a very firm pop record out of the attention deficit.

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Seth Glier abstains from pretense and offers instead an album filled unbridled pop perfection.

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Kylie Minogue: Kylie / Enjoy Yourself / Rhythm of Love / Let’s Get to It

On these reissues of Kylie Minogue's first four records, the singer starts to figure out who she is, no matter how little her producers/hit-making assembly lines seemed to care.

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Brian Wilson: No Pier Pressure

No Pier Pressure is a lifeless, limp collection of songs that counts as a Brian Wilson album in name only.

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Could 'Heroes Reborn' Be the Stealth Reboot the Series Always Needed?

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"Heroes: Reborn looks like what the original Heroes could have been in an alternate, better universe.

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