Articles tagged pop

14 May 2015 // 1:15 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 // 5:30 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 // 2:03 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 // 2:02 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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Janet Devlin: Running with Scissors

An Irish singer-songwriter learns how the shine of her voice can transform angst into maturity.

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Pop Unmuted Podcast: Max Martin and Ellie Goudling’s “Love Me Like You Do”

Episode 10 of Pop Unmuted looks at legendary pop producer/songwriter Max Martin, his 30 year career, and his latest hit with Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do."

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‘The Wrecking Crew’ Celebrates One of the Music Industry’s Best Kept Secrets

By showing the range and the influence these session musicians had on the hits from the '50s to the '70s, The Wrecking Crew proves their place in rock 'n' roll history.

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The Rua - “I’m OK” (video) (Premiere)

The final installment of PopMatters' six week series on the UK up-and-comers of the Rua concludes with an upbeat number about moving on and being confident in oneself, "I'm OK".

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Bob and Martha - “We Leave” (audio) (Premiere)

The Brooklyn duo Bob and Martha came together "an explosive firework of creativity and kittens". One spin of their newest tune, "We Leave", makes it evident that description is no exaggeration.

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Starling Glow - “Ignite (Acoustic Version)” (video) (Premiere)

The Orange County-based pop group Starling Glow, helmed by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Liz Hill.

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The Rua - “Standout” (video) (Premiere)

Part three of PopMatters's six-week series on the UK sibling trio the Rua turns to the song "Standout", a track inspired by the life of a woman very close to the band.

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Inspired and the Sleep - “Pool Guard” (audio) (Premiere)

It's never out of season for a quality slice of summery beach pop, as the flute-accented "Pool Guard" attests.

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22 Oct 2014 // 2:20 AM

The Voyage Impulse in the Music of Sting

No matter what hat he wears as an artist, the impulse to voyage beyond defines Sting, as do the impulses that compel him to stay.

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22 Oct 2014 // 2:05 AM

Jessie Ware: Tough Love

Jessie Ware supplies more late-night soul on her sophomore effort, an album that finds her subtly expanding her much-lauded R&B sound.

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21 Oct 2014 // 2:03 AM

ABBA: Live at Wembley Arena

On Live at Wembley Arena, ABBA deliver a tightly choreographed and wildly enjoyable performance during the height of their powers.

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Double Take: 'The French Connection' (1971)

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"You pick your feet in Poughkeepsie, and we pick The French Connection for Double Take #18.

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