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Connections: Midnight Run

After the taut Into Sixes, the more fractured Midnight Run risks upsetting the formula the band has established, and yet that risk pays off at every turn.

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Cheshires - “Love This Feelin’” (audio) (premiere)

"Love This Feelin'" spins an update on classic rock, rambling psych dustiness taking center stage.

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25 Jul 2016 // 7:30 AM

The Strokes - “Threat of Joy” (Singles Going Steady)

The Strokes take a low key approach to the music, and it pays off handsomely.

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25 Jul 2016 // 2:15 AM

Spain: Carolina

Spain's sixth album features a wealth of smart, sophisticated songs from Josh Haden. It's a record both haunting and haunted.

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The Chairman Dances - “Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin” (audio) (premiere)

It’s the kind of spirited indie rock lazy music writers describe without fail as “jangly,” shimmering verses dropping into a dusty, stomping chorus reminiscent of the wandering rock of Springsteen and Darnielle.

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21 Jul 2016 // 2:30 AM

The Amazing: Ambulance

Ambulance finds the Amazing pushing forward, trying new angles, and adding moments of clarity and sparseness to their trademark bittersweet gauze.

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The Strike - “Eye for an Eye” (video) (premiere)

If you’ve ever said, “Man, do I wish Maroon 5’s pop was good,” this’ll tickle your fancy.

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Sadler Vaden - “Chameleon” (audio) (premiere)

In its slowness, "Chameleon" captures a lot of the leverage perfected during the latter days of what we traditionally consider classic rock.

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Be Calm Honcho - “Kid Go Hard” (audio) (premiere)

"Kid Go Hard" is steady, metered; a whimsical yet deeply grounded track.

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Band of Horses: Why Are You OK

Even though Why Are You Okay features some of Band of Horses' best work in a long time, it's still only slightly above average at best.

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The Jezabels - “Smile” (video) (premiere)

"Smile" is latently ferocious, waiting until just the right moment to bite with swirling guitars and crashing percussion operating under lead singer Hayley Mary’s misanthropic howl.

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19 Jul 2016 // 2:30 AM

Various Artists: C87

C87 is a deep dig down a particular acre of the ‘80s pop estate, pulling up dozens of in-between-scene gems that gleam as they reflect off one another.

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Evans the Death: Vanilla

Vanilla is both the most complex and most impressive work the band has yet done.

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The Dead Ships - “First Mistakes” (video) (premiere)

Expect rock on “First Mistakes,” because rock is what you’ll get.

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Various Artists: Day of the Dead

Aaron and Bryce Dessner have masterfully assembled a dizzying array of contemporary artists to reinterpret the songs of the Grateful Dead.

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“No One Creates Art in a Vacuum”: An Interview with Car Seat Headrest

One of the most promising indie songwriters in a generation, Car Seat Headrest's Will Toledo talks about revisiting old material, living a modern life abutting Colonial Williamsburg, and the way that artists have always built on each other's ideas ... or at least until now.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘90s - Part 1 (100 - 81)

The first part of our examination of the 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s, starting with 100 through 81. Stay tuned for part two on July 11th.

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30 Jun 2016 // 10:09 AM

Editors - “All the Kings” (Singles Going Steady)

Editors returns to the synth-centric new wave revivalism they first introduced on 2009's In This Light and on This Evening.

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29 Jun 2016 // 10:35 AM

Peter Bjorn and John - “Breakin’ Point” (Singles Going Steady)

"Breakin' Point" makes no attempt to undermine Peter Bjorn and John's tried-and-true formula.

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29 Jun 2016 // 9:30 AM

Kaiser Chiefs - “Parachute” (Singles Going Steady)

On "Parachute", the first single released from their upcoming LP Stay Together, Kaiser Chiefs scrap the punk-inspired edge that gave their earlier music grit and dynamism.

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Call For Papers: Celebrating Star Trek's 50th Anniversary

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"To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the hit franchise, PopMatters seeks submissions about Star Trek, including: the TV series, from The Original Series (TOS) to the highly anticipated 2017 new installment; the films, both the originals and the J.J. Abrams reboot; and ancillary materials such as novelizations, comic books, videogames, etc.

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