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by Jonathan Frahm

24 Feb 2017

Beth Bombara has  a knack for evoking potent emotions in her performances, and this much is evident in "Sweet Time".

Photo: Nick Burrell

Sometimes the best works of art are created in the most harrowing of moments. Such was the case for singer-songwriter Beth Bombara through the development of her upcoming album Map and No Direction. The Americana artist has previously described her upcoming record as written over “a couple months of a can’t-quite-get-out-of-bed, always-tired-but-can’t-sleep kind of depression”.

by Nick Dinicola

24 Feb 2017

Fire Emblem  Heroes desperately and shamelessly wants to monetize our love for these characters, yet it has no idea why we came to love them in the first place.

I’m a relatively new fan of the Fire Emblem series. Like a lot of people, I came to the series through the 3DS game Fire Emblem: Awakening. Also like a lot of people, I was interested in the mobile game, Fire Emblem Heroes. Now that Heroes is finally out, it can be compared and judged against the rest of the series, and unfortunately for fellow fans of Awakening, the mobile game ignores what made the 3DS game so special. 

by PopMatters Staff

23 Feb 2017

D.R.A .M. redeems the term "cute" and makes an appealing plea for its return as a compliment.

Steve Horowitz: This is a truly adorable video and an endearing song. Muppet love! And damn, D.R.A.M. has an infectious grin. Musically the song is infectious pop with a not so innocent-innocence. The catchy hooks and beat make the time go fast and before one knows it, one has to play the song again. There was a time not so long ago where the word “cute” was used as an insult as in “Don’t get cute.” D.R.A.M. redeems the term and makes an appealing plea for its return as a compliment. Kudos are in order! [9/10]

by Sarah Zupko

23 Feb 2017

Boise, Idaho's Oceans  Are Zeroes conjure up a vast atmospheric post-rock landscape on their new single "Inside".

Boise, Idaho’s Oceans Are Zeroes play an atmospheric brand of post-rock rooted in ambient music that can capture the vastness of wide-open landscapes, even the colors of the light and space. Oceans Are Zeroes’ music is deeply reflective and beautiful, while melodies are punctured with both melancholy and wonder. The band is set to release their self-titled debut album on April 17th, and we’ve got the gorgeous first single “Inside” that will thrill fans of Sigur Rós and Radiohead. Any band that can translate experienced sounds of nature into song with such finesse and beauty as Oceans Are Zeroes is headed places in my book.

by Nick Dinicola

23 Feb 2017

In a world  of hitmen, snitches, mobsters, murderers, terrorists, rapists, rioters, bombers, thieves, and serial killers, your greatest enemy is your boss.

I’m a police chief with only four months left until my forced retirement. I’m burnt out, I’ve got no life savings, I’m addicted to uppers, the Mayor hates me, I hate the Mayor, and my deputy fled the city under pressure from a corruption scandal, leaving me to take his place as a mole for the mafia. 

It’s a recipe for tragedy. This Is the Police is a neo-noir resource management sim, a bizarre coupling for sure, but also a surprisingly effective one. The premise sounds like a typical “good cop gone bad” scenario, especially once you—Jack Boyd—decide on a retirement plan: Earn $500k before your days are up, by any means necessary. However, while Jack might be a good cop, he’s not a particularly good man. This isn’t the story of Jack’s moral downfall as he is already close to the bottom of that metaphorical well when the game begins. This is the story of his attempted come back. The power structure in the city of Freeburg is designed to keep men like him under the boot, so when he realizes his days are numbered he rebels against that system. Not out of moral outrage, but self-preservation. This is the Police tells the story of his failure, and why it was always inevitable. 

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"In a world of hitmen, snitches, mobsters, murderers, terrorists, rapists, rioters, bombers, thieves, and serial killers, your greatest enemy is your boss.

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