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Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014
The Brooklyn-based outfit Dinosaur Feathers's third studio album "look to Janet Jackson for spiritual guidance". It's as interesting a listen as it sounds.

“Afternoon Sun”, the lead track off of Control, the third album by the Brooklyn group Dinosaur Feathers, opens with a percussive sound quite similar to the one that opens the Knife’s “We Share Our Mother’s Health.” From there, things only get progressively kookier, as one might expect from a band called Dinosaur Feathers. From the “All She Wants to Do is Dance” drums of “Zeitgeist” to the faux Motown vibes of “Anything You Want”, Control is a delightful cornucopia of the odd. After all, it’s not often that a group from Brooklyn—a place that seems incapable of not producing new music constantly—comprised of two white guys goes to “look to Janet Jackson for spiritual guidance”. But, then again, Dinosaur Feathers are anything but a normal group.


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Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014
The goofy, kitschy, and incredibly fun video for Nikhil P. Yerawadekar and Low Mentality's "Reel it In" may be a little bit late for the summer; but, then again, it's never too late for a laugh.

“Reel it In”, a tune by the new project of Nikhil P. Yerawadekar called Low Mentality, is a fairly typical summer song. Twangy, clean notes on electric guitar open up the song, and the buoyant mood of the song very clearly resonates with the spirit of the Beach Boys. All of this is curious, then, given the song’s September 30th release, where it is being released as a 7” single (available on digital and vinyl). Summer began its yearly recess for the New York-based Yerawadekar a few weeks ago. However, one look at the goofy video for “Reel it In” will make obvious its all-seasons appeal.


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Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014
After over 20 years in the game, Sloan's Andrew Scott contributes a hell of an epic to the band's new "multiple-solo project" album Commonwealth and tells us of why he ended up stealing so many USA license plates in his time.

One would be hard-pressed to find much correlation between the Toronto power-pop institution that is Sloan and famed makeup-metalers KISS, but as of late, that task has become increasingly easy.


Back in 1978, riding a crest of popularity following the fact that KISS’ live albums were making them bigger stars than their studio albums ever were, the band’s manager thought it would be great idea to have each band member release their very own solo album on the same day, each disc counting as half-an-album in their five-album contract with their label. Although such a unique marketing idea had never been tried prior, the stunt itself turned out to have more of a lasting legacy than any of the material that appeared on those discs, but, if KISS gained a reputation for anything, it was being great at marketing.


For Sloan, however, the band has quietly been turning out brilliant pop albums every few years like clockwork, which makes them sound like they exist purely as craftsmen, but their consistently-stunning, quietly-developing style has been the very thing that has endeared them to their fans, which explains why, how after two decades in the business, they are still going strong, with each member (Chris Murphy, Patrick Pentland, Jay Ferguson, and Andrew Scott) proving to be a dynamic, distinct songwriter in their own right.


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Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
The latest addition to Yahoo! Live's impressive roster is the Purple Rain legend Prince, whose two albums Art Official Age and PLECTRUMELECTRUM are out now. Tune in later today on Yahoo! Live for the album release party.

Yahoo! Live has been offering listeners a plethora of live performance options starting this summer by allowing viewers to live-stream concerts by major artists. Already, they’ve captured performances by Drive-By Truckers, How to Dress Well, Coheed and Cambria, Lily Allen, and Swans. This online interface gives you the option to either live-stream the concert as it happens, or watch the recording of the concert in the 24 hours following the concert.


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Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014
The fifth and sixth tracks on American Idiot represent a turning point in its narrative, as the man we thought was our hero finds himself unworthy of the position, and so he transforms himself into a more disruptive and selfish being so that he can deal with what the future holds.

Thus far in American Idiot, Jesus of Suburbia has left his hometown, abandoned everything he thought he knew, and set out alone to find the truth. However, as we saw in “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”, this newfound purpose and solidarity has left him isolated, lonely, and scared, all the while questioning if he’s really on the right path. With the next two songs in the sequence—“Are We the Waiting” and “St. Jimmy”—we see him band together with others who are also going through the same search for introspection and morality, as well create a whole new personality with which he can lead them.


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