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by Brice Ezell

3 Jun 2015

With a simplistic  yet undeniably catchy chorus, "Simpleanimal" is a welcome return by the Seattle-by-way-of-Oklahoma indie pop outfit Aqueduct.

It’s been eight years since Aqueduct—initially from Tulsa, Oklahoma but now camped out in Seattle—released a full-length debut, the last time being 2007’s Or Give Me Death. That LP follows 2005’s I Sold Gold, which caught the group a new wave of critical appreciation and even an appearance on Conan O’Brien. The wait for a new Aqueduct album is now over, however, as Wild Knights is set to be released this summer.

For both a preview of Wild Knights and an example of frontman David Terry’s pop chops, you can stream the catchy “Simpleanimal” below. The direct yet subtly complex tune is one reason why this description from The Onion makes terrific sense: “[Aqueduct is] like a collaboration between the Beach Boys and XTC.”

by Fergus Halliday

3 Jun 2015

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

First airing in September 2006, the first season of NBC’s Heroes found its audience in a big way. It combined an interesting cast, slick special effects (for the time), and a sprawling mythology to bring superpowers to the small screen that, in retrospect, really set the stage for today’s superhero TV line-up. However, Heroes’ success proved short-lived, as each successive season grew more convoluted and threw away a lot of the goodwill its debut garnered.

This year, the series is set to return with Heroes: Reborn, and there’s every reason to suspect it could be a real phoenix-rising moment for the show.

by Brian Crecente / Tribune News Service (TNS)

3 Jun 2015

While E3 has  traditionally been an industry event that doesn’t officially allow consumers onto its game-packed floors, this year the show is allowing 4,000 to 5,000 of some of gaming’s biggest fans into the Los Angeles Convention Center halls to wander as invited guests.

This year’s E3 will include a first for the 20-year-old annual international gaming convention in LA: limited public access.

While E3 has traditionally been an industry event that doesn’t officially allow consumers onto its game-packed floors, this year the show is allowing 4,000 to 5,000 of some of gaming’s biggest fans into the Los Angeles Convention Center halls to wander as invited guests.

by Scott Interrante

3 Jun 2015

Pop Unmuted talks  to Dr. Robin James about her book Resilience and Melancholy: Pop Music, Feminism, Neoliberalism and Rihanna's latest hit "American Oxygen".

Pop Unmuted is a podcast dedicated to in-depth discussion of pop music from varying critical and academic perspectives. On Episode 12, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Dr. Robin James, to discuss her new book Resilience and Melancholy: Pop Music, Feminism, Neoliberalism as well as Rihanna’s “American Oxygen”. As always, we close with our Unmuted Pop Songs recommendations.

by Thomas Britt

3 Jun 2015

Merle Haggard, St . Vincent, and the Flaming Lips headed up another eclectic year at Ohio's Nelsonville Music Festival.

Photo: Merle Haggard

Mavis Staples and the Flaming Lips were among the lineup for the 2015 Nelsonville Music Festival, an annual four-day event produced by Stuart’s Opera House, “a historic, non-profit theater located in Nelsonville [Ohio]”. Both acts returned to the festival after previous appearances in recent years. The Flaming Lips performed a memorable show in 2011, and Staples began to perform in 2013 before her set was interrupted by a thunderstorm. That both artists were interested in another visit to Nelsonville is a testament to the quality of the festival and its growing reputation as a place for music and art enthusiasts to enjoy eclectic programming.

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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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