Vancouver band Twin River should remind many of such bands as Lush and Swervedriver, who not only delved deeply into the hazy, psychedelic, pedal-heavy guitar sounds of the shoegaze movement, but were also mindful that they were also rock ‘n’ roll bands. An element of garage rock, post-punk, and goth creeps into their second album Should the Light Go Out, and on the highlight “Secret in a Séance” the shadows of both Lush and the Cure loom very large. The band has just finished a video for the track, which were more than happy to premiere at PopMatters.
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They say the third time’s the charm, a chance to make up for the mistakes made during the first two attempts. In the case of the Terminator franchise, this is doubly untrue. After two amazing installments by James Cameron (who created the concept, via Harlan Ellison). The third was an indifferent cash grab that recycled familiar elements from those films. It was a hit, but not a home run. Instead of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, it was The Matrix Revolutions.
Now, jump ahead a decade and we have another third. This time out, Terminator Genisys wants to reset the entire series. After Rise of the Machines, and the awful McG waste of time Salvation, the new film’s narrative goes back to the beginning, back to the moment when Kyle Reese travels back in time to save Sarah Connor from the seemingly indestructible killing machine of the title. Of course, when the new version of our hero arrives, he comes across an equally new version of our heroine, and she’s got an aging robot companion as her bodyguard/bestie.
When he’s not performing behind former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley and serving as the Cult’s ninth bass player overall, Chris Wyse works on his own project, the hard rock outfit Owl. Owl’s third album Things You Can’t See comes out in a few weeks, and in advance of its release we’re pleased to premiere the new track “Star Up”. With its distinct swing the thunderous tune feels more glam rock than modern heavy rock, a welcome respite from the plodding post-grunge sound that has plagued hard rock for the past 20 years.
Pop Unmuted is a podcast dedicated to in-depth discussion of pop music from varying critical and academic perspectives. On Episode 13, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by music journalist Kira Grunenberg and Atlantic Records A&R consultant and music blogger Adam Soybel to celebrate the podcast’s one year anniversary by discussing pop anniversaries and pop nostalgia. The panel then talks about the latest single by the Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face” and its relationship to Apple Music. As always, we end with our Unmuted Pop Songs recommendation segment.
With the arrival of a number of successful and interesting episodic games, this approach to gaming seems to be growing more and more common.
This week the Moving Pixels podcast discusses the possibilities and limitations of a crime drama in episodic game form, The Detail.
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