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by Adrien Begrand

30 Jul 2015

The German power  trio emphasize "power" on this gargantuan rocker of a single.

Berlin trio Kadavar started off innocuously enough, first attracting attention from the stoner/retro-heavy rock crowd, but in 2013 their second album Abra Kadavar, followed by a series of revelatory performances in North America and Europe, established them as a true force to be reckoned with in hard rock and heavy metal. Their follow-up, the aptly-titled Berlin, places more emphasis on the rock ‘n’ roll side of their sound (as opposed to stoner metal) than ever before, echoing the filthy, gritty sounds of Detroit’s Stooges and MC5.

by PopMatters Staff

30 Jul 2015

Now up on  Singles Going Steady, electro poppers Silicon will release their debut album Personal Computer on August 28th via Weird World.

I’m not necessarily entirely huge on the electronic funk that Silicon seems to be bringing to the table, but I can definitely appreciate it for what it is from a technical standpoint. He’s being remarkably clean-cut with their mastering for a debut release, and that’s something that I think will carry them far within their respective lane. A bit too calculated to be quite sensual to me, which seems to be what the song is trying to evoke, though I know there’ll be plenty who’ll dig it all the same.    Jonathan Frahm [6/10]

by Adrien Begrand

30 Jul 2015

The Voice  runner-up undergoes a pop/soul makeover on her new EP, and it suits her perfectly.

No longer one half of country duo Steel Magnolia, and coming off a run on The Voice that saw here place second, Meghan Linsey has undergone a transformation from mainstream country chanteuse to pop/soul belter. And judging by what you hear on her new EP Believer below, the new sound suits the Louisiana-raised, Nashville-based singer to a tee. Produced by Ashley Monroe collaborator Tyler Cain, Believer retains enough country influence to attract listeners from that side, but make no mistake, this is one assertive, sassy little pop record with strong crossover appeal, highlighted by the Southern-tinged rocker “Counterfeit” and thunderous ballad “Best of Me”.

by Adrien Begrand

30 Jul 2015

Normally a beach  nuisance, seagulls bring some grace to this dreamy new video.

Just in time for the dog days of summer, musician W. Heyward Sims, AKA Devereaux, has released a video for his current single “Bikini”, from the 2014 album Pineapple Flex. A sun-splashed chillwave-meets-Kraftwerk piece that evokes the dreamy, hot laziness of late July, the video itself is simple yet effective, nothing more than slow-motion footage of seagulls swooping on a beach. Normally in real life that’d be annoying as hell, but on video the movement of the birds comes across as languid and graceful, just like the hooky little track itself.

by PopMatters Staff

30 Jul 2015

Today, we launch  our new in-the-round singles review section with the new video from British band Foals, who are due to release their new album What Went Down on August 28th.

PopMatters is launching this new section called Singles Going Steady where we will cover new songs and videos using an in-the-round format with multiple writers from the PM staff. Readers are encouraged to contribute their own review and rating in the comments section.

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