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by PopMatters Staff

26 Aug 2016

Young the Giant  are headlining tonight's AUDIENCE Network concert with an amazing performance and interview.

Indie rockers Young the Giant are headlining tonight’s AUDIENCE Network concert special airing at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on AUDIENCE Network, DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114. The band was definitely “on” big time for this event as Sameer Gadhia’s passionate vocals on “Something to Believe In” make you believe him. We’ve got an exclusive clip of that song to whet your appetite for the entire concert tonight, which also features an in-depth interview with the band.

by Nick Dinicola

26 Aug 2016

Door Kickers  is not a multiplayer game, but for a while there, I couldn’t tell the difference.

Everything is online now. As someone who mostly plays single-player games but who still has his console connected to the Internet, there’s no escaping the omnipresent community of friends and fellow gamers. From multiplayer to leaderboards to player-generated content—heck, even the faux-online feel of offline games like DarkMaus—I can never forget that I’m part of a larger social group.

This is not a bad thing. I like the hyper-connected world that we live in, and I can manage my online presence just fine, but knowing/assuming that I’m always connected can result in a weird and (wonderfully) fascinating disconnect from reality in those rare moments when I’m not actually connected to a larger community.

by Evan Sawdey

26 Aug 2016

The Burnside Project  were just a touch ahead of their time, mixing indie-rock aesthetics with electronic wondermint. As part of Bar None's 30th Anniversary, you can download their long-lost masterwork, right now, for free.

In celebration of Bar None Records’ 30th anniversary, The Burnside Project—the electronics-indebted indie rock trio featuring Richard Jankovich, Gerald Hammill, and Paul Searing—have decided to do something wholly unique: take the group’s labored-over but never-released third album, Syntax and Semantics, and unleash it onto the world, starting with a two week free download exclusive only to PopMatters.

Casual observers may be familiar with “Cue the Pulse to Begin”, a minor four-on-the-floor club hit that later became the theme song to the US version of Queer as Folk, and the album that it came from, 2003’s The Networks, the Circuits, the Streams, the Harmonies, even got a nomination for the short-lived Shortlist Award, no less than Cameron Crowe ending up being the one who nominated the guys.

by Sachyn Mital

25 Aug 2016

Saul Williams played  a free, powerful Summerstage show ahead of his appearance at Afropunk this weekend.

Saul Williams may not directly challenge the status quo every day but an uprising is at core of his being. When he performed a free show for Summerstage in Marcus Garvey Park, Williams began his set late due to technical difficulties some of which continued through his set. However, with a simple stage arrangement, it was simply him and his a backup DJ/producer, Williams commanded attention at the park. When the music dropped out (due to audio issues?) he continued on and later, he inflamed the audience further from the crowd. With the lights low (and the sun down), Williams’ system challenging lyrics aligned with his MartyrLoserKing multimedia backdrop and allowed his message to be the center of attention. As an artist, a poet, an activist and more, Williams is steadfast on his principles and his music reflects his social and political views. Check out some photos and a couple of clips from his set below.

by Sarah Zupko

25 Aug 2016

Eli Paperboy Reed's  "My Way Home" highlights the birth of a real soul man.

Eli Paperboy Reed blends soul and gospel into a style Chris Ingalls called “garage soul” on his latest album My Way Home. Moving away from pop into roots music suits Reed to a tee as he benefits from a strong, passionate voice positively dripping with soul and an incendiary performance style that leaves crowds in awe. Reed tells PopMatters that “‘My Way Home’ was the first song [he] wrote for this album and it really helped reveal the direction the rest of the record was going to take and what [he] wanted to get across both musically and emotionally.” That’s readily apparent as the title song builds to a moving finish that will slay soul freaks. Like Mike Farris, Reed keeps the rock ‘n’ roll energy in his music and he’s grown into a consummate artist that’ll thrill audiences for many, many years.

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"Door Kickers is not a multiplayer game, but for a while there, I couldn’t tell the difference.

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