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by Jonathan Frahm

11 Aug 2017

Kids and Chemicals combine the cerebral workings of electronic soundscapes with an unbridled affection for anthemic rock ‘n’ roll on their latest LP, After Life.

Expanding from a sibling duo into a four piece electro-rock quintet over the years, the Springfield-based artists’ ambitious latest project is centered around the concept of a drug-addled lover who considers going to quite literal otherworldly lengths to see his partner again. Aurally, the album invokes a medley of influences ranging from gritty rock, to modern and retro electronic callbacks, and even an acoustic-centric pop strummer to top things off.

by PopMatters Staff

10 Aug 2017

Chris Ingalls: Are the internet trolls right? Is this about the Illuminati? It doesn’t really matter—this dense, sample-packed track provides the perfect vehicle for a Kendrick/Rihanna collaboration and shows that neither artist is interested in slowing down or becoming boring. The mid-track harmony break, the simmering tempo, and the combination of both of these unique voices make this a winning single. [9/10]

by Sarah Zupko

10 Aug 2017

Americana music artist Eilen Jewell has a deep love of musical history, so much so that the Signature Sounds label head called her a musicologist. That’s a good thing to be when your stock in trade is a broad range of American roots music. Knowing where different musical forms come from and understanding the traditions, makes for a better artist every time. And Eilen Jewell is indeed a real artist.

by Jonathan Frahm

10 Aug 2017

Calling back to breezy rock-and-roll this side of the Beatles’ first couple of albums, everything about the Karpinka Brothers’ latest single embraces nostalgic overtones with a sunny backbeat that’s hard not to groove along with.

by Sarah Zupko

10 Aug 2017

Montreal pop R&B singer Sara Diamond is spending 2017 releasing singles about the ups and downs of love. Following the powerful single “Back to You” that focused on the pain of a break-up, Diamond unleashes her strong, affecting vocals on “Unsure”, a track about the uncertainties that plague one while dating. Featuring understated and minimal electronics, the arrangement put Diamond’s voice at the center where it belongs. Only 22 years old, Diamond has been singing since she was a kid and it’s all she ever really wanted to do. That passion comes through in her music.

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