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by PopMatters Staff

17 Feb 2009

We thought pretty highly of Gui Boratto’s last album, Chromophobia, including it in our Best Albums of 2007 and giving the album a 9. Boratto’s new album, Take My Breath Away, releases via Kompakt digitally on Beatport February 23rd and in stores March 3rd. Check out the title track from this Brazilian techno master.

Gui Boratto
“Take My Breath Away” [MP3]
     

TOUR DATES
WED 3/25 MIAMI, FL DJ Mag Event thru Edo
FRI 3/27 NEW YORK, NY Studio B
SAT 3/28 CHICAGO, IL Smart Bar
WED 4/1 QUEBEC CITY, QC Sonar
THUR 4/2 MONTREAL, QC Parking
WED 4/8 SEATTLE, WA Nectar
FRI 4/10 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Paradise
SAT 4/11 DENVER, CO Beta
FRI 4/17 INDIO, CA Coachella

by Matt White

17 Feb 2009

Morrissey continues his promotion of Years of Refusal with a stop at Friday Night with Jonathan Ross last week, performing “I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris” and a jarringly heavy version of the Smiths’ classic “This Charming Man”. Ross assures the audience that, with song titles like “Black Cloud” and “I’m OK By Myself”, Morrissey fans are sure to love the new album.

Years of Refusal is out now. Here’s the PopMatters review by John Bergstrom.

by C.L. Chafin

17 Feb 2009

Killer tofu be damned. Odds are that over the next few years, when the world hears “The Beets”, they’ll think of these fuzzed out pop kids from Brooklyn, and not the bunch of blue-faced Beatles rip-offs from Doug

The below video, for “Walk on Your Toes”, may just feature Juan Wauters, a third of the band, but it perfectly captures the Beets’ sound.  It’s so low-fi you have to dig it up to hear it, but give it half a chance and you’ll have it stuck in your head the rest of the day/week/month. Still, guys, you might up the production values just a smidge. You’ll still have cred, and we might actually be able to hear what you’re doing.

by Joe Tacopino

17 Feb 2009

Austin’s the Strange Boys have a wildly psychedelic sound with guitarist/singer Ryan Sambol’s quivering voice exuding equal amounts Southern twang and bare-boned insecurity. The Strange Boys are relatively obscure but this won’t last for long as the band prepares their debut LP in anticipation for their hometown SXSW festival next month. Check out the jangle and swagger of “Heard You Wanna Beat Me Up” from The Strange Boys… And Girls Club.

The Strange Boys
“Heard You Wanna Beat Me Up” [MP3]
     

by Katrina-Kasey Wheeler

17 Feb 2009

Gavin Rossdale is accustomed to success.

After all, he was catapulted to stardom in the mid-‘90s as the lead vocalist and guitarist of Bush, one of the most successful alt-rock bands of the time, enjoying commercial achievement with hits such as “Glycerine” and “The Chemicals Between Us”.  Wanderlust—his first-ever solo outing—proves that despite time away from the music scene, he can hit the ground running and conquer the world once again.

Rossdale who has said in past interviews: “I feel like a racehorse that’s been stuck in the stables a bit too long. The doors are locked and no one can find the key—worse I’m not sure who’s looking for it.”  As such, he’s tried creating a new sound. Rossdale’s approach to songwriting has not drastically changed insomuch that his lyrics are as introspective as ever; but if you are expecting to hear Bush-like bass lines—think again. Wanderlust is much more laissez-faire than his previous days with Bush and Institute.  In order to explore different musical avenues and gain a new perspective, Rossdale employed the skills of producer Bob Rock, the mastermind behind records for Metallica, Aerosmith, and Motley Crue. Rossdale and his band recorded eighteen songs in a mere five days, and the band’s work ethic has paid off, yielding the hit radio smash “Love Remains the Same.”

As one half of the power couple that is Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani—it is nearly impossible for Rossdale to escape the ever-present paparazzi. With the new album and a burgeoning family, it is difficult to maintain a private life.  As Rossdale explains, “It can be annoying and it is nearly impossible to maintain a private life. The Paparazzi are like mosquitoes. There are so many more important things in life to pursue.” While making strides in evading the constant glare from the media and welcoming a new child into the family, Rossdale has created a notable addition to his library of work with Wanderlust.

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