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by PopMatters Staff

28 Jan 2009

The FADER is offering a download of Brazilian singer-songwriter Yoñlu’s new song, “I Know What It’s Like”. The track is from his debut album, A Society in Which No Tear Is Shed Is Inconceivably Mediocre, releasing April 14th on Luaka Bop Records. Watch PopMatters for a review by Deanne Sole close to release date.

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I Know What It’s Like [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

28 Jan 2009

Adrien Begrand tapped young Swedish singer Lykke Li as the very vest of the by:Larm 2008 festival in Norway, tapping her as by:Larm’s “It Girl” and “a star in the making”. In further praise, Begrand called her 2008 release, Youth Novelsone of the finest debuts of the year... classy, fun, sensual, and more grown-up than you’d expect, it’s the kind of confident debut that puts the Kate Nashes of the world to shame”. Her new video, “Tonight”, is a bonus track on US versions of that fine debut.

by Zeth Lundy

28 Jan 2009

The silly red hat: it’s back. At first, when I see Elvis Costello wearing that questionable fashion choice once again atop his head while performing (an abridged) “All This Useless Beauty” at the start of tonight’s episode of Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… (airing Wednesdays at 9pm EST/PST on the Sundance Channel), I conclude that he must dust the thing off each time a devotee of opera appears on the show. Tonight’s guest, after all, is American soprano Renée Fleming. Alas, my conclusion is premature: halfway through the episode, Costello introduces, as a surprise guest, Rufus Wainwright, who appears wearing the same outfit from his previous episode. This episode, then, was taped on the same day, perhaps the only day that hat made it out from some whimsical closet and into public.

by PopMatters Staff

28 Jan 2009

Writing about Cool Kids’ 2008 release, The Bake Sale EP, Jordan Sargent said the Chicago duo “love the ‘80s, so they dress the part, beepers and gold ropes included, and offer an impressive mix of carefree rhymes, silvery flow, and rumbling beats”. Now on tap is the first video from their upcoming release, When Fish Ride Bicycles, directed by GL Joe.

by PopMatters Staff

28 Jan 2009

PopMatters’ James Bassett raved about the recent live Justice album, A Cross the Universe, calling it “stunning accompaniment to one of the world’s premiere live shows”. This recent video gives a glimpse of just how frenetic those shows really are.

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