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by PopMatters Staff

2 Feb 2016

San Francisco’s Panic Is Perfect are a pure pop band who pen super memorable hooks and create intricate layers of carefully composed music. Band member Mike Hoffman says, “We have a lot of multilayered arrangements in our songs, and almost everything we write features big hooks. Everything is catchy, but it’s also complex. The songs are approachable and memorable at the same time.” That’s the approach that leads to pop songs that last and stand the test of time. Panic Is Perfect is a pretty new group, with just a 2015 EP behind them, and so it’s pretty remarkable that their sound is already so fully formed. The group’s debut album, Cellspace, releases this Friday and look for big things from these guys as their songs are irresistible.

by Sachyn Mital

2 Feb 2016

One of my favorite artists of 2015, Anderson East is on fire. And not just in the celebrity gossip pages—he’s now rumored to be dating, and creating music with, Miranda Lambert. East’s fire burns bright when he’s on stage, passionately singing and energetically performing.

by PopMatters Staff

2 Feb 2016

Hailing from the chilly climes of Windsor, Ontario, the Blue Stones turn the tables on their environment by playing the hottest kind of rock. Playing as a duo gives their blues rock sound lots of punch, rather like the White Stripes in that sense. The Blues Stones’ 2012 album, How’s That Sound?, charted on Bandcamp’s best-selling list and that combined with buzzed about live shows, puts the group on a path to success for their latest album, Black Holes, which releases this April. Today we are sharing the first single for that upcoming album, charging hard rock number “The Hard Part”.

by Kym Buchanan

2 Feb 2016

I’m looking for more video games that explore ambiguity in their realities and representation. This may seem like a counter-intuitive ambition in a medium in which artists frequently strive for photorealism. Yet beyond recreation, I want more games that challenge and thus grow my imagination. Let me explain.

The greatest worth of video games—as a human endeavor—may be their potential to nurture our imaginations. This is a familiar argument but different proponents seem to assert different things. Let’s first examine a popular version of the argument, and then unpack a second version that may be more interesting.

by PopMatters Staff

1 Feb 2016

Chad Miller: Maybe it’s just the fact that the song has fossil in the name, but Ash Koosha really knows how to put a visual in the mind. Prehistoric scenes flash through the brain as this song plays out. He creates an interesting paradox by employing the lifeless electronic beats to act as the plentifully noisy bugs of the time, adding an interesting air to the piece. A distorted melody soon takes over once the introduction has set, adding the impression of chaos to the piece. I’ve heard music that’s meant to take you back to a simpler time. Never like this though. [7/10]

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