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by Adrien Begrand

24 Jun 2015

Bearing a likeable resemblance to Biffy Clyro and the Kooks while fitting in neatly alongside fellow UK buzz band Wolf Alice, Essex band Stealing Signs will release their new EP Hide and Seek in a few weeks. In the meantime they’ve made a cute little android-inspired video for the playful title track, which we’re glad to premiere here at PopMatters.

by Adrien Begrand

24 Jun 2015

Dreadnought is so immersed in the ‘70s progressive rock and folk that when you hear their hushed, acoustic passages you immediately assume they’re from England. Then the black metal kicks in, and you don’t know what to think. It turns out the band is from Denver, and they’ve done a wondrous job combining classic prog and extreme metal on their forthcoming new album Bridging Realms. Led by the sumptuous dual lead vocals of Kelly Schilling and Lauren Vieira (who also play flute and keyboards respectively), Dreadnought showcase all sides of their eclectic sound on the gorgeous 14-minute composition “Odyssey”, which we’re very pleased to premiere here at PopMatters. It’s like a collision between Comus and Agalloch, and is not to be missed.

by Adrien Begrand

24 Jun 2015

Gainesville, Florida band Ancient River released their latest album Keeper of the Dawn back in April, which, true to their form, continues their journey into the real of shoegaze, dreampop, and psychedelic rock. They recently joined forces with artist Xevi Soler to create a video for the track “Stay With Me”, and what resulted is an extraordinary, surreal little short film that’s equal parts dreamy and gritty.

by Evan Sawdey

24 Jun 2015

It’s hard to believe we are now three full seasons in to the story of Sarah Manning (the still Emmy nomination-less Tatiana Maslany) discovering that she is, in fact, a genetic clone. Her copies are numerous, just as are the parties interested in cracking their genetic code, ranging from the biotech conglomerate Dyad to the fierce religious faction known as the Proletheans. By the end of the second season, it was revealed that one of the Proletheans, Mark Rollins (Ari Millen) was, in fact, part of a series of male clones, themselves developed under the name Project Castor, and in season three, the war between the male clones and Sarah and her sisters wages on, the chief antagonist being Dr. Virginia Coady (Kry Harper), who is hell-bent on discovering the sickness that is afflicting all of the Castor boys, even if if it means sterilizing several innocent young women in the process. What follows is a series of jailbreak attempts, school elections, double-crosses, and the single most unexpected and jaw-dropping twerk sequence ever filmed.

There was a lot to digest this season, so let’s digest the good, the bad, and the Indifferent as we start our countdown clocks until season four gets its 2016 premiere date. (Don’t get too worried, #CloneClub: there’s way more good than bad, but let’s be honest about a few things here.)

by Christian John Wikane

24 Jun 2015

Questions (2015) is the perfect title for David Bronson’s latest album. Throughout nearly a dozen songs, the New York-based singer-songwriter examines life in all its seasons, occasionally posing a direct question in the lyrics. “Does it give your heart a beating?”, he asks on “Task”. In the context of the song’s gripping musicality, the answer is a resounding yes. “Task” stands apart amidst Bronson’s thoroughly laudable set of original compositions. While no one mood overstays its welcome on Questions, “Task” brings a dose of acoustic funk to the mix. Producer Godfrey Diamond (Lou Reed, Etta James, Aerosmith) ensures a seamless blend among all the elements, making “Task” the album’s most essential track.

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