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by Nick Dinicola

14 Oct 2016

When people describe a story as Lovecraftian, they’re often referring to one specific theme that permeated his work: the theme of forbidden knowledge. A Lovecraftian story usually involves a character learning some secret truth that is too horrible to fully comprehend and is driven to some awful fate by the knowledge. Learning the truth is horrible, but being ignorant of the truth is equally horrible. There’s no escaping the horrors of the world.

It’s a powerful theme, but also a pretty wide-ranging theme. Most Lovecraftian stories take this idea at face value, wringing horror out of things that are supposedly unimaginable—fear of the unknown taken to the extreme. But there are more ideas to mine from this theme than the concept of confronting “unimaginable horrors.”

by PopMatters Staff

13 Oct 2016

Legendary British singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading returns with a new DVD and CD release, Me Myself I World Tour, that documents and highlights the artist’s 2014/2015 solo world tour, which is that last major tour of her long and storied career. This set was recorded at Washington D.C.‘s the Barns at Wolf Trap and she played her biggest hits and crowd favorites. The combo package will release November 11th via 429 Records. Today we’re sharing “The Weakness in Me” performed live. The song appeared originally on her 1981 album, Walk Under Ladders, which featured Thomas Dolby on synths and XTC’s Andy Partridge on guitar.

by Sarah Zupko

13 Oct 2016

Cincinnati’s Dawg Yawp weave together psychedelic rock, folk, electronica and American roots music in a wholly unique sound that’s all tied together by the sitar. Yes, I said sitar. If you never got enough of George Harrison’s sitar playing on Sgt. Pepper’s, then start here and you’ll think you’ve gone to heaven. Dawg Yawp is comprised of two best friends—Tyler Randall and Rob Keenan— who moved back to their Ohio hometown to work on the Dawg Yawp project and their debut self-titled album releasing October 14th via Old Flame Records.

by PopMatters Staff

13 Oct 2016

Chris Ingalls: This shiny, gleaming collaboration with Susanne Sundfør is a pure pop confection, and a damn catchy one at that. Diving deep into a retro dance sound, the production is thick with layers of keyboards, slippery synth bass lines and an infectious beat that all but guarantees a club smash. It’s like day-glo ABBA in a shopping mall in the ‘80s. [7/10]

by PopMatters Staff

12 Oct 2016

Sonic Avenues’ “Future” shows off the band’s punk roots and their post-punk sound that bares deep influences from Devo, the Buzzcocks, and a bit of Howard Devoto’s Magazine. It’s a rocking, two and a half minute slice of raucous energy, poppy choruses, slashing and chopping Rickenbacker guitars. Sonic Avenues hail from the incredibly fertile Montreal music scene and they are about to release their fourth album, Disconnector, which examines themes of future and destiny, human potential and its annihilation. But always with catchy tunes.

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