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by PopMatters Staff

9 Dec 2016

Mondo Cozmo is what you get when you mix the anthemic Britpop of the Verve and Oasis with contemporary Americana and the folk rock of Bob Dylan. It’s an intoxicating blend of sounds, designed for the largest of arena stages. Cozmo creates a big sound that reaches right in and grabs you by the heart. “Shine” is Cozmo’s latest single and it’s marching up the AAA charts. I highly recommend checking Cozmo out at a show now, before he starts selling out Wembley.

by Nick Dinicola

9 Dec 2016

Virginia is a neat game. It uses the visual language of cinema, specifically the “cut”, to tell an ambitious story about corruption, identity, and the politics of power. Yet it’s these very cinematic tricks that also handicap the game, limiting the ways in which it can express itself. Rather than work within those limitations to tell its story, Virginia shows us as much as it can within its allotted time, and then cops out with an exposition dump that tries to connect what we’ve already seen to its grander ideas of corruption, identity, and power politics. It’s a flawed game, but fascinatingly flawed.

by Imran Khan

8 Dec 2016

He is a two-time Grammy award winner. He’s worked with legends like Smokey Robinson and has garnered praise from such musical luminaries as Public Enemy’s Chuck D. And still there are too many people who have yet to hear of him. Timothy Bloom has been diligently working the music circuit, writing and recording for the last six years or so. But he managed to turn some heads with his 2014 self-titled debut, an illustrious jewel of rousing blues and silky soul which featured his incredibly versatile singing.

by Sarah Zupko

8 Dec 2016

Best known for her experimental music with husband John Lennon, Yoko Ono discovered her love for electronic dance music nearly 16 years ago. Her latest club banger is the heady “Hell in Paradise”, a perfect dance album for the Trump era. This set of lyrics couldn’t be more on point: “When will we come to realize / We’re all stoned or pacified / While the boogie men organize / Their multilevel schemes.” Ono‘s work has always been socially conscious, and we need that in our music, even dance music, more than ever. The tremendously catchy “Hell in Paradise” has a had some remixes release already and today we bring you Camelphat’s take on the catchy, big beat tune. Camelphat’s remix is the best of the batch of remixes so far as it brings the funk and amps up the soul of the song.

by Sarah Zupko

7 Dec 2016

Critically acclaimed American group the Band of Heathens are releasing their first studio album since 2013 this coming January 13th. Duende will be the Texas band’s fifth studio album and it adds some new sounds to their palette, including this pop-driven number, “All I’m Asking”, that we’re premiering today. Don’t be fooled into thinking Duende is all pop, though; this album shows the greatest degree of musical exploration centered around their Americana core. You’re going to hear some rockers, country twang, honky-tonk blues, New Orleans R&B, and Boogie-woogie. Ed Jurdi says, “I feel the album brings together all our influences, everything we’ve done over the years as a band. We’ve touched on every part of our career, our roots, some singer/songwriter contemplative stuff, some high-energy rock ‘n’ roll. It’s all us, the record we were supposed to make.  Ten years later, that’s what keeps us coming back.”

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Exposition Dumps Don't Need Dialogue in 'Virginia'

// Moving Pixels

"Virginia manages to have an exposition dump without wordy exposition.

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