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Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Big beat electronic artist the Chemical Brothers just released the new track "This Is Not a Game".

The song premiered last night with Zane Lowe of the BBC and SiriusXM BPM and it is featured on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. The soundtrack was curated by Lorde and releases November 18th via Republic Records.


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Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
What Sleater-Kinney reunion? "Bury Our Friends" makes you think the pathbreaking trio never went on hiatus in the first place.

Reunions can be a dicey proposition, especially for bands who seemed to have run their course organically and ended on a high note, which Sleater-Kinney certainly did with its heavy-duty 2005 swan song The Woods. Then again, if anyone can be counted on not to simply give into nostalgia and come back just for the heck of it, it would be a band that never took anything for granted and was as committed to its craft as Sleater-Kinney was—or, rather, is.


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Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
The newest set of tunes by Edmonton, Alberta-based synth-pop project Artisan Loyalist is a melange of enticing synth sounds.

Cheekily, on the Facebook page for the Edmonton, Alberta-based synth-pop project Artisan Loyalist (helmed by Rob Batke), the genre designation reads “Post-Yoga”. Given the seemingly endless parade of genre splintering that is happening at the moment, it’s not a stretch to imagine that such a thing exists. However, on The Ace EP, the latest collection of tunes from Artisan Loyalist, the music definitely doesn’t sound like it’s meant to take you to a zen place. From the sitar-esque lead riff to “O, Chamelon” to the propulsive beat of “O, Chamelon (Khotin remix)”, The Ace EP is definitely something to get the feet moving.


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Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
Longfellow may or may not be "the next Coldplay", but one thing is for certain, as evidenced by its new video for the song "Polaroid": these guys do Coldplay a lot better than Coldplay.

In a time where Coldplay is putting out the most boring music of its career, a group like Longfellow is a welcome and familiar thing to hear. The group hails from London, and already it has begun picking up accolades from British outlets. On BBC Radio 6 Music, Steve Lamacq hailed Longfellow as “The New Coldplay”. Support has also been given by Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2. Echoes of the early ‘00s, piano-centric British rock can be heard in Longfellow’s music, but the emotional earnestness and memorable chorus of “Polaroid” are strong enough that both the band and this track stand on their own.


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Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
Loose Buttons draw some aesthetic inspiration from the likes of Wes Anderson for their latest video, "Two Wolves".

The NYC-based indie rockers Loose Buttons are already gearing up to have a busy fall. This week alone the group has four dates at the popular CMJ festival, following the release of its most recent EP, Damage Gallery. One of the catchier tunes off of that release, “Two Wolves” (which premiered in June at Paste), now has a video, helmed by Frankie Fortunato & Justin Frabasile. The video’s playful and eccentric nature is not unlike Wes Anderson, whose famed yellow typefont is emulated in the lyric and title cues.


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