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by PopMatters Staff

26 Aug 2016

This is full-on  dystopian folk music, with lyrical aphasia and a clone army of distorted vocal tracks.

Tanner Smith: “10dEATthbreast” is Justin Vernon’s long-awaited response to his Yeezus collaborations: by overlaying filtered chants on top of the buzzed out low-end and clattering percussion, he creates something altogether more forceful and propulsive than any song on Bon Iver’s first two records. And yet, in the song’s second minute, he leads this mini-epic into a beautiful, spacious crescendo that contains all the searching intimacy you’ve come to expect from his work. A truly futuristic assemblage, the song feels wholly singular in the current indie climate. Along with the other advance single, “22 (OVER S∞∞N)”, “10dEAThbREast” depicts a mercurial artist who is continually pushing himself and his music into unknown territories. [9/10]

by PopMatters Staff

26 Aug 2016

Young the Giant  are headlining tonight's AUDIENCE Network concert with an amazing performance and interview.

Indie rockers Young the Giant are headlining tonight’s AUDIENCE Network concert special airing at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on AUDIENCE Network, DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114. The band was definitely “on” big time for this event as Sameer Gadhia’s passionate vocals on “Something to Believe In” make you believe him. We’ve got an exclusive clip of that song to whet your appetite for the entire concert tonight, which also features an in-depth interview with the band.

by Evan Sawdey

26 Aug 2016

Burnside Project were  ahead of their time, mixing indie rock aesthetics with electronic wondermint. As part of Bar None's 30th anniversary, you can download their long-lost masterwork for free.

In celebration of Bar None Records’ 30th anniversary, Burnside Project—the electronics-indebted indie rock trio featuring Richard Jankovich, Gerald Hammill, and Paul Searing—have decided to do something wholly unique: take the group’s labored-over but never-released third album, Syntax and Semantics, and unleash it onto the world, starting with a two-week free download exclusive to PopMatters.

Casual observers may be familiar with “Cue the Pulse to Begin”, a minor four-on-the-floor club hit that later became the theme song to the US version of Queer As Folk, and the album that it came from, 2003’s The Networks, the Circuits, the Streams, the Harmonies, even got a nomination for the short-lived Shortlist Award, no less than Cameron Crowe ending up being the one who nominated the guys.

by Sarah Zupko

25 Aug 2016

Eli Paperboy Reed's  "My Way Home" highlights the birth of a real soul man.

Eli Paperboy Reed blends soul and gospel into a style Chris Ingalls called “garage soul” on his latest album My Way Home. Moving away from pop into roots music suits Reed to a tee as he benefits from a strong, passionate voice positively dripping with soul and an incendiary performance style that leaves crowds in awe. Reed tells PopMatters that “‘My Way Home’ was the first song [he] wrote for this album and it really helped reveal the direction the rest of the record was going to take and what [he] wanted to get across both musically and emotionally.” That’s readily apparent as the title song builds to a moving finish that will slay soul freaks. Like Mike Farris, Reed keeps the rock ‘n’ roll energy in his music and he’s grown into a consummate artist that’ll thrill audiences for many, many years.

by PopMatters Staff

25 Aug 2016

Colorado's Paper Bird  release a new album of sublime Americana crossed with rock 'n' roll, all produced by none other than John Oates.

Photo: Scott McCormick

Colorado’s Paper Bird have been turning heads on the Americana scene with their unique sound featuring three female lead vocalists. So much so, in fact, that John Oates of the legendary Hall & Oates became a fan of the group and then signed on to produce their new self-titled album releasing September 9th via Thirty Tigers. That’s just in time for the AmericanaFest crowds to have digested their new music ahead of their appearance at the festival on September 24th. You’ll hear influences from Fleet Foxes, the Lone Bellow, and Fleetwood Mac on Paper Bird and, of course, from John Oates himself as the band honors him with this delightful take on the Hall & Oates classic, “Make My Dreams Come True”.

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The Specter of Multiplayer Hangs Over 'Door Kickers'

// Moving Pixels

"Door Kickers is not a multiplayer game, but for a while there, I couldn’t tell the difference.

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