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Monday, Feb 2, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Micheal Keefe said of Sarah Borges in relation to her 2007 release, Diamonds in the Dark, “Sarah can sing the heck out of anything, really. She has wonderful pop instincts, but never veers too close to slick, radio-baiting country pop. Her twang is sweet and supple, and her dedication to her material is infectious.” Borges returns with a new record, The Stars Are Out, on Sugar Hill March 24th. The new one is rockier, having been produced by Paul Q. Kolderie who has worked with Radiohead and the Pixies. Here’s the lead-off video, “Do It for Free”.



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Monday, Feb 2, 2009

Serendipity introduced me to Ray LaMontagne. I decided to just randomly download one of his songs, and after hearing his one song “Trouble”, I decided to download every song that he has written. His voice, is rough, yet soothing.. .a sultry juxtaposition. His influences are Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bob Dylan and Neil Young, just to name a few.  LaMontagne’s words aren’t as complex and lyrical as Bob Dylan’s, but his acoustic, folk-inspired style brings you back to a different era in music. I wouldn’t recommend driving to his music, but put this music on when you are having a late night and you will be instantly relaxed, and find yourself surrendering into a dreamworld.



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Sunday, Feb 1, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

We’re really looking forward to the new J.J. Abrams-helmed Star Trek movie here at PopMatters. Here’s the teaser that will be airing tonight during the Superbowl. Star Trek hits US theatres on May 8th and stars John Cho, Ben Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto.



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Sunday, Feb 1, 2009
It's hard to know what to think any more.

As much as I’m looking forward to this interview, almost every part of the trailer makes me uncomfortable. Lil Wayne’s delivery is so serious/dramatic that it makes my skin crawl. Sure, it seems like he’s going to talk about some heavy stuff (maybe) but the way he goes about it is completely unnerving. Though I’m excited for the interview, there’s a certain amount of anxiety that goes along with it.



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Friday, Jan 30, 2009

Robert Harrison’s pop instincts are every bit as on target with Future Clouds and Radar as they were with his previous band Cotton Mather. Cotton Mather produced one of the ‘90s most perfect pure pop albums in 1997’s Kon Tiki, channelling mid-period Beatles far better than Oasis ever dared to. Harrison hasn’t lost his touch. Future Clouds and Radar’s 2008 release, Peoria, is chock full of poppy gems and hook-filled melodies. Here are three songs from this latest album as well as the new video for “The Epcot View”.

Future Clouds and Radar
Feet on Grass [MP3]
     


Mummified [MP3]
     


The Epcot View [MP3]
     



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