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by PopMatters Staff

26 May 2010


Matt Fiander said this past March of Scotland’s Frightened Rabbit: “For all its size and ambition, the band never sound like they’re stopping to admire their own work, never bedding down in what they’ve created. This stuff is propulsive. It’s got somewhere to go, somewhere away from all the near-drowning that goes on here. It’s winter to be sure, but the only way to get through it is to keep on trudging, which is what Frightened Rabbit does beautifully here.” Well, it’s only taken a couple of months since he release of Winter of Mixed Drinks, but the band has finally made their major US television debut.

by Jessy Krupa

26 May 2010


Isn’t it great when a band you love covers a song you love… and does it well? There are at least 22 different versions of “I’m a Believer”, which Neil Diamond wrote and the Monkees took to No.1 in 1966. Now you can add Weezer’s version to that list, because they have covered it for the Shrek Forever After soundtrack. Covered by Smash Mouth for the first film’s soundtrack, it has sort of become the theme song for the entire franchise of movies. Weezer doesn’t translate “I’m a Believer” into anything other than what it really is, a fun, rockin’ song. While there’s something to be said for when a song is completely re-interpreted into something else, it’s still awesome when somebody plays it straight instead. So, here we have, courtesy of frontman Rivers Cuomo’s tweet, this fan-made YouTube video.

by PopMatters Staff

26 May 2010



The Detroit duo the Black Keys brought their primal rock to the Letterman stage last night, playing the lead single (“Tighten Up”) off their new album Brothers. Last week PopMatters’ David Gassman said of the album, “thankfully, as the telegraphically back-to-basics cover art would suggest, Brothers finds Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney regaining some of the sweaty basement immediacy that characterized their best work.”

by PopMatters Staff

26 May 2010



Crystal Castles released their latest album, imaginatively titled Crystal Castles, earlier this week after an early leak forced the release date forward. The Canadian electronic band also promoted the new record this week on Jools Holland’s fine show in the UK.

by Oliver Ho

26 May 2010


This fascinating collection presents strange projects that have attempted to “bring out the sonorous landscapes of moaning pillars, roof-beams, haunting bells and perhaps an eek of startled mouse, or two”.

David Byrne’s wonderful “sound installation” tops the list. Titled “Playing the Building”, the project utilizes practically every part of an empty to create haunting, clanking music: air blows through pipes for strange flute-like sounds, while motors trigger pieces of metal to strike various parts of the structure. There are also some amazing photos of the mind-boggling, Tom-Waits-ian, steampunky piano-thing that controls the music. [via Dark Roasted Blend]

David Byrne explains his latest musical project, “Playing The Building”

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