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Thursday, Oct 16, 2014
The ska-inflected "Alright", the latest tune by the long-running New Jersey group Stuyvesant, is a party tune that'll turn up the heat in the coming winter months.

Stuyvesant formed in the early ‘00s as a new project involving many musicians involved in the ‘90s indie rock scene in New Jersey. Ralph Malanga (guitar and vocals) played in the band Footstone; Sean Adams (guitar and vocals) and Brian Musikoff (bass) performed with Friends, Romans, Countrymen. Having now been performing as Stuyvesant for over a decade now, the band has settled into a comfortable yet energetic rhythm. The group’s newest LP, the forthcoming Shmyvesant, displays its ability to write a toe-tapping, party-starting groove. “Alright” is a case in point here; with its driving power chords and backing horns, the song captures the youthful zeal of these longtime performers.


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Thursday, Oct 16, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Toronto-based singer/songwriter Valery Gore's "S.O.", a tune dominated by enchanting, Imogen Heap-esque vocal layering, now has a video with equally vibrant images.

PopMatters writer Zachary Houle recently said of Gore’s newest LP, Idols in the Dark Heart, “Fans who love a sense of adventure should definitely go out of their way and hunt this disc down.” Below, you can watch a video from this “beguiling” and “challening” album, “S.O.”.




Idols in the Dark Heart, is out now.


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by PopMatters Staff
Today Manchester electronic music producer Andy Stott unveils the title track from his upcoming release Faith in Strangers’.

“Faith in Strangers” is flat out mesmerizing and hypnotic, like much of the album. Faith in Strangers’ releases 18 November via Modern Love.



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The wispy wind instruments of yMusic's "Bladed Stance" are complemented perfectly by the Terrence Malick-esque visuals of the song's video.

Surely, Balance Problems, the latest LP by the New York chamber classical outfit yMusic, is a misnomer. Tackling compositions by various composers (including Nico Muhly and Sufjan Stevens) is no easy task, but this collective of six musicians has proven itself able to balance the variegated compositions it plays. yMusic is made up of Rob Moose, CJ Camerieri, Clarice Jensen, Alex Sopp, Hideaki Aomori, and Nadia Sirota, all impressive musicians in their own right. When they all come together as yMusic, however, the results are even more stunning.


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For those keen on funky, NOLA grooves, Flow Tribe's "Back and Forth" will do the trick just right.

New Orleans outfit Flow Tribe makes what has been called “groove-based gumbo”, a sonic mixing and melding of rock, funk, and R&B rhythms. Just about a month ago, the band released its newest EP, Alligator White, and performed many of its new tunes in front of a packed audience at the classic NOLA haunt Tipitina’s. Below you can watch a video of the track “Back and Forth”, a performance that captures the effervescent joie de vivre of this impressive gaggle of players.


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