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Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015
The UK group Dry the River strips down its anthemic indie rock sound for a cozy performance for Sofar New York City.

Last August, PopMatters premiered a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album Alarms in the Heart by the United Kingdom band Dry the River. Unsurprisingly, the group’s sweeping and anthemic brand of indie rock has started to take a hold on crowds across the world, as captured in the music video for the band’s newest single, “Rollerskate”.


For the below performance of the track “Vessel”, however, this quintet strips things down, taking on a mostly acoustic setup. The result is a lovely performance highlighted by gorgeous piano chords and lead vocalist Peter Liddle’s Bon Iver-esque delivery.


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Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015
by PopMatters Staff
From keeping up with the latest musical events to spending hours poring over a great e-book, the lightning-fast Samsung Galaxy Tab S has all of your needs covered.

Counting the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S 5 smartphones as its bretheren, Samsung‘s Galaxy Tab S marks a sharp streamlining of the tablet device. In a day and age where the faster the digital access, the better, Tab S has all of one’s needs covered right in the palm of her hands, and at zippy speeds, to boot. The device’s nine hours of battery life mean that one can truly utilize this device on the go with comfort, without worrying about needing to be by a source of power. With its Full HD Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy Tab S is a stunning window to experience the digital world through.


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Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015
The Los Angeles rock 'n' roll outfit Kill My Coquette brings Breaking Bad and Scarface actor Steven Bauer on for their latest music video, "3rd & Bonnie Brae", an examination of the seedy side of Los Angeles.

From bleak crime films like Collateral and Drive to the fiction of authors like James Ellroy, Los Angeles is a regular subject of art that examines the morally grey and black. The LA-based rock outfit Kill My Coquette, fronted by Natalie Denise Sperl, has now thrown its hat into that ring with its newest music video, “3rd & Bonnie Brae”, taken from its recently released self-titled EP. Kill My Coquette EP was recorded at Evelyn Martin Recordings in Los Angeles, with production taken up by Danny McGough, who has worked with artists such as Tom Waits and Social Distortion. The band brought on another noteworthy name to create the crime thriller of a music video for “3rd & Bonnie Brae”, the actor Steven Bauer, notable for his supporting turns in Breaking Bad and Scarface.


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Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015
by PopMatters Staff
Best Coast's latest album, California Nights, will see its release on May 5th via Harvest Records. It was produced by Wally Gagel (Miley Cyrus, New Order, Muse) and is described as a bit more of everything Best Coast.

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Bethany Cosentino says, If you have ever lived in California, you know what nighttime here feels like. You know what the sky looks like when those epic sunsets begin, and you understand that feeling and the way things change when the sun finally sets. In LA, or maybe just personally to me, when the sun sets—I feel like there is a large sense of calmness in the air, and I feel like everything that happened to me prior in the day, whether crappy experiences or good ones, at night, it all goes away and I sink deep into this different kind of ‘world’.


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Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015
With sharp instrumentation that brings to mind the Punch Brothers, the latest video by the Michigan Americana ensemble Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys is a catchy and convivial slice of acoustic music.

Following a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, the Michigan roots quartet Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys created and recorded their latest outing, Ionia. “Hot Hands”, the first track off of the LP, is a charming number with a particularly cool mandolin riff at its center (check the picked harmonic note). The catchy and clever riffs recall the sharp “popgrass” stylings of groups like the Punch Brothers and Joy Kills Sorrow. Below you can view an intimate session recording of the song, where each musician is given a chance to shine instrumentally.


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