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Thursday, Jul 10, 2014
Interpol has released the first video from its forthcoming LP on Matador, El Pintor, the propulsive "All the Rage Back Home"

With their newest studio release El Pintor just on the horizon, Interpol has just dropped the first music video from the LP. The song, “All the Rage Back Home”, is a driving, foot-tapping number that’s perfect for building up anticipation leading up to El Pintor‘s public unveiling.


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Thursday, Jul 10, 2014
The musicians of the Gloaming are awash with independent projects so a rare performance by this Irish supergroup is a decided must-see. Watch one here.

WNYC’s New Sounds series allowed me to catch the Gloaming for the first time, a band I had been following for the past nine months or so having missed their prior performance in New York with the Kronos Quartet. During that time, their debut self-titled album was released and though it may have only found a small audience so far, it earned massive applause from the primarily European outlets that picked up on it. The Gloaming has its primary roots in Ireland and consists of Iarla Ó Lionaird’s traditional sean-nós vocals and organ, Thomas Bartlett / aka Doveman on piano, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh playing the hardanger fiddle, Martin Hayes on fiddle and Dennis Cahill on guitar.


Their album is one of my favorites of 2014 and also one of ‘New Sounds’ host John Schaefer’s favorites as well. With as much music as he sees or hears, that ought to be a big deal made even more notable when he shared with the audience that he was actually on vacation that week but felt compelled to come in to introduce and chat with the band. Video of the conversation and performance is below and you should check it out—as Schaefer said, “anytime I’ve got people to sit down and listen to [this album] they’ve loved it too.” If you don’t have a chance to stream it now, I’ll share some highlights. Pay close attention to Raghallaigh’s impressive Norwegian hardanger fiddle as the custom designed piece has numerous sympathetic strings, some made of gut, that is a challenge to play and even to tune (Hayes is the center-point for a reason though). It isn’t an instrument I was familiar with before.


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Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014
In addition to a new remix of her tune "Boom Clap", Charli XCX has just announced a headlining tour in the US, beginning in late September.

2014 has already shaped up to be a busy year for the London musician Charli XCX, with her own “Boom Clap” as well as her co-write on Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” taking national airwaves by storm. The former tune has an excellent new remix by the New York-based duo ASTR, which reimagines it as a minimalist, icy club bumper.


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Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014
The British sensation Jessie Ware has released the first tune from her yet-untitled forthcoming new album, the '80's-indebted "Tough Love".

With 2012’s Devotion, English singer sensation Jessie Ware took the world by storm with her impressive, refined vocals, as well as her take on soul music. Not much has been heard about the kind of music she will be making on her yet-untitled forthcoming new album, but if “Tough Love” is any indication, she’s expanding her music to the growing realm of synth-pop.


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Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014
The Chicago-based duo of Dan Zima and Xoe Wise, known by their artistic moniker Kinky Love, have followed their recently released EP with a new song, the airy "Hush".

The Chicago-based duo of Dan Zima and Xoe Wise, who go by the attention-grabbing name Kinky Love, are in the business of textural, spacey synth-pop. With their recently released Promise EP, the two garnered some attention to their take on this increasingly popular genre, and now with “Hush”, available for stream and download here on PopMatters, they are demonstrating their continuing interest in the craft. The clipped beat of the song, combined with its layers of synthesizers, proves to be an appropriately understated backing to Wise’s airy vocals.


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