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Thursday, Apr 24, 2014
The frenetic Courtney Love is back, only this time she's using her solo name.

Courtney Love embarked on a solo tour last summer and during promised that new music would be coming soon. Well, that time is now. On May 4th we will be graced with the double A-side single for “You Know My Name” and “Wedding Day”. While we haven’t heard the latter, “You Know My Name” is a characteristically grungy track that harkens back to the much reviled America’s Sweetheart days, which is a much better album than is given credit.


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Thursday, Apr 24, 2014
The '90s are back! With Meshell Ndegeocello, Courtney Love, Tori Amos and now Veruca Salt all on the cusp of releasing new records this year, this '90s music fanboy's heart is about to explode.

Something seriously dramatic happened with Veruca Salt back in 1998 that forced Nina Gordon to exit the band, leaving Louise Post all alone to take the helm. And while Nina’s solo career never felt like her, and Louise’s version of Veruca Salt did its best, there is no comparing the original quartet that rocked our little hearts with American Thighs and Eight Arms to Hold You.


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Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Britrock's Kaiser Chiefs returned this year with a new record and just recently they stopped by Guitar Center to record some live performances of their new songs.

Here we have Kaiser Chiefs taking an acoustic turn through Education, Education, Education & War‘s “Bows & Arrows”. If it’s possible, this take is a bit of a mellower affair than the very electric album version. The At: Guitar Center with Nic Harcourt podcast includes live performance clips, as well as engaging interview portions where the artists discuss the creation of their music.


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Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Tex Ritter's granddaughter Carly Ritter emerges as a promising young Americana artist with her self-titled debut from Vanguard Records.

Carly Ritter grew up in a musical home with her parents large collection of rock ‘n’ roll records. But it’s when she decided to explore her grandfather’s traditional forms of country music that she truly found her voice. In college while majoring in philosophy, Ritter spent her senior year “in the basement of the music library scouring sheet music for all these old folk songs, spirituals, blues and country songs.” That devotion has paid off with this fine debut. Teaming with Ry Cooder, his son and his son’s wife among others, Ritter now offers up Carly Ritter.


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Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Los Angeles backpack rapper Pigeon John returns with his sixth studio album next Tuesday, but we have the goods for you today.

Pigeon John grew up listening to pop as much as hip-hop and he brings that broad sensibility to his work, creating songs that are fiercely independent of any genre expectations. That musical exploration and curiosity always renders Pigeon John’s records as intriguing listens.


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