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Thursday, Mar 19, 2015
For sleazy, scuzzy rock that sounds like it became sentient in the sewers of Los Angeles, the wicked distortion of Wake Up Lucid's "White Collar Love" fits the bill brilliantly.

The Los Angeles rock trio Wake Up Lucid specialize in a certain kind of distortion. This band’s rock ‘n’ roll is the sort that thrives at night, when the streetlights flicker and the smell of cigarettes and whiskey wafts out of dive bars. Tunes like “White Collar Love” thrive on a kind of energy that’s captivated by the possibilities of the night and all of its dark mystery. That tune, both in mood and its sonic qualities, brings to mind the last two releases by fellow Angelenos the Icarus Line, Avowed Slavery (2014) and Slave Vows (2013). The similarity is no mere coincidence or critical invention, however, as the Icarus Line’s frontman Joe Cardamone is responsible for producing Wake Up Lucid’s newest LP, Gone With the Night, which was recorded at his studio in Burbank, California.


“White Collar Love” now has a hall-of-mirrors music video to boost its intensity, which you can view exclusively below.


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Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015
by Evan Sawdey and Brice Ezell
The latest PopTalk podcast takes a look at whether or not, as Kanye West suggests, the Grammys and awards culture in general can or should care about "true artistry".

When Kanye West almost grabbed the microphone from Beck at the 2015 Grammys, the audience—to say nothing of the large international audience watching the show—held its breath. Although West didn’t say anything at that time, he did later go on to lambast the Grammys for giving the (ostensibly) coveted Album of the Year award to Beck for Morning Phase over Beyoncé, whose self-titled LP was one of the juggernaut releases of the previous year. West claimed that the Grammys didn’t respect “true artistry”. This leads to the obvious question: have the Grammys, or for that matter any other major awards ceremony, ever used “true artistry” as their main metric? Would it even be possible for them to do so?


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Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015
by PopMatters Staff
Today ILOVEMAKONNEN brings us the new tune "Drink More Water 5", a freestyle from the mixtape Drink More Water 5 releasing 31 March.

In addition, the hip-hop artist has mapped out a small April/March tour, bookended by sold out New York and California shows.


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Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015
The charming mandolin-accented pop of Feral Conservatives' "Last Legs" is a real earworm of a number.

“Last Legs”, a tune by the Virginia-based indie rock/folk outfit Feral Conservatives, is refreshing for many reasons, but perhaps most fittingly on this day, 17 March, because it is delightfully unlike the kind of music one is bound to run into. Yes, with it being St. Patrick’s Day, the streets of cities worldwide will be aflood with C-grade variations on Dropkick Murphy’s, all cantankerous choruses and boozy sentiment. With “Last Legs”, Feral Conservatives have written themselves a tune that’s just as, if not more, catchy and sing-alongable as any of those Irish-themed punk tunes, but without any of the overwrought sentiment of the holiday. A buoyant mood and chiming mandolin chords make this tune both a perfect break from the leprechaun-centric festivities and an ideal accompaniment for the sunnier days we’re all now seeing.


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Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015
The boundary-pushing United Kingdom electronic project Squarepusher just dropped a new track from its forthcoming full-length, Damogen Furies.




Damogen Furies is out on 21 April via Warp.


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