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by PopMatters Staff

30 Sep 2016


Photo: Rebecca Joelson

Shelbi Bennett is a mesmerizing frontwoman with her moving, commanding voice that draws the listener right into the Midnight Pine‘s delicious stew of psych, soul, and folk. On “Vice”, slinky guitar lines, Stax-style horns intertwine among Bennett’s bluesy, velvet vocals. The group will release their debut self-titled album on October 7th via The Redwoods Music.

by PopMatters Staff

30 Sep 2016


Adriane Pontecorvo: Kanye West samples some of the best house and soul from the second half of the 20th century and puts a modern twist on some Flashdance moves. That strong retro feel holds the song together, elevating it while Ty Dolla $ign and Post Malone sing up a thunderstorm. Keeping those vocals at a minimal serves the song well, giving them a few climactic moments without forcing them to try and overshadow the classic samples, which have much more staying power and a far greater ability to hook the listener. A quick, well-constructed single that moves quickly and takes its cues from the best part of each decade it touches. [8/10]

by PopMatters Staff

30 Sep 2016


Brooklyn’s David Nagler has gathered together an amazing group of musicians—Jeff Tweedy, Robbie Fulks, Sally Timms, Kelly Hogan, Jon Langford—to record a tribute to legendary poet Carl Sandburg’s Chicago Poems. The set is a beautiful tribute to one of America’s foremost poets whose words seem to naturally suggest musical accompaniment. The song cycle of 16 poems includes this take on “Chicago”, which the Atlantic recently premiered in audio and which we now share with you in video form.

by PopMatters Staff

29 Sep 2016


Fresh on the heels of their recent album Music For Listening to Music To, La Sera is releasing a new EP on September 30th as they prepare for a long U.S. tour. Their new EP, Queens, contains a cover of the Led Zeppelin classic “Whole Lotta Love” as well as “Queens”.

by PopMatters Staff

29 Sep 2016


Photo: Darren Lau

If “Drunks” is any indication, Americana/pop duo Johnnyswim has a thrilling new album, Georgica Pond, releasing on October 14th. The song begins with a gentle acoustic hum that builds slowly and organically into a rousing anthem. The harmonies are gorgeous and the background vocals grow into a stunning choral-like backdrop. It’s affecting and moving.

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Indie Horror Month 2016: Diving into 'Reveal the Deep'

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"In Reveal the Deep, the light only makes you more aware of the darkness

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