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Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Tim Noyes, a.k.a. Handsome Ghost, ditches the indie folk of his earlier years and springs forward with a fresh take on poptronica via Color Study.

Having risked it all searching for success as an indie folk artist only to come up cold, Noyes decided to start with a completely fresh canvas and a new palette. His songwriting gift has never been in question as Noyes can write a great tune in any genre, but with his new Handsome Ghost project, he has really found his unique voice. Warm electronic beats and textures underpin gorgeous dreamy vocals that just seem to lift higher in every measure. This music feels organic, like it emerged fully formed into instantly memorable tunes.


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Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Chicago's the Safes smoke on their new record of classic power pop rockers with a bit of punk sneer and AM radio melodic harmonies.

The three brothers—Frankie, Patrick, and Michael O’Malley—grew up in a musical home full of classic albums and instruments belonging to their musician/collector father. The O’Malleys learned and played together all through their youth, which explains why the Safes are so tight and right on the money with every note and rhythm. Next week sees the release of the Safes’ latest slab of rock ‘n’ roll. Spring is finally here… time to rock.


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Monday, Apr 21, 2014
Here they are -- my ten favorite individual moments of music on Doolittle.

Pixies’ Doolittle turned 25 this past week, not that it much matters—I wasn’t around in 1989 to hear it. When I did, in seventh or eighth grade, it was in full view of Nirvana and Radiohead and all the others Doolittle had inspired, but it still seemed unlike anything that had come after it. It’s tough to think of another record that shaped my taste more up to that point.


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Monday, Apr 21, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Ottawa’s Stand Up and Say No is headed up by Andre Nault, the rare musician who manages to remain as devoted to making music as he is about raising his family.

Nault was pretty much headed out of the music scene after too many dates playing to small and unappreciative crowds. Then, his songwriting gift for a good hook and a catchy melody was discovered by a Los Angeles licensing company and he started getting jobs writing jingles. And he kept making his music too. Stand Up and Say No‘s new record is the Assuming Loyal EP releasing on May 6th.


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Monday, Apr 21, 2014
Frankenstein drunk dials his Bride in new video.

Back on March 25, singer/songwriter Robby Hecht released his eponymous third album. It’s a stunner, in the grand tradition of perennial favorites like Paul Simon, James Taylor, and Shawn Colvin. One of the songs, “Soon I Was Sleeping”, steps a little bit outside of Hecht’s normal folk borders and into country ballad terrain. But, hey, the guy lives in Nashville, so it was bound to happen at some point.


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