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Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014
The driving, garage-rock inspired "Black Pony" by the Nashville-based the Wans is available to stream exclusively on PopMatters.

Later this year, Nashville-based rock outfit the Wans are set to release their new LP, He Said, She Said. Lead singer and guitarist Simon Kerr says of the record, “I’m more proud of this record than anything I’ve done in my life. The songs are all the strongest songs I’ve ever written. The production and sounds are brilliant thanks to our producer, Dave Cobb, and our engineer, John Netti. I can’t forget Vance Powell who mixed it and Ed Spear who was assistant mix engineer. I’ve got pretty high expectation’s for this record and I’m so excited for people to hear it.


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Monday, Jun 30, 2014
Seventeen new songs plus notes to sizzle up the summer fun.

Summer is finally here. Fire up the BBQ and get out those picnic blankets, along with this playlist of new tunes from recent releases to provide the perfect soundtrack. This compilation of 17 songs is culled from a bounty of new music out of the West Coast, especially San Francisco (Waters, Papercuts and the Fresh and Onlys), plus an international mix from across the pond, especially the UK (Eno*Hyde, the Horrors, Damon Albarn and Jimi Goodwin). Listen up and see what catches your ear.


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Thursday, Jun 26, 2014
Seductive and haunting, "Waters" by Eliza Shaddad is a dance with life's dark choices.

Seductive and haunting, “Waters” by Eliza Shaddad is a dance with life’s dark choices. Having previously fronted the UK electronic act Clean Bandit, the London-based Shaddad steps out on her own with her debut EP, Waters. The video for the title track was directed by Liam Saint-Pierre.



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Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014
With a heart full of old soul wisdom, it's no wonder Jonah Tolchin's music is full of old school sounds.

As the lead track from his new Clover Lane album, Jonah Tolchin‘s “21st Century Girl” really does its job well. Everything about the song and video perfectly conveys the irony of Tolchin being a “21st century man”, albeit one with a thoroughly retro sound. After all, the kid is only 21, but he grew up admiring guys like Doc Watson and Mississippi John Hurt—hardly modern fare—and he’s been at this music thing for a while now: “From a very early age, I was always interested in music, running around my dining room table with instruments and wanting to have a parade.”


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Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014
The simple alt-country of Lines West's music goes a long ways in softening the Connecticut band's intense lyrical explorations, as its new single "Lover" attests.

One of the wonders of music is its ability to soften the impact of intensely personal subject matter through the use of “happy sounding” technique and key signatures. As Chris Thile once said about bluegrass, “If you want to be happy, listen to the music; if you want to be sad, listen to the lyrics.” “Lover”, the latest single from the Bridgeport, Connecticut alt-country duo Lines West, is an ideal example of the tension between affable music and emotionally probing lyrics. The team of John Radzin and Brian Larney behind the Lines West name bring out this classic feature of country and bluegrass music especially on “Lover”. It’s a tune one will likely hum along to, whether or not one notices Radzin’s melancholy self-exploration.


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