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Thursday, Feb 12, 2009

Country crooner and former Mavericks frontman Raul Malo returns with his first record of new original material in seven years. Possessing one of the finest set of pipes in popular music, Malo most closely evokes Roy Orbison. Lucky One releases March 3rd on Fantasy Records and here’s the title track to whet your appetite. Catch him live this spring as well (tour dates below). Stay tuned for a PopMatters 20 Questions with Malo soon.


Raul Malo
“Lucky One” [MP3]
     


TOUR DATES
2/20     Belfast Songwriters Festival             Nashville, TN
3/06     Alladin Theatre                         Portland, OR
3/07     Snoqualmie Casino                     Snoqualmie, WA
3/08     Tractor Tavern                         Seattle, WA
3/10     Great American Music Hall             San Francisco, CA
3/11     House of Blues                                 Anaheim, CA
3/12     House of Blues West                   Hollywood, CA
3/13     Clark Center Theatre                   Arroyo Grande, CA
3/14     John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel &Casino Sparks, NV
3/16     Belly Up Tavern                         Solana Beach, CA
4/03     The Landmark on Main Street           Port Washington, NY
4/04     Ridgefield Playhouse                   Ridgefield, CT
4/05     Keswick Theatre                       Glenside, PA
4/09     Byham Theater                                 Pittsburgh, PA


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Thursday, Feb 12, 2009

Philly buzz band TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb just released their debut EP, Hinterlands, on local label Roustabout Records. It lands somewhere between The Basement Tapes and Anodyne, with a ragged, lo-fi aesthetic and lyrics drenched in heartbreak and whiskey. Apparently, the group has been winning fans by busking in the city’s subway stations, and they’ve got the kind of grit and wit you’d expect from such hardscrabble gigging. “Making Up for Lost Time” recalls Dylan’s “Cold Irons Bound”, with all the paranoia and even more dirty-blues stomp, while “The Trail of a Lonesome Hobo” sounds like Beggars Banquet or Exile on Main Street-era Stones, sporting a killer banjo lick to boot.


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Thursday, Feb 12, 2009
Remember "Throw Some D's"?

Don’t call it a comeback, because it’s not. But, every once in a while Rich Boy drops a single that makes me hope he will at some point relive “Throw Some Ds”.
He came close last year with “Haters Wish”, and now he’s released a more hard hitting track.  It’s not his best work and it’s rougher than the adult contemporary synths of his past songs (not necessarily a good thing), but it does feature some nice soft piano lines under the threats and brags.  Rich Boy’s drawl makes just about anything he says sound good, even if it’s the tired themes of: haters, women, rims and cars.



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Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009

“Tomorrow” is the latest video off Ladytron‘s excellent 2008 release, Velocifero. It’s full of faded hues and slightly surreal and but resolutely fantastical imagery. The women look rather like hippie Rhinemaidens in a Wagnerian opera on acid.



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Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

The Thermals’ last proper full album release, The Body, the Blood, the Machine, was pretty highly though of around these parts. Michael Keefe gave it an 8 and it landed on our best albums of the year list, with Joe Tacopino calling it “Hutch Harris’s Orwellian allegory, sort of like 1984 set against a backdrop of ultra catchy power-pop hooks and a rollicking rhythm section punctuated by the buoyant bass lines of Kathy Foster.”


They’ve since left Sub Pop Records and have a new release, Now We Can See, dropping April 7th on Kill Rock Stars. Ultra poppy and yet biting, “Now We Can See” is the first single.


The Thermals
“Now We Can See” [MP3]
     


Track listing:
01. When I Died
02. We Were Sick
03. I Let It Go
04. Now We Can See
05. At the Bottom of the Sea
06. When We Were Alive
07. I Called Out Your Name
08. When I Was Afraid
09. Liquid In, Liquid Out
10. How We Fade
11. You Dissolve


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