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Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014
You can download the latest tune by St. Louis retro-rockers the Feed, "Stella", here on PopMatters.

“Stella”, a track off of the forthcoming album by the St. Louis retro rockers the Feed, opens with the sound of a dog barking. It’s a fitting way to tease the tune that’s to come; though indebted in large part to the great classic rock bands of yore, the group brings its own unique energy to this solid cut. Particularly noticeable is its wonderful use of electric organ; in the verses, the chords are pumped with a staccato pop zeal, and as the song comes to its conclusion there is a break section where the organ comes to the forefront. This is the kind of songwriting that makes the phrase “rock and roll ain’t noise pollution” true still today.


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Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014
Watch the video for singer-songwriter Peter Himmelman's new music video, "Too Afraid to Lose".

In his review of Peter Himmelman‘s 2005 album Imperfect World, Matt Cibula writes, “Imperfect World sounds like the work of someone who has a lot of things to say, and doesn’t much care in what order he says them.” Years later, there’s something that rings true about that assessment. Himmelman, famous for being the son-in-law of Bob Dylan, has never shied away from mystery and confusion in his work, and all the better for it. As the story behind the new video for his song “Too Afraid to Lose” attests, there’s great songwriting potential to be found in the unexpressable.


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Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014
Check out the scuzzy, raw, and lo-fi new tune by Birmingham, Alabama garage rockers Dirty Lungs, "Dead in a Graveyard."

Anyone who has ever jammed with a couple of friends in a garage or a basement will immediately feel at home upon spinning “Dead in a Graveyard”, the latest tune by the Birmingham, Alabama rock outfit Dirty Lungs. From its shouted, simplistic chorus, to its rough-around-the-edges guitar distortion, and especially its improvisatory-sounding guitar solo, the song has all the hallmarks of a gritty, lo-fi rock tune. It’s no surprise that this quartet has become a staple in the Birmingham music scene; the vitality and energy in Dirty Lungs’ songwriting is palpable, even in the quick burst that is “Dead in a Graveyard”.


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Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014
Stream the self-titled new album from the Portland old-school rock outfit Blue Skies for Black Hearts.

Blue Skies for Black Hearts, lovingly dubbed Portland’s “Princes of Power Pop”, have come roaring back on their sixth, self-titled release, penning their strongest songs to date and featuring a wall of four-part harmonies and a smoking new rhythm section. Lead singer/songwriter Pat Kearns’ tunes draw from a diverse span of American rock, past and present, like the Smokey Robinson and the Miracles-esque call and response of “It’s Gone on Too Long,” the doo-wop crooning on “Love Scenes, or the Otis Redding-inspired falsetto breakdown of “Waiting to Run” before launching into an epic double guitar closer.


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Monday, Jul 14, 2014
Watch the latest video from the Afghan Whigs' latest studio outing, Do to the Beast, the mathy "Matamoros".

In his 8 out of 10 review for PopMatters, Dave Bloom says of The Afghan Whigs’ latest studio outing, “Do to the Beast a rare ‘90s reunion album that serves as a continuation of a timeless sound instead of a throwback.”


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