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by PopMatters Staff

25 Sep 2017

Steve Horowitz: Being detached from life and involved in it: what choice does one have? The narrator of this song watches and waits for something to happen. It never does. Radiohead musically delineates the Zeitgeist of living in a world that doesn’t make sense even when it seems to on the surface. We wait. We wait. What are we waiting for? Radio understands the waiting is all we have—and there’s solace in that. The melody and soft touch of sound bring comfort to those afflicted with feelings. [8/10]

by Jonathan Frahm

25 Sep 2017

Breezy optimism pervades Maggie McClure‘s sugary sweet “You For Me”. Showcasing jazzy undertones with rollicking guitar melodies and catchy, mellow whistling, the song is positively beaming with hope as it loses itself within the entrapment of true love.

by Jonathan Frahm

25 Sep 2017

Photo: Ben Hackett

Rhyal Knight’s brand of Americana takes its influences from an idiosyncratic blend of retro soul, nuanced jazz, and subtle folk and funk overtones. You can feel as much in the brooding, understated groove in “Little Hands”.

“Little Hands” is the latest single from off of the recent Athens, Georgia transfer’s newest EP, In Quotation. Produced by David Barbe (Drive-By Truckers, Deerhunter), the track is decorated with a gelid, bluesy touch that pervades its just over four-minute runtime.

Knight says, “the little hands of solitude and trust can be comforting when they aren’t squeezing the blood right out of your heart. I keep my circles small and love my close ones dearly, but am not quick to let you in for long. This was the idea for the focus of the song when I set out writing the lyrics. Generally, I create the music and hum out different melodies until I find the right fit, and this one was no different, except that the words were flowing immediately while I was feeling out the groove of the song.” 

“It was in the mastering process that you could hear the influence of Chase Park Transductions. I must give credit for the signature reverb and overall breath given to these tracks to Barbe’s team. I will be beginning the recording process of an LP back at Chase Park at the end of October, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have the whole process begin and end with the signature of Barbe’s touch. I have since relocated to Athens, been able to spend some time in the studio and around Barbe. His nonstop hardworking attitude is both impressive and inspiring—a true maverick in American music.”

by Jedd Beaudoin

25 Sep 2017

Photo: Sean MacNeil

New York City’s the Dig didn’t just decide to cover the Kinks’ song “People Take Pictures of Each Other”, the group utterly transformed the song into something that sounds inexplicably new. The same might be said for the accompanying video, a three-minute film rife with Boschian figures and situations juxtaposed with playful snapshots from contemporary life. Instead of merely reporting on the supposedly narcissistic nature of social media, the Dig opts to find the humor in the culture’s collective fascination with documenting daily minutiae.

by Jonathan Frahm

22 Sep 2017

Photo: Chad Hess

When sisters Leah and Chloe Smith set out to start a band in 2005, they began with one goal: to preserve roots music. For 12 years now as Rising Appalachia, they’ve been doing just that, melding folk sounds from around the world into interpretations both faithful and contemporary.

//Mixed media


Stevie Wonder Takes a Knee as Green Day and Others Also Speak Out at Global Citizen Festival

// Notes from the Road

"The 2017 Global Citizen Festival's message for social action was amplified by Stevie Wonder and many other incredible performers and notable guests.

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