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Thursday, Oct 23, 2014
The lead track off of the Scott Walker and Sunn O))) collaboration LP Soused tells a crazy story on its own; now, however, it's got some haunting visual accompaniment to join it.

“Oh, the wide Missouri!” Scott Walker sings, kicking off his collaborative album with the American drone metal overlords behind Sunn O))), Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson. Walker sounds better than he’s sounded in years, his famed (and now aged) baritone croon reaching near operatic heights. Of course, this being a collaboration between Walker and Sunn O))), things get increasingly weirder from there. From Guns N’ Roses-indebted lead guitar licks to the sound of a cracking bullwhip, “Brando” is a predictably iconoclastic tune from these sonic innovators.


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Thursday, Oct 23, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
The latest tune by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds is, unsurprising for these guys, a retro-minded piece of rock and roll.

Those who remember the psychedelic color washes of Oasis’ “Shock of the Lightning” are sure to feel right at home when watching the latest music video by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, “In the Heat of the Moment”. The tune is the lead single from the band’s forthcoming sophomore LP, Chasing Yesterday. The album finds Gallagher producing and writing all the music.


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Thursday, Oct 23, 2014
Nashville musical mystic Stone Jack Jones has released his newest single, "Circumstance", a song where a lone banjo gives way to rising and falling verses, with spectral vocals creaking throughout a long-rotten homestead on late autumn winds.

After an eight-year musical hiatus, Nashville musical mystic Stone Jack Jones released his third album, Ancestor, earlier this year. Describing his music in a recent mini-documentary on the making of Ancestor, Jones noted, “Despite my nature and inclination to disappear into the dark, my friends have the tendency to rouse me and lead me towards the light. Without them there would be no story told.”


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Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
We have an amazing contest for our readers featuring Cinda Williams Chima's Heir Chronicles series and an OontZ Angle speakers, as well as a 3-month subscription to Spotify.

The Heir Chronicles series by Cinda Williams Chima keeps readers glued to their seats through riveting fight scenes, deadly political machinations, burgeoning romance, and the unfolding intrigues of a contemporary magical world.


 
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Chima‘s final book in the series is The Sorcerer Heir, which released this week via Disney Hyperion. The Sorcerer Heir is a self-contained story, accessible to readers just discovering the Heir series, but loyal fans will be rewarded by visits from characters they love (and love to hate) from the earlier installments.


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Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014
"Keep Me By Your Side" is an archetypal example of a West Coast anthem.

The indie pop outfit Act As If hails from Los Angeles, but you’ll know that within a few seconds of its latest tune, “Keep Me By Your Side”. It’s the kind of carpe diem ballad that sends eyes looking westward, toward the lights of Sunset Boulevard and the sandy beaches of Los Angeles. With its triumphant vocal harmonies and soaring guitars (with just a hint of the Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition” in the rhythm guitar), “Keep Me By Your Side” is a tune that’s catchy and earnest, and perfect aural accompaniment for a drive down California’s famed Highway 1.


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