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by Christian John Wikane

23 Apr 2009


Would Van Hunt do anything to get your “attention”? After parting ways with Blue Note/EMI last year, the funk-rocker is now a free agent. As a “salve for these desperate times”, he’s offering free downloads of tracks from his extensive vault to fans. Entitled Use in Case of Emergency, the songs can be accessed for a limited time by visiting www.vanhunt.com. Hunt is currently working on new music that will be available 8 May on his website only.

 

by PopMatters Staff

23 Apr 2009


Earlier this week PopMatters’ Joseph Carver described Brakesbrakesbrakes’ new album Touchdown as “pure energy, musicianship, and lyrical hilarity and quite simply is the best record yet to be released in 2009.” “Two Shocks” is the MP3 the label is offering up for the record and Carver says of that track, “the record rips open with ‘Two Shocks’, an electronic beat that claims to be tired of the Third World War and aches for the fourth.” Touchdown has also generated two videos to date. Videos and tour dates after the jump.

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“Two Shocks” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

22 Apr 2009


Babelgum.com presents a special Stereophonics concert at Hammersmith’s Riverside Studios in London for a cozy audience of 200. The favorites are here including “Local Boy in the Photograph”, “The Bartender and the Thief”, “Pick a Part That’s New”, and “Have a Nice Day”.

Stereophonics
Live in London [Video]

by PopMatters Staff

22 Apr 2009


Babelgum.com continues to post great concert features with this latest one from Franz Ferdinand. The Scottish band serves up a one-hour set interspersed with interview vignettes and scenes of Berlin.

Franz Ferdinand
Live in Berlin [Video]

by Sarah Zupko

22 Apr 2009


10 years ago this week: Tom Waits returns with his first record since 1992 with the critically acclaimed album Mule Variations that quite impressively goes on to sell more than 500,000 copies and nabs Waits a Grammy.

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St. Vincent, Beck, and More Heat Up Boston Calling on Memorial Day Weekend

// Notes from the Road

"With vibrant performances by artists including St. Vincent and TV on the Radio, the first half of the bi-annual Boston Calling Festival brought additional excitement to Memorial Day weekend.

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