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Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014
Get a taste of what's to come this Black Friday from the Twin Cities soul group The Valdons through an exclusive listen to a new track and an almost lost one.

This Black Friday, the world will get a chance to spin a 7” vinyl of a long-lost track by the oft-overlooked Twin Cities, Minnesota soul outfit the Valdons. The two-track vinyl release features two takes on the track “Just How much Can One Man Stand”: one recently recorded, the other a demo from 1971. Those looking to delve into some history related to the fertile Twin Cities funk scene will have much to learn from the Valdons, who during their heyday in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s were among the most popular groups in their local scene.


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Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014
Scuzzy distortion and a crowd-ready singalong vibe exude from the latest tune by the Atlanta punks Lowbanks, "Treatz".

At a meager 1:22, “Treatz”, a track off of the Atlanta-based punk outfit Lowbanks’ new EP The Dogs, doesn’t have a lot of time to waste. Fitting, then, that the tune dives straight into a haze of shouted vocals, fuzzy distortion, and ear-piercing guitar leads right away, making its intentions clear and assertive. The raw punk energy, however, is balanced out with almost poppy production and convivial mood that’s bound to connect with live audiences.


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Monday, Nov 24, 2014
Madam West are a New York-based quartet with a penchant for electronics and trip-pop fusion.

One of the band’s songs, “Symbols”, from EP Los Singles, has recently received video treatment by way of some DIY intergenerationality. Dolls belonging to singer Sophie Chernin’s mother make their acting debut here. Madam West’s full-length debut is coming soon. The band is keeping busy with shows in Brooklyn and Manhattan in the meantime, including a 5 December slot at Nola, Darling in Chelsea.


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Monday, Nov 24, 2014
The ultra-danceable "I'll Wait For You", which can count the songs of Imogen Heap as its sonic kin, is the latest from the Canadian musician Iris Campo.

Spanish born Canadian Iris Campo is a drummer since 1997 of the indie band Roads (Indica Records). Iris will launch her solo career in 2015; her forthcoming EP was written at home in Montréal and three singles produced in Nashville together with Scott Moffatt of The Moffatts.


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Thursday, Nov 20, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
David Baldacci’s books are great gift options for everyone on your holiday list and we are giving some away just in time for the holidays.

One (1) winner will receive:
·      David Baldacci’s new thriller, The Escape
·      His new Young Adult fantasy, The Finisher (ages 10+)
·      plus a $100 Visa gift card for holiday purchases


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