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by Jedd Beaudoin

14 Oct 2016

It’s been a long time since Brant Bjork ascended to the throne of desert rock. His latest release, Tao of the Devil reaffirms his rightful place upon said throne. “Luvin’”, culled from that very record, gives us a whiff of those most fragrant, most majestic sounds we’ve come to associate with the Kyuss founder. The low-down guitars, vibrant, almost hallucinatory rhythms and, of course, one of the most soulful voices in the history of heavy rock, whirl together in this hip-hugging track. The accompanying video is filled with Bjork’s trademark humor, replete with a mystery van, a beautiful woman (or two), a hard-livin’ man (or two) and Bjork’s beloved desert landscape.

by PopMatters Staff

13 Oct 2016

Legendary British singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading returns with a new DVD and CD release, Me Myself I World Tour, that documents and highlights the artist’s 2014/2015 solo world tour, which is that last major tour of her long and storied career. This set was recorded at Washington D.C.‘s the Barns at Wolf Trap and she played her biggest hits and crowd favorites. The combo package will release November 11th via 429 Records. Today we’re sharing “The Weakness in Me” performed live. The song appeared originally on her 1981 album, Walk Under Ladders, which featured Thomas Dolby on synths and XTC’s Andy Partridge on guitar.

by Sarah Zupko

13 Oct 2016

Cincinnati’s Dawg Yawp weave together psychedelic rock, folk, electronica and American roots music in a wholly unique sound that’s all tied together by the sitar. Yes, I said sitar. If you never got enough of George Harrison’s sitar playing on Sgt. Pepper’s, then start here and you’ll think you’ve gone to heaven. Dawg Yawp is comprised of two best friends—Tyler Randall and Rob Keenan— who moved back to their Ohio hometown to work on the Dawg Yawp project and their debut self-titled album releasing October 14th via Old Flame Records.

by PopMatters Staff

13 Oct 2016

Chris Ingalls: This shiny, gleaming collaboration with Susanne Sundfør is a pure pop confection, and a damn catchy one at that. Diving deep into a retro dance sound, the production is thick with layers of keyboards, slippery synth bass lines and an infectious beat that all but guarantees a club smash. It’s like day-glo ABBA in a shopping mall in the ‘80s. [7/10]

by PopMatters Staff

12 Oct 2016

Sonic Avenues’ “Future” shows off the band’s punk roots and their post-punk sound that bares deep influences from Devo, the Buzzcocks, and a bit of Howard Devoto’s Magazine. It’s a rocking, two and a half minute slice of raucous energy, poppy choruses, slashing and chopping Rickenbacker guitars. Sonic Avenues hail from the incredibly fertile Montreal music scene and they are about to release their fourth album, Disconnector, which examines themes of future and destiny, human potential and its annihilation. But always with catchy tunes.

//Mixed media

Oz Is Not Down Under As Everyone Thinks It Is

// Re:Print

"Frank L. Baum's Oz isn't in the land of Aussies, as one might think, but in a far more magical setting.

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