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Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015
The New Jersey group OWEL takes the classic '60s pop formula, cranks the violin up to ten, and gets a terrific tune as a result: "Every Good Boy Does Fine", the title track off their new EP.

There’s really only one way to describe the title track of the New Jersey band OWEL’s forthcoming EP, Every Good Boy: a darn good pop tune. Right from the outset, it tips its cap to the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and the other luminaries of ‘60s pop with its vocal harmonies. Where it really gets traction, however, is its violin riff, a bold and catchy thing that grabs you and draws you into this sun-bathed number. “Every Good Boy Does Fine” is the kind of upbeat, infectious tune that shows just how much the world of pop music has left to mine from the respective playbooks of the Beach Boys and the Beatles. Years later, their styles still feel fresh. OWEL has done their homework when it comes to songwriting, and the payoff shows splendidly with the new EP.


Every Good Boy EP follows OWEL’s 2013 self-titled debut. The EP was produced by Mike Watts, who has also worked with As Tall As Lions, the Dear Hunter, As Cities Burn, Tides of Man, and several others.


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Monday, Mar 23, 2015
Jheri curls and muscular arms abound in the latest music video by Action Bronson, "Baby Blue", where he is joined by Chance the Rapper.

Following a busy week at the 2015 South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, the Queens rapper Action Bronson dropped his newest studio LP, Mr. Wonderful. Below you can view the comical video to “Baby Blue”, which finds Bronson joined by the quickly rising talent that is Chance the Rapper.


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Monday, Mar 23, 2015
FKA twigs, one of PopMatters's favorite new artists of 2014, has released "Glass & Patron", the first new track to follow her wildly inventive debut LP1.

Writing about FKA twigs’ debut album LP1, which placed at number eight on PopMatters‘s Top 80 Albums of 2014, Adrien Begrand argues, “This is a wildly inventive statement by a new British solo artist that deserves to stand alongside Kate Bush’s The Kick Inside and Tricky’s Maxinquaye.”


FKA twigs, who we at PopMatters also named one of the Best New Artists of 2014, is prepping a yet-to-be-named EP for release later this year, which will mark her first new music since LP1. The first track to be released from the EP, “Glass & Patron”, is accompanied by a music video whose stunning and visceral beauty is of the kind we’ve all come to expect from this daring musician and visual artist.


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Monday, Mar 23, 2015
Bond theme chords and seductive vocals merge on the retro "Oh Josephine", the newest number by the UK duo Vienna Ditto.

The Reading, United Kingdom duo Vienna Ditto may be an under-the-radar act at the moment, but they’re unlikely to stay that way for long given the press they’ve been culling over the past few years. The quote merchants in the media have already begun buzzing about the band’s latest single, “Oh Josephine”: BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens calls it “Portishead doing a Tarantino soundtrack.”


Stephens’ description isn’t far off. With frontwoman Hatty Taylor’s alluring vocals and Nigel Firth’s melancholy and darkly romantic guitar chords, “Oh Josephine” becomes something like a would-be Bond theme, a kind of tune that brings to mind inky black silhouettes flowing in and out of an opening credits montage.


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Thursday, Mar 19, 2015
"Number One" is the opening number off of the new album by the bluesy roots rockers the Sideshow Tragedy, Capital.

The Austin, Texas duo the Sideshow Tragedy, comprised of Nathan Singleton (vocals, resonator guitar) and Jeremy Harrell (drums), will release their fifth studio LP, Capital, this May. The album was produced by Kenny Siegal, an Independent Music Award-winning musician. The Sideshow Tragedy’s brand of rock ‘n’ roll draws from the well of the blues and country, a sound that’s an undeniable product of the duo’s native Texas.


Below you can stream the Capital number “Number One”, whose tasty riffs and outlaw country-esque mood provide ample foreshadowing for the release of the record.


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