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by PopMatters Staff

15 Mar 2010

Morrissey goes all Wings of Desire on his latest video, a tune from the 2009 b-sides compilation Swords. Craig Carson said of this song last year: “‘Ganglord’ takes on the LAPD, and his venom is palpable: ‘They say ‘to protect and serve’ / But what they really need to say is / Get back to the ghetto.’ Never one to mince words, the track reminds me of the vitriol of the Quarry track ‘Irish Blood, English Heart’, but with a more sinister overtone. Not too many musicians of his stature would offer such unvarnished, ugly truth via a pop song. It’s a positive attribute or an Achilles heel depending on the listener, but one that sets Morrissey apart in a sea of apolitical, empty-headed entertainers.”

by John Bergstrom

15 Mar 2010

Venerable Australian band the Church are touring North America in April and May 2010, to celebrate their 30th anniversary. The acoustic shows will feature one song from each of the band’s 20-some albums.

All ticketholders will also get a copy of the new Deadman’s Hand EP. 

2 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – The Coach House
4 – San Diego, CA – Anthology
5 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre
6 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
8 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
9 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
13 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
14 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
15 – Chicago, IL – Park West
17 – Cleveland, OH – Winchester Tavern and Music Hall
18 – Ferndale, MI – The Magic Bag
19 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Café
21 – Somerville, MA (Boston) - Arts at the Armory
22 – NYC, NY – City Winery
23 – Bay Shore, NY (Long Island) - Boulton Centre for the Performing Arts
24 – Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theatre 1894
25 – Falls Church, VA (DC) - State Theatre
27 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage
28 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa Theatre
29 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
30 - Charlotte, NC - McGlohon Theater

1 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage

by PopMatters Staff

15 Mar 2010

In advance of his new album Inter Arbiter, Inlets a.k.a Sebastian Krueger premieres his new video for “Bright Orange Air”, a bit of off-kilter, moody bedroom pop. Inlets has a bunch of SXSW appearances this week too (details below).

03/15 - Nashville, TN The Basement
03/17 - Austin, TX SXSW Force Field / Terrorbird @ Red 7 - 12 Noon
03/17 - Austin, TX SXSW Elysium - 8pm
03/18 - Austin, TX SXSW Unamplified Brunch @ The Hideout Theatre - 1pm
03/19 - Austin, TX SXSW Progress Day Show @ Progress Coffee - 12 Noon
03/19 - Austin, TX SXSW TwoSyllable / Transparent @ Tiniest Bar In Texas - 3pm
03/19 - Austin, TX SXSW @ Paper Cloud - 7:30pm
03/22 - Washington, DC DC9
03/24 - Philadelphia, PA The Khyber
04/23 - Brooklyn, NY Union Hall ^
^ = Album release show!

by Alex Suskind

15 Mar 2010

This song has been circulating on the web for the past few weeks now, but even if you have heard it before, it is certainly worth a second listen. After Solange Knowles (along with her older sister Beyonce and Jay-Z) was spotted at a Grizzly Bear show in Brooklyn, singing along to practically every song, she immediately gained respect amongst the indie crowd. Since then, Knowles has collaborated with of Montreal for their upcoming album (Knowles was also brought onstage at the group’s show in New York City to perform a cover of the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back”) and recently recorded a soulful remix of the Dirty Projector’s “Stillness is the Move”.

Backed by Dr. Dre’s “Xxplosive” beat off of his hip-hop masterpiece 2001, Solange shows that Beyonce isn’t the only one in her family with a powerful voice.

by John Lindstedt

12 Mar 2010

This week on The Sarah Silverman Program, two of the most subversive, non sequitur, absurdest comedians in entertainment joined forces to make some of the weirdest scenes ever recorded. Andy Samberg guest stars as Troy Bulletin-Board, Sarah’s imaginary childhood friend who comes back into her life after being “murdered” by her father when she was a child (if you watch the show, you wouldn’t bat an eye at that statement).

Andy and Sarah frolic through an epic fantasy land that includes hot air balloons, rainbows, hamburger hoses, and of course, the Loch Ness monster.

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// Short Ends and Leader

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