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by J.C. Sciaccotta

20 Oct 2010


UK downtempo-act Bonobo is back on the scene with a cross-continental tour of the U.S. and Canada this fall, in support of his Black Sands LP. He is joined by Andreya Triana, whose debut full-length, Lost Where I Belong, hit stores last September. Tour dates after the jump.

by PopMatters Staff

19 Oct 2010


Singer-songwriter Dar Williams released her latest album Many Great Companions last week via Razor & Tie. She offers up instantly memorable tunes rooted in the great Americana folk-pop tradition. This time around Williams re-recorded 12 of her classic songs with a number of notable musicians on the new record, including Sean and Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Patty Larkin. In this new video for “As Cool As I Am”, she pairs with the Jayhawks’ Gary Louris.

by Devin Mainville

19 Oct 2010


L.A. based Best Coast is serving up some much needed sun soaked pop with the video for their latest single, “Boyfriend”. The video, directed by award-winning filmmaker Tyler Cohen, features the band playing a Quinceañera, a Mexican 15th birthday tradition. The video highlights the indie trio’s love for the West Coast, documenting the significant occasion on the kind of golden day California is known for.  To support this new single the band has extended their tour dates (after the jump) and will now be performing through mid November.

by PopMatters Staff

19 Oct 2010


France’s El Boy Die constructs his tunes like a film composer, creating expansive, cinematic music that evokes mood and imagery in equal measure. For his new album, Black Hawk Ladies & Tambourins, releasing 26 October on Semprini Records El Boy Die decamped to Montreal to work with the likes of Herman Dune, Yeti Lane, Cyann & Ben, Zombie Zombie, and Valleys. It’s all part of his attempt to deconstruct psych-folk and the results are intriguing to say the least. Today, we present the premiere of the first single, “Dead Kings,” from Black Hawk Ladies & Tambourins. Check out the mesmerizing, tribalesque drumming.

by Timothy Gabriele

19 Oct 2010


Out of focus more than in, this video starts out with Close Encounters tones and then proceeds to circle around video pixelated images, reflections of faces, obscured shadows, and disfigured animation of the members of PVT nee Pivot. Quite a good tune with convulsive percussive fits and pointed low-end sine wave propelling a song that’s the kind of hard-edged synth-driven pop music that all but disappeared from this culture after the crash and burn of industrial at the end of the previous millenium. PVT are releasing a digital remix EP for the track with versions by Nathan Fake, Seekae, Dorian Concept, and Danimals.

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20 Questions: Rachael Yamagata

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"After a four year break since her last album, Rachael Yamagata reveals a love of spreadsheets, a love for Streisand, and why it's totally OK to suck at playing guitar.

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