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Thursday, Apr 23, 2015
Watch Aussie singer/songwriter Cody Simpson perform "New Problems" and talk about his role in the United Nations' Happiness Project.




Simpson’s new independent album, Free, is out on 23 June.


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Thursday, Apr 23, 2015
With her latest album, Weeping Cherry, singer/songwriter Ambrosia Parsley has crafted a set of songs that are "basically conversations with dead people."

The stateside release of Weeping Cherry, Ambrosia Parsley’s full-length debut, has been a long time coming. Parsley is perhaps most well known for her role in the Americana outfit Shivaree, which was active from 1997-2007. Some folks in the world have been fortunate enough to hear her first complete solo statement, as Weeping Cherry received its worldwide unveiling through a French release in 2013. Now, however, this eclectic, singer/songwriter LP—one that bridges the styles and tonalities of indie folk, jazz, and even soul (“Skin & Bone”)—will see a broader United States release next week. Stream it in its entirety below.


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Thursday, Apr 23, 2015
The up-and-coming British outfit Jingo tackles the overmedicalization of mental disorders in their powerful new tune "A.D.D.".

The East London group Jingo may be relatively new entries into their local music scene, but they’re already making a considerable splash. Both Amazing Radio and BBC London have given them the tip of the cap. When added to live showings including a successful night at the London DIY open mic night Cable Street Electric and a gig opening for Graham Coxon (Blur), these young rockers have already started paving a solid path for their musical career.


“A.D.D.”, a tune from Jingo’s forthcoming EP, captures the energy they bring to their music. With musical elements that bring to mind mid-‘90s Radiohead, the band tackles an issue that is of no small matter, delivering angst-driven lyrics such as “Your love / is my suicide.”


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Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015
The charming indie pop/folk of Ruby the RabbitFoot meets the intimate environs of Sofar Sounds' Dallas venue with this performance of "Misery".

Last autumn, PopMatters premiered a video by Ruby the RabbitFoot, a project helmed by singer/songwriter Ruby Kendrick, entitled “Misery”. Now, in a stripped-down arrangement of that tune, Ruby the RabbitFoot take to the stage of Sofar Sounds, a gig collective that houses intimate shows around the world. For this performance, the band took to the stage at Sofar Dallas. With only a clean-toned electric guitar and two voices to fill the venue, Ruby the RabbitFoot give a tender performance that highlights the intimacy of the space.


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Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015
Horses galloping through city streets and a slew of vivid costume changes enhance Chicago songstress Emily Kempf's anachronistic, avant-garde baroque dream pop ditty "Dynamite".

When a song is anachronistic, it’s best to make its visual accompaniment equally difficult to pigeonhole to a particular era. That’s the approach with the video for Emily Kempf’s “Dynamite”, for the tune itself doesn’t sound as though it is either historic- or futuristic-leaning, but rather like it’s emanating from a parallel timeline altogether.

“Dynamite” is an avant-garde baroque dream pop number with a dash of gypsy elements; its nebulous music has a Tim Buckley-meets-Björk flavor. Kempf’s haunting bellow is the star amid minor piano chords, hammered on and resonating as though played in a dusty mausoleum. As digital effects twinkle in the background, the song abruptly transitions to a comparatively upbeat, galloping keyboard melody.


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