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Monday, Nov 24, 2014
Madam West are a New York-based quartet with a penchant for electronics and trip-pop fusion.

One of the band’s songs, “Symbols”, from EP Los Singles, has recently received video treatment by way of some DIY intergenerationality. Dolls belonging to singer Sophie Chernin’s mother make their acting debut here. Madam West’s full-length debut is coming soon. The band is keeping busy with shows in Brooklyn and Manhattan in the meantime, including a 5 December slot at Nola, Darling in Chelsea.


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Monday, Nov 24, 2014
The ultra-danceable "I'll Wait For You", which can count the songs of Imogen Heap as its sonic kin, is the latest from the Canadian musician Iris Campo.

Spanish born Canadian Iris Campo is a drummer since 1997 of the indie band Roads (Indica Records). Iris will launch her solo career in 2015; her forthcoming EP was written at home in Montréal and three singles produced in Nashville together with Scott Moffatt of The Moffatts.


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Thursday, Nov 20, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
David Baldacci’s books are great gift options for everyone on your holiday list and we are giving some away just in time for the holidays.

One (1) winner will receive:
·      David Baldacci’s new thriller, The Escape
·      His new Young Adult fantasy, The Finisher (ages 10+)
·      plus a $100 Visa gift card for holiday purchases


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Thursday, Nov 20, 2014
The latest tune from the Long Beach trio Bella Novela, "Four Walls", is a classic rock-esque number in the vein of Heart and Pat Benatar with the tonality of a James Bond theme.

Long Beach, CA rock trio Bella Novela is one of those bands that is able to pull off the tricky task of sounding like classic rock without merely imitating the genre’s tropes. Frontwoman Jackie Laws’ vocals bring to mind Heart and Pat Benatar, but she also sounds undoubtedly contemporary, her voice coalescing perfectly with guitarist Jacob Heath’s Muse-esque leads. On its newest tune, “Four Walls”, Bella Novela amps up the drama with a chord progression and vocal line that sound ready to be the next James Bond theme. But rather than go for the classic Bond theme pace of slow and sultry, the trio amps up the energy, due in large part to drummer Jannea McClure’s rapid fills. This sense of bombast is a fitting one for the group’s forthcoming LP, Telemetry, a concept album based on a popular Mexican telenovela. The new prog influences on Bella Novela’s music, especially on “Four Walls”, make it a distinctive voice in the Los Angeles music scene.


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Thursday, Nov 20, 2014
With a career as illustrious as Sir McCartney's, it is no surprise that these ten performances hit it as far out of the park as they do.

Throughout Paul McCartney’s illustrious career as a member of both the Beatles and Wings, as well as his solo career, he has released over a dozen live albums and concert films. Clearly, the man has had many memorable live performances. These videos span over five decades and feature obscure rarities as well as some of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest hits. As he celebrates his 72nd birthday with a break from his current touring schedule, it is a great time to take a look back at his greatest live recordings.


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