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Thursday, Oct 30, 2014
Stripped-down and intimate, The Shark, the debut album by Brendan Hangauer's solo project Empty Moon, evokes many images with few sonic ingredients.

Emtpy Moon is the name of singer/songwriter Brendan Hangauer’s recently formed solo project, which he devised after departing the band Fourth of July, with whom he spent ten years making three records with. Part of that departure also included moving from Lawrence, Kansas to Oakland, California. Joined by Jason Quever of Papercuts in the recording process, Hangauer crafted the LP The Shark, a stripped-down collection of primarily acoustic tunes. With sonic parallels including alt-country (“High Hopes”) and Bay Area indie folk (“Far Away”), The Shark signals a step in a new direction for Hangauer.


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Thursday, Oct 30, 2014
NYC electro-pop outfit HAERTS has just dropped a new video for the song "Giving Up", off of the band's recently released self-tiled LP.


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Thursday, Oct 30, 2014
Steven Wilson is in the studio right now to record his yet-to-be-named fourth solo LP. To give a sneak peek of what's to come, he has released a video of him and his band in the recording studio in London.

2013 was a productive year for British prog maestro Steven Wilson. He released his third solo record, the extremely proggy The Raven that Refused to Sing (and other stories) to wide acclaim, which was followed then by a world tour that culminated in a spectacular homecoming show at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Not content to rest on his laurels, Wilson has hopped back into the studio with the band he assembled for The Raven, and is gearing up for a February 2015 release of solo LP number four.


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Thursday, Oct 30, 2014
Texas rock outfit A. Sinclair's '60s-inflected, driving rock song "Pretty Girls in Pretty Tights" is an energetic tune with some interesting lyrics.

A. Sinclair, the Austin by way of Boston rock outfit helmed by Aaron Sinclair, has come up with a rather interesting number in “Pretty Girls in Pretty Tights”, the title-alluding track off of its latest EP, Pretty Girls. What appears to be a straightforward, driving rock tune on the surface has a rather interesting lyrical story behind it.


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Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014
The Afghan Whigs release creepily compelling video for "Lost in the Woods" just in time for Halloween.

As with the Afghan Whigs’ most successful work, the new video for “Lost in the Woods” is a study in the contrast between light and dark. The black and white video directed by Phil Harder is a precise visual representation of the song, its oppressive yet intriguingly dour atmosphere built upon stark, minor piano notes offset by lightly twinkling ivory. Come the chorus, it takes on transcendent energy with pounding drums and Greg Dulli crooning in his upper register. In the second verse, it backslides into a sonorous cello’s boat-rowing rhythm before the refrain surges back with Dulli delivering the climax of his oblique cautionary tale.


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