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by PopMatters Staff

18 May 2016


Emmanuel Elone: “Strange Country” is simply excellent folk music. The intricate guitar playing perfectly matches the female vocals, and the lyrics are great as well. The only off-putting aspect of this song is that Kacy and Clayton clearly have no uniquely defined sound, instead copying almost directly from ‘60s and early ‘70s folk singers like Bob Dylan, Donovan, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, and even a hint of some acoustic Led Zeppelin. Nevertheless, “Strange Country” is folk music at its finest, and deserves to be heard. [8/10]

by PopMatters Staff

18 May 2016


Pantha du Prince has just released another new video from his new album The Triad releasing this Friday via Rough Trade Records. This comes hot on the heels of “Frau Im Mond, Sterne Laufen” released back on May 9th. The “In an Open Space” video is seriously trippy and Pantha du Prince’s warm, minimal techno pulls you deep into his imagination.

by PopMatters Staff

18 May 2016


Emmanuel Elone: People who complain about the current state of pop music do not know who Grimes is. “California”, besides being a solid pop tune, has colorful and quirky electronic instrumentation that blend perfectly with Grimes’ child-like vocals. To be sure, her lyrics are still nothing particularly of note, but one has to accept the musicianship and musicality of her work at the very least. “California” may not be reinventing pop music, but it is revitalizing it. [7/10]

by PopMatters Staff

17 May 2016


Chris Ingalls: A wonderful late-night chillout vibe. I like the combination of digital bleeps and organic percussion. The bass line is simple yet irresistible. And it earns that six-minute run time. The song goes through a number of different yet subtle stages that never seem forced. [8/10]

by PopMatters Staff

17 May 2016


Photo: Keith Klenowski

Chris Ingalls: This one threw me for a loop. At its core, it’s basically a simple, sloppy rockabilly rave-up. But it seems filtered through a very punk sensibility: it’s like rockabilly by way of the Ramones (which may very well be how Butler discovered the genre). The backing vocals add another layer and give the song a (possibly unintentional) greater dimension. It’s as if Butler can’t be satisfied with an innocuous punk tune—it needs more. And the payoff is worth it. [8/10]

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Hitchcock's 'Suspicion', 'I Confess' and 'The Wrong Man' Return in Blu-ray

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"These three films on DVD from Warner Archives showcase different facets of Alfred Hitchcock's brilliance.

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