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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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Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014
Experimental folktronic-pop duo Euan McMeeken and Matthew Collings have their second Graveyard Tapes album, White Rooms, ready to rock this November.

Between the plaintive vocals and evocative piano of Euan McMeeken and the distorted soundscapes of guitarist Matthew Collings, which combine forces under the name of Graveyard Tapes, there is a perplexing magic. Hailing from the fair city of Edinburgh, they have that quietly triumphant, slightly depressing, poetic and thoughtful Scottish joie de vivre. The imagery is apocalyptically epic, yet there is a lightness to the album, a vulnerability in the vocals and an ineffable fragility in the ramshackle, organic percussion and brooding piano-based instrumentals outlined by the creaks and groans of analog instrumentation, like it all might crumble into dust at any moment, but their indomitable spirit keeps their corporeal form together.


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Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014
Previously only available on a limited edition vinyl release, The Fates, the debut LP by the Baroque pop outfit Matthew Edwards and the Unfortunates, will be available on CD for the first time on November 3rd.

The San Francisco and Birmingham, UK-based Matthew Edwards and the Unfortunates are aptly named. On their debut LP, The Fates, they explore all manner of morose topics. Yet while the lyrical content of The Fates may be bleak, the music makes these saturnine musings delightful to listen to.


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Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014
Having just released his newest album, Kings & Queens of the Underground, new wave legend Billy Idol takes you through a quick personalized look at London, a city of special significance for him.

Fans of ‘80s music, new wave in particular, need no introduction to Billy Idol. People all over the world are familiar with the man in large part for classics like “White Wedding”, but he’s not one content to ride on the coattails of his big successes in the ‘80s. Indeed, Idol has kept to making music, and has just released his latest collection of tunes, Kings & Queens of the Underground.


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Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014
California indie rock outfit The Gromble gets a big boost from a string section at this intimate performance of the song "Creepy Jr.", performed at lead singer 's grandmother's house.

The Gromble takes its name from the ‘90s Nickelodeon TV show Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. Unsurprisingly, then, this California-based indie rock outfit has a sound that evokes that decade; these folks have clearly given Pinkerton a spin or ten. The band has found a way to elevate its sound beyond its seemingly simple pop roots with its recent recording of the song “Creepy Jr”, where it is joined by a string section. The video for this acoustic version of “Creepy Jr” was captured in the house of Elizabeth Palmer’s (background vocals) grandmother. The cozy environs prove to be a perfect place to capture the dulcet tones of the somewhat misleadingly titled “Creepy Jr”. Far from being creeped out, you’ll likely come out happy after viewing this fine performance.


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