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Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015
by PopMatters Staff
Today ILOVEMAKONNEN brings us the new tune "Drink More Water 5", a freestyle from the mixtape Drink More Water 5 releasing 31 March.

In addition, the hip-hop artist has mapped out a small April/March tour, bookended by sold out New York and California shows.


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Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015
The charming mandolin-accented pop of Feral Conservatives' "Last Legs" is a real earworm of a number.

“Last Legs”, a tune by the Virginia-based indie rock/folk outfit Feral Conservatives, is refreshing for many reasons, but perhaps most fittingly on this day, 17 March, because it is delightfully unlike the kind of music one is bound to run into. Yes, with it being St. Patrick’s Day, the streets of cities worldwide will be aflood with C-grade variations on Dropkick Murphy’s, all cantankerous choruses and boozy sentiment. With “Last Legs”, Feral Conservatives have written themselves a tune that’s just as, if not more, catchy and sing-alongable as any of those Irish-themed punk tunes, but without any of the overwrought sentiment of the holiday. A buoyant mood and chiming mandolin chords make this tune both a perfect break from the leprechaun-centric festivities and an ideal accompaniment for the sunnier days we’re all now seeing.


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Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015
The boundary-pushing United Kingdom electronic project Squarepusher just dropped a new track from its forthcoming full-length, Damogen Furies.




Damogen Furies is out on 21 April via Warp.


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Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015
The tender, longing "Outta My Head" finds the Nashville-based Liz Longley finding a way to move on from the past -- which, as she sings it, is no small task.

There’s a warmth and vulnerability in the video to Liz Longley’s tune “Outta My Head”, taken from her just released self-titled LP, her fourth full-length. This is due mostly to Longley’s openness and honesty in her lyrical pursuits, a thread that runs throughout all of her music but especially Liz Longley. In singing a song of moving on, of finding a way to shed those parts of the past that try their best to cling on, she invites the listener into a space where it’s safe to channel one’s frustrations with the way life can often feel like it’s going backwards despite our best efforts.


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Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015
The saxophone-led, Pixies-channeling instrumental number "Small Fires" is an ideal song to spin as the sunny rays of spring kick in.

It’s hard not to have one’s spirits lifted by a tune like “Small Fires”, the latest number from the Providence, Rhode Island-based A Troop of Echoes. Taking stylistics from the realm of indie rock but placing saxophone at the forefront (rather than, say, a Thom Yorke-aping lead vocalist), the band crafts tunes that are off-kilter yet affable, accessible yet ever-so-slightly perplexing. Such is the case with “Small Fires”, which utilizes guitar technique that anyone familiar with the indie rock playbook will recognize immediately—that is, until the song veers off in its own unique variations. The effervescent and creative mood of the tune couldn’t have arrived sooner; just as many across the globe are finally venturing outside after the icy winter months, this free-spirited piece is fine aural backing to a newly sunny walk outside.


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