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by Jonathan Frahm

26 Sep 2017


On “Feels”, Phantom Electric rides the line between several sonic influences that you might not think would go together. By some wild design, they place dream pop, indie rock, electronic, country, and soul vibes into a blender. Most astounding of all is that the resulting mix is something that comes across as a natural culmination of sounds.

by PopMatters Staff

25 Sep 2017


Steve Horowitz: Being detached from life and involved in it: what choice does one have? The narrator of this song watches and waits for something to happen. It never does. Radiohead musically delineates the Zeitgeist of living in a world that doesn’t make sense even when it seems to on the surface. We wait. We wait. What are we waiting for? Radio understands the waiting is all we have—and there’s solace in that. The melody and soft touch of sound bring comfort to those afflicted with feelings. [8/10]

by Jonathan Frahm

25 Sep 2017


Breezy optimism pervades Maggie McClure‘s sugary sweet “You For Me”. Showcasing jazzy undertones with rollicking guitar melodies and catchy, mellow whistling, the song is positively beaming with hope as it loses itself within the entrapment of true love.

by Jonathan Frahm

25 Sep 2017


Photo: Ben Hackett

Rhyal Knight’s brand of Americana takes its influences from an idiosyncratic blend of retro soul, nuanced jazz, and subtle folk and funk overtones. You can feel as much in the brooding, understated groove in “Little Hands”.

by Jedd Beaudoin

25 Sep 2017


Photo: Sean MacNeil

New York City’s the Dig didn’t just decide to cover the Kinks’ song “People Take Pictures of Each Other”, the group utterly transformed the song into something that sounds inexplicably new. The same might be said for the accompanying video, a three-minute film rife with Boschian figures and situations juxtaposed with playful snapshots from contemporary life. Instead of merely reporting on the supposedly narcissistic nature of social media, the Dig opts to find the humor in the culture’s collective fascination with documenting daily minutiae.

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Stevie Wonder Takes a Knee as Green Day and Others Also Speak Out at Global Citizen Festival

// Notes from the Road

"The 2017 Global Citizen Festival's message for social action was amplified by Stevie Wonder and many other incredible performers and notable guests.

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