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by Sarah Zupko

25 May 2016


Seattle’s Western Centuries keep the fire alight for real honest to goodness honky tonk country music. Dale Watson would be likely to say “that’s a real country song”. But the band’s members—Cahalen Morrison, Ethan Lawton, Jim Miller—come from vastly different musical backgrounds and all bring something unique to the table. Morrison comes from the Americana scene with a youth spent playing in New Mexico conjunto bands, while Lawton is a Seattle native who was devoted to punk and hip-hop before he fell head-over-heels in love with bluegrass. Meanwhile Miller was a heavy in the jamband world, founding the highly popular Donna the Buffalo. And they all meet to make first class authentic country music.

by PopMatters Staff

25 May 2016


John Bergstrom: ‘80s pop and especially ‘80s synthpop takes a lot of flack, much of it deserved. But “Enola Gay” is a resounding refutation of the notion nothing substantial, beautiful, or timeless could ever come from skinny English guys with synths, though the live rhythm section is essential to the song’s power, too. Andy McCluskey’s stunner is a lament for the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb, and you can feel the dizzy, Tilt-A-Whirl hook willing itself back to a simpler, less terrifying time. The production is spot-on, having aged remarkably well. And as McCluskey demonstrates, you could skip the wistful melancholy and (nerd) dance to “Enola Gay” just as easily. Everything a classic should be. [10/10]

by PopMatters Staff

24 May 2016


On June 14th, TNT will unveil a thrilling, gut-wrenching, compelling new series Animal Kingdom based on the 2010 Australian cult film of the same name wherein lead actress Jacki Weaver earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination for the role of Smurf, the family matriarch. Well, Smurf is back and she’s not in a supporting role anymore. Critically-acclaimed Ellen Barkin stands tall as the mother of her criminal gang family and she’s tough as nails running her business and her sons will do anything to remain in her good graces.

by PopMatters Staff

24 May 2016


Photo: Anya Roz

Hazmat Modine co-songwriter Wade Schuman sums up his band perfectly saying, “I think our band is like a really good NYC diner. The food comes from every tradition you can think of, but in the end it’s really the ultimate American comfort food.” Hazmat Modine’s membership includes musicians of various ages, races and backgrounds, a true melting pot, just like New York City, and their music draws from a host of American traditions including early jazz, the American popular songbook, blues, country, R&B, as well as a variety of world beats. It’s makes for exciting music that is always open to new influences and change. Hazmat Modine’s third album, Extra-Deluxe-Supreme, is meant as something of a document of their 10-year history and their adventures traveling the world, absorbing new influences and spreading American roots musics far and wide.

Hazmat Modine’s Extra-Deluxe-Supreme releases June 3rd via Barbès Records and today we are bringing you the video for the band’s new single, “Moving Stones”.

by PopMatters Staff

23 May 2016


Photo: Holly J. Schumacher

East Tennessee’s Derik Hultquist did what lots of musical dreamers do… he headed straight to Nashville after graduation. Like most, he worked the odd jobs to support himself while working hard on developing his songwriting as well as discovering his true singing voice. Hultquist has released a number of EPs over the years as his music progressed and now, after 10 years in Nashville, he is set to release his full-length debut album, Southern Iron, coming June 17th via Carnival Music/Thirty Tigers. Southern Iron is a well-crafted set of Hultquist’s original songs living in the country/pop sphere with songs that occasionally feature elements of psychedelic and roots rock.

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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