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by Jonathan Sanders

26 Sep 2011


Like a cross between Vandaveer, the Decemberists and Sufjan Stevens, Brooklyn songwriter Argyle Johansen (a.k.a. John F. Wentz) hammers his way into your ears with the multi-layered textures from Inner Demo(n)s, his latest EP. Johansen argues that “a free man on earth ought to make his life worthwhile, and [my] music is an attempt at a means to that end.” Self-aggrandizing pretensions aside, the music’s actually quite solid. “You Try”, a live version of which you can hear in its entirety below, showcases his psychedelic folk sound in full force, a frenetic wheels-on-train-tracks percussive propulsion system atop which guitars, accordion and echoing vocals are layered. Fans of Vampire Weekend’s Contra will know the sound pretty well, and are likely to find plenty to enjoy here. Inner Demo(n)s has been available since 6 September, and though there hasn’t yet been a groundswell of mainstream acceptance, this is music which fits into the groove alongside the best of 2011’s folk-pop newcomers. You just haven’t heard it yet.

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by Jessy Krupa

23 Sep 2011


New TV series were hyped at an all time high in 2010, only to see disappointing ratings and early cancellations. As a result, this fall will see more new series debuts than last year. But what will stay and what will get cancelled before Christmas? Looking at a show’s premise and competition, I previously predicted the demises of Running Wilde, Detroit 1-8-7, My Generation, and Outlaw, so let’s see about this year. 

(The listings shown are for the Central Standard time zone.)

by PopMatters Staff

22 Sep 2011


NOVI, aka Carolyne Neuman in real life, is an up-and-coming electro-pop artist originally from small town Oregon, but now based in the big city (Los Angeles). NOVI previously had a tune (“All the Way”) on the hit show One Tree Hill, which brought her some early visibility and now she is about to release her debut EP, Now I’m Here, this fall. “Blackbirds” is the lead-off single, which was mixed by Brian Malouf (Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince), who says, “When I first heard Novi’s music I was struck by the strong originality and the defining musicality. They are great and very original sounding songs and her voice soars! I love listening back to these tracks now—they really hold up.”

by Sachyn Mital

22 Sep 2011


Today (September 22nd) Paul McCartney’s “first foray into the world of dance”, specifically ballet, makes its premiere. His new work, Ocean’s Kingdom, is his first original orchestral score and was done in collaboration with the New York City Ballet’s Master in Chief Peter Martins. Check out the video below to see the two discuss this collaboration. Ocean’s Kingdom will be performed at the NYCB over the next week as part of its 2011/12 season.

From the NYC Ballet website:
New York City Ballet brings together the legendary Paul McCartney and Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins for a hallmark collaboration. Ocean’s Kingdom marks the first time that McCartney has composed for dance, and Martins’ choreography will follow the music’s libretto of a romance between lovers from conflicting kingdoms. With costumes by another McCartney, renowned fashion designer Stella, and projections by S. Katy Tucker integrated with lighting designs by Mark Stanley and sets by Perry Silvey, Ocean’s Kingdom is an unprecedented event you won’t want to miss.

by Jessy Krupa

20 Sep 2011


New TV series were hyped at an all time high in 2010, only to see disappointing ratings and early cancellations. As a result, this fall will see more new series debuts than last year. But what will stay and what will get cancelled before Christmas? Looking at a show’s premise and competition, I previously predicted the demises of Running Wilde, Detroit 1-8-7, My Generation, and Outlaw, so let’s see about this year. 

(The listings shown are for the Central Standard time zone.)

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