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Friday, Apr 4, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
The justifiably legendary Lyle Lovett played his large band classic "That's Right (You're Not from Texas)" on Conan last night. We all need a little swing in our lives and this is a great place to start.

Lovett will begin a North American tour on May 1 with an appearance at Jazz Fest in New Orleans.



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Friday, Apr 4, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
The frontman for San Francisco's Birds & Batteries, Mike Sempert, has picked up and moved to Los Angeles with his new wife and a burgeoning solo career.

Mike Sempert‘s sound is very much rooted in the SoCal singer-songwriter sound with influences from ‘70s classics like Gram Parsons and Fleetwood Mac. His new LP, Mid Dream, releases May 6th via Velvet Blue Music and we have a new track here from the album to share with you.


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Friday, Apr 4, 2014
London's Dead Flowers came to be in the winter of 2011, underneath Coney Island's Wonderwheel, an ancient big wheel which still spins to this day.

They started writing right there on the beach, and the songs kept on coming as they worked their way up the East Coast, finally pulling into Montreal, where they spent long nights at the Wheel Club until the spring came and the snow melted.


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Friday, Apr 4, 2014
“I hope it’s worth the rent you pay / Too low to take the highway”, Tunde Olaniran sings in the hook-heavy chorus of “The Highway”, off the avant-garde performer’s new Yung Archetype EP.

It’s a resigned yet scathing indictment in a tune steeped in line after line of social commentary, the couplets’ biting quality matched by their astuteness. Coming from the beleaguered city of Flint, Michigan, themes of cultural divide and entropy aren’t foreign to Olaniran. Yet, as the new video for “The Highway” shows, reflecting on the steam-rolling nature of cultural exploitation and gentrification doesn’t preclude such lofty subject matter from being presented in an entertaining manner.


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Thursday, Apr 3, 2014
PopMatters is proud to debut the new music video by Norwegian singer/songwriter Kari Rueslåtten, the invitingly warm "Rainy Days Ahead".

“The first phrases of ‘Rainy Days Ahead’ came to me when I was spending time at our summer cottage,” says Kari Rueslåtten. It’s “an old, worn out farm house in mid-Norway. The place is surrounded by the wild landscape that area is known for: steep mountains going straight into the sea and beautiful open spaces of green in between.” Rueslåtten’s description is one that could apply to any number of the tracks on Time to Tell, her first studio album in nine years. She composed the album primarily by singing while at the piano, which allowed her to find the strongest melodies and arrangements possible: “If the verse and chorus works just accompanied by the piano, it will work with other arrangements in studio too.”


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