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Friday, Oct 17, 2014
Cracker nails the vintage California rock vibe with its latest single, "Waited My Whole Life".

The long-running alt rock group Cracker has taken on a bold task with its latest LP, Berkeley to Bakersfield. As its title suggests, it’s a California-centric musical journey that spans the hip Bay Area to the desert environs of the Central Valley. The record, a two-disc affair, captures each area with a particular style: the former with a “punk” and “garage” oriented rock with “funky undertones”, the latter with a twangy country style reminiscent of the famed Bakersfield sound. Below you can stream “Waited My Whole Life”, a tune from the Berkeley portion of the journey.


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Friday, Oct 17, 2014
Following their tour dates with Green Day, the Actions have a new single, the bass-centric rocker "The Echo".

Marta Argenio (aka Silty) and Mo Stellato go by the name the Actions when performing music, which they have been doing a lot of lately. Coming fresh off of a series of shows with Green Day in Europe, the duo is gearing up for its latest single, “The Echo”, which will be released during the throes of the holiday season. “The Echo”, driven by an insistent bassline that’s placed front and center in the mix, is a somewhat brooding tune. Silty’s distorted vocals sound especially unsettling juxtaposed to the minor chords played by the guitar, which has a jazzy tone to it.


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Thursday, Oct 16, 2014
A new track from the Walkmen's most surprising solo force.

With 2014 solo debut Liberation!, the Walkmen’s Peter Matthew Bauer proved himself an adept solo force, navigating psychedelic shuffles and religion-inspired exaltation. On “You Always Look For Someone Lost”, a new track released as part of Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through series, Bauer heads in a forlorn and folkier direction, albeit with the rich vocals and instrumental palette that his new backing band supplies. Listen below, and learn more about the song in a Shaking Through video.


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Thursday, Oct 16, 2014
The ska-inflected "Alright", the latest tune by the long-running New Jersey group Stuyvesant, is a party tune that'll turn up the heat in the coming winter months.

Stuyvesant formed in the early ‘00s as a new project involving many musicians involved in the ‘90s indie rock scene in New Jersey. Ralph Malanga (guitar and vocals) played in the band Footstone; Sean Adams (guitar and vocals) and Brian Musikoff (bass) performed with Friends, Romans, Countrymen. Having now been performing as Stuyvesant for over a decade now, the band has settled into a comfortable yet energetic rhythm. The group’s newest LP, the forthcoming Shmyvesant, displays its ability to write a toe-tapping, party-starting groove. “Alright” is a case in point here; with its driving power chords and backing horns, the song captures the youthful zeal of these longtime performers.


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Thursday, Oct 16, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Toronto-based singer/songwriter Valery Gore's "S.O.", a tune dominated by enchanting, Imogen Heap-esque vocal layering, now has a video with equally vibrant images.

PopMatters writer Zachary Houle recently said of Gore’s newest LP, Idols in the Dark Heart, “Fans who love a sense of adventure should definitely go out of their way and hunt this disc down.” Below, you can watch a video from this “beguiling” and “challening” album, “S.O.”.




Idols in the Dark Heart, is out now.


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