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Monday, Aug 25, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
"One Minute More" finds Capital Cities skillfully balancing pop accessibility while also emphasizing their indie rock roots.

With “Safe and Sound”, the LA-based band Capital Cities made a sizeable pop splash, a feat that is becoming all the more common for bands that, like Capital Cities, began in the ever-fertile realm of indie music. Just like CHVRCHES did last year, Capital Cities shows that while indie music aims to stand apart from the type of stuff that one is likely to see climb to the top of the Billboard Top 20, there’s nothing wrong with bringing in unabashed pop accessibility into the indie fold.


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Monday, Aug 25, 2014
The lyric video for Kiev's "Falling Bough" brings to mind the clipped, subtly groovy indie rock of groups like the xx.

“Falling Bough” takes its name from one half of the album title of the debut record by Orange County indie rockers Kiev, which was released in autumn of 2013. Now the band has made a lyric video to accompany the subtly groovy “Falling Bough”, whose clipped guitar line and sinewy bassline bring to mind the understated indie of The xx. Guitarist Robert Brinkerhoff’s affable tenor vocals bring to mind Winston Yellen, the man behind the Night Beds name.


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Monday, Aug 25, 2014
As it turns out, America's infatuation with sometimes kooky summer tunes is an old one.

With the summer nearing its end, people will undoubtedly soon begin making statements on what the song of the summer of 2014 was. While three months offers some degree of hindsight, it pales in comparison to our ability to see which songs defined the summers of decades previous. Fifty years ago, there wasn’t much media attention devoted to what songs ruled the charts during the warmest months, but thanks to the Billboard charts, we can look back and see what they were. So let’s take a listen to the songs of summers in the ‘60s.


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Friday, Aug 22, 2014
The latest tune from young rock up-and-comers StarBenders is proof that if you put your mind to writing a song about sex, you'll probably succeed.

On their Tumblr page, up-and-coming rockers StarBenders describe their sound as akin to “Iggy Pop playing 7 minutes in heaven with Katy Perry.” It’s a bold and playful declaration, one that’s befitting of the group’s youthful presence. However, the Iggy Pop comparison also hints at the punk edge that rears its head throughout the otherwise thoroughly poppy songs StarBenders play. “Touch”, a tune from their forthcoming self-titled EP, is an ideal representation of the band’s style.


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Thursday, Aug 21, 2014
#Selfie: clever or dumb? Probably both.

Apparently you either love or hate #Selfie, which is a weird hybrid of EDM (electronic dance music) and the spoken verse of a hip young thing in a nightclub. You may love it at first because it is sickeningly addictive, then hate it once you’ve heard it too often, or love it and hate it all at the same time (a little like Jäggerbombs).


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