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by PopMatters Staff

1 Sep 2015


Adrien Begrand: Well, if there’s one artist with the clout and the cash to try to make a video on par with a David Lean film, it’s Taylor Swift. Instead, sadly, it amounts to nothing more than a preening music video version of Out of Africa. Which, for the kids out there, was arguably the most boring movie to ever win the Best Picture Oscar. But who am I to say how good this is? My eight year-old niece watched this clip five times in a row, agog at the love triangle and Tay-Tay’s black wig. [5/10]

by Adrien Begrand

1 Sep 2015


So we pronounce it “nervous lovers” then, right?

This latest addition to search-optimized indie band names (right up there with CHVRCHES and Alvvays) San Francisco band NRVS LVRS provide an aptly contemporary twist on indie pop. At its root is the same new romantic-derived sounds Stars have been excelling at for the past 15 years, but with smart additions of chillwave, electropop, and dreampop. The tactic works especially well on their debut album, which can be streamed in its entirety below in advance of its 8 September release date.

by PopMatters Staff

1 Sep 2015


Brian Duricy: Playful tribute to Drake’s oft-cited favorite slang of 2015 and the song’s producer? Check. Swirling, whining synths that pair well with Makonnen’s own unpolished swagger? Check. Pulling an early 2010s slip-hop forgetfulness and then deciding to shout himself out instead? Check. Rap can’t get more fun than ILoveMakonnen. [8/10]

by Adrien Begrand

1 Sep 2015


Chicago’s Walsher Clemons is a jam band that know not just how to lock into a strong instrumental groove, but one that knows how to create a groove that actually moves. Described as a combination of Michael Jackson and Phish (with a little Steely Dan tossed in as well) this is sunny, Bonnaroo-friendly music that demands its listeners dance to their irresistible funk beats.

by Adrien Begrand

1 Sep 2015


Sweden has a tremendous knack for producing bands that understand psychedelic rock in a way that few other countries, if any, can match. Instrumental band Valley is the latest to surface, and they impress mightily on their debut EP Sunburst, which gracefully weaves its way through post-rock expansiveness, krautrock repetition, psychedelic dreaminess, and a welcome touch of Americana that sets the music apart from their peers.

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Country Fried Rock: Drivin' N' Cryin' to Be Inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame

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""If Drivin' N' Cryin' sounded as good in the '80s as we do now, we could have been as big as Cinderella." -- Kevn Kinney

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