— PopMatters (@PopMatters) August 13, 2014
Summer is a time for large-scale music festivals and concerts. From the smallest venue to the largest empty fields full of high-energy music lovers, one can find just about any artist she likes on stage during the toasty summer months. However, for those unable to leave the cozy confines of their homes (or unwilling to brave large crowds of overexcited young people), Yahoo! Live has the answer.
If one believes the band’s press materials, the shadowy Swedish music collective Goat hails from Korpilombolo, a locality in the municipality of Pajala in Northern Sweden. It is highly probable that the group does come from there, but given its devotion to anonymity, they could just as easily live on another planet. Based on the sound of Goat’s otherworldly psychedelic hodgepodge, the notion that the collective occupies another terrestrial realm is just as likely.
Sofar Sounds describes itself as “the world’s largest music discovery community; curating secret, intimate gigs in unique spaces all around the world. Bringing the magic back to live music.” PopMatters recently premiered a performance at Sofar’s London venue; this week, we present a song performed by the indie group Little Comets filmed at Sofar’s Philadelphia location.
Experimentation and theatricality are the stock and trade of Detroit hip-hop duo Passalacqua. With their convention-breaking aesthetic in mind, it’s appropriate that Blaksmith (Brent Smith) and Mister (Bryan Lackner) preface the release of their new album not with a run-of-the-mill music video, but a narrative short film. Filled with provocative imagery—horses and Hazmats, gilded gas masks and burning fields, social discord and double-barrel shotguns—The Baptism is a suitable showcase for the song from which its title is gleaned.