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Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014
Sir Paul McCartney has released another video from his most recent studio effort, New, the folksy "Early Days".

Though Paul McCartney‘s legacy is primarily defined by perfecting the pop formula with his cohorts in the Beatles, in recent years, with LPs like Memory Almost Full and last year’s New, he has continued to try to push himself into other musical directions. (He also tried his hand at ballet, but some things are best left forgotten).


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Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014
Let’s celebrate Ringo Starr’s 74th birthday with cartoons.

It’s hard to believe, but week marks the 74th birthday of Ringo Starr. He’s one of rock’s most accomplished drummers and a successful solo artist, but have you ever realized how many times he has been animated?


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Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014
You can stream "Gotchoo" by the the Birmingham, Alabama hip-hop outfit the Green Seed, exclusively on PopMatters.

“Gotchoo”, a track from the forthcoming debut album by the Birmingham, Alabama hip-hop outfit the Green Seed, promises “beats by the pound” and “flavor in the rhyme” within its first 30 seconds. The album itself, entitled Drapetomania (say druh-pet-oh-may-nee-uh) promises to be a firm statement of intent for the group, who take simple beats and loops and, in the spirit of great-hip hop, aim to elevate them into new rhythmic territories.


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Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014
There's nothing lightweight about neo-shoegazers Lightfoils on their new album, Hierarchy.

There’s nothing lightweight about Lightfoils, not considering the heavy-lidded dream-pop the Chicago group creates on its new album Hierarchy. Sure, there are some atmospheric wisps of melody, mostly courtesy of Jane Zabeth’s vocals, but Lightfoils’ neo-shoegaze sound mostly tips the scales at the weightier end of the genre with their dense, swirling guitars and substantial rhythms. Premiering here on PopMatters, Lightfoils’ Hierarchy is out today via Saint Marie Records.


 


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Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014
“The entire control room is like a group of six-year-olds whose birthday is next week, you know, and there’s gonna be cake, there’s gonna be presents, their friends are gonna be there, and they just know its going to be great.”

Monica Dunford rides her bike to work. More than once in Particle Fever, the camera follows her along un-busy streets in her neighborhood, on the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland, her head helmeted, her pants leg Velcroed. But as typical as she may look, Monica is not. She’s an experimental physicist, for one thing, and for another, she works at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). This is the place where everything changed. Everything. It’s the place where, on 4 July 2012, a dedicated company of scientists found the Higgs boson. Dunford records her thoughts at the time, one of several video-diary-like moments: “I don’t think I can describe the excitement,” she says, her hair pulled back, her hands in motion, and a fraction of the gigantic collider—chips and tubes and cables—overwhelming the background of the shot. “The entire control room is like a group of six-year-olds whose birthday is next week, you know, and there’s gonna be cake, there’s gonna be presents, their friends are gonna be there, and they just know its going to be great.”


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