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Monday, Apr 13, 2015
by PopMatters Staff
Elating vocal harmonies and a mid-'70s rock vibe make up the catchy number "Teeth White", which can be found on the latest album by the English sister trio the Staves, If I Was.

Two weeks ago, PopMatters shared a special performance of the tune “Make It Holy” by the English sister trio the Staves, who for that performance were joined by Justin Vernon. Now you can watch the group take to the stage of London’s Wilton’s Music Hall once again, playing the track “Teeth White”, which like “Make It Holy”, comes from the Staves’ new LP If I Was.


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Friday, Apr 10, 2015
Ritualistic chicken murder and devilish uses of a voodoo doll: these are just a few things found in the music video for the swampy blues rock of the Nashville group Blackfoot Gypsies.

The rock ‘n’ roll of Nashville’s own Blackfoot Gypsies sound as if it emerged from brown-green swamp waters. Add a tasteful incorporation of psychedelia in and you’ve got a potent kind of rock that’s made all the more so when married to the band’s eclectic visual sense, as you can see in the video to “Under My Skin” below. Taken from the group’s forthcoming Handle It LP, “Under My Skin”‘s voodoo-centric storyline finds the members of Blackfoot Gypsies facing a bit of a difficulty during a live performance. Warning: there may or may not be chicken blood involved.


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Thursday, Apr 9, 2015
Billowy clouds of vocal harmonies form the sonic landscape of Jennie Abrahamson's gorgeous "Wild Is the Heart".

Jennie Abrahamson’s “Wild Is the Heart” is a tune that envelops the listener. Yet despite its immersive quality, only two instruments make up this delicate composition: the human voice and a heartbeat rhythm track. Joined by a small choir of women, Abrahamson unfolds a lush vocal landscape, one that’s simultaneously delicate and all-encompassing.


“Wild Is the Heart” comes from Abrahamson’s recently released Gemini Gemini LP. In the past year, she has received widespread support form outlets such as The Guardian, Q, and several channels of BBC Radio. While recording the Gemini Gemini songs in 2014, she toured with a childhood idol of hers, the prog maestro Peter Gabriel.


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Thursday, Apr 9, 2015
At this year's South by Southwest music festival, the North Carolina alt-country outfit American Aquarium gave a performance in a small, solar panel powered venue called Jam in the Van.

If you think American Aquarium look a bit cozy in the performance videos below, you’d be correct, as they’re playing inside a tiny mobile music studio called Jam in the Van. Billed as “the world’s first solar powered mobile music studio and performance session platform”, Jam in the Van stopped off at this year’s jam-packed South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, where the alt-country rockers of American Aquarium gave a three-song performance. You can view each song individually below.


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Thursday, Apr 9, 2015
Drawing from the wells of classic rock and '80s heavy metal, Casablanca have crafted a cosmic concept album in Miskatonic Graffiti. You can stream the anthemic "My Shadow Out of Time" now.

In case the title doesn’t make it a dead giveaway, Miskatonic Graffiti, the newest LP by the neo-classic rock outfit Casablanca, is a concept album. Not only that, the band describes it as “Ziggy Stardust meets H.P. Lovecraft in Twin Peaks.” If one is expecting grandiloquent, noodly prog, she would be well within reason; however, one spin of the album cut “My Shadow Out of Time” will dispel any such notion. Casablanca’s mindset on Miskatonic Graffiti is indeed cosmic, but their musical tastes are far more visceral than cerebral. Melding together the influences of ‘70s classic rock and ‘80s heavy metal, the group crafts a blissfully retro rocker in “My Shadow Out of Time”, with an energy to match the eccentric vision of Miskatonic Graffiti.


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