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Thursday, Oct 30, 2014
Pain of Salvation, one of Sweden's best musical exports, has just released a nostalgic, home movie-esque video for the acoustic version of "1979", from the forthcoming acoustic album Falling Home.

Following 2011’s excellent Road Salt Two, the Swedish progressive rock band Pain of Salvation spent many years touring its new music. Just recently, the group announced its newest release, Falling Home, an album that finds it reinterpreting new and old material in the Pain of Salvation catalogue with acoustic instruments. Below you can watch the video for “1979”, the tender piano ballad at the center of Road Salt Two, here given a fine reimagining in its acoustic version. The song’s video treatment, a collage of home video footage, is especially fitting given the the nostalgia of the lyrics.


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Stripped-down and intimate, The Shark, the debut album by Brendan Hangauer's solo project Empty Moon, evokes many images with few sonic ingredients.

Emtpy Moon is the name of singer/songwriter Brendan Hangauer’s recently formed solo project, which he devised after departing the band Fourth of July, with whom he spent ten years making three records with. Part of that departure also included moving from Lawrence, Kansas to Oakland, California. Joined by Jason Quever of Papercuts in the recording process, Hangauer crafted the LP The Shark, a stripped-down collection of primarily acoustic tunes. With sonic parallels including alt-country (“High Hopes”) and Bay Area indie folk (“Far Away”), The Shark signals a step in a new direction for Hangauer.


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NYC electro-pop outfit HAERTS has just dropped a new video for the song "Giving Up", off of the band's recently released self-tiled LP.


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Steven Wilson is in the studio right now to record his yet-to-be-named fourth solo LP. To give a sneak peek of what's to come, he has released a video of him and his band in the recording studio in London.

2013 was a productive year for British prog maestro Steven Wilson. He released his third solo record, the extremely proggy The Raven that Refused to Sing (and other stories) to wide acclaim, which was followed then by a world tour that culminated in a spectacular homecoming show at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Not content to rest on his laurels, Wilson has hopped back into the studio with the band he assembled for The Raven, and is gearing up for a February 2015 release of solo LP number four.


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Texas rock outfit A. Sinclair's '60s-inflected, driving rock song "Pretty Girls in Pretty Tights" is an energetic tune with some interesting lyrics.

A. Sinclair, the Austin by way of Boston rock outfit helmed by Aaron Sinclair, has come up with a rather interesting number in “Pretty Girls in Pretty Tights”, the title-alluding track off of its latest EP, Pretty Girls. What appears to be a straightforward, driving rock tune on the surface has a rather interesting lyrical story behind it.


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