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Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015
Part four of PopMatters' six week series on the new album by the up-and-coming UK sibling trio the Rua focuses on the track "Follow".

The all-sibling trio called the Rua, comprised of 22-year old Roseanna Brown (voice and guitar), 24-year old Alanna Brown (piano and backing vocals) and 19-year old Jonathan Brown (violin, guitar, vocals and backing vocals), has already caused a splash in its native United Kingdom with its debut album, Essence. With that LP about to see its United States release, the Rua are offering listeners a chance to go behind the scenes of the making of the music on a track-by-track basis. The Rua’s knack for gripping melodies, in addition to their background in classical training, make them a rising talent to keep an eye out for.


This week marks the fourth issue of PopMatters’ six-week series on Essence. This time the band breaks down the track “Follow”, which the trio describes as one of the “rock-ier” moments on the record.


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by PopMatters Staff
Occupy Love is a moving, transformative, heartfelt film, featuring Velcrow Ripper's signature stunning visuals and rich soundscapes. You can watch it here now.

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Join acclaimed director Velcrow Ripper (Scared Sacred, Fierce Light) on a journey deep inside the revolution of the heart that is erupting around the planet, as he asks the question, “How could the crisis we are facing become a love story?”


Occupy Love explores the growing realization that the dominant system of power is failing to provide us with health, happiness or meaning. The old paradigm that concentrates wealth, founded on the greed of the few, is causing economic and ecological collapse. The resulting crisis has become the catalyst for a profound awakening:  millions of people are deciding that enough is enough –  the time has come to create a new world, a world that works for all life.


The film connects the dots in this era of rapidly evolving social change, featuring captivating insider scenes from the Egyptian Revolution, the Indignado uprising in Spain,  Occupy Wall Street in New York, the environmental movement and beyond. Woven throughout the action oriented backbone of the film is a deep exploration of public love, and compelling stories of an emerging new paradigm.  It features some of the world’s key visionaries on alternative systems of economics, sustainability, and empathy, including Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, Jeremy Rifkin, and bell hooks.


Occupy Love is a moving, transformative, heartfelt film, featuring Ripper’s signature stunning visuals and rich soundscapes.  A powerful cinematic experience leaves viewers inspired.


 



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Vocoder-esque effects meets a spaghetti western aura in the newest single by Jacco Gardner, "Find Yourself", off of his just-announced LP Hypnophobia.

Dutch producer, multi-instrumentalist, and “baroque pop prince” Jacco Gardner has just announced the forthcoming release of his sophomore studio LP, Hypnophobia. This follows the 2013 release Cabinet of Curiosities. In tandem with announcing the album, Gardner dropped the spaghetti western-inflected track “Find Yourself” to give a tease of what’s to come on the full-length.


In PopMatters“Best Hopes to Break Out in 2014” piece, Alan Ranta wrote of Gardner, “It is exhilarating just to think about what’s going to happen with this kid when it all comes together, and his drive points to that inevitability happening soon.” With Hypnophobia, we’ll soon find out.


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Ryan Culwell strolls and sings through a Nashville construction site in his latest music video, "I Think I'll Be Their God".

The West Texas-raised, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Ryan Culwell ain’t your ordinary troubadour. After dropping out of his successful time at Texas A&M as an economics student to become a musician, he eventually set down the guitar. He then took up a gaggle of jobs, including cow bile cooker, FedEx worker, server, roof salesman, furniture mover, sports radio editor, telemarketer, mail sorter, and fence builder. Now, eight years after stepping aside from his musical career, he’s writing music once again, and he’s taking all he’s learned from his hodgepodge of jobs during his absence from the music scene. In explaining his return, he points out, “When my daughters are grown they deserve a story that doesn’t include the woes of West Texas bars or a recounting of daddy’s touring history to explain why he left their mom. I left the scene so those stories wouldn’t write themselves over the top of me, and it was worth it.” With strong tunes like “I Think I’ll Be Their God”, the video of which you can watch exclusively below, it’s easy to see that the wait was worth it all along.


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by PopMatters Staff

Pussy Riot told NME that the song is dedicated “to Eric Garner and to all who suffer from state terror—killed, choked, perished because of war and police violence—to political prisoners and those on the streets fighting for change. We all have to protest for those who are silent, and we have to protest for each other, no matter the geography, no matter the borders.”



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