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Friday, Mar 13, 2015
The Italian singer-songwriter captured the national mood in her breakout single. With a new album and US tour dates, she's about to go international.

“What a shitty life!”


When Italian pop singer Levante sang those words (che vita di merda!) in “Alfonso”, her 2013 smash hit, she caught the mood of her generation and her country. The song dominated the airwaves and social media that summer, and for good reason. It’s a totally infectious piece of pop-rock, but there are dark undercurrents to its surface sunniness. Levante sings about a boring birthday party, where she doesn’t even know the titular guest—but she wishes the “asshole” a happy birthday anyway.


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Thursday, Mar 12, 2015
by PopMatters Staff
North Carolina indie-folk group Lowland Hum shares a gorgeous new video for the anthemic "Odell".

Lowland Hum are a husband and wife duo who began their band project shortly after marrying in 2012. Their voices blend together perfectly with a naturalness and ease. Shovels and Rope runs on the same format, but Lowland Hum is more on the folk side of things, where Shovels and Rope feature a rockier sound.




Lowland Hum’s self-titled second album releases April 14th.


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Thursday, Mar 12, 2015
Steve Gunn and the Black Twig Pickers are one of the most interesting bluegrass/Americana offshoots in recent memory.

They create mesmerizing tunes that can be simultaneously spare and yet full of musical content and swirling melodies. On “Trailways Ramble” from the group’s recent Seasonal Hire, the indie folk textures give way to a transfixing drone, undercut by a jawharp, that takes the idea of a physical journey and transforms it into a stunning bit of mind travel. Interesting, the music most suggests the Doors to my ears, especially tracks like “Riders on the Storm” and “The End”. Simply superb.


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Thursday, Mar 12, 2015
by PopMatters Staff
This morning Björk shared a new video from her recent Vulnicura project.

“Lionsong” was directed by Inez & Vinoodh, who told VICE that “Björk’s character for ‘Lionsong’ had to be smooth like a spider waiting in her web and seductive like a Balinese dancer cast in bronze. She is seen as if under a microscope, baring her heart while luring us inside the bloody galaxy of her own wound.”


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Thursday, Mar 12, 2015
Hear the first single from the Virginia singer/songwriter Pat McGee's upcoming self-titled album, "Overboard".

Juxtaposing relaxed, introspective verses with a catchy, driving chorus, “Overboard” is the first tune to come forth from Pat McGee’s forthcoming self-titled LP. The record was in large part funded through Kickstarter, where fans showed their tremendous support for McGee’s vision through doubling the initial donation goal he set out for the project. Clearly motivated both by his own passions and by the enthusiasm of his supporters, McGee brought on a stellar cast of players to aid in making Pat McGee, including Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, Waddy Watchel, Danny Kortchmar, and Jeff Pevar. Other guest stars include John Popper, Paul Barrerre, and Pat Monahan.


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