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by Joseph Fisher

2 Mar 2011


I never thought that I’d type Dr. Dre and Axl Rose in the same sentence anymore than you ever thought that you would read them in the same sentence. However, given that Dre’s fabled Detox record has been delayed enough times to be subtitled Chinese Democracy II, the Good Doctor and Rose seem like they might actually have been cut from the same artistic cloth. Don’t believe me? Check out the video for the track “I Need a Doctor” from the (alleged) forthcoming (alleged) album Detox.

Now that you’ve finished watching, click over here. Differences aside, Slash and Dre need to go back to driver’s ed, or something.

by PopMatters Staff

1 Mar 2011


Sweden’s all-female Those Dancing Days named themselves after a Led Zeppelin song and there’s something of that ferocity present right from the get-go on the group’s new album Daydreams and Nightmares. “Reaching Forward” comes barreling out of the gate as an adrenalin soaked anthem and a statement of purpose for their sophomore record. Those Dancing Days has also fine-tuned their sound as a result of the hard work touring they’ve done over the past few years. Lisa Pyk Wirström says, “all the live touring has really made an impact. When you stand on stage, you really want to max out. Now we have maxed out in the studio as well.” Daydreams and Nightmares is out today via Wichita Recordings.

by Eric Allen Been

1 Mar 2011


Gloom rockers Interpol just wrapped up their North American tour, and they’ve decided to commemorate the outing by releasing a free EP featuring their “touring friends” Matthew Dear and School of Seven Bells. The three-track project consists of Interpol’s “Lights”, Dear’s “Slowdance” and School of Seven Bells’ “Devil Dust”. You can download the EP through the widget below or at www.interpolnyc.com/tourep.

 

by PopMatters Staff

1 Mar 2011


Up-and-comer Pearl Future recently had a massive online hit with “Looking at Me” that featured Nicki Minaj. Now she’s back with “I Want More”, a bangin’ dance-pop number that’s both an ode to rampant consumerism and a rather clever expose of the simultaneous crassness of those earthly desires—“more toilet paper, I’m the shit” has to be the best line. The tune is also the signature song for a scholarship program that the artist has launched called Futures Scholarship Program, which seeks to “encourage those who have a passion for their future and embrace society and culture positively”.

by PopMatters Staff

1 Mar 2011


“King of the Beach” is the title track from Wavves latest album and also the record’s newest video. Nathan Williams said of King of the Beach that “a lot more effort went into this than with previous Wavves records” and that he “wanted to make something bigger, something stronger”. On “King of the Beach”, the bedroom popster emerges from the bedroom with a larger sound.

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Violin Virtuoso L. Subramaniam Mesmerizes in Rare New York Performance (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Co-presented by the World Music Institute, the 92Y hosted a rare and mesmerizing performance from India's violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam.

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