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by Joseph Fisher

4 May 2012


Boston’s Constants have teased their new album Pasiflora by offering a cover of Catherine Wheel’s “Strange Fruit”. Pasiflora is due out on July 24th, just a few short weeks after, I hope, the Boston Celtics win their 18th NBA championship. [Ed. Note: Sorry, it’s gonna be the Spurs.]

But I digress.

Though “Strange Fruit” won’t appear on Pasiflora, it’s still worth about a thousand listens.  The original finds Catherine Wheel at the height of their powers, stirring shimmering guitars into a seething orgasmic frenzy. Constants actually slow down the track just a tad, but, trust me, there’s still sonic juice flowing throughout it. Listen below. It’s good to have it in your head.

by PopMatters Staff

3 May 2012


Alex Winston is a young singer-songwriter from Detroit who melds the ‘60s girl group sound with smart and pointed lyrics, turning pop on its head while fully exploiting pop’s standard musical tropes. Somehow it’s only too perfect that someone from Detroit is the one twisting Motown sounds into a new style. Her debut album, King Con, received praise from notables such as Pitchfork, Spin and Brooklyn Vegan and she looks set to have an artistically satisfying career. Today we bring you a remix of the album tune “Guts” remixed by Swedish electronic duo the Sound of Arrows.

by Jessy Krupa

2 May 2012


Despite a record-breaking amount of phone-in votes, American Idol’s third season is most notable for who didn’t get enough votes. Let’s put it this way, one Idol contestant would go on to win an Oscar, sing the National Anthem at Superbowl XLIII, star in numerous commercials as a Weight Watchers success story, and deliver a show-stopping tribute to Whitney Houston at this year’s Grammy awards, but she only got to seventh place. Yes, one of the show’s biggest stars to date, Jennifer Hudson, didn’t even make it to the top five.

But whatever happened to those who did make it to the top that year? Let’s find out as we continue on to 2004‘s American Idols.

by Sean McCarthy

1 May 2012


The latest trailer for The Dark Knight Rises was supposed to appear during the trailers for the soon to be mega blockbuster The Avengers. But fans got an early look Monday when the Facebook page for The Dark Knight Rises had this link accompanied by the teaser “Hope is lost. Faith is broken. A fire will rise.”

Like the previous trailer, Catwoman warns Bruce Wayne of a coming storm. But in this trailer, she appears to be taking a sympathetic lean toward Batman. Bane’s voice seems to be a tad clearer, promising to be “Gotham’s reckoning”. Judging by the shelled-out stock exchange, collapsed bridges, and a barely-conscious Batman, it’s safe to say you can take him at his word.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

30 Apr 2012


Photo via @ouraugust

In anticipation of this weekend’s Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) compiled a video playlist highlighting some of the 30-plus artists in the line up. Curated by the National’s Bryce and Aaron Dessner, the three-day event will take over BAM’s main building at 30 Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. While bands are playing on the Opera House stage and in the BAMcafe, there will also be films with original scores in the cinemas. Featured acts include the Walkmen and Sharon Van Etten (May 3), St Vincent and the Antlers (May 4) and Beirut and Atlas Sound (May 5, which is sold out). Tickets are available for the first two nights at $45 each along with the full schedule at CrossingBrooklynFerry.com.

Visit BAM’s YouTube channel with the playlist here.

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