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by Jonathan Simrin

29 Apr 2010


If television has taught us anything, it’s that teen angst is about as enduring a theme as police corruption and overbearing in-laws. Just ask Ryan Murphy, who has seemed to make a nice career out of it, with his bygone WB series Popular and his current Sue Sylvester-ific Glee. Yet, with so many high school shows out there, is there still room for innovation? MTV thinks so and it seems to be ripping a page from one of HBO’s newest dramedies.

The Hard Times of RJ Berger, premiering in June, follows the life of its protagonist, RJ, an awkward, pale guy with glasses who’s just trying to get by in high school. Sexually adventurous parents, bullying jocks, cougar moms with hidden agendas, and rigged school elections are just some of the obstacles he must face. It all sounds pretty typical high school fare, except for the fact that RJ happens to be particularly well-endowed and that seems to be one of his defining characteristics. If the trailer is any indicator, the show has some promise.

by PopMatters Staff

29 Apr 2010



The new Band of Horses album Infinite Arms drops on 18 May and the group has just released their new video to MySpace. Upcoming tour highlights include appearances at JazzFest in New Orleans, the Beale Street Festival in Memphis and dates at Madison Square Garden and Sasquatch.

by Paul Gregory Alms

29 Apr 2010


Avi Buffalo is a quartet from Long Beach, California who puts out sweet, happy, guitar pop music. They are led by 19-year-old frontman Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg. You’ve heard this kind of thing before, but not often is it this well done. Plus, the lyrics carry a bit of a melancholy edge. The CD is out now on Sub Pop and here is a free MP3 of the single “What’s in It For?”

by Jessy Krupa

29 Apr 2010


Here we have the music video for Hanson’s “Thinking ‘Bout Something”, the first single off of their upcoming Shout It Out album. It recently got over a million views on MySpace, partially because band member Zac promised he would write a song called “Refresh” if it did. That’s not the only reason, however. The video is an awesome homage to Ray Charles’ role in the 1980 movie classic The Blues Brothers and has inspired the dance tutorial in the video below. Also, not to be missed is their live performance of it on The Late Show With David Letterman, where you see the wicked keyboard solo and brass section up close. Does this make you as interested in the rest of their upcoming album as I am?

by Sarah Zupko

29 Apr 2010


And the Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings TV appearances continue to pile up with a Fallon spot closely following behind one on Colbert. Plus, I seen the new CD, I Learned the Hard Way in every Starbucks I visit. Cultural omnipresence. Next stop the Nordstrom Rack, which has started selling CDs for some odd reason when almost everyone else has stopped.

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