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by PopMatters Staff

27 Jun 2012


Bloc Party
Four
(Frenchkiss)
Release Date: 21 August

Britain’s Bloc Party will release their new album this August in the midst of a US tour that includes three sold-out dates at NYC’s Terminal 5. It’s been a long time gone, as the Darrell Scott song says, for the band with their last full-length being 2008’s Intimacy.

by PopMatters Staff

27 Jun 2012


Andrew Bird has been super busy this year plugging his new album, Break It Yourself, which has him playing dates from July through October. Bird has also made a bunch of TV appearances to support the record that we highlight below (videos and tour dates after the jump).

by PopMatters Staff

27 Jun 2012


Lana Del Rey kicks off this new video with an ode to Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” sung for JFK. Then, we get a pop tune skewering our culture’s love of money and consumerism with Del Rey and A$AP Rocky playing Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy… “Money is the anthem of success.”

by Arnold Pan

27 Jun 2012


Dirty Projectors
Swing Lo Magellan
(Domino)
Release Date: 10 July 2012

Dirty Projectors’ mastermind David Longstreth has always stood out for his omnivorous, hyperactive imagination, which is infused in his group’s inventive eclecticism through and through. While that pioneering spirit is certainly apparent on Dirty Projectors’ latest Swing Lo Magellan, it’s channeled through more focused arrangements and subtle craftsmanship than before. Tracklist and tour dates after the jump.


by PopMatters Staff

26 Jun 2012


Cosmo Jarvis is still quite young at 22, but he’s already made a substantive impact in the pop world with his story-filled songs that take unexpected twists. He’s made a fan out of Stephen Fry and I can barely think of a better endorsement that being beloved by the Noel Coward of our age. It was that “Gay Pirates” tune that broke things wide open for Jarvis and resulted in heaps of praise from leading lights in the UK press such as The Guardian and Mojo. Now Jarvis is back with his third album, Think Bigger, releasing 17 July via 25th Frame/The End.

Today we bring you the online premiere of Jarvis’ acoustic take on his new single “Love This”. Also, check out the acoustic video and the video for the album version of the song below.

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