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by PopMatters Staff

30 Apr 2012


Portland’s Strangled Darlings bring punk intensity to folk pop and completely bust the mold, creating smart, irreverent tunes using classic acoustic folk instrumentation paired with rough, impassioned vocals. The lyrics are more political and confrontational than the rather observational style that you often hear in folk. Think of it rather like the Clash with an indie Northwestern American aesthetic and acoustic instruments instead of Telecasters and Fender Precisions. George Veech and Jessica Anderly lead Strangled Darlings, playing tenor banjo, mandolin, cello, fiddle, and bass, while they bring in friends to add percussion and jazzy horn bits.

The group’s latest album, Red Yellow & Blue releases 15 May via Mudfarm Records. Today we bring you the premiere of the album’s opening track, “Snake & The Girl”, which takes on organized religion in a big way, saying “stand up for yourself… be your own goddamn salvation.”

by PopMatters Staff

30 Apr 2012


by PopMatters Staff

30 Apr 2012


On April 25, LA duo Electric Guest, consisting of Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton, will hit the road with their full band in support of their debut Danger Mouse-produced album Mondo on Downtown Records. Out April 24, Mondo includes infectious tracks “This Head I Hold” and “American Daydream”.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

26 Apr 2012


Headset. Image via Shutterstock.

The spring blooms have been showing their stuff for weeks now, while new releases have hit the airwaves to please many a music fan. Plus with SXSW and Coachella’s two weekends come and gone, there are plenty of buzz worthy bands to choose for the next playlist. 

Spring 2012 Playlist by JaneJS on Grooveshark

by John Bergstrom

25 Apr 2012


The eclectic, much-loved British folk/pop/dance duo Everything But the Girl have announced they will reissue their much-loved first four albums in May.

Issued on May 28 by the Edsel label in the UK, the titles are: the classic folk-pop debut Eden (1984), the Smiths-like Love Not Money (1985), the Phil Spector-Meets-Country-Western Baby, The Stars Shine Bright (1986), and the pastoral adult-pop Idlewild (1988).

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