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by Eric Allen Been

2 Feb 2011


The White Stripes have officially split up. The Detroit garage rock duo announced today on their website that they are disbanding and they “will make no further new recordings or perform live”. Jack and Meg White go on to say in the statement that there are a “myriad of reasons” for the break up, but the central cause is to “preserve what is beautiful and special about the band”.

While the White Stripe’s most recent release was last year’s concert documentary and companion CD Under Great White Northern Light, the band hadn’t released a studio album since 2007’s Icky Thump. The band only played a handful of shows in support of the album before the duo cancelled the remaining 18 dates of the tour, with Meg White citing “acute anxiety” issues as the reason.

Since then, Jack White has released several albums with his two other bands, the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather, and established a permament Nashville, Tenn., location for his recording studio and label Third Man Records.

You can read the full statement here.

by PopMatters Staff

2 Feb 2011


Artsy Los Angeles rockers Eagle and Talon have a new EP on tap 22 February called In Manila. The Washington Post called the duo’s debut “wild, wonky post-punk”, but this time out the girls are going for a bit more danciness, while losing none of that delightful “wildness” or “wonkiness”. Eagle and Talon head into sure-fire party mode on the title track, “In Manila”, that we present to you today in the video’s online premiere.

by Cynthia Fuchs

2 Feb 2011


A harrowing, intelligent, and mesmerizing documentary following U.S. troops for a year in Afghanistan, Restrepo is, in the end, about how soldiers deal with loss.

Newly nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar, the film airs 2 February on National Geographic Channel. See PopMattersreview.

by PopMatters Staff

2 Feb 2011


When Junior Senior disbanded, Denmark’s Jesper Mortensen headed to London and then on to New York City to form a new pop band. Teaming with Leah Hennessey, who just happens to be the step-daughter of New York Dolls main man David Johansen, the two formed MAKE OUT. “What U Doing Later?” highlights the punky pop approach the band are taking, with a fuzzy, gritty ‘70s Lower East Side aesthetic at the forefront, something we’re hearing a lot more of these days. MAKE OUT release their debut EP How To later this month (22 February) and also have an upcoming show at New York’s Tammany Hall on 10 February.

SONG LIST
01 I Don’t Want Anybody That Wants Me
02 What U Doing Later?
03 True Love Is Just Too Hard to Find

by Sarah Zupko

31 Jan 2011


The Two Koreas jagged, riff-heavy rock samples from the glory decades in music’s recent past, with nods to ‘60s garage beat, ‘70s British punk, ‘80s post-punk, and ‘90s alternative rock, a sound the band labels “glacial garage”. The Toronto band’s 2007 sophomore effort Altruists tore it up on Canadian radio and earned the group some early blog buzz. The haven’t lost a step in the past four years as they are about to unleash their latest, Science Island on 1 March. “Midnight Brown” is a frenetic tune bursting at the seams with both energy and instant catchiness. It reverberates in the head long after the last notes have sounded, creating a lasting impression in a crowded musical world stocked with ephemeral moments.

 

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