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Thursday, May 7, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

British punkers Gallows released their new album Grey Britain this week. They dropped by ShockHound to discuss the new album and the band’s mission, yeah because punk bands always have a mission. These guys believe Armageddon is around the corner, so watch out.



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Thursday, May 7, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Bat for Lashes played “Daniel” on the Letterman show in their U.S. network television debut.



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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

MIRROR isn’t a band in the traditional sense, but more of a multimedia project helmed by Thomas Anselmi that brings in various contributors. One of those is Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan who is featured in this video of “Nostalgia”. The tune is achingly melancholic suiting those Slavic locations of Poland and the Czech Republic flitting by on the screen.



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Wednesday, May 6, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Deanne Sole recently said of African artists Amadou & Mariam: “Back in the 1990s, Amadou & Mariam launched themselves on a course of solid Mali-blues, pushing new things with each album, eventually planting themselves firmly and plateauing in goodness. Now they seem to be looking for ways to incorporate Western electronic pop—not the very mainstream, thrusting kind, but the offbeat sort that bubbles around the edges of things and attracts loving audiences on blogs runs by people who pride themselves on their ability to discover the unexpected.” Witness the new video for “Masiteladi” off Welcome to Mali with its indie friendly animation.



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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Mike Skinner a.k.a. the Streets, in an attempt to be eminently newsworthy, pulled together a bunch of zombie movie footage to produce a video about the swine flu. The yuck factor is pretty high here, both in terms of the visuals and the music.



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