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by PopMatters Staff

26 Apr 2011


Eclectic British songwriter Kate Bush has a new album releasing 16 May called Director’s Cut and she has just released the first video from the upcoming project. This is not strictly speaking new material as these tunes are reinterpretations of previous songs from The Sensual World and Red Shoes. Brit actor Robbie Coltrane also stars in the video.

by PopMatters Staff

26 Apr 2011


As many of you know, the Beastie Boys’ new album The Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 has already leaked, but it’s the “clean” version. So, the boys are striking back by giving the fans what they really want, the “explicit” version. It’s up now and streaming on the Beasties’ Soundcloud. As the band says, “As a hostile and retaliatory measure with great hubris we are making the full explicit aka filthy dirty nasty version available for streaming on our site. We hope this brings much happiness, hugs, and harmony. Enjoy Kikoos for life!”

Hot Sauce Committee Part Two by Beastie Boys

by PopMatters Staff

26 Apr 2011


There are some pretty massive names atop the lineup this year, with Eminem, Coldplay and Foo Fighters as the top of the bill headliners. We’re happy to see PopMatters faves Cee-Lo Green, Lykke Li and Ryan Bingham on there. Here’s the initial list of booked artists…

by PopMatters Staff

26 Apr 2011


We have some very sad news out of the UK to report this morning. Former X-Ray Spex frontwoman and punk pioneer Poly Styrene (Marianne Elliott-Said) has passed away at the age of 53 after a bout with cancer. This comes just one day before the US release of her thrilling new album, Generation Indigo, which proved she’d never lost a step or a beat during her storied musical career.

Yesterday, Maria Schurr wrote of Generation Indigo: “With Poly Styrene’s first solo album since 2004’s Flower Aeroplane, she has taken the Spex blueprint and modified it to perfectly fit the foibles of today’s generation, the end result sounding a bit like M.I.A. minus the sometimes petty forays into provocation.  In short, Styrene has reinvented herself as an elder perfectly attuned to and capable of commenting on youth culture.”

She always was the incisive cultural chronicler and commentator from the very beginning. X-Ray Spex’s 1978 album Germ Free Adolescents was an iconic punk release, anticipating and influencing greatly the future riot girl movement as well as being one of punk’s and late ‘70s Britain’s most important records. Poly Styrene’s music was always smart and fun in equal doses, making listeners think about gender politics, while shaking their booty and enjoying her marvelous wit. One of the great women of popular music has passed and will be greatly missed.

by Timothy Gabriele

25 Apr 2011


New Age Outlaw Dylan Ettinger has a new 7” single out on “it” label Not Not Fun (which is spotlighted in the cover story from this month’s issue of The Wire). His lurching, dark synth piece has that faint hint of anamorphic blues that lingered in the backdrop of the LA Vampires and Zola Jesus collaboration. The visuals, on the other hand, are vapor trails and closeups that’d make Carl Dreyer salivate, HD and clear-focused, without a hint of nostalgia.

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