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Thursday, Apr 23, 2009

Would Van Hunt do anything to get your “attention”? After parting ways with Blue Note/EMI last year, the funk-rocker is now a free agent. As a “salve for these desperate times”, he’s offering free downloads of tracks from his extensive vault to fans. Entitled Use in Case of Emergency, the songs can be accessed for a limited time by visiting www.vanhunt.com. Hunt is currently working on new music that will be available 8 May on his website only.


 



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Thursday, Apr 23, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Earlier this week PopMatters’ Joseph Carver described Brakesbrakesbrakes’ new album Touchdown as “pure energy, musicianship, and lyrical hilarity and quite simply is the best record yet to be released in 2009.” “Two Shocks” is the MP3 the label is offering up for the record and Carver says of that track, “the record rips open with ‘Two Shocks’, an electronic beat that claims to be tired of the Third World War and aches for the fourth.” Touchdown has also generated two videos to date. Videos and tour dates after the jump.


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“Two Shocks” [MP3]
     



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Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Babelgum.com presents a special Stereophonics concert at Hammersmith’s Riverside Studios in London for a cozy audience of 200. The favorites are here including “Local Boy in the Photograph”, “The Bartender and the Thief”, “Pick a Part That’s New”, and “Have a Nice Day”.


Stereophonics
Live in London [Video]


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Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Babelgum.com continues to post great concert features with this latest one from Franz Ferdinand. The Scottish band serves up a one-hour set interspersed with interview vignettes and scenes of Berlin.


Franz Ferdinand
Live in Berlin [Video]


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Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009

10 years ago this week: Tom Waits returns with his first record since 1992 with the critically acclaimed album Mule Variations that quite impressively goes on to sell more than 500,000 copies and nabs Waits a Grammy.



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