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by Bill Clifford

24 Aug 2010


On September 21st, Boston based Ryan Montbleau Band will release Heavy on the Vine, the band’s third, independently released studio CD. The recording of the CD was financed by sales of a live, Ryan solo CD, Stages Volume II.  Ryan was named the Best Local Male Vocalist in the 2007 Boston Local Music Awards, and won two awards the same year in the International Songwriting Competition. The band has become a regular on the festival circuit, and spent the past four months touring the country along side Martin Sexton (who produced Heavy on the Vine) as his opening act as well as his backing band for Martin’s own songs. Though the band has made a name for itself among the jamband crowd with a rigorous tour schedule, the real beauty lies in the poetic and lovely lyrics of the 33-year-old Villanova graduate, accentuated by the rhythmic roots rock from the six-piece band. The group has begun recording intimate videos of the 14 new tracks from Heavy on the Vine, and will post a new video each week until the new CD is released. Below, enjoy the 4th video of the song “Chariot (I Know)”, and keep an eye out here at Mixed Media for the new videos each week until September 21st.

by PopMatters Staff

23 Aug 2010


Paris’ Revolver—yes, named after the iconic Beatles album—drop their new album on US shores tomorrow. Music for a While was produced by Julien Delfaud (Phoenix, Herman Dune) and evokes the summery ‘60s pop of Simon & Garfunkel and occasionally the Beach Boys. Interestingly, the band also cites English composers Henry Purcell and Benjamin Britten as influences on their music and this album in particular, especially as they aim to create a chamber pop of sorts with the harmonic complexity of classical music. Catch up with Revolver in the US this fall as they make an appearance at Los Angeles’ OhhLaLA Festival, which runs from 30 September through 2 October. In advance of tomorrow’s album release, we’re proud to present the premiere of the demo version of “Do You Have a Gun”.

by PopMatters Staff

23 Aug 2010


Manchester’s Working for a Nuclear Free City recorded their sprawling new album The Jojo Burger Tempest in an English warehouse and a French cottage. Somehow that seems fitting as the band’s sound is both simultaneously expansive and intimate. The new record is a double set with 15 new tunes on the first disc and the single, lengthy 30-minute sonic exploration that is the title song taking up the second disc. The band has a documentarian’s impulse believing that, as guitarist Gary McLure says, “an album should be a document of what a band has been doing over a certain period of time. And almost everything should be included. Like it or not.” “Silent Times” is the new single from The Jojo Tempest Burger, which releases 12 October (full album details after the jump).

by Chris Colgan

23 Aug 2010


One-person groups are not uncommon in metal, but the majority of them play either atmospheric black metal or drone-doom. Philadelphia’s Matt Garfield shirked that trend when he started Mose Giganticus in 1999 as a synthpunk outfit. The project only started gaining momentum in 2005, but it was worth the wait. Debut album The Invisible Hand the follow-up EP Commander! showed a lot of promise for Garfield, eventually leading to a contract with Relapse Records. The sophomore full-length album Gift Horse came out on July 20th, displaying a much heavier sound alongside intelligent, concept-based lyrics. Mose Giganticus (which includes touring members Kylewilliam Campol on guitar and Dan Eppihimer on drums) has the catchiness of Fu Manchu and Murder 1 combined with the heavy groove of the Sword and Seemless, with a dash of tasteful synth effects added to the mix. “The Left Path” shows off the band’s style perfectly, while illustrating their memory of their roots playing basement shows and house parties. Check it out after the jump, along with the band’s upcoming tour schedule:

by PopMatters Staff

20 Aug 2010


Chicago’s Unicycle Loves You revels in the pop culture emanating from the B side of Hollywood, fascinated as they are with horror films and below-the-radar surf rock and cultish sci-fi. So, it’s a bit of a twist to play “Mirror, Mirror”, which sounds like a lovely pop tune on the surface, with its summery mood, jangly guitars and breathy vocals and then to watch the video, which brings in that playful and cheesy horror element. Rather like the Beautiful South, Unicycle Loves You takes conventional sounding pop forms and puts clever, darker spin on them, subverting what you might mistake on first hearing for a classic AM radio tune. The band’s sophomore album Mirror, Mirror will release 7 September on Highwheel Records and this self-titled tune is the record’s first single.

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