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by PopMatters Staff

21 Jan 2011

Panda Bear
(Paw Tracks)
Releasing: 19 April

Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox releases his eagerly awaited fourth album, Tomboy, under the beloved Panda Bear moniker on 19 April. He’s been busy over the past months dropping singles across a host of labels and this Paw Tracks release will gather these all together in remixed form along with a number of new tunes. A bunch of these songs are available in the 7-inch versions as Soundcloud streams.

01 You Can Count on Me
02 Tomboy
03 Slow Motion
04 Surfer’s Hymn
05 Last Night at the Jetty
06 Drone
07 Alsatian Darn
08 Sheherezade
09 Friendship Bracelet
10 Afterburner
11 Benfica

by Eric Allen Been

21 Jan 2011

Last weekend, PBS’s live music program Austin City Limits aired an episode of a soaring set by the National from Oct. 11, 2010. In the accompanying clip, the Brooklyn quintet performs our fourth favorite song of 2010, “Bloodbuzz Ohio”. You can check out the entire show, which also includes a performance by Band of Horses, over at PBS website.

Watch the full episode. See more Austin City Limits.

by Jessy Krupa

21 Jan 2011

After his school-talent show performance of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” becomes a hit on YouTube, 13-year-old Greyson Chance appears on multiple daytime talk shows and receives a record deal.


by Sarah Zupko

21 Jan 2011

Brooklyn’s New Idea Society labor over their indie rock compositions with a strong perfectionist streak and an abiding interest in exploring sonic possibilities and new musical approaches. Chris DeAngelis (piano and synthesizers), Alan Cage (drums), Michael DiBenedetto (bass) and Mike Law (vocals, guitar) spent two years working on their latest album Somehow Disappearing and that’s something of a rarity in these days where the pressing urgency of new media constantly demands new product and “faster and more” seems to be the developing aesthetic. To build out the presentation, the band engaged Andy LeMaster as producer, who has previously twiddled the knobs for the likes of R.E.M. and Bright Eyes. Somehow Disappearing is conceived of as something of a concept album in that it explores through sound the notion of “feeling the last second of a moment”. Ambitious indeed and the effort pays off as on this new video for “Summer Lion”. If you’re in Europe, you can catch the band live on their upcoming tour (dates after the jump).

by PopMatters Staff

21 Jan 2011

Perennial PopMatters fave Talib Kweli has a new album, Gutter Rainbows, dropping next week and he’s streaming the whole LP right now on his MySpace by way of preview. He’s got tons of help on this one, with guest turns from the likes of Jean Grae, Strong Arm Steady, Sean Price, Marco Polo, and many more. The full tracklist with production credits is after the jump.

//Mixed media


Stevie Wonder Takes a Knee as Green Day and Others Also Speak Out at Global Citizen Festival

// Notes from the Road

"The 2017 Global Citizen Festival's message for social action was amplified by Stevie Wonder and many other incredible performers and notable guests.

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