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by PopMatters Staff

24 Jun 2013


The best parts of Akron/Family‘s Sub Verses exist nicely in this space between comfort and the unknown, between growing and looking back on what you’ve done. “Whole World is Watching” is a sweaty, bluesed-out shuffle. It’s playful, the sound of friends dancing their way through the late hours of a house party, but the metallic echo the vocals are soaked in hint at some distant want, some need to break free they once had but are now, perhaps, setting aside in favor of community. “Until the Morning” is the clearest example of the notion of shelter here, a much more intimate exchange between two people dealing with past hurt, one at the door of the friend, the other inviting that visitor in. There’s a familiarity—“just throw your coat down anywhere”—but the greatest trick the song pulls off is how its early quiet feels awkward, even reticent, until the song blooms into mutual comfort, recognition of a long-built bond.—Matthew Fiander

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by PopMatters Staff

17 Jun 2013


The best-written book of Neil Gaiman’s career is focused, lyrical, and profoundly perceptive in its exploration of childhood and memory, and it’s also quite frightening—like one of Truman Capote’s holiday stories by way of Stephen King.

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by PopMatters Staff

14 Jun 2013


If you’ve seen this at the Met and want a great souvenir or if you can’t make it to New York and want to experience the exhibit, then this book is for you. PUNK: Chaos to Couture is the official book released by the Museum to document this exciting event.

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by PopMatters Staff

7 Jun 2013


The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Brazil, courtesy of World Music Network is the quintessential introduction to the Brazilian psychedelia scene, past and present. Meanwhile, The Rough Guide to Latin Psychedelia is hugely entertaining and summery.

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by Sachyn Mital

7 Jun 2013


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From their press release, “In the wake of a rapturous response to an opening week of its 10th anniversary tour including two show-stopping Coachella sets (see above), the Postal Service has confirmed the addition of five new arena and amphitheater dates in Seattle, Santa Barbara, San Diego and Los Angeles”. The Postal Service begin their summer tour this weekend with dates in Europe before returning to the US (full dates are below). When they reach New York, they’ll be playing two shows at the Barclays Center; the first on June 14th is sold out already but we’ve got a pair of tickets for you to see them on June 15th. We’d rather you not dally and miss the chance to see the band (who knows when they’ll tour again?) so you should probably head over to Ticketmaster and pick up tickets now. But if you’re patient, and lucky, you can use the widget below to enter the contest for tickets to the second NYC show!

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