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Friday, May 2, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Austin's Cilantro Boombox are musical wanderers, exploring many genres and blending them into a totally unique sound.

Take a jazzy vibe and marry it to electronic beats and some Latin funk, horns and all, and you start to approximate Cilantro Boombox‘s sound. The group was originally founded by bassist/DJ/producer Félix Pacheco and saxophonist/flutist Joe Woullard as they collaborated in a session and then stuck together and eventually added six new members. Cilantro Boombox’s 2012 debut is available below via Spotify, but today we bring you the premiere of the B-side, “Lluvia”, of their new single “Fears Away”.


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Thursday, May 1, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Los Angeles-based punky poppers the Dollyrots have lovingly made lyric videos for each of the songs off their new album. Here the band shares their favorite track with us.

That catchy tune is “Under the Same Sky”, which the Dollyrots’ Kelly Ogden says “is a love song. Both the bunny-on-bunny type and as a dedication to the new man in my life… our baby River. It features his first recorded performance, a sample of his heartbeat through a fetal monitor opening the track.” If it’s about a brand-spankin’ new family member, then you know the song has real passion.


“Under the Same Sky” appears on the band’s February release, Barefoot and Pregnant, which our own Matt Casarino called deeply hooky, melodic, wacky and at least as delightfully bratty as 2007’s Because I’m Awesome.


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Thursday, May 1, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Chicago rockers the Hudson Branch return with a new album of indie rock experimentalism.

The Hudson Branch tells PopMatters that “Kina Ze Swah is the idea that you can build something from nothing. It’s something we’re trying to figuring out. It’s an ongoing conundrum that we think we solve and then forget how we arrived at the answer.” Four suburban siblings—Cobey and Corey Bienert and Matthew and Jacob Boll—are the Hudson Branch and their long familial history gives them an edge as musicians, as they’ve had a very long time to work on their sound. Folk pop, ‘60s pop, ‘80s electronic pop and ‘90s indie are all equal parts of the band’s sound.


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Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014
Jazzy New Orleans singer Carsie Blanton releases her new album Not Old, Not New on June 24th and today we premiere her sultry take on a Cole Porter classic.

Carsie Blanton‘s sexy, enigmatic vocals are ideally suited to the American popular songbook, a.k.a. pop music written for adults in the age before youth so thoroughly dominated popular culture. She treats each note like another flirtatious look towards the object of her affection as the lazy notes flutter down gently and easy. Like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Fred Astaire, she pays careful attention to the dramatic phrasing of each word. Impressive and leaves the listener wanting for much more.


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Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Wanna hear a musical selfie? Look no further Resistor's "Narcissist", a tune that pretty much sums up the self-absorption of our times.

Steve Goldberg (a.k.a. Resistor) grew up middle class in suburban New Jersey searching for meaning through art. After working with bands and slogging through clubs, Goldberg had a year where he had little money, but still possessed the urge to make music. So, with Resistor, Goldberg worked with a synth and his voice at home, updating classic new wave sounds for the new millennium. Goldberg titled his new album First World Problems in recognition that his concerns and those of many young Americans are very much those of a wealthy, first world society.


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