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Friday, Mar 28, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
New York by way of Tennessee rocker Hans Chew follows up his critically acclaimed debut Tennessee & Other Stories, with the Dixie-fried rock 'n' roll awesomeness of Life & Love releasing April 1st via At the Helm.

Hans Chew doesn’t stop there as his piano style draws deeply from the playing of New Orleans masters and he clearly imbibed the grooves of classic British rock, such as Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. Life & Love is a barn burning smoker of a record that’s simply irresistible. Now, we’re going to step assign and let Hans Chew tell you about the creation of the album.


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Friday, Mar 28, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Brooklyn's ETERNAL LIPS (aka Grey Gersten) teams with TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone for a live performance of "Voice" from ETERNAL LIPS' new self-titled EP.

This live version of “Voice” without overdubs, edits or studio enhancements is a shimmering, ethereal song, filled with gentle electronic flourishes and a dreamy vibe. Gersten told us that he views recording and live performance quite differently. “Records are like movies and Live Shows are like theatre. Our album has all the beautiful textures and effects that the recording process allows but why try and re-create that for a live performance? In this live video we have a foot tapping instead of a million dollar drum machine. The directness and intimacy offers a different view of the song.”


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Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014
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Today we present the online premiere of chamber poppy Fan Modine's latest album, Cause Célèbre, releasing April 1st via Lost Colony Music.

We’ve already shared the album tune “One Company” with you and talked our deep appreciation of Fan Modine‘s work. Now we are going to let Fan Modine themselves tell you all about Cause Célèbre in this exclusive track-by-track interview. Meanwhile, you can pre-order the album at both iTunes and Amazon.


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Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Sofar Sounds is an innovative program where live shows with up-and-coming artists are recorded in various volunteers living rooms in some 70 cities worldwide.

The organization offers people free tickets to the events via a lottery system and artists are carefully curated. We will featuring more videos from this exciting series in the future, but today we have the pleasure of bringing you a live Caged Animals video recorded in London where Algernon Doll and Will Joseph Cook also played.



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Monday, Mar 24, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Montréal's Beat Market are well-known in Canada for their multimedia art that spans electronic music, storytelling and dystopian sci-fi videos.

Today we are premiering the video for “Aviator 2000”, a track from Beat Market‘s 2012 album Red Magic, for which they are currently retooling a new version to more accurately represent their live performance style. As the group says, the story line of “Aviator 2000” is about being “lost in space for a while. We ended up on this new planet, unfriendly but beautiful. Then there was this unreal megapolis and these extraterrestrial lights flying everywhere around us.” Trippy.



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