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Monday, Mar 17, 2014
For those not keen on spending their St. Patrick's day in an Irish pub drinking green beer whilst strategically avoiding puddles of vomit on the floor, singer/songwriter Tim Larson's spare cover of the traditional "The Unquiet Grave" ought to do the trick.

For those looking to counter the consumerism of St. Patrick’s Day, singer/songwriter Tim Larson may have just the remedy. Larson has recorded a cover of the Irish standard “The Unquiet Grave”. Spare, evocative, and almost gospel-like, Larson’s take on the classic tune is perfect for those who prefer to have a quiet St. Paddy’s, without the allure of cheap green beer surrounding them. This “Unquiet Grave” is best accompanied by an Irish whisky in a dimly lit room.


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Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Elsinore's latest tune begins as a achingly beautiful chamber pop tune before crashing into its hard-charging anthemic chorus. In another words, it's a great pop tune.

Like all great pop tunes “The Art of Pulling” is also memorable. Elsinore’s Ryan Groff tells us that “this song, along with the entire PUSH/PULL record, is about living with yourself and the people around you. I’m in my early 30s now, my wife and I have a one-year-old, and Elsinore has been together for over nine years. I’m more introspective, quirky, and creative than ever. So, I wanted the themes of the record to reflect all of those traits. “The Art of Pulling” is a wake-up-call of a song, asking the “you” in the song to get up and DO something. It’s about pulling in a lot of different ways. And I tried to describe them all lyrically, but have the music be ultimately upbeat and dancey.


“And, with the video, I think we achieved an exact visual interpretation of what the song means. Our videographer, director, and other crew were all on-board to make something beautiful and cinematic. We definitely accomplished that, and we were able to involve over 50 close friends and our favorite locations around Champaign-Urbana, a true Midwestern setting. This video shows anyone who wants to watch it who we are as a band. And hopefully a lot of people like it.”


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Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Emerging Americana band Sons of Fathers continue their ascent with the new video "Hell and Back".

Sons of Fathers blew out the doors of Nashville’s Mercy Lounge last year at the Americana Festival. We sat up close, totally taken by the band’s passion and musical chops. This Texas group brings the rawk to the twang in most winning fashion. So, it’s perhaps not so surprising that influences like the Beatles, Bob Dylan and Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young cozy up with Texas singer-songwriters such as Robert Earl Keen, Willis Alan Ramsey, Roger Miller. Today we have the pleasure of premiering the new video for “Hell and Back”, which bandmember David Beck says “is the first rack we want to release to ya’ll. We’ve all been there. This is the world’s story. Enjoy.” Meanwhile you can catch Sons of Fathers this week at SXSW (dates below).


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Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
PopMatters picked Mansions as one of the bands to watch out for in 2014, and this live version of "Two Suits" gives a good indication of what they're capable of.

PopMatters picked Mansions as one of the bands to watch out for in 2014. As Interviews Editor Evan Sawdey notes, frontman Christopher Browders’ albums “are amazingly consistent in terms of delivering solid, well thought out rock songs, always featuring powerful, memorable hooks and all existing in a universe that is entirely his own creation.” Via Made of Chalk Media, the live video for “Two Suits” adds a heightened tension and drama to the roaring melodies of the studio version on 2013’s Doom Loop.


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Friday, Mar 7, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Chamber pop master Fan Modine follows up 2011’s Gratitude for the Shipper with a new album releasing April 1st, Cause Célèbre.

Fan Modine‘s Gordon Zacharias takes his time to compose perfectly balanced and complex pop songs. It’s that meticulous attention to detail that makes every Fan Modine album a cause for celebration among pure pop fans. That’s on full display with this first single, “One Company Town”, from Cause Célèbre, coming in April from Lost Colony Music.


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