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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Ray and Remora is the new duo of Dan Crane (Nous Non Plus) and singer Amanda Walker and their new album 1994 celebrates the great indie rock of the '90s.

Ray and Remora‘s Dan Crane wanted to revisit the music of his 20s by covering tunes from the albums that influenced him most as a young musician. Ironically, his musical partner Amanda Walker is exactly 20 years younger than him, so this music is somewhat new to her, allowing for a fresh take on indie rock cornerstones. Today, we bring you the video premiere of the group’s version of Dinosaur Jr.‘s “Feel the Pain”.


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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Seattle's Lonesome Shack return with more down home bluesy sounds on their new LP, More Primitive.

Lonesome Shack may be from the Pacific Northwest, but they sound like a great swamp blues band from the Southern regions of the US. The grooves are relaxed as are the vocals, suggesting the soundtrack to a lazy, hot summer day with just a little angst in the air, lingering a little beyond reach. It’s a great sound that, in places, recalls some of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s more stripped down, rootsy recordings.


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Tuesday, May 13, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
"Festus, I Am Not Out of My Mind" offers a nice teaser for Half-handed Cloud's latest idiosyncratic pop effort, Flying Scroll Flight Control.

On 10 June, Half-handed Cloud, aka Berkeley-based pop eccentric John Ringhofer, will be releasing its sixth album Flying Scroll Flight Control on Asthmatic Kitty. Premiering here on PopMatters, the compact ditty “Festus, I Am Not Out of My Mind” is a nice teaser of the Sufjan Stevens-aided album, a slice of idiosyncratic pop on which sun-kissed melodies and Ringhofer’s falsetto vocals stand out as much as the quirky instrumentation.


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Tuesday, May 13, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
On "Duality", Rig 1 -- aka Ian McElroy of Desaparecidos -- not only shows off his vocal range, but also his versatile production skills.

Rig 1 is the rap-minded project of Ian McElroy, which might seem incongruous if you know him as the keyboardist of Conor Oberst’s post-hardcore act Desaparecidos. But on “Duality”, which comes from Rig 1’s just released album North of Maple, McElroy not only shows off his vocal range as he runs from metaphysical spoken word-like tones to syncopated rhyming, but also his versatile production skills. The video for “Duality” premieres on PopMatters; North of Maple is out today via Team Love.


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Tuesday, May 13, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Sad Brad Smith lives up to his name on "On the Beach", but there's just enough melody to sweeten his pensive sound.

With the pensive tone of his acoustic strum and forlorn voice, Sad Brad Smith lives up to the modifier of his name. But there’s just a touch of ringing melody to sweeten his twangy folk sound on his new track, “On the Beach,” which premieres on PopMatters. “On the Beach” appears on Sad Brad Smith’s upcoming album Magic, which comes out 20 May.



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