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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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Friday, Mar 7, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Los Angeles via Detroit rockers the Singles excel in '70s/'80s style American power pop, all crunchy chords, catchy melodies and killer harmonies.

The Singles latest tune is the garage poppy “(She’s Got) A Heart of Stone”, a three-minute slice of classic pop. Vince Frederick (guitar/lead vocals) tells us, “‘(She’s Got) A Heart of Stone’ is the first track we recorded for the new album. One of our favs to play live, it came together quite quickly in the studio. Not a lot of overdubs, straight forward rock n roll.” Look for a new full-length album, Look How Fast a Heart Can Break, this April.


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Thursday, Mar 6, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
While shoegaze influences are front and center for Spotlight Kid, a better point of reference for Ten Thousand Hours might be Smashing Pumpkins, circa Siamese Dream.

Even with its swirling, ethereal melodies, Spotlight Kid‘s upcoming third album Ten Thousand Hours is more dream-rock than dream-pop, considering the muscle and heft of its soundscapes. While shoegaze influences are front and center for Spotlight Kid, the moments that really jump out on the Nottingham group‘s latest effort are the ones that bring to mind a Siamese Dream-era Smashing Pumpkins. And with the Kate Bush-like cadences of Katty Heath’s vocals as a prominent part of the mix, there’s a real sense of drama and dynamism to Ten Thousand Hours.


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