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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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Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014
Ring in the New Year with new music, TV series, and a surprising amount of horror movies.

The holidays are officially over. So as we (hopefully) start a brand new year with an abundant assortment of giftcards, here’s a top ten list of entertaining ways to pass these long, cold winter nights.


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Thursday, Nov 21, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
In this era of troubled economics and right-wing punditry, the poor and minorities are as much under siege as ever.

Gerrymandered districts have resulted in far right Republican majorities in many communities around the nation. In North Carolina, the “artificial” districts designed to produce Republican majorities have had a devastating effect on public education, voter rights, medicare expansion, and access to women’s healthcare and abortion facilities.


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Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Vote for your favorite G-SHOCK watch design and receive a chance to win a trip to Berlin.

SPONSOR: G-SHOCK is running a Europe-wide creative competition drawing from artists across the fields of music and visual arts to come up with exciting and innovative new designs for coveted G-SHOCK watches. As part of these G-SESSIONS, the creatives also were charged with designing the packaging for the watches and developing a special presentation for each proposed product.


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