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by A Noah Harrision

22 Aug 2017


Photo: Joe Clark

There’s a foul air around wrinkling our bodies and rotting our teeth
The government is releasing chemicals from jet planes to control the weather?
They say if you’re doing nothing wrong you’ve got nothing to worry about
But I still put tape over my laptop’s camera because, I mean, you never know

That’s how seriously goofy Minneapolis act Miami Dolphins kick off their new single, “Fluoride”. The herky-jerky quirk of their upcoming album conjures a sea of comparisons—Deerhoof for starters, but with the alt ’90s haircut of Speedy Ortiz and math pop attention span of Buke and Gase. Equally, they draw from the whacked-out, turn-of-the-70s America, like Georgia’s B-52s or Ohio’s Devo. Call it zolo if you like. Angular guitars, funk bass and schnozzy talk singing for the iPhone generation.

by Jedd Beaudoin

22 Aug 2017


Photo: Diana Larios

“Cinnamon” is the latest track from New York City’s Monogold. Culled from the outfit’s upcoming album, Babyfood, due out September 29th, the infectious tune invites listeners into the band’s self-described brand of strangewave, an amalgam of neo-psychedelia, off-kilter power pop and a pinch of something remarkably, well, strange. The track, which explores themes of one discovering another’s body, is playful and imaginative and the accompanying video, appropriately enough, animated by a group of children. Students at the Good School, a mobile stop-frame animation school for kids (run by vocalist Keith Kelly’s girlfriend, Laura Bellmont), provided the images.

by Sarah Zupko

18 Aug 2017


BBQ is all the rage in hip, young London with amazing new restaurants opening all around town. From Bodean’s, the Blues Kitchen, and Smokestak to Zelman Meats and the Chicago Rib Shack, the capital is full of a wide range of approaches to BBQ.

Even better you can find BBQ from ethnic food traditions around the world. Whether it’s Nigerian or Filipino, Jamaican or American, Japanese Argentinian, London has your international BBQ covered.

by PopMatters Staff

18 Aug 2017


Mike Schiller: That “Funky Drummer” sample is the gift that keeps on giving. “Love Me More” might be the hundred-thousandth-ish song to sample James Brown’s classic ode to his percussionist, but it’s a great track nonetheless thanks to the energetic work of Emeli Sandé, who climbs to the sky with her vocal track. The strings follow her to the stratosphere, and it’s impossible to keep from getting sucked in. This is a track built on a formula, but no formula exists to account for Sandé, and her performance is the kind of vocal that you scream along to, tears in your eyes, heart ready to burst. [8/10]

by Sarah Zupko

18 Aug 2017


Photo: Anna Zanes

Acclaimed family music artist Dan Zanes has long harbored a love for the incomparable music of the legendary Lead Belly. Zanes discovered Lead Belly’s music at the age of seven after acquiring his first library card and checking out a record of his. Now Zanes has turned that life-long affection for the artist into an exciting new project Lead Belly, Baby! which features new versions of Lead Belly’s classic country blues/folk tunes performed by Zanes with a raft of guests, including Chuck D., Billy Bragg, Aloe Blacc, and Valerie June.

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