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Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014
Bastille, one of PopMatters' favorite new artists, recently appeared on SNL comedian Vanessa Bayer's web series, Sound Advice with Jenna Slater.

Bastille, the British epic pop sensation, made an impressive statement in 2013 with its debut Bad Blood. Following two incredible and creative cover mixtapes in 2012, Other People’s Heartache and Other People’s Heartache, Pt. 2, the band lived up to the promise hinted at by its early work, dominating world airwave with tunes like the stadium-ready “Pompeii”.


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Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014
Never-played, requested for years, Amos shocked a Denver audience by debuting “Pirates” following a hilariously-costumed plea from fans.

Ears With Feet, the name given to hardcore Tori Amos fans by Amos herself, can rejoice at the fact that on her latest tour to support Unrepentant Geraldines, the singer-songwriter is pulling out all the stops when it comes to covers and requests. In addition to defying expectations by premiering obscure tracks like “Zero Point” and dusting off extremely rare b-sides like “Alamo”, Amos is also digging deep into her catalog: back to her debut record Y Kant Tori Read to fulfill requests for these early songs, many of which have never been played live at all before 2014, and which fans have been asking her to do for many years to no avail.


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Thursday, Jul 10, 2014
The musicians of the Gloaming are awash with independent projects so a rare performance by this Irish supergroup is a decided must-see. Watch one here.

WNYC’s New Sounds series allowed me to catch the Gloaming for the first time, a band I had been following for the past nine months or so having missed their prior performance in New York with the Kronos Quartet. During that time, their debut self-titled album was released and though it may have only found a small audience so far, it earned massive applause from the primarily European outlets that picked up on it. The Gloaming has its primary roots in Ireland and consists of Iarla Ó Lionaird’s traditional sean-nós vocals and organ, Thomas Bartlett / aka Doveman on piano, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh playing the hardanger fiddle, Martin Hayes on fiddle and Dennis Cahill on guitar.


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Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014
With their new release With Light and With Love out, Woods are hitting the road. Check out some pics from and download the recent New York show.
At the Bowery Ballroom on a Friday in May, Woods had their first show in New York in a year ahead of a long string of dates to promote their new album With Light and With Love. Songs from this new album, "a radical departure for the band -- a more refined and pop-oriented record" (nyctaper), made up the bulk of the show though the set included a cover Pink Floyd too. Woods were joined by openers Quilt, whose free spirited sound flowed tranquilly through the crowd in advance of the psychedelic headliners. When I went up to the balcony, I found out Woods' interesting backdrop wasn't a video projection. Two men were messing around with gel and liquid overlays on top of old school screen projectors. The homemade effects fit excellently into the band's organic set, melding experimental sounds with their melodies. As we described it earlier, their new album is "a complicated, rewarding balance between the grip of the past and the possibility of, if not the future, than at least the now." It is a rewarding listen and their show is exciting to see, so check out their tour dates below.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014
Swedish post-metallers bid us farewell. Maybe.

Galaxies separate, the universe expands and more and more cosmological redshifts occur. As the wavelength of light broadens, we are left more alone than ever by the growing sidereal distances. What is there beyond the redshift? Swedish post-metallers Cult of Luna have been wondering this very question for months and they have come to the conclusion that the future is, well, uncertain. At least for them. The ensemble behind brilliant albums like “The Beyond” (again!), “Salvation” and “Vertikal” will go on an indefinite hiatus later on this year, but before that happens, they will curate a one-day festival in London on 10th May.


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