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Monday, Jan 6, 2014
by PopMatters Staff

Cass McCombs has just released a trippy video for “Big Wheel”, the title tune from his 2013 effort Big Wheel and Others, which released last August via Domino. McCombs’ upcoming world tour takes him through Europe and Australia.



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Sunday, Nov 24, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Bastille is another of 2013's best new artists, crafting classic pop songs right out of the gate on their debut. Here the group performs a gorgeous acoustic version of "Oblivion" with a full string ensemble.


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Friday, Nov 22, 2013
Reuben and the Dark differ from their folk rock contemporaries, coating their lyrics with dreary blues from a heavy heart.

Reuben and the Dark, a Canadian five-piece band led by Reuben Bullock, have played shows at CMJ, SXSW and other important festivals for up-and-coming artists in the past year. The group has yet to release more than one song, you will only find an official release of “Rolling Stone” online and we have it for you to stream below. The band is signed to Arts & Crafts and their debut was produced by Florence + The Machine drummer Chris Hayden and Stephen Kozmeniuk. They sound “darker” than many of their peers in the folk rock scene with their pained bluesy lyrics and four part vocal harmonies (at least from the show I saw). Reuben’s brother plays percussion and joined him at the front of the stage for a song but the band’s short set demonstrated a good bit of potential without them appearing immediately derivative. Check out “Rolling Stone” and some photos from Rockwood Music hall below.


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Monday, Nov 18, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Americana outfit the Handsome Family has been on the road touring with Andrew Bird in a perfect pairing of artistic talents.

Meanwhile, the group has a brand new video for “Eels” from their superb 2013 release, Wilderness. Ethereal, shadowy images accompany a gorgeous gently rolling tune. Yet more stunning acoustic music from Handsome Family.



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Thursday, Oct 24, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Arctic Monkeys have come a long way since their neo-Britpop "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" days. Who'd have thought they'd ever have a video featuring tractors of all things...


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