On 18 March, punkabilly pioneer Dex Romweber releases his eponymous duo’s latest album, Images 13 (Bloodshot). Of Romweber, Jack White has described the former Flat Duo Jets mainstay as an influence and “one of the best kept secrets of the rock ‘n’ roll underground.” And you can hear that kinship between Romweber and White, not to mention the Black Keys and in-their-prime Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, on Images 13‘s first single, “Roll On”. Premiering here on PopMatters, Dex Romweber Duo’s “Roll On” is gritty and raw, only meticulously so, riding on surf-tinged blues riffs and the frontman’s dramatic, growling vocals.
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A rich country-infused, Caribbean-splashed folk-rock track, “Hundreds of Ways” is the first single off Conor Oberst’s forthcoming album Upside Down Mountain, which will drop on May 20. As it moves and breaks, the genre-jumping gem is deeply wordy, yet incredibly driving. In support of the new record, he hits the road in May. According to Oberst’s website, Dawes will open and act as his backing band during the tour. The dates are below.
The 2014 Grammys was a night where newcomers were rewarded and legends were worshipped, where simple, intimate performances battled it out against major productions, and where there were too many flashing lights and stripper-dancing. All in all, it was three and a half hours that demanded your attention.
If you happened to miss any of the night’s performances, PopMatters has you covered. Here are videos of what went down and how great it was (or wasn’t), arranged in order from best to worst.
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.