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by Evan Sawdey

26 Jan 2011


Today, we here at PopMatters are excited to bring you the first in what will be a lone line of video interviews, starting today with Tim Kasher, the Cursive frontman who we caught on the penultimate performance of his solo tour for The Game of Monogamy.

Backstage at Chicago’s historic Vic Theatre, Kasher was candid and open with us, discussing why he chose not to write two more Ugly Organ‘s, how he deals with the frustration of those who feel somewhat betrayed by his songs not being autobiographical, and—after coming clean with soem of his regrets—how getting to open for The Cure was one of the highlights of his life ...

by Ian Chant

21 Jan 2011


Icelandic composer Olafur Arnalds is kicking off 2011 with a brief North American tour behind his latest album, last year’s …and they have escaped the weight of darkness. also provide a chance for Arnalds to show off the new light and visual show that accompanies his performances to a whole new continent in one fell swoop… or at least to 12 cities on a new continent. The tour, which kicks off in Boston on the 24th of January, marks the first round of live appearances in the U.S. by Arnalds in several years. Don’t worry, though – we’re not taking it personally or anything.

Fans can win tickets to each show of his next upcoming of U.S. tours. Just share a link to the show via Facebook and send proof – via a link, screen cap, signed affidavit, etc. – that you did to Arnalds website, where you can, naturally, also find show dates, details on how to win tickets, and videos taking you backstage on the composer’s most recent tour.

Or, you could check out PopMatters interview with him from last summer, here. You know, if you’re into that sort of thing.

by Devin Mainville

19 Jan 2011


La Sera has announced the release of a new single off their upcoming debut album. “Devil Hearts Grow Gold” is a “woozy, layered nugget with a smidge of twang” and comes on the heels of the band’s first single “Never Come Around”. The 7” featuring “Devil Hearts Grow Gold” and a cover of “Dedicated to the One I Love” was released on January 18th while the full album will debut on February 15th.

La Sera will be touring with Tennis early this year and have extended their tour to include more dates overseas. Continue reading to see a full list of the dates.

by J.C. Sciaccotta

18 Jan 2011


Go Satomi’s, go! Filmed in Tokyo and directed by Noriko Oishi, “Super Duper Rescue Heads!” is the first video from Deerhoof’s upcoming release, Deerhoof vs. Evil (out January 25 in the US via Polyvinyl and the day before on ATP in the UK). The video begins relatively low-key, with Satomi buying some snacks before kicking back to watch some tube. Things take a psychedelic left turn from there, however, with a glammed-up Satomi busting out some rad moves in the midst of a projection light show freak-out. Cool.

In other news, the band will begin a tour in support of the record on January 27 in Sacramento, California. Seemingly intent on fighting evil on a global scale, the band will take their act worldwide, paying visits to France and nearly all of Scandinavia before perfoming their Milk Man LP (!) in its entirety at Alexandra Palace in London.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

13 Jan 2011


For those not familiar with the Daytrotter website, it’s a gold mine of live sessions created for fan consumption. Their mandate of minimal production during the recording process offers listeners an especially intimate look at bands, plus most sessions are available as free downloads. No overdubs or other enhancements filter the experience – everything is captured on analog tape just as it happened that day. The songs are stripped bare and therefore wonderfully raw. 

Daytrotter posted a MGMT session on January 3rd, this year’s first signature offering. It was recorded not at the Rock Island, Illinois headquarters, but during Moogfest at Echo Mountain in North Carolina last October. Listening to MGMT’s complex arrangements explained why the group looked like they were concentrating so hard up on stage at the Asheville Civic Center when PopMatters caught their performance at the festival. The band kicks off with “Song for Dan Treacy”, full of meandering musical parts that are glossed over on last year’s release, Congratulations. “It’s Working” showcases a driving beat which seems to carry the band along happily in its wake. “I Found a Whistle” utilizes a more upbeat tempo than the studio version and swings with new energy. The closer, “Only a Shadow” is an obscure cover by the ‘80s band the Cleaners from Venus, a fun highlight on the band’s latest tour.

[Daytrotter Session]

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