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Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013
Josh Ritter wraps up his Summer tour this week, including a show at the esteemed Toad's Place, before heading out again for Fall acoustic shows.

Earlier this year, when PopMatters spoke with Josh Ritter, we noted that the “more plain-spoken lyrics and stripped-down musical arrangements” from his new album Beast In Its Tracks are “winning Ritter new fans”.


So if you haven’t heard him before, get a taste via this legal download of a live show recording from earlier this year. You can listen to and download a recording from Hamilton College at Archive.org. Once you do, you’ll probably want to see Ritter right away, so we’ve helpfully posted his remaining Summer tour dates, plus his stretch of acoustic shows in the Fall, below. If a whole download isn’t appealing and you only have time for one song, I highly recommend “A Certain Light”—a video with a live rendition and the song’s lyrics are posted below.


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Thursday, Aug 8, 2013
The blossoming, dramatic third single from Julia Holter's Loud City Song expands her former largely synthetic style in an organic, classic-sounding direction.

What Julia Holter calls the “heart” of her third record (and Domino debut) Loud City Song, third single “Maxim’s I,” starts in a mass of cymbals and blossoms into a fecund, organic piece of slow-moving, ever-ascending classic pop. The dramatic, six-minute song (compulsively repeatable, due in part to its Ouroboros-like structure, with those same cymbals closing the track) gives Holter space to showcase her already strong vocals in a less claustrophobic environment. The track’s live instrumentation lends lines like “What of hearts, and diamonds?” a vocal pop bigness unusual to much of her older material, and the strength of her unlayered, all-but-effects-free voice shows a growing sense of artistic confidence. Here’s hoping that Holter took as much care with Loud City Song‘s other organs as she did with its heart.



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Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013
The Australian duo known as Jagwar Ma released their debut album, Howlin, just last month, but it’s already being buzzed about as a possible choice for end of the year “Best of 2013” lists.

According to their label, Mom + Pop Music, Gabriel Winterfield and Jono Ma went about “creating a sound that would capture their love of contemporary electronica and classic American Soul”. The album was recorded last year in an empty farm two hours south of Paris, with an 808 (a low tech drum machine), a Fender Jaguar, a pair of vintage Neve console channels and a laptop.


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Monday, Jul 29, 2013
"Skylarking" is an exciting piece of electronic music that has me salivating for BT's forthcoming album A Song Across Wires.

Though I’ve found new electronic artists like Robert DeLong and Disclosure to be exciting, I tend to follow the same electronic musicians now as I did a decade (or more) ago. So that means if there are new songs by artists like Moby, Underworld or Deadly Avenger, I’d like to know.


BT is another one of those artists that I keep tabs on. And he’s putting out a new album, A Song Across Wires (ASAW) in August. Although PopMatters’ didn’t do an official review of his last major release, These Hopeful Machines, I felt that album was an incredible glimpse inside the auteur’s mind. At times brilliant, it challenged a lot of listeners in part due to it’s length and some tangential moments. That album still finds it way into my rotation to this day, but now I’m salivating for #ASAW based on the first track on the album “Skylarking”. Other tracks have been debuted including “Tomahawk”, “Surrounded” (which as Aqualung as a guest) and “Must be the Love”. You can view the tracklist here but you should listen to “Skylarking” below.


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Monday, Jul 29, 2013
View the video for "Forever Goodnight" by Patrick Krief (of the Dears) from his solo album Hundred Thousand Pieces.

Patrick Krief (of the Dears) is playing a few shows on the East Coast to support his solo album Hundred Thousand Pieces. We caught him at The Bowery Electric on July 12 in New York City and those photos your can see below.


We are also sharing the video for his song “Forever Goodnight”, an enjoyable slice of low-key rock.


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