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Friday, Jun 7, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Georgia"s Tedo Stone and band traffic in a brand of '70s-esque, swaggering, peach fuzzy guitar rock, drawing influence from T. Rex most notably.

It’s a sound bound to interest Strokes fans, as well as anyone who appreciates melodic rock music. Tedo Stone will be releasing his debut album, Good Go Bad, on July 9th via the always-interesting This Is American Music label. Today we present the premiere the lead single, “Taste”, which Stone tells us all about in his own words…


“Even though it’s the the lead single on my new record, Good Go Bad, ‘Taste’ has actually been around almost five years. It was one of those songs that comes to you like lightning—I wrote the whole thing in less than an hour. When we recorded it in the studio, we recreated my demo almost exactly, which was unusual for this record; it’s the only song that came out exactly as I had envisioned. It’s a go-get-‘em, carpe-diem kinda song, a get-off-your-ass-and-do-something song. It’s about that conflict everyone experiences in their head—‘Do I sit on the couch and relax at home today, or do I get out and do something with my life?’ Both are good for different reasons, but ‘Taste’ is about finding balance between the two. At the end of the day, it’s a fun, catchy little pop song everyone in the band looks forward to playing in our live sets.”—Tedo Stone


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Thursday, Jun 6, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
“Utopia”, the new track by Toronto's Nightbox, sounds utopian, conjuring up images of a brighter, better future.

“Utopia”, the new track by Toronto disco revivalists Nightbox, sounds, well, utopian, as its gleaming synths and pulsing rhythmic elements conjures up images of a brighter, better future. When singer Jake Bitove calls out, “Take you away / Take you away / Utopia,” in his smooth, high-but-not-too-high cadence, it’s an offer that’s hard to refuse, whether he’s welcoming you to the dancefloor or some city of tomorrow. But it’s when the buzzier guitar textures enter the scene that this “Utopia” feels the most real, giving the neon-lit atmosphere some grounding.


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Friday, May 31, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
If you combined Kate Bush's vocals with Smashing Pumpkins at their dream-poppiest, you might just come up with Spotlight Kid's "Sugar Pills".

Sure, you can’t help but appreciate the obvious, that Spotlight Kid’s new single “Sugar Pills” comes off like Kate Bush singing “Running Up That Hill” with Smashing Pumpkins at their Siamese Dream dream-poppiest backing her. Whether that combination sounds like an idea whose time has come or an improbable hybrid, Spotlight Kid pulls it off on “Sugar Pills”, highlighting its own expert hand in shaping melodic waves of noise. There’s just a palpable enthusiasm and energy to the Nottingham group’s propulsive guitar-driven approach that lets “Sugar Pills” stand on its own, no matter who or what it reminds you of.


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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The incomparable New Orleans trumpeter and BBQ master, Kermit Ruffins, returns next week with a brand new album perfectly entitled 'We Partyin' Traditional Style'.

You may recognize Ruffins from his recurring role on HBO’s Treme, but you should really know him first for his trumpet. Ruffins plays the brassy, sing-songey, “play it from the bottom of your heart” style that is the trademark of NOLA’s great trumpeters, including most obviously Louis Armstrong and Louis Prima. And like the many great New Orleans musicians before him, Ruffins celebrates the city’s heritage in every note he blows and word he sings. We Partyin’ Traditional Style releases next Tuesday, 28 May, via Basin Street Records, and features a plethora of NOLA faves, including “Careless Love”, “Jeepers Creepers”, the Armstrong classic “When It’s Sleepy Time Down South”, and of course, this track “When the Saints Go Marching In” that we proudly premiere for you today.



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Monday, May 20, 2013
Chicago rapper/producer Tree flips a sample of the Elvis classic "Can't Help Falling in Love" and makes the track his own with his gruff, elastic vocal delivery and alternately tough and clever lyricism.

An Elvis song, let alone the schmaltzy classic “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, seems an odd choice at best for a rap sample (at worst, we’re talking Dipset “Built This City” territory). But Chicago rapper/producer Tree manages to flip the sample into a soul-trap hybrid that, I don’t know, just works. He spits gruff, elastic, occasionally pinch-voiced tough-talk and hippie street guru bars, slipping in affecting lyrics like “Drunk as hell, man / I probably shouldn’t have a pistol.” As much as the drill scene has dominated its recent rap coverage, Chicago is a city of many voices just like any other, and Tree happens to be, along with steadily rising Chance the Rapper, one of its more interesting and talented.



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