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Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014
The Chicago-based duo of Dan Zima and Xoe Wise, known by their artistic moniker Kinky Love, have followed their recently released EP with a new song, the airy "Hush".

The Chicago-based duo of Dan Zima and Xoe Wise, who go by the attention-grabbing name Kinky Love, are in the business of textural, spacey synth-pop. With their recently released Promise EP, the two garnered some attention to their take on this increasingly popular genre, and now with “Hush”, available for stream and download here on PopMatters, they are demonstrating their continuing interest in the craft. The clipped beat of the song, combined with its layers of synthesizers, proves to be an appropriately understated backing to Wise’s airy vocals.


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Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014
Driven by killer guitar riffs and its unique narrative perspective, the rollicking "Helicopter" by rock outfit Bailiff is can be downloaded here exclusively at PopMatters.

Like many bands in this Kickstarter-obsessed age, rock outfit Bailiff funded their latest outing, the genre-melding Remise, through a fan-funded campaign. Of the many tunes that came from the successfully funded EP sessions is the wickedly cool “Helicopter”, which stands as one of Remise‘s most driving moments. With propulsive, infectious guitar riffs at the forefront, the band brings a great deal of energy in the track’s concise, four-minute runtime, during which vocalist/guitarist Josh Siegel deals with some heavy lyrical matter.


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Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014
Audra Isadora's cover of the Kate Bush tune "Babooskha" is both a testament to Isadora's love for Bush and of the power a fantastic cover version can have.

Miss your 15-minute window to buy tickets to Kate Bush‘s reunion shows in London? Well, you and most of the world are not alone. There is, however, a fine antidote to the “I’m not willing to sell my soul for some concert tickets” blues, and it comes in the form of an electrifying cover version.


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Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014
With their new release With Light and With Love out, Woods are hitting the road. Check out some pics from and download the recent New York show.
At the Bowery Ballroom on a Friday in May, Woods had their first show in New York in a year ahead of a long string of dates to promote their new album With Light and With Love. Songs from this new album, "a radical departure for the band -- a more refined and pop-oriented record" (nyctaper), made up the bulk of the show though the set included a cover Pink Floyd too. Woods were joined by openers Quilt, whose free spirited sound flowed tranquilly through the crowd in advance of the psychedelic headliners. When I went up to the balcony, I found out Woods' interesting backdrop wasn't a video projection. Two men were messing around with gel and liquid overlays on top of old school screen projectors. The homemade effects fit excellently into the band's organic set, melding experimental sounds with their melodies. As we described it earlier, their new album is "a complicated, rewarding balance between the grip of the past and the possibility of, if not the future, than at least the now." It is a rewarding listen and their show is exciting to see, so check out their tour dates below.

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Monday, Jun 2, 2014
ComputeHer's fun and crafty cover of the Depeche Mode classic "Strangelove", a track on the upcoming 8-Bit Operators tribute album to that band, is available for stream and download on PopMatters.

Though obviously unorthodox as cover albums go, the past three tribute releases by the 8-Bit Operators name—which cover tunes by Kraftwerk, the Beatles, and Devo—have been wildly fun. Using sounds repurposed from old video game consoles and operating systems, including Game Boys, Atari consoles, and Commodore 64s, a whole gamut of artists under the 8-Bit Operators umbrella have crafted some eccentric and unforgettable tracks. If you think the digital bleeps of video game consoles would be unable to turn the Beatles’ “Because” into a haunting reverie, you’d be forgiven—but also wrong. 8-Bit music is a niche a genre as there is, but there is plenty exciting happening in the field.


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