For just over a week, the former members of Slowdive—shoegaze peers and labelmates of My Bloody Valentine, Ride, the Boo Radleys, to name just a few—have been using their personal Twitter feeds to count down to what appears to be something big. In addition, an official band Twitter feed has gently emerged from the ether. Something is awesome in the state of the Internet. Could Slowdive be reuniting after all of these years? Or, is the band using fans for their sport?
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There’s a great deal of familiarity in a song like “The Dead Leaves”, the newest offering from the songwriters behind the New York-based Modern Rivals. Indie pop remains, as it is said, all the rage these days, and lush slices of garden pop such as this one aren’t hard to come by. But what Modern Rivals do, as any great band should, is remind us of why those things become familiar in the first place: simply put, they’re unshakably appealing.
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.
It’s part chillwave, part new wave, part ‘80s, part R&B. Mirror Talk wafts through these styles effortlessly, and set against an impressive video of androgyny and homoeroticism, it’s a pretty cool and auspicious beginning for a band that has foregone the traditional band creation route. The video documents close friends, David and Iggy, navigating an endless night of psychedelic revelry and heartbreak. It’s worth checking out.
Last fall Juniore released a limited edition 7-inch single, “Christine” / “Dans Le Noir” and turned heads with their enigmatic sound, along with numerous on-target comparisons to Françoise Hardy and Cat Power. It’s a preview of coming attractions as Juniore will release a full-length album later this year. In the meantime, check out the brand new video for “Christine”, a tune that is something of a tribute to the older films of John Carpenter.
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