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by Scott Recker

25 Feb 2014

After a quick listen, it’s clear Sturgill Simpson has the standard honky-tonk tools: a boozy baritone that recalls Waylon Jennings, the rooted mindset, a powerful, punchy delivery. But, when listening to him at length, it’s apparent there’s so much more to the Kentucky native, who used to front Sunday Valley. These skills and tendencies shine on his new single, “Living the Dream”, a desperate, rhythmic realization with piercing metaphors and layers of brilliant country guitar work. He has a ragged believability and this incredible gift to capture everyday struggle like few others. His forthcoming album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, drops on May 18th.

by John Garratt

25 Feb 2014

For quite a while, Destination: Out was a great one-stop website for one’s avant-garde/free-jazz edification and downloading. They uploaded all kinds of rare, out-of-print stuff for the temporary taking. They even opened a download store, believeing that they shouldn’t be the only ones with access to these weird and wonderful recordings featuring Peter Brötzmann, Hans Reichel, Sam Rivers, the Schlippenbach Trio and many more.

by PopMatters Staff

25 Feb 2014

Singer/guitarist Kip Berman describes the record’s new sound:  “I didn’t want to make Belong. This album was a chance to step back from that universal style of songwriting to something that was far more personal, more in keeping with my original ideals. I wanted the music to be joyful and full of light, even if the subjects were often dark.”

by PopMatters Staff

25 Feb 2014

Lead singer Andy Hull explains: “‘Top Notch’ is about two brothers trying to escape a fire. We tried to create something that told less of an immediate story and caused more of a gut reaction. Something to be interpreted without laying it all out in front of you. It’s also quite terrifying. Like somebody was digging and found this VHS artifact in the ground.”

by Jane Jansen Seymour

24 Feb 2014

Headset. Image via Shutterstock.

The ground hog seems to have definitely gotten things right—winter continues with a vengeance for those who are accustomed to such weather or not (looking at you Southeast!) Why not use the time indoors to check out new bands like Temples, Big Data and Jamestown Revival, along with new releases from Fanfarlo, Cut Copy, Gardens & Villa, Bombay Bicycle Club and more. As always, the playlist ends in a chill out mode thanks to tracks from Caspian and Hammock.

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