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by PopMatters Staff

7 Mar 2013

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Maria Mochnacz

John Parish’s upcoming album Screenplay, which compiles some of his soundtrack work, seems like a natural project for the accomplished multi-instrumentalist producer, especially to anyone who has appreciated the vivid, visual quality of his collaborations with PJ Harvey. Originally appearing in the Dutch film Little Black Spiders, “LBS/End Titles”, premiering on PopMatters, is an atmospheric piece that works just as well accompanying a film as it does a daydream in your head. With steadily building synths interlaced with deliberate guitar patterns and touches of glockenspiel, it’s mood music that is equally well suited for paying close attention to or having on in the background.

John Parish’s Screenplay will be released on April 16, via Thrill Jockey.

by PopMatters Staff

5 Mar 2013

by Jennifer Makowsky

4 Mar 2013

The Kenn Morr Band’s sixth album, Worth Imagining brings a variety of instruments together to create a warm, soulful sound. Accordion, violin, harmonica, and mandolin flirt with guitar, piano, bass, and percussion. Moor’s deep, succulent voice (often accompanied by backing vocals) calls to mind folksingers like Richard Thomspon and John Prine. On the record, Morr spins ten poignant yarns about love, friendship, and loss. Despite its contemplative nature, Worth Imagining is earnest and uplifting. It may make you want to take a long drive into the sunset.

by Brice Ezell

4 Mar 2013

Anxiety begins and ends with cliché. Grandiose opener “Play by Play”, after washes of synthesizer, kicks off with Arthur Ashin doing a dynamo Prince impression: “I said, baby!” he cries, falsetto in full effect. The melancholy “World War” ties the album up with Ashin lamenting, “Not gonna be, no way / No way you’re gonna be my baby.” Of all the possible words an artist doing R&B—experimental or otherwise—could lean on, “baby” is definitely the default choice. It’s a tired-if-true term of affection, and its prime placement in pop music’s lexicon has ensured that even the most daring of artists will find a way to use it. Ashin, the driving force behind the Autre Ne Veut name, is now only on his second LP and, he can be pardoned for devolving to such basic word choice.

by Sarah Zupko

1 Mar 2013

“Nip It in the Bud” is the band’s new single and it’s front-loaded with crunchy power riffs and punk attitude. The band says, “We wanted to write something that people could swing to like the cats in the ‘60s, but which was a bit rough round the edges. It’s a bit of a nod to the Sonics as well.”

“Nip It in the Bud” releases 15 April via Once Upon a Time Records.

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Red Baraat Blows Hartford Hall Down Celebrating the Festival of Colors (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Red Baraat's annual Festival of Colors show rocked a snow laden Hartford on a Saturday evening.

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