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by PopMatters Staff

18 Jun 2012


The Sun Parade is a new group from the Northeast that have risen to the top of the regional radio charts in New England. Their tune “Need You By My Side” was named “Top Song of 2011” by WRSI 93.9 and 101.5. The band is the duo of Chris Marlon Jennings and Jefferson Lewis, who are long-time friends and thus can march in perfect musical lockstep with each other. Sporting glorious harmonies and a sunny sheen (as their name suggests), their songs display a high degree of pop sophistication. Now the two have made a video for “Need You By My Side”, which we premiere for you today. You can also catch the Sun Parade at the Plant & Sing festival in the Hamptons and the Green River Festival in Greenfield, MA.

by Jessy Krupa

15 Jun 2012


While it may be hard to believe that the most successful man in music history turns 70 years old this week, it is even harder to realize that just one person has had such a profound influence on popular music. While most musicians are happy to stick to the same type of music and way of playing it for their entire careers, Paul McCartney has experimented and excelled in almost every genre of music. A true artist, his impact can be felt in thousands of other songs by countless artists throughout the years. While it’s hard to pinpoint what exactly inspired whom, here’s a look at McCartney’s most influential songs and their effect on modern music.

by Jessy Krupa

14 Jun 2012


Since Paul McCartney’s 70th birthday is this week, most of the major media will be focusing on his most popular moments. His iconic Beatles anthems, beloved Wings singles, and No.1 solo hits will be on everybody’s radar. But instead of praising “Let It Be”, “Band on the Run”, or “Hey Jude”, let’s put the spotlight on the lesser-known songs in McCartney’s catalogue. Despite the fact that the following songs were either never released as a single or just aren’t played on the radio enough, they reveal the talent and personality behind one of the most successful and influential musicians of all time.

by Joseph Fisher

14 Jun 2012


Metallica has been the source of ongoing contention for well over the past decade.  For the moment, it’s probably a good idea to cast all of that contention aside and simply to view and share the video below.  In October 2009, 20-year-old Morgan Harrington disappeared after a Metallica show in Charlottesville, VA.  Her remains were found about three months later in close proximity to the venue.  The suspect was never apprehended. 

Apparently, new information has come to light, linking Harrington’s abductor to another assault on another Virginia woman.  James Hetfield speaks to this detail, as well as to the investigation more generally in the clip:

by Ian Mathers

13 Jun 2012


Following on the heels of last year’s Ways of Meaning and 2010’s two-disc A Young Person’s Guide To, 2012 sees ambient composer Kyle Bobby Dunn release another double album with Bring Me the Head of Kyle Bobby Dunn. The Ontario native mostly bases his long, shifting compositions around electric guitar, organ, and piano (albeit phased and shifted into long, beautiful smears) and now director Joey Bania brings us a gorgeously desolate video for that album’s “An Evening With Dusty”. The video was filmed in New Zealand, but but after you watch it you might wonder when it was filmed.

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