You know how you can tell that Catherine Irwin’s alt-country musings are the real deal? Yeah, her craggy, weathered, yet resonant voice has a soulful, old-timey feel, and her blues-tinged folk picking conveys a timeless Americana quality to it. But it’s the fact that Irwin helped to define and build a genre before it actually existed that speaks to the authenticity of her work, as her band Freakwater was one of the acts that led the way for No Depression’s breakthrough in the mid-1990s.
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Liars have joined the ranks of Wye Oak, the Hives, Flying Lotus, and other acts by contributing a song to the weekly Adult Swim Single Series. Titled “Point Your Pistols to the Sigh”, the band’s offering is harsh, grinding techno—as cold and synth-driven as anything on WIXIW and as abrasive as They Were Wrong, So We Drowned. Download it for free at Adult Swim.
Just back after a nice long Labor Day weekend? Well be excited to be at your desk cause you’ve found another fantastic PopMatters contest. We’re offering two of our readers to get their hands on the new Paul Simon 2 CD and 1 DVD special packages Live in New York City! This live performance set featuring some of Simon’s most beloved and classic songs as well as newer selections was filmed at NYC s Webster Hall. and is not available till September 18th, but you can win a copy in advance. Keep on reading to find out how to enter.