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by Sarah Zupko

11 Apr 2013

It’s a winning combination that has seen the band play at last year’s Les Inrocks Festival in Paris, as well as draw praise from Nylon Magazine and Clash Magazine. Now Coastal Cities has released a double A-side single featuring “Entropic” backed with “Nothing Ever Changes”. “Entropic” is a summerly blast of jangle joy and has us eagerly awaiting whatever is next for this outfit.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

10 Apr 2013

Their indie power pop tunes landed on the music scene with 2011’s It’s a Corporate World, as their single “Simple Girl” appeared often on the airwaves. PopMatters interviewed Zott before a NYC show that fall, where the duo ended the show with a blistering cover of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” in matching day glow jackets—best tribute to Whitney Houston ever.

In their new single, “If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t on the Dance Floor),” the dance beat kicks in after a dreamy intro and the music swirls like a disco ball. The lyrics call out a list of things “you’re supposed” to do, such as “surrender to the bass”, “roll your hips in time” and “see your age rewind” (amen!) It’s part of their EP, Patterns, out April 16 and also available in vinyl as part the offerings for this year’s Record Store Day April 20th with remixes by Chad Valley and Black Amex.  Check out the tune and video from that Bowery Ballroom show, along with upcoming tour dates, below.

by PopMatters Staff

5 Apr 2013

Left to right: J. Tom Hnatow, Mark Charles Heidinger, Rose Guerin, Phillips Saylor (Photo: Sarah Law)

Alt-folk outfit Vandaveer have a new album of old-timey murder ballads, Oh, Willie, Please…, releasing on 30 April via Quack!Media. These types of traditional tunes formed a sizable chunk of English and Scots/Irish folk music that later blended into bluegrass. “Pretty Polly” is an old British folk song that made it’s way to Canada and the Appalachian mountains and it’s been performed through the years by notables such as the Byrds, Ralph Stanley, Judy Collins and Pete Seeger. Vandaveer now revisit this ghastly tale with a haunting and gorgeously spare arrangement, using subtle restraint and carefully chosen notes from banjo and cello to perfectly create an atmosphere of foreboding and pain. It’s musically masterful.

by Imran Khan

4 Apr 2013

Ados, a rising hip-hop star from Turkey, released his first proper commercial album Katarsis at the tail-end of 2012. A conscious effort to infuse a sturdy framework of robust beats with layers of tuneful harmonies, Katarsis also sees the rapper digging his way up to the open air of the mainstream from the underground where he toiled away for years, cultivating his own brand of indie aggro-hip-hop. Ados specializes in a kind of delivery that has him striking a curious balance between singing and rapping, flipping back and forth between vocal registers and riding a cool calm between a nuanced emotional cadence and a threatening swell of raging dramatics with an assured ease. It’s a defining feature that sets him apart from his contemporaries in Turkey’s underground hip-hop scene.

by Sarah Zupko

4 Apr 2013

It’s a truly lovely video, with Londoners of all stripes holding up lyric cards to the tune. The song is life-affirming and optimistic, a nearly perfect Spring song. Meanwhile, for those of us who happen to think London is heaven on earth, the video imagery serves to remind us of why we fell in love with the town in the first place.

//Mixed media

The Moving Pixels Podcast Discusses 'Tales from the Borderlands Episode 2'

// Moving Pixels

"Our foray into the adventure-game-style version of the Borderlands continues.

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