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by PopMatters Staff

13 Aug 2013

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Benjamin Mobley

Known as XNY, the Brooklyn duo of singer/guitarist Pam Autuori and drummer Jacob Schreiber is releasing its sophomore album Orange today. To mark the occasion, XNY is premiering album track “A Part” on PopMatters. On “A Part”, XNY gives a strong indication of the brand of stylish, intense rock that it’s making its name with, as Autuori’s simmering vocals and intuitive guitar play are given depth by Schreiber’s inventive percussion work.

by Sachyn Mital

13 Aug 2013


Ritter at the Clearwater Festival in 2012.

Earlier this year, when PopMatters spoke with Josh Ritter, we noted that the “more plain-spoken lyrics and stripped-down musical arrangements” from his new album Beast In Its Tracks are “winning Ritter new fans”.

So if you haven’t heard him before, get a taste via this legal download of a live show recording from earlier this year. You can listen to and download a recording from Hamilton College at Archive.org. Once you do, you’ll probably want to see Ritter right away, so we’ve helpfully posted his remaining Summer tour dates, plus his stretch of acoustic shows in the Fall, below. If a whole download isn’t appealing and you only have time for one song, I highly recommend “A Certain Light”—a video with a live rendition and the song’s lyrics are posted below.

by PopMatters Staff

9 Aug 2013

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Peter Salisbury

The Baptist Generals’ Chris Flemmons won’t just be coming to a venue near you, but he’s planning on bringing the show right to you, if you win a contest to have him play an acoustic set in your very own home. Running from September 16 through October 15, 2013, the Baptist Generals Living Room Tour is a collaboration with the Undertow Music Collective, which has sponsored similar events with likes of David Bazan, Damien Jurado, and Califone. For details on how to host your very own Chris Flemmons performance, visit the Undertow site.

by Zach Schonfeld

8 Aug 2013


Generally not known for his restfulness, San Francisco songsmith John Vanderslice—fresh off a wickedly successful Kickstarter campaign for 2013’s Dagger Beach—has just released a double a-side single that’s available to download or purchase as a 7-inch flexi disc.

by Jessy Krupa

8 Aug 2013


The last full month of summer is a mixed bag of entertainment options, with two big movies geared toward the under-20 crowd, highly-anticipated albums, major video game releases, plenty of sports coverage, and TV’s wackiest awards show. Whatever you do, try to do it outdoors before sweater season creeps in.

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