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by PopMatters Staff

27 Jul 2012


by PopMatters Staff

27 Jul 2012


The latest Heartless Bastards video has just released. In the words of the directors Bradley Beesley and Louisiana Kreutz: “We wanted to honor the theme of the song with a good old fashioned office romance. Lucky for us we found two young-looking executives who had time to act in our music video. We also managed to trick the band into standing in a pool for three hours while they pretended to play toy instruments. The Heartless Bastards are a cooperative group!”

by PopMatters Staff

27 Jul 2012


Tift Merritt
Traveling Alone
(Yep Roc)
Release date: 2 October

Tift Merritt has a busy autumn ahead of her with her new album Traveling Alone hitting shops both online and brick and mortar in early October. In advance of that Merritt is busy touring North America, including an appearance at the Calgary Folk Music Festival this Saturday. Traveling Alone was recorded in Brooklyn and features appearances by Andrew Bird, Marc Ribot, Rob Burger (Lucinda Williams, Iron & Wine, Rufus Wainwright), John Convertino (Calexico), Eric Heywood (The Jayhawks, Son Volt, Alejandro Escovedo).

by Sarah Zupko

26 Jul 2012


Jez Collins recently praised Photek’s addition to the DJ Kicks series saying, “Photek maintains the quality that the series has become synonymous with, while providing us with a glimpse of a new, and dare I say it, more mature artist. An artist no longer worried about playing to the crowd, rather, an artist following his own musical path.”

by Thomas Britt

26 Jul 2012


Damien Jurado continues to tour in support of Maraqopa, which was released in February but shows no sign of losing its status as one of the year’s best albums. His recent shows have included a lively rendition of “Let Us All In”, a song recorded as part of the Maraqopa sessions, but only given limited 7” release as the B-side to “Clouds Beyond”. A newly uploaded video shot by Eric Chen features Jurado performing “Let Us All In” and album track “Working Titles” at Amplified Art in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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