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by PopMatters Staff

23 Jul 2012


Photo: Sarah Lyons

This September 18th, Freakwater’s Catherine Irwin is releasing her second solo album and it’s her first solo work in a decade. Little Heater was recorded in Woodstock, NY with Tara Jane ONeil (Rodan, Ida) handling the production duties. Meanwhile Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy provides guest vocals on “Mockingbird”, which we offer for download below and member of Ida join in on vox and instruments.

by PopMatters Staff

23 Jul 2012


Back in June, we praised Father John Misty’s debut album, Fear Fun and now the band is headed out on a massive tour that will include festival appearances at Outside Lands, FYF Fest, Austin City Limits festivals and S.S. Coachella cruises. Tour dates below the jump.

by PopMatters Staff

23 Jul 2012


Stars
The North
(ATO)
Release date: 4 September

Stars’ latest album releases early in September and they have a big North American tour plotted out in support of the record. Beginning in Maine and ending, most naturally, in Toronto, the band will be busy until late into the fall. Interestingly, they are basically giving the album away to fans who buy tickets for any of their headlining shows in the US. Those folks will receive a free digital download of The North. The full roster of dates is listed below. Meanwhile, you can preview the album via these two new tracks.

by PopMatters Staff

23 Jul 2012


Photo: Andy Tennille

Patterson Hood
Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance
(ATO)
Release date: 11 September

Patterson Hood returns with his third solo album in September and notably all of his fellow Drive-By Truckers make appearances on the record. Scott Danbom and Will Johnson from Centro-matic and Kelly Hogan are also on hand to collaborate with Hood. The songs from this record are drawn from a period in which Hood was penning a book on his life at 27. The book didn’t materialize, but the songs did and they seemed to be a more natural way of Hood expressing himself.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

20 Jul 2012


Headset. Image via Shutterstock.

Summer is in full swing with plenty of new music heating things up for the next playlist. A single from the much-anticipated Passion Pit album starts things off with the venerable Hot Chip next in line. Newcomers Deep Sea Arcade, Teen Daze and Stepdad are definitely worth a listen, while more music from Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Pomegrantes are always welcome additions.

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