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by PopMatters Staff

28 Aug 2012

Photo: Peter Varshavsky

San Francisco singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero is deeply embedded within the San Francisco arts scene and she has a strong intellectual bent as well, serving as a Senior TED Fellow. Hadero’s music is known for blending elements of traditional Ethiopian folk with American folk forms and jazz. On her new album Meklit & Quinn, she teams with Quinn DeVeaux for a series of intriguing covers, including the lead-off track which is their interpretation of Arcade Fire’s “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)’. We have the pleasure of premiering the video today and you can read more about the filmmaker—also involved with TED—after the jump.

by AJ Ramirez

27 Aug 2012

After a period of somewhat taking Sugar for granted, the recent remastered editions of its albums have been a forceful reminder of how stunning Bob Mould’s post-Hüsker Dü band is to me. Though he lacked Grant Hart as a songwriting foil, Mould’s laser-hot focus in his Sugar work never makes me want for someone to come in and help pick up the slack. Sugar’s 1992 debut Copper Blue has always been a favorite, and ever since the deluxe edition hit it’s been receiving considerable renewed attention via my iPod.

by Sachyn Mital

27 Aug 2012

Ultraísta is the new project from Nigel Godrick (who is known for his work with Radiohead and Atoms for Peace), Joey Waronker (also worked with Atoms for Peace as well as Beck) and the vocalist Laura Bettinson. Their new track “Bad Insect” is available to stream now in advance of the release of their self-titled album is out October 2nd on Temporary Residence. You can also check out the video for the previously released “Smalltalk” below and visit their website here to get more information or hear “Static Light”.

by PopMatters Staff

24 Aug 2012

Photo: Marina Chavez

Soul singer extraordinaire Bettye LaVette returns with her latest album entitled Thankful N’ Thoughtful on 25 September, releasing via Anti- Records. The new album features a wide range of cover tunes, including songs penned by Bob Dylan and Neil Young, as well as takes on tracks originally recorded by Gnarls Barkley and the Black Keys. Yesterday LaVette’s cover of Ewan MacColl’s “Dirty Old Town” from 1949, which was also made famous by the Pogues in later years, saw premieres on Spinner and the Huff Post.

by PopMatters Staff

23 Aug 2012

Britain has a highly successful export sector these days and, yes, it’s pop. Our UK friends know a little something about this of course. Of late, it’s been a long line of exceptional female singers: Adele, Amy Winehouse, Duffy, Joss Stone, Emil Sande, Lily Allen among many others and now comes Lianne La Havas, who is already getting big-time critical praise for her new album Is Your Love Big Enough?.  Today is her 23rd b-day and to celebrate she just premiered the video for new single “Forget”. As ever, British pop reigns supreme.

//Mixed media

Exposition Dumps Don't Need Dialogue in 'Virginia'

// Moving Pixels

"Virginia manages to have an exposition dump without wordy exposition.

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