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by PopMatters Staff

26 Jun 2012


Germany’s Jazzanova bring the funk and soul on their latest album Funkhaus Studio Sessions out now on Sonar Kollektiv. The Jazzanova producers, Stefan Leisering & Axel Reinemer, took their seven-piece band into the studio and asked Paul Randolph to provide the vocals. The result is an album full of deep grooves.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

25 Jun 2012


Matt and Kim just released a single off their upcoming album, Lightning. It’s called “Let’s Go”, and in typical M&K style, it boasts an uptempo rollin’ beat with Matt’s cooing introduction providing an underpinning for his yelping-with-a-smile vocals, plus a whacking drum solo by Kim. When PopMatters covered their headlining concert at Terminal 5 a year ago, even their first song began with a blast of frenetic energy. So, it’s with mixed feelings that fans experience the video, which has Matt and Kim sitting on the bleachers watching their friend Pat the Roc putting some streetball moves on a basketball court. (They met him during the 2011 Converse Band of Ballers when Matt and Kim were team captains—their team won the championship!)

by Sachyn Mital

25 Jun 2012


by Steven Spoerl

25 Jun 2012


There was already something darkly foreboding and mysterious about Man Without Country‘s recent excellent single, “Closet Addicts Anonymous”, but Van Rivers focuses more on the latter than the former of those two by stripping it down to a Gorillaz-esque pop dirge that manages to have bounce to spare. It’s a strange angle yet it works wonderfully with the context of the song itself, accentuating the light/dark dichotomy that the original only hinted at, choosing to emphasize the dark and bury the light.

In “Closet Addicts Anonymous” there’s an odd sort of resigned acceptance that things aren’t that great but the track manages to stay away from being completely defeatist. This is what the remix expertly hones in on and exploits. It’s a thrilling transition from an intensely aggressive piece to something that barely resembles its former self yet retains part of what made the song so great to begin with, which is exactly what a great remix should do.

by Sachyn Mital

22 Jun 2012


The Beach Boys. Photo Credit: Guy Webster

To celebrate the summer and the Beach Boys’ new album That’s Why God Made the Radio PopMatters has arranged an awesome beach music prize pack for one lucky reader!

The founding members of the Beach Boys, one of the world’s most legendary bands in popular music history, have reunited for a global 50th Anniversary celebration, including a new album release, a major international tour, and commemorative catalog releases. Their new studio album, That’s Why God Made the Radio, was released June 5th by Capitol/EMI. Produced by Brian Wilson and executive produced by Mike Love, the album’s 12 new songs illustrate the Beach Boys’ unique and evocative West Coast story with the band’s timeless signature sound. The Beach Boys’ collaborative approach to writing and recording their new music is evidenced throughout the album, with all of the band members participating to create its glorious harmonies, lyrics, and arrangements. In addition, the Beach Boys and Capitol/EMI have also partnered for 50th Anniversary commemorative releases celebrating the band’s entire catalog, with a new hits collection and a career-spanning box set planned for later this year.

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Stone Dead: Murder and Myth in 'Medousa'

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"A wry tale which takes in Greek mythology, punk rock and influences of American suspense-drama, this is an effective and curious thriller about myth and obsession.

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