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by Joseph Fisher

22 Nov 2011


Watch below as M83 performs “Midnight City” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.  What consistently separates Gonzalez and co. from their contemporaries is the way that, in concert, they can bring virtually every component of M83’s multilayered synthpop to life.  Yes, that assessment even includes the closing sax solo.

by PopMatters Staff

22 Nov 2011


Back in March when Gimme Some was released, we praised the album as being even better than Peter Bjorn and John’s masterpiece, Writer’s Block. Zachary Houle said, “Gimme Some reveals a band that is reinvigorated, one that has remembered what it was like to make music without forcing the issue. And there’s not much more to say, except: welcome back, guys.” Time has done nothing to diminish this impression and Gimme Some continues to offer up gems, such as the latest single, “Dig a Little Deeper”. The Ted Malmros and Gustaf von Arbin directed video that we premiere today is a pure pop delight, with its “Caribbean flavour and calypso vibe, the bongos from ‘Young Folks’ making a welcome return during a break, and Peter Morén’s wonderfully danceable chicken scratch guitar work.”

by Timothy Gabriele

18 Nov 2011



Cooly G is really too relaxed, too Schmoov Bruv, to be peak hour dancefloor fodder. But hers is the proper pop delineation of dubstep and UK Funky, an alternative to the Katy B version of such with the edges smoothed out and syncopation depleted into standard four-to-the-floor house. Instead, think of her hits like “Love Dub” and, now, “Landscapes” (out soon on Hyberdub) as beginning of the night pieces, warm up tunes that truly make you feel warm.

by Jared Bennett

17 Nov 2011


This year finds Lovedrug reintroducing themselves to the music community. Since lead singer Michael Shepard put the group together after trying his hand at film school, the band from Nashville, Tennessee by way of Ohio, met with success in 2007 with Everything Ends Where it Starts, based on the strength of singles like “Happy Apple Poison” and Ghost By Your Side”. Their last full length project, The Sucker Punch Show includes producing credits to Michael Beinhorn (Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mew). The March 2012 release of Wild Blood, however, takes Lovedrug in a new direction. In addition to being the group’s first independent full length release, a “live-to-analog-tape” recording style gives Wild Blood a truer rock sound.

For a taste of what’s to come, Lovedrug released the split single “Dinosaur/ Pink Champagne” in September 2011. Shepard and company continue injecting a home grown feel to the new material; first by using a video written and directed by Shepard himself, and now, in a PopMatters premiere, with the home footage vibe to the accompanying video for “Pink Champagne”.

by Steve Jansen

15 Nov 2011


Sometimes you hear something new, fresh, and it reminds you of why music is, as the philosopher Eric Olson once said, “The sound of life”. “Champion Sound” by Crystal Fighters did that for me today.

Imagine Stereo MCs covering Fleetwood Mac via Empire of the Sun—those are the touchstones. It’s odd, but still within stroking-distance of convention; there’s some bizarre sunshine in there (that’ll be the Fleetwood Mac, or if you prefer, Empire of the Sun) and it’s the kind of record you never want to end. It takes you places and sends you leapfrogging up and down your memories, remembering all sorts of luscious occasions – usually to do with love and summer and girls (or boys).

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