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by PopMatters Staff

12 Mar 2012


Saint Etienne releases their latest album on May 21st and are previewing their new long-player with the single “Tonight”. Both a video and remix of the tune by Two Bears have hit the Internet. Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley says that Words and Music is about “how music affects your life. How it defines the way you see the world as a child, how it can get you through bad times in unexpected ways, and how songs you’ve known all your life can suddenly develop a new attachment, and hurt every time you hear them. More than how it affects and reflects your life though…. the album is about believing in music, living your life by its rules.” Check out the remix below and the video and track list after the jump.

by Sachyn Mital

8 Mar 2012


Justice, the French electronic duo who brought us the electronic hit “D.A.N.C.E.” back in 2007 along with their album , are launching a tour across North America beginning next week. The tour will see the band continuing support of their second album Audio, Video, Disco from October 2011.

The band began the year with a New Years Day show down under and have continued their world tour through Japan and Europe. Now, following a short break, Justice begins their North American run with two sold out nights in New York before continuing west then into Canada for one stop. Well, one stop for now.

by Comfort Clinton

7 Mar 2012


Shawn Foree has come a long way from recording albums in his bedroom. A graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in American Literature, Foree at one point took out college loans to buy studio equipment so he could pursue his musical project, Digital Leather. As Digital Leather, Foree has become a well-received artist that not only tours internationally, but also has produced albums with labels like Tic Tac Totally, Shattered Records, and FDH Records. As a one-man band, Foree uses drum machines, keyboards and vocals to create a sound that echoes ‘70s and ‘80s synthpunk.

by Joseph Fisher

6 Mar 2012


Pitchfork has given a pretty good snapshot of how crazy the next few months of Bethany Cosentino’s life will be: a new Best Coast album, a North American tour, a UK tour.  Titled The Only Place, the new Best Coast Record is set to be released on May 15. Get prepared for lots of songs about “you”.

by Comfort Clinton

5 Mar 2012


Anathema began in Liverpool in 1990 as a death metal pioneer, their first label-released album was The Crestfallen EP. They’ve seen many changes in their members and even direction of their sound over the years, gradually trading their death metal for the alternative rock vibe they now feature. Anathema has produced over 11 records, their most recent effort, We’re Here Because We’re Here, which came out in 2010, is followed by Weather Systems, out April 24 through End Records. Producer Steven Wilson went so far as to describe We’re Here Because We’re Here as “definitely among the best albums I’ve had the pleasure to work on”.

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20 Questions: Rachael Yamagata

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"After a four year break since her last album, Rachael Yamagata reveals a love of spreadsheets, a love for Streisand, and why it's totally OK to suck at playing guitar.

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