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by PopMatters Staff

24 Jan 2012


Soso is a rising Swedish singer with true pop star potential and if she plays her cards right, she could be the next heartthrob diva. She’s already drawing praise from Interview Magazine and RCRD LBL, who said “Soso is Swedish superpower composed of Monica Belluci’s face, Robyn’s voice and Adele’s heartbreak.” Her debut album, That Time I Dug So Deep I Ended Up in China will release this coming May 1st and “Who’s Gonna Love Me” is the catchy first single, which you can check out below. The first remix of the tune was produced by Ghost and today we present the premiere of the second remix by Helium Robots, which presents a more mellow vibe with a dreamy and cloudy haze over the song.

Here’s the original track and an additional remix…

by Jonathan Kosakow

24 Jan 2012


Atmosphere

January in Colorado, to anyone who doesn’t live on the front range of the Rocky Mountains, seems like the coldest and stupidest time to be outside listening to music. But if you spend some time in or around Denver, you’ll know that’s not true. It might snow a foot on Monday, and hover between eight and ten degrees on Tuesday, but Wednesday, Thursday and Friday still have a chance of hitting 60. In fact, the entire winter is like one long game of frostbite roulette. On January 27, the first ever winter concert at the open air, naturally formed Red Rocks Amphitheater will take place, inviting 9,000 people to play this only-sane-if-you’re-in-Colorado game with some of hip hop’s finest – Atmosphere, Common, and Rocky Mountain State native Grieves. 

It’s the brainchild of Ben Anderson, founder of Icelantic Skis, who couldn’t wait to pair his love of winter with his love of summer. While Red Rocks is flocked to by thousands of concertgoers every summer, it is practically uninhabited during the colder months – except by the most extreme athletes found running the stairs in the thin air every morning. It’s a little crazy to think that the amphitheater will be full of people in snow gear rocking their arms back and forth as Atmosphere rhymes about Lucy Ford, or as Common waxes and wanes over water and chocolate, but it’s also completely believable. To everyone there, it’ll just be a matter of chance if they go home with blue fingers or if they have to shed a couple of layers. As always in Colorado, it’s a time for the risk takers, and there’s no telling what can happen.

by Sachyn Mital

23 Jan 2012


The Boss has an announcement. Bruce Springsteen is releasing a new album (his 17th), Wrecking Ball on Columbia Records in March (5th March UK, 6th March US). The album will was produced by Ron Aniello with Springsteen and includes appearances from Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello and former Pearl Jam member, Matt Chamberlain as well as members of the E Street Band.

To coincide with the album, Springsteen has also announced a European Tour with plans for a US tour to come. He’ll be stopping by SXSW as a keynote speaker before then. And out now, is the lyric video for the first single, “We Take Care of Our Own”.

by Jonathan Kosakow

23 Jan 2012


With his first truly exciting album in a number of years, and a tour on the way, Ryan Adams is making the most of his time right now. His 2011 album Ashes and Fire was highly regarded as one of the best records of the year, and his sold out, intimate shows late last year made him seem like less of a commodity than a rare stone. He just released his second video for the new single “Chains of Love” off Ashes, in advance of his tour, which begins on January 24. Check out the video and tour dates, below.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

23 Jan 2012


The live sessions at Seattle station KEXP give new meaning to the term ‘intimate’ with a tiny studio for recording visits by various bands. Neon Indian stopped in recently, and among all their gear around there certainly wasn’t room for much else. But the quintet seems perfectly comfortable in this tight space—with each other and creating the music at hand. Frontman Alan Palomo provides easy banter to introduce the four-song selection from last year’s Era Extraña and 2010’s Psychic Chasms, which put his band solidly on the indie electronic map. The cameras capture every knob turn, layered sound loop and drum beat for an up close and personal look at the group.  Fans can see how every blip and guitar chord is executed, along with who is singing what vocal when. As Palomo says, “Cool.”

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