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by PopMatters Staff

29 Aug 2011


The Jezabels is an anthemic pop band that creates soaring, hook-filled tunes that feel grandiose and aimed for large stages. Indeed, the band is focused on producing big tunes that can accentuate the aspect of melancholy and drama in musical performance. Leader singer Hayley Mary says, “I was always obsessed with that whole Brontë-esque gothic melodramatic thing Kate Bush did… I love the performance aspect of people like Freddie Mercury, David Bowie and Cyndi Lauper.” The group debuted with a series of three EPs and are now set to release their full-length, With Prisoner, on September 16 in Australia.

Today we present the US online video premiere of “Endless Summer”, a highlight from the new album. Mary says of the song, “‘Endless Summer’ is an ideal, a fantasy, the kind you can impose onto another person when you are lonely or when reality is dark and cold, like the boy in the film clip.” Check out the tune and catch the band on their European and North American tour (dates after the jump).

 

by William Carl Ferleman

27 Aug 2011


Estonian electro-goth-pop singer Kerli is set to release her sophomore album in the fall. Her hit song “Walking on Air” was brilliantly performed at Kanrocksas Music Festival. Nevertheless, the novel “Army of Love” was number one in Billboard. But “Supergirl”, among others, rock out too. Expect more from Kerli, especially considering her clear, cherubic voice.

by Enio Chiola

24 Aug 2011


The Muppets drifted out of coolness when they were relegated to children’s entertainment in the ‘90s. They came back with a vengeance though through the magic of YouTube and they’re hilarious take on Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” (after the jump). On the eve of their new big screen release, is this OK Go rendition of The Muppet Show theme song. It’s muppet-tastic, filled with typical muppet hijinks, propelled into 2011 with “it” band OK Go. Make sure to catch the behind the scenes which is equally entertaining.

by John Bergstrom

23 Aug 2011


The self-titled debut album from Pajama Club, the new band featuring Crowded House’s Neil Finn and his wife Sharon Finn, is coming in September. The 11-track Pajama Club is released on September 13 in the US and September 19 in the UK. According to the band’s website, Sharon plays bass, “and Neil plays drums [and] performs vocals on all tracks.” After signing up for the band’s mailing list here, you can download the album’s first two tracks, “From A Friend to A Friend” and “These Are Conditions”. Watch the official video for the first single, “Tell Me What You Want”, below.

by Enio Chiola

18 Aug 2011


Ok, I admit it! I’m a Tori Amos fan. Not just a casual Tori fan though, a die-hard old-timer Tori Amos fan who thinks her first three albums are shining examples of the best music ever put to tape. Every element of Little Earthquakes, Under the Pink and Boys For Pele adds to the overall beauty and genius of the music produced. The visual is magnificently shocking, thanks to the sheer brilliance of Tori’s collaborator Cindy Palmano. As striking and shocking as those visuals were on her first three albums, the same shock registers with how quickly and completely her visual contribution to her music has deteriorated over the years.  Instead of getting a demure and beautiful Tori atop glassy ice (as on Under the Pink), we now have to endure a ridiculously photoshopped Tori with the worst wigs I have ever seen, and holding a chicken (as in the god-awful American Doll Posse.

These visual flubs are also apparent in her music videos—the few that she does release. The last great video was probably “Strange Little Girl” from her 2000 record Strange Little Girls. The video was captivating, engaging, told a story and wasn’t just random meaningless shots of Tori in her new designer dress with 10-second pauses on her Prada shoes. Watching every single video and (god help me) “visualette” since then, it’s become apparent that Tori has little to no conception of what makes for compelling visual artistry. She is all about the audio… and that’s a totally different discussion.

On the heels of her 12th studio album Night of Hunters Tori has released the official video for the track “Carry”. The song itself is quite stunning, and definitely builds hope that her fans won’t have to endure years of music similar to “Cars and Guitars” or “My Posse Can Do”. The video on the other hand is a smorgasbord of stock footage nature shots, Tori in a designer dress with desinger shoes at the piano, and some imagery of some wiccan-esque ceremony. It doesn’t fit together, and Tori looks ridiculous as she tries to fegin real emotion.  It’s not surprising that this video is as bad as it is considering her shotty track record as of late, but it’s still disappointing.

Bring back CINDY PALMANO!!

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