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by PopMatters Staff

23 Jul 2012


Stars
The North
(ATO)
Release date: 4 September

Stars’ latest album releases early in September and they have a big North American tour plotted out in support of the record. Beginning in Maine and ending, most naturally, in Toronto, the band will be busy until late into the fall. Interestingly, they are basically giving the album away to fans who buy tickets for any of their headlining shows in the US. Those folks will receive a free digital download of The North. The full roster of dates is listed below. Meanwhile, you can preview the album via these two new tracks.

by PopMatters Staff

23 Jul 2012


Photo: Andy Tennille

Patterson Hood
Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance
(ATO)
Release date: 11 September

Patterson Hood returns with his third solo album in September and notably all of his fellow Drive-By Truckers make appearances on the record. Scott Danbom and Will Johnson from Centro-matic and Kelly Hogan are also on hand to collaborate with Hood. The songs from this record are drawn from a period in which Hood was penning a book on his life at 27. The book didn’t materialize, but the songs did and they seemed to be a more natural way of Hood expressing himself.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

20 Jul 2012


Headset. Image via Shutterstock.

Summer is in full swing with plenty of new music heating things up for the next playlist. A single from the much-anticipated Passion Pit album starts things off with the venerable Hot Chip next in line. Newcomers Deep Sea Arcade, Teen Daze and Stepdad are definitely worth a listen, while more music from Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Pomegrantes are always welcome additions.

by Joseph Fisher

20 Jul 2012


Pitchfork has reported that Ride are set to reissue Going Blank Again, Smile, Carnival of Light, Tarantula, and OX4_The Best Of. The band has also established a new website for their new label, Ride Music. Be forewarned: that website is just about as chaotically constructed as “Perfect Time,” so best of luck getting it to load—and navigating it.

From what my investigatory journalism skills can discern, the details of this whole campaign are a tad unclear. Pitchfork‘s write-up is pretty thorough, and it indicates that the reissue of Going Blank Again will be packed with a DVD that contains the long lost footage of the band performing at London’s Brixton Academy. Yay! However, the band’s official YouTube channel, which is responsible for uploading that “Perfect Time” clip, suggests that the reissues will come together in one lavish (likely expensive) box set. Boo! Long story short, I can’t say for sure what all of this will look like, so I invite informative comments below.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

19 Jul 2012


Portland multi-instrumentalist Dorian Duvall likes to call his personal musical genre “disco-hop”, after dabbling in electro pop. He appears in the new video created by Andrew Sloan of monstrousmedia.com, with some crafty use of Reynolds Wrap to begin a journey beyond space and time. The song is off the debut release due in September, Mirror Gazer. Fans can also catch Onuinu on tour with Tycho and Starfucker through the fall.

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