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by PopMatters Staff

22 Mar 2012


Brooklyn’s Freshkills are back with a propulsive, post-punk set with Raise Up the Sheets, released on 13 March via Bat Rabies/The End Records. To really bring their kinetic energy to life on the new recording, the band brought in No Wave vet Jim Sclavunos (Sonic Youth, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, the Cramps, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds). Sclavunos says, “Freshkills inhabit a dark but thrilling underworld in which relentless machine-like rhythmic intensity hammers ear-anvils at the bidding of wryly louche after-hours philosophy. They’re the visceral embodiment of power and poetry.” That is on full display in the new tune “Bigger Man,” which you can sample in original form after the jump in stream and video form, but today we bring you a remix of the song by Doctor Israel, who injects a hip-hop mixed with Big Beat vibe into the music.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

19 Mar 2012


Grimes

Why not jump into the spring season a bit early after the “winter that wasn’t” with a bunch of new tunes ready for the next playlist? The time change an hour forward is never easy, but releases from Chairlift, Porcelain Raft and Dr. Dog can help ease the transition. Also much appreciated are the free downloads from Pretty Lights and Converse’s latest collaboration, bringing together the Gorillaz, Andre 3000 and James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem to round out the mix.

by PopMatters Staff

16 Mar 2012


The Roots

POPMATTERS SPONSOR—Tomorrow our friends at MOG are teaming with Intel to present a killer line-up featuring the Roots, Bob Mould, Blitzen Trapper, Cloud Nothings and more at the Mohawk. The festivities kick off at noon and last until 6.00pm giving you a chance to catch an A-list line-up even before the evening showcases begin.

Tomorrow you can watch the performances live right here on PopMatters through the large widget on the right-hand side of all PopMatters pages.

The event is sponsored by Intel and its brand new series of Ultra Books.

by Sachyn Mital

13 Mar 2012


fun. have been building buzz for their most recent album Some Nights out last month and are in the midst of a supporting tour that will find them holding several shows during SXSW. Then they’ll be trekking all around the country (dates are below).

Their lead single, “We Are Young” has been out for several months and is a powerful pop anthem and the video features a guest appearance from one of PopMatters favorites, Janelle Monae (also below). You may have already heard it on Glee or in a Super Bowl Chevy commercial. Plus the band was just recently featured in an article by The New York Times.

by PopMatters Staff

12 Mar 2012


Beach House
Bloom
(Sub Pop)
Releasing 15 May

The duo of Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand, otherwise known as Beach House, return with their latest album Bloom in May and are previewing the work with an MP3 for “Myth”. Beach House conceived of the work as an Album, in the truest sense of the word, a cohesive, longform artistic statement. “Many songs were omitted or dropped because they lacked a place within our vision for this album,” says Scally.

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Here Comes the Bloom: Timothy Bloom Takes Hip-Hop to the Sock-Hop

// Sound Affects

"More sock-hop than hip-hop, soulster Timothy Bloom does a stunning '50s revamp on contemporary R&B.

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