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by Jane Jansen Seymour

7 Feb 2013


Caveman have released the single, “In the City”, from their upcoming self-titled sophomore album due April 2 via Fat Possum Records. With a blast of dense instrumentation, the song begins with a strong percussive vibe over synths and guitar. As singer Matthew Iwanusa confidently introduces the urban theme, wandering guitar lines begin blurring lines with backup vocals.

PopMatters caught Caveman live during a strong but short set at last year’s Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, and then also a few weeks later playing an arty gig at the Brooklyn Museum. The band is heading out on another tour soon, see dates below.

by Darryl G. Wright

6 Feb 2013


Something new is emerging. I’m standing at the top of a well listening into the darkness to echos of drum and bass, ambient electronica and shuffling dubstep abstraction. It runs very, very deep.

Oddly, I first heard this sound mixed and presented by artist and producer Method One on his BassDrive show. I believe it would be better described, hesitantly, as post-drum and bass. There was a beauty here that was carried gently on the back of a weak but important groove. Gone were the tired amen break, liquid bass lines and tropes I was used to. They were replaced by something more mature and sophisticated—engineered sounds and higher frequencies played quietly.

by Stuart Henderson

5 Feb 2013


Canada’s Whitehorse—comprised of husband and wife duo Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet—are in the midst of a cross-country tour in support of their PopMatters-approved 2012 record The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss. As they make their way across the great white north, the pair is looking forward to a headlining concert at Toronto’s legendary Massey Hall—Canada’s Carnegie Hall, if you want—in early March. To celebrate this enviable gig, the rootsy rockers have recorded half a dozen songs by musicians that have played classic shows at the venue. They’re calling the collection (what else?) the Road to Massey Hall. PopMatters is proud to host an exclusive video from this series, Whitehorse’s dreamy take on Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe”.

by Maria Schurr

5 Feb 2013


With the start of any new year comes the hope that things will be better culture-wise; that the masses will awaken to and reject the drek that’s promoted year after year and instead reward good, honest artists with the adoration they deserve. This, along with wizards, magick with a “k”, confetti, and a media bonfire is the gist of the new video from art-pop band the Veda Rays. The promo also features a fitting guest appearance from DJ Scott Hardkiss, a musical trend-setter who the powers that be should want on their side (his remix of the Flaming Lips’ “Do You Realize?!”—included as a track on the official single—pushed the Lips into the pop realm and made Hardkiss an instant luminary in the indie rock remix world).

The Veda Rays’ EPs, Die Fast and Life Kills are available on Bandcamp.

by Jessy Krupa

1 Feb 2013


While the Billboard Music Awards are based on sales and the American Music Awards are determined by public voting, The Grammys are given out because of the opinions of a relatively small but influential group. Often the rarest honor a musician can receive, the Grammy is, for one reason or another, the award that usually means the most to them. 

This weekend, The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences will be handing out the gramophones to a smorgasbord of artists with various styles that appeal to vastly different audiences. It’s anybody’s guess as to who will come home a winner, but let’s take a look at the nominees’ odds based on past experiences.

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