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by John Bergstrom

29 Jul 2010

Veteran UK indie survivors the Charlatans are set to release Who We Touch, their 11th studio album. Produced by Youth, the Killing Joke bassist who works with Paul McCartney on McCartney’s Fireman projects, the album hits the UK on September 6th and North America on the 14th.

01 Love Is Ending
02 My Foolish Pride
03 You’re Pure Soul
04 Smash The System
05 Intimacy
06 Sincerity
07 Trust in Desire
08 When I Wonder
09 Oh
10 You Can Swim

The band has also announced a North American tour, its first in four years. Here are the dates (after the jump) and the video for the Charlatans’ new single, “Love Is Ending”.

by PopMatters Staff

29 Jul 2010

POPMATTERS SPONSOR—Platinum and gold-disc Tennessee rockers Paramore blast summer crowds with their alt rock, emo, pop punk sound on their headline Honda Civic Tour throughout the U.S. this summer. Get on your bike/hop in your car/race for the bus/catch a train or a plane or a boat—do what it takes to see the band, along with talented Tegan & Sara, hardcore rockers Newfound Glory, and the sweet songs of Kadawatha—perfect for summer. Before you go, enter the Honda Civic Tour Drive Away with Paramore Sweepstakes. (Tour schedule is posted below the jump).

While you’re securing your ride to this must-see summer concert, check out your chance to win a new ride—a sweet Paramore-customized Civic Si Coupe, or a snazzy MASI Speciale Fixed LTD Drop Bicycle, complete with Paramore’s logo and band autographs (feast your eyes on these prizes, here). You might also win the chance to meet-up with Paramore in California, nab an autographed Fender© Telecaster, make off with an autographed Flip Mino HDTM Video camera by Paramore, or snag Paramour Backpack with signed tour program and CD and more. Enter the contest here.

Got those Honda Civic Tour 2010 concert tickets in hand? Got a few minutes to spare while waiting on your ride? Follow the tour, the bands, and the giveaways on Paramore’s Facebook page.

by Jer Fairall

28 Jul 2010

Released to much acclaim in Canada last year, and recently nominated alongside such indie luminaries as Broken Social Scene, Caribou and Owen Pallett for the country’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize (with the winner of the $20,000 prize to be announced on September 20), singer-songwriter Dan Mangan’s second album Nice Nice Very Nice is finally getting a wider release via Arts & Crafts on August 24. “Road Regrets” is typical of Mangan’s brand of hard melodic folk-rock and further proof that the increasing attention coming his way lately is most well deserved.

by G. Christopher Williams

27 Jul 2010

Rockstar Games is currently featuring a live version of “Far Away”, a familiar track to players of Red Dead Redemption.  The video features Jose Gonzalez performing the song on the rooftop of Rockstar’s offices.

It is still just as haunting a tune, even without the digital tumbleweeds of New Austin to accompany it.

by PopMatters Staff

27 Jul 2010

Detroit’s Alex Winston may live in the indie world of the Arcade Fire, Lykke Li, and Feist in terms of immediate musical compatriots, but Winston is also a classically trained opera singer. That’s immediately from her expansive vocal range, as well as her expertise with subtle shadings and textures, all contained within a seemingly simple little pop ditty. Winston is releasing the single “Choice Notes”—so perfectly titled—today as a double A-side limited edition 7-inch with “Medicine”. If you like what you hear, head on over to Heavy Roc Music where they are offering up The Basement EP as a free download in exchange for your email address.

As an added treat, check out Winston’s live cover of Mumford and Sons’ “White Blank Page.”

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