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by PopMatters Staff

27 Mar 2012


Sigur Rós
Valtari
(XL)
Releasing: 28 May 2012

The eagerly awaited new album from Iceland’s Sigur Rós will be releasing 28 May and will contain seven new songs. “Ekki Múkk” is the first of the upcoming tunes to be released via the Net to promote the album. Shimmering, minimalist, ethereal beauty shines in “Ekki Múkk”, in other words another great addition to Sigur Rós’ catalogue. Tracklist and tour dates after the jump.

by PopMatters Staff

26 Mar 2012


Bassnectar just dropped a banger of a new single “Vava Voom” featuring monster beats and MCing from none other than Lupe Fiasco. Way catchy, sounds like a dancefloor hit. This is the single for the new album Vava Voom releasing on April 10th.

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.

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