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Okay PopMatters readers, we have another exciting contest for you! For those of you not in the know, Strung Out have just embarked on the second leg of their tour with The Swellers. They are out on the road playing two of their albums, Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues and Twisted by Design, in full at venues all along the South and back West home to California for the next month. Strung Out have played on the Warped Tour but this is your chance to see them in a more intimate setting. Tour dates are posted below for you to check out.
In the meantime, the band has been gracious enough to offer PopMatters several albums to give away AND one lucky reader will also get a Washburn X10 Guitar AUTOGRAPHED by the band! As Strung Out is performing Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues and Twisted By Design, they’ve offered up both albums on compact as prizes. From all eligible entries, two readers will win a copy of both albums. A third winner will get also get the awesome guitar as well as the Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues and Twisted By Design albums on compact disc! Keep reading to find out how to enter for your chance to win.
Bergen, Norway’s Ungdomskulen blend hard-charging rock with dance beats and a twist of prog rock to produce songs that have both an experimental edge and frenetic intensity. That will be on full display when the band’s new album, Secrecy Out, releases on September 25th. The album opener “Askefast” has already hit the web and we offer the video/MP3 below. Meanwhile, today we are premiering a second track from the new record, “Facemask”. This tune begins all gentle and relaxed with a quiet voice and acoustic guitar before exploding into propulsive grooves of bass and drums with slashing guitar riffs propelling the music forward. It’s addicting stuff.
You know how you can tell that Catherine Irwin’s alt-country musings are the real deal? Yeah, her craggy, weathered, yet resonant voice has a soulful, old-timey feel, and her blues-tinged folk picking conveys a timeless Americana quality to it. But it’s the fact that Irwin helped to define and build a genre before it actually existed that speaks to the authenticity of her work, as her band Freakwater was one of the acts that led the way for No Depression’s breakthrough in the mid-1990s.
Liars have joined the ranks of Wye Oak, the Hives, Flying Lotus, and other acts by contributing a song to the weekly Adult Swim Single Series. Titled “Point Your Pistols to the Sigh”, the band’s offering is harsh, grinding techno—as cold and synth-driven as anything on WIXIW and as abrasive as They Were Wrong, So We Drowned. Download it for free at Adult Swim.