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by Jane Jansen Seymour

30 Apr 2012


Photo via @ouraugust

In anticipation of this weekend’s Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) compiled a video playlist highlighting some of the 30-plus artists in the line up. Curated by the National’s Bryce and Aaron Dessner, the three-day event will take over BAM’s main building at 30 Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. While bands are playing on the Opera House stage and in the BAMcafe, there will also be films with original scores in the cinemas. Featured acts include the Walkmen and Sharon Van Etten (May 3), St Vincent and the Antlers (May 4) and Beirut and Atlas Sound (May 5, which is sold out). Tickets are available for the first two nights at $45 each along with the full schedule at CrossingBrooklynFerry.com.

Visit BAM’s YouTube channel with the playlist here.

by PopMatters Staff

30 Apr 2012


Portland’s Strangled Darlings bring punk intensity to folk pop and completely bust the mold, creating smart, irreverent tunes using classic acoustic folk instrumentation paired with rough, impassioned vocals. The lyrics are more political and confrontational than the rather observational style that you often hear in folk. Think of it rather like the Clash with an indie Northwestern American aesthetic and acoustic instruments instead of Telecasters and Fender Precisions. George Veech and Jessica Anderly lead Strangled Darlings, playing tenor banjo, mandolin, cello, fiddle, and bass, while they bring in friends to add percussion and jazzy horn bits.

The group’s latest album, Red Yellow & Blue releases 15 May via Mudfarm Records. Today we bring you the premiere of the album’s opening track, “Snake & The Girl”, which takes on organized religion in a big way, saying “stand up for yourself… be your own goddamn salvation.”

by PopMatters Staff

30 Apr 2012


by PopMatters Staff

30 Apr 2012


On April 25, LA duo Electric Guest, consisting of Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton, will hit the road with their full band in support of their debut Danger Mouse-produced album Mondo on Downtown Records. Out April 24, Mondo includes infectious tracks “This Head I Hold” and “American Daydream”.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

26 Apr 2012


Headset. Image via Shutterstock.

The spring blooms have been showing their stuff for weeks now, while new releases have hit the airwaves to please many a music fan. Plus with SXSW and Coachella’s two weekends come and gone, there are plenty of buzz worthy bands to choose for the next playlist. 

Spring 2012 Playlist by JaneJS on Grooveshark
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