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Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015
Film noir meets jagged electronic beats in the latest music video by the Brooklyn synth-pop duo My Body, "All I Can".

My Body is the name of the duo of Jordan Bagnall and Darren Bridenbeck, a Brooklyn-based songwriting team. The classically-trained Bagnall leads up the project, taking up the lead vocals and primary producing/songwriting duties. The duo recently released its EP 6 Wives, which you can stream courtesy of Earmilk. While the EP’s title suggests a future regrettable reality TV show, the music contained within is entirely of the spirit of the moment both in the band’s native Brooklyn and the trends within indie at the moment, with electronic instrumentation and catchy hooks at the fore.


Below you can view the video for the 6 Wives cut “All I Can”, which is given a noirish, somewhat psychedelic video treatment that’s quite befitting.


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Monday, Feb 23, 2015
The Orange County-based pop group Starling Glow, helmed by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Liz Hill.

Upon teaming up with Grammy-nominated producer/musician Billy Mohler, Starling Glow (Kelly Clarkson, Liz Phair, Awolnation)—a project helmed by Orange County songwriter Liz Hill—took to readying their debut LP. One of the songs cut for the album is “Ignite”, which now has a semi-stripped down acoustic arrangement. Below you can watch Hill and her band take to the studio to record this tune of pop empowerment. This new arrangement of “Ignite” switches up its original, electronic-heavy style for something closer to the indie rock fold.


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Monday, Feb 23, 2015
Nope, there's no "Frozen" cover here, just a jubilant slice of neo-soul/pop by the Albany, New York outfit Mirk.

“Let It Go” marks the second single Mirk has released in anticipation of their third studio record, Run. Now, before you roll your eyes at what is yet another cover of the ubiquitous Frozen track, fear not: Mirk’s “Let It Go” shares only a name with that sing-along standard. Their tune is a prime cut of neo-soul, with a summertime mood and ace backing vocals aplenty.


The group regularly performs 75+ concerts per year, which means that the seemingly unbounded energy exuded by “Let It Go” will be available to be seen, heard, and felt in a live setting—don’t miss out.


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Friday, Feb 20, 2015
by Evan Sawdey and Brice Ezell
PopTalk is a new podcast on PopMatters that casts its gaze on exciting developments in culture and the arts. In this first installment, we examine the 2015 Oscar nominees, and the broken rules of the institution that is the Academy.

In this inaugural edition of PopTalk, a new podcast on PopMatters, Evan Sawdey and Brice Ezell take a look at the controversial slate of Oscar nominations for the 2015 ceremonies. From there, they examine the other problems that occur in large award ceremonies like the Oscars, the Grammys, and the Emmys. Topics include the limited rules for what constitutes a “Best Original Score”, the exclusion of minority artists by predominately white voting blocs, and the refusal of certain award ceremonies to break their predictable trends.


Evan Sawdey is the Interviews Editor at PopMatters and Brice Ezell is the Assistant Editor.


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Friday, Feb 20, 2015
Blur's big comeback single turns out to be a weird little number that will appeal to only hardcore fans. Thank goodness.

The best part about “Go Out”, the lead single from Blur’s first full-length album in 12 years, is that a lot of people probably won’t like it.


Its side-stepping bassline and timid backbeat set the stage, but “Go Out” is, like all great Blur tracks, all about Damon Albarn’s stretched-out vocal phrasings interacting with Graham Coxon’s lyrical, expressive guitar work. The two collide and build upon each other to reach a climax that isn’t really that much of a climax, typical of the band’s mid- and late-period phases. Albarn finds an obtuse way to speak about isolation, dancing with himself, and then going out to the local (and sometimes, the lo-o-o-cal) on his ownsome, all while Coxon unleashes all the distortion he can out of his cheap pedal before trying to wrestle all of it to the ground in spectacular fashion, our ears caught up more in the struggle than the result. When you get down to it, this is a weird-ass little ditty, and therein lies its charm.


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