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by Jane Jansen Seymour

28 Mar 2012


Photo: Nick Helderman

Alt fave band Bear in Heaven amassed some considerable buzz at this year’s SXSW festival and now they’re gearing up to release their fifth album I Love You, It’s Cool, next week (April 3). The trio actually began back in 1998 as a solo studio project for Jon Philpot down in Atlanta, until a group mentality amassed in Brooklyn by 2003. The trio now includes guitarist Adam Wills and drummer Joe Stickney. This new collection of songs continues the synth-heavy approach with Philpot vocals buried among psychedelic sensibilities. Simplistic pop treatments lurk in their lyrics such as “Feels like a thousand years have gone by without you” in “Reflection of You” and “Friends don’t know what you’ve been through” in “Sinful Nature”. But with soaring choruses, pulsing beats and majestic guitar lines, all is easily forgiven.

Listen to I Love You, It’s Cool in its entirety or song by song, on NPR’s “First Listen” program here.

by PopMatters Staff

28 Mar 2012


The Flaming Lips worked with a bevy of top-notch artists (see the track list after the jump) for their Record Store Day release The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. You can catch a preview via this stream of their performance with Bon Iver on “Ashes in the Air”.

by PopMatters Staff

27 Mar 2012


Japandroids
Celebration Rock
(Polyvinyl)
Releasing: 5 June

Japanroids are back with their sophomore outing, Celebration Rock, following the critically acclaimed 2009 debut Post-Nothing. Guitarist Brian King recently told Pitchfork: “On a lot of this new record, we actually tried to simulate the sound of what we thought the crowd would do during the songs,” says King. “Dave (Prowse, drums) and I were in the studio just screaming out as if we were in the audience at our own show.”

You can check out the new tune “The House That Heaven Built” over at Soundcloud and catch the band live at one of the dates below.

by PopMatters Staff

27 Mar 2012


Mission of Burma has thankfully reunited and will be issuing a new album titled Unsound on 9 July via their new label home, Fire Records. The group has just released this stream as a taster for the upcoming project.

by Joseph Fisher

27 Mar 2012


Watch below as Swervedriver perform “Sun of Mustang Ford” and “Deep Wound” during their US late night TV debut on Jimmy Fallon. Also, allow me to echo the sentiments of Keith Eberl, who commented on the performances at The Audio Perv: Oh hell yeah!

 

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