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Thursday, Jan 16, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Rodrigo y Gabriela return this April with their first new material in five years.

The project is called 9 Dead Alive and it was recorded and produced by the band in their Ixtapa, Mexico studio. It’s something of a concept album as each song “is a personal celebration of individuals who have passed on, but through their deeds and words still resonate in the 21st century.” Check out details on the track list and the 9 Dead Alive trailer.


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Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014
PopMatters premieres "Ernest / Protector", one of the flashier tracks from jazz guitarist Nir Felder's forthcoming debut album Golden Age.

Jazz guitarist Nir Felder’s debut album, Golden Age, drops this month. Many a musician has his or her idea of what a “golden age” was or is, but Felder is reluctant to stake such a claim. In his words, the album’s title is “more of a question than a statement,” rhetorically asking if we are in a golden age for the arts right now or if we were ever in the throes of one at all.


Felder’s performing and composing chops are not unlike many a fusion jazz guitarist who came before him. Any fan of Pat Metheny or Mike Stern can wring much listening enjoyment from Golden Age. It seems to have just the right amount of virtuosity pitted against genuinely engaging writing, all buoyed by a tight group featuring pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Nate Smith.  “Ernest /Protector”, one of Golden Age‘s flashier tracks, premieres here on PopMatters. While the hard-bop qualities reveal one side to Felder, just know that there is much more to delve into later this month.



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Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
On March 4th, the Men will release Tomorrow’s Hits, the follow-up to 2013's New Moon.

Yes, this Brooklyn indie punk band is highly prolific. Today brings the release of the new record’s first single, “Pearly Gates”, an uber-garage rock track bristling with energy and forward motion. The band also has an extensive US tour upcoming.


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Thursday, Dec 12, 2013
Ever since 2006's universally acclaimed LP Untrue, low-profile UK producer Burial has contented himself with releasing a string of singles and EPs, both solo and collaborative with the likes of Four Tet and Massive Attack.

While the amount of tracks on Burial releases has decreased, the amount of ideas hasn’t; the output has steadily gotten denser, track times longer, though not any less hook-laden or compelling. That trend continues today with the release of the Rival Dealer EP digitally on Hyberdub.


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Friday, Dec 6, 2013
Humble PopMatters Readers, we are interrupting the internet's End-of-2013-Yeezus-Coverage for an important announcement: Swervedriver will be releasing their first new material in over 15 years.

According to the band’s website, December 9, 2013 will see the release of the Deep Wound EP, which will be available for digital download.  Also—awesomely—a new Swervedriver full length is planned for release in 2014.


Watch below to see the band performing “Deep Wound” back in 2012, as well as a live cut of the Raise scorcher “Pile Up” from the band’s 2011 Australian tour.


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