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Thursday, Oct 31, 2013
Dum Dum Girls release details of new album, unveil first single's video.

Dum Dum Girls have christened Halloween by unveiling the specs on their forthcoming third LP, pairing the announcement with the video for the record’s lead single.


The 10-song record, Too True, is due out January 27, 2014, in Europe and January 28 in the U.S. on Sub Pop. It is the follow-up to quartet’s last full-length, 2011’s Only in Dreams, and their 2012 EP End of Daze. It is produced by previous Dum Dum Girls collaborators Richard Gottehrer and the Raveonettes’ Sune Rose Wagner.


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Friday, Oct 25, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Throwing Muses are back with their first album of new material in more than 10 years. Wow. Check out "Sunray Venus" as a first taste from Purgatory/Paradise releasing 11 November.


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Thursday, Oct 24, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
We are pleased to announce that punky Americana siren Lydia Loveless is returning November 5th with the new EP Boy Crazy via Bloodshot Records. Get an early taste as we premiere the title track today.

Back in 2011, PopMatters’ Matt James raved about Lydia Loveless’ aptly titled sophomore outing, Indestructible Machine, noting that “Lydia Loveless’ second record is, by turns, a succession of swift punches to the face followed by a lover’s warm, passionate embrace. Either way, it holds your attention. Indestructible Machine is as good as anything I’ve heard this year and marks the true, and truly defiant, arrival of what could be a serious talent.”


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Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013
New York City-based Russell Taylor previews new album with "War of Hearts" single and video.

It’s a good time to be a “souljer”. That’s the name of Russell Taylor’s ever-growing legion of listeners. The singer-songwriter recently premiered his video for “War of Hearts”, the first single off his forthcoming album.


A few years have passed since Taylor’s Confessional (2009) breathed fresh life into the independent soul music scene, but “War of Hearts” proves it’s been worth the wait for new music from one of R&B’s most gifted vocalists and songwriters. “I have been working on this CD for over a year, and ‘War of Hearts’ was the pivotal point for me,” Taylor explains. “It was the genesis for the sound of the entire CD (War of Hearts).” Indeed, the title track is cushioned by an appealing sparseness that accentuates Taylor’s strong vocals.


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Thursday, Aug 15, 2013
The last two Arctic Monkeys singles have exposed an all-too-human chink in leadman Alex Turner’s leather-clad armor: the dude has a serious weakness for drunk/stoned dialing.

From “Do I Wanna Know?”: “Ever thought of calling when you’ve had a few / Cause I always do.” Then on the band’s latest, “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”—a tiptoeing, after-hours, R&B-pop ditty—Turner tries repeatedly to arrange a booty call, but only receives the titular question in response (see the hallucination-dotted video below, directed by Nabil Elderkin, for a cheeky rendering). He’s forced to lament, “I haven’t found what I was hoping to find.” Though the distance between Arctic Monkeys’ scrappy roots and their current megastar selves (complete with plush suits, morphing accents, and fewer hooks) is sizable, Turner the lyricist remains a clever and relatable wise guy. It’s his and the band’s most appealing strength.


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