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Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Los Angeles backpack rapper Pigeon John returns with his sixth studio album next Tuesday, but we have the goods for you today.

Pigeon John grew up listening to pop as much as hip-hop and he brings that broad sensibility to his work, creating songs that are fiercely independent of any genre expectations. That musical exploration and curiosity always renders Pigeon John’s records as intriguing listens.


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Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Chicago's the Safes smoke on their new record of classic power pop rockers with a bit of punk sneer and AM radio melodic harmonies.

The three brothers—Frankie, Patrick, and Michael O’Malley—grew up in a musical home full of classic albums and instruments belonging to their musician/collector father. The O’Malleys learned and played together all through their youth, which explains why the Safes are so tight and right on the money with every note and rhythm. Next week sees the release of the Safes’ latest slab of rock ‘n’ roll. Spring is finally here… time to rock.


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Monday, Mar 17, 2014
For those not keen on spending their St. Patrick's day in an Irish pub drinking green beer whilst strategically avoiding puddles of vomit on the floor, singer/songwriter Tim Larson's spare cover of the traditional "The Unquiet Grave" ought to do the trick.

For those looking to counter the consumerism of St. Patrick’s Day, singer/songwriter Tim Larson may have just the remedy. Larson has recorded a cover of the Irish standard “The Unquiet Grave”. Spare, evocative, and almost gospel-like, Larson’s take on the classic tune is perfect for those who prefer to have a quiet St. Paddy’s, without the allure of cheap green beer surrounding them. This “Unquiet Grave” is best accompanied by an Irish whisky in a dimly lit room.


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Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014
Lo-fi Violent Mae were voted best new band in Connecticut last year. Stream their self-titled debut here.

As the bio for Violent Mae states, the duo of Becky Kessler and Floyd Kellogg “never intended to be a band. Becky asked Floyd to record and produce her first solo album, and as soon as they hit the studio, chemistry and dynamics between the two sparked the evolution of an artistic partnership.” Their meeting must have been kismet given that their collaboration resulted in a solid debut, the self-titled album Violent Mae, a shout-out from Paste as a Connecticut band to know and an award for best new band in the Connecticut music scene from CTNow.com.


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Monday, Feb 10, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
New British singer-songwriter Fiona Bevan possesses a beguiling and original voice.

Fiona Bevan‘s debut album, Talk to Strangers, releases in the UK on 28 April via Navigator Records and is sure to appeal to fans of artists as diverse as Björk, Joanna Newsom and Lianne La Havas. “The Machine” is the record’s first single. “‘The Machine’ came from being angry and frustrated about the state of the world and from my feelings of powerlessness to do anything about it,” Bevan says. “Within the song, there’s a shift – that’s about breaking out and finding how you can have power in your own life, in everything you do.”


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