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Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013
by PopMatters Staff

London’s Qtier makes gentle, contemplative music perfect for snowed in winter interiors or lush and long summer days. Laced with mellow electronics and ethereal vocals, Qtier’s music is beginning to make waves in the UK with The Fly calling their work “an extraordinarily rich debut”.



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Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013
The Leeds band channels more Ramones pop-brut than the Vaccines ever did, but the insistent drums and shout-along refrains are the common thread.

If everything breaks right for China Rats in the next few months, they will be 2013’s answer to the Vaccines 2011 campaign. The Leeds band channels more Ramones pop-brut than the Vaccines ever did, but the insistent drums and shout-along refrains are the common thread. “To Be Like I” is a revolving door rock song, spinning and spinning in place, joyfully centered on the title lyric. The band will play SXSW in a few months time, and have a coming single to back “To Be Like I” and the band’s other recent raucous single, “N.O.M.O.N.E.Y.” With a big following in the UK, in the ever-evolving American “now”, China Rats are in the pregnant moment before things either happen or don’t, like “To Be Like I”, full of potential, brash and uncertainty.


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Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012
by PopMatters Staff

Norway’s Rebekka Karijord releases a video for the exhuisitely beautiful song “Oh Brother” from her ‘We Become Ourselves’ LP. The instrumentation is spare and haunting framed by simple piano motifs and the tune builds intensity with the addition of a small male chorus late in the song. Also, check out another of her recent singles, “Use My Body While It’s Still Young”.


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Monday, Oct 29, 2012
by PopMatters Staff

The UK is always a reliable source for dance rock. That stream turned into a river around the time of Madchester with the likes of Happy Mondays and continues right down to this day. Fridge Magnets are an up-and-coming Scottish band that NME Radar touted as “Scotland’s buzziest/drunkest band”, which sounds about right since this tune is a clear club banger.



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