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Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015
The nostalgic and pensive indie folk of Wharfer's tune "Crumble" is an enticing preview of what's to come on his new full-length, Acadia.

Wharfer’s new tune “Crumble” is the best kind of bittersweet. The tune is a sepia-tinted reminiscence led by acoustic guitar that’s accented with plinking piano notes and a pensive fiddle coda. With a gravelly voice Kyle Wall, the brains behind the Wharfer name, sings of the paradoxes of moving on from a difficult time: “A lie is why my smile thrives” is later contrasted with “A lie is why my smile fades”.


A lyrically evocative track that’s complemented by its nostalgic music, “Crumble” comes from Wharfer’s forthcoming LP, Acadia. The ten-track album includes contributions from recent collaborators of Sinkane, David Byrne, Lewis & Clarke, and Stephane Wrembel, in addition to sonic finishing touches from Josh Bonati (Sufjan Stevens, Mac Demarco, Phosphorescent). Three of the musicians on “Crumble” (Roy Williams, Shane O’Hara, and Ian O’Hara) come from the Scranton, Philadelphia band the Minor White, which also featured Wall (the group disbanded in 2010).


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Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015
Beatlesesque clouds of vocal harmony make up "Floating Away", the lead track off of the new album by An Intimate Evening With Michael Shaw, This Is It.

A regular in the San Francisco rock scene for two decades, Michael Shaw is now taking a distinct step forward for himself as a solo artist, following years of writing and playing music in bands like Petrol and the Aktion. Under the name An Intimate Evening With Michael Shaw, he will release his debut LP This Is It., a collection of tunes that tips its cap to the legacy of groundwork artists such as the Beatles and the Beach Boys. The music of the former plays a particularly strong role in This Is It.‘s lead number, “Floating Away”, which derives its catchiness from smartly layered vocal harmonies.


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Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015
WE.ANIMALS. is a brooding and eclectic collection of tunes by Lila Rose that explores the interconnectivity of life.

Just but a few weeks ago, PopMatters premiered the new video by the Canadian-born, California-based musician Lila Rose, “World on Fire”. Now that those few weeks have past, the day has come for the release of the album which hosts that song, WE.ANIMALS. This dark collection of tunes pulsates with primal energy, which forms a striking juxtaposition to Rose’s voice, which is often manipulated to echo widely against the music that surrounds it. This effect is not unlike what artist like Imogen Heap have done with records like Sparks.


From boot-stomping rock ‘n’ roll (“Tracking”) to brooding electronics (“World on Fire”) to acoustic reveries (“Stars”), WE.ANIMALS. spans a gamut of sonic textures, yet it remains grounded in Rose’s specific vision for the album. For more on that, read her detailed explanation below.


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Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015
Brooklyn funk and soul outfit Pimps of Joytime create their own "science fiction juke joint" with their riotously fun new LP, Jukestone Paradise. Stream it here exclusively a week before its release.

One obvious question arises when hearing a name like Jukestone Paradise, the new LP by the Brooklyn funk/soul outfit Pimps of Joytime: “What is a ‘jukestone paradise’, anyhow?” As frontman Brian J told L4LM, it’s “It’s kind of like a science fiction kind of place that I created in my mind.” Although the album may have begun in the mind, now that it’s finished and ready for the world to hear—which you can do below—the immediate impression of this eminently danceable music is that it’s visceral in all of the best ways possible. Grooves like these by their nature get the feet moving, and the convivial atmosphere of the band itself only adds to this. That’s not to say the cerebral has entirely left the building, however; as the guitar chops on tracks like “Heart is Wild” evince, these folks know a thing or two on the technical end as well. Simply put, this is party music that knows how to appeal to both the head and the heart.


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Friday, Apr 10, 2015
Ritualistic chicken murder and devilish uses of a voodoo doll: these are just a few things found in the music video for the swampy blues rock of the Nashville group Blackfoot Gypsies.

The rock ‘n’ roll of Nashville’s own Blackfoot Gypsies sound as if it emerged from brown-green swamp waters. Add a tasteful incorporation of psychedelia in and you’ve got a potent kind of rock that’s made all the more so when married to the band’s eclectic visual sense, as you can see in the video to “Under My Skin” below. Taken from the group’s forthcoming Handle It LP, “Under My Skin”‘s voodoo-centric storyline finds the members of Blackfoot Gypsies facing a bit of a difficulty during a live performance. Warning: there may or may not be chicken blood involved.


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