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Friday, Jan 23, 2015
Canadian indie rock outfit Arkells gives you a behind-the-scenes glance at the "choose your own adventure" video for "Leather Jacket". Disclaimer: several beers were involved in the making of this video.

Here’s a choice quotation from PopMatters’ review of Arkells’ 2014 LP High Noon: “Arkells… exist solely on a plateau of their own, and that’s what makes them so darn special.” The group’s creativity and pop smarts are on full display both on High Noon and the music video for the album cut “Leather Jacket”. Below, you can watch a video where the group gives you an exclusive look at the making of the video for the song. Spoiler alert: there’s plenty of beer involved.


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Friday, Jan 23, 2015
The latest tune by the Water Liars drummer Andrew Bryant comes from "more than enough nights in a Motel 6 to last a lifetime".

As one-third of the Missouri trio Water Liars, drummer Andrew Bryant has spent the last three years on the road recording and supporting the band’s successive albums, Phantom Limb, Wyoming, and 2014’s self-titled release. Following a tour in which Water Liars supported the Drive-By Truckers, Bryant returned to his home studio to record a solo album of songs that draw from his experiences of playing more than 400 shows during that stretch. The result: This is the Life, his sixth solo album.


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Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015
Guarantees may be an early-year indie sleeper, but with any luck its killer guitar riffs and subtle hooks will bring the Athens, Georgia group a new host of attention.

Last fall, PopMatters premiered the track “Pale Hooves”, taken from the Athens, Georgia band Grand Vapids’ new album, Guarantees. Now it’s three months later, and the album has just been released into the world; PopMatters is proud to stream the album in its entirety below. With equal parts driving guitar riffs and catchy hooks, Guarantees is an under-the-radar indie rock LP that, well, should be on everyone’s radar. This is approachable yet somewhat distant rock that draws you in with its melancholy brood—a perfect aural companion to have when the winter skies are still grey.


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Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015
Nick Lutsko's 2013 debut LP is folky with an eccentric undercurrent. With his new album, however, he goes a little off the reservation; as "Predator" evinces, this is definitely for the better.

Etc. is a fitting title for the sophomore studio outing of the Chattanooga, Tennessee songwriter Nick Lutsko. Anyone familiar with the young artist from his 2013 debut recording Heart of Mold—well, let’s just say that anyone that thinks they already know the music of Lutsko should suspend whatever knowledge they might think they have. With Etc., Lutsko breaks out of the largely folksy trappings of his first record and dives headfirst into a colorful mélange of noise. Case in point: lead single “Predator” is a rock song that pays tribute to the beauty of chaos. Atop a funky bassline, Lutsko throws in some sludgy guitars, clipped beats, and an array of other sounds. As a preview of what’s to come on Etc., “Predator” reminds you to strap on your seatbelts—this is going to be an unexpected ride.


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Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015
The beautiful and hip environs of Portland, Oregon, a catchy tune, and a duo with real chemistry... Kool Stuff Katie's "Cars" has it all.

And who says Craiglist has to be completely sketchy? It certainly wasn’t in the case of the Portland, Oregon garage rock/pop duo Kool Stuff Katie, helmed by Shane Blem and Saren Oliver. The two met over the website, and have since then forged a creative union that’s as playful and quirky as the city in which they live. With a few curveballs added, the music video to the track “Cars”, taken from the duo’s self-titled debut, could be a Portlandia sketch in the waits. But, alas, the video chooses (wisely) to focus on the rapport between Blem and Oliver—and their pretty sweet ride, too.


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