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Thursday, Feb 19, 2015
The sarcastic wit of Bomb the Music Industry! meets the catchiness of Green Day in the newest tune by the Boston folk-punk outfit Drunken Logic.

When you hear a poppy punk tune that’s laced with mandolin, you’d be right in guessing that song was probably written in or near Boston. While there’s no scientific way to test that rule, that guess is correct in the case of the Boston folk-punk outfit Drunken Logic. In another tip of the hat to Boston tropes, they’ve titled their new album Long Day’s Journey to the Middle, which has the benefit of referencing both a fine play by Eugene O’Neill and evoking the worn out barroom aesthetic that is so common in the band’s native city.


To get a sense of what’s coming on the album, below you can stream lead single “(The Good News Is) No One Gives a Damn”, an energetic number that should prove perfect in helping shake off the winter doldrums currently plaguing New England.


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Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015
Part four of PopMatters' six week series on the new album by the up-and-coming UK sibling trio the Rua focuses on the track "Follow".

The all-sibling trio called the Rua, comprised of 22-year old Roseanna Brown (voice and guitar), 24-year old Alanna Brown (piano and backing vocals) and 19-year old Jonathan Brown (violin, guitar, vocals and backing vocals), has already caused a splash in its native United Kingdom with its debut album, Essence. With that LP about to see its United States release, the Rua are offering listeners a chance to go behind the scenes of the making of the music on a track-by-track basis. The Rua’s knack for gripping melodies, in addition to their background in classical training, make them a rising talent to keep an eye out for.


This week marks the fourth issue of PopMatters’ six-week series on Essence. This time the band breaks down the track “Follow”, which the trio describes as one of the “rock-ier” moments on the record.


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Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015
Ryan Culwell strolls and sings through a Nashville construction site in his latest music video, "I Think I'll Be Their God".

The West Texas-raised, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Ryan Culwell ain’t your ordinary troubadour. After dropping out of his successful time at Texas A&M as an economics student to become a musician, he eventually set down the guitar. He then took up a gaggle of jobs, including cow bile cooker, FedEx worker, server, roof salesman, furniture mover, sports radio editor, telemarketer, mail sorter, and fence builder. Now, eight years after stepping aside from his musical career, he’s writing music once again, and he’s taking all he’s learned from his hodgepodge of jobs during his absence from the music scene. In explaining his return, he points out, “When my daughters are grown they deserve a story that doesn’t include the woes of West Texas bars or a recounting of daddy’s touring history to explain why he left their mom. I left the scene so those stories wouldn’t write themselves over the top of me, and it was worth it.” With strong tunes like “I Think I’ll Be Their God”, the video of which you can watch exclusively below, it’s easy to see that the wait was worth it all along.


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Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015
Spare hip-hop instrumentation backs the spoken word of the great Maya Angelou in the new lyric video for "Pow Pow".

Last fall, PopMatters premiered “On Aging”, a unique tune that brings together the spoken word of the late, great Maya Angelou with hip-hop and funk instrumentation. That track is one of many on an album called Caged Bird Songs. In a continuation of this unique project that pays tribute to the powerful legacy Angelou left the world, a lyric video has been made for the Caged Bird Songs number “Pow Pow”, which finds Angelou’s thought-provoking words and playful delivery met by a spare hip-hop beat and electric guitars whose tone brings Nile Rodgers to mind.


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Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015
by PopMatters Staff
The easy-going vibes of Tightropes may hearken back to the '70s, but those golden tones are just the starting point for what's a current new album by Los Angeles' Tall Tales and the Silver Lining.

The easy-going vibes of Tightropes may hearken back to the ‘70s, but those golden tones are just the starting point for what’s a vibrant and current effort by Los Angeles’ Tall Tales and the Silver Lining. As frontman Trevor Beld Jimenez describes Tightropes, “It’s not a concept album by any means, but its themes are about an everyday person’s struggles and triumphs. Musically, it’s a nod to the stuff I grew up on: Jackson Browne, Carole King, Neil Young, and also bands that I discovered on my own like Felt and the Smiths.”


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