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by Brice Ezell

7 Sep 2016

If Balthazar’s singer and multi-instrumentalist Maarten Devoldere is hoping to make a big splash with his debut record as Warhaus, he’s done so already on the basis of its title alone: We Fucked a Flame into Being, which comes from D.L. Lawrence’s famous erotic novel Lady Chatterly’s Lover. Though the album’s title takes from English literature, Warhaus’ music is of a decidedly American-European feel, particularly in its noir influences. The first five tracks on We Fucked a Flame into Being exude cigarette smoke, aromas of whiskey, and a palpable sense of intrigue. One can easily place Warhaus in the storied legacy of Dashiell Hammett and Jean-Pierre Melville: all purveyors in shadow-drenched art.

by PopMatters Staff

1 Sep 2016

Photo: Peter Graham

As we said back in February about this incredible group, “Northern Ireland’s the Bonnevilles are steeped in the blues and they enliven and amp up their sound by playing as a duo with Andrew McGibbon Jr. on vocals and guitar and Chris McMullan on drums. It’s a formation that has paid off in spades for both the White Stripes and the Black Keys and the Bonnevilles carry on that tradition of stripped down, blues rock run through with headbanging punk energy.”

by Eric Risch

1 Sep 2016

If 2014’s 27 was a stepping stone to adulthood, new single “Burn Away” from M. Lockwood Porter is the sound of one cautiously settling into life’s uncertainties. A Yale alumnus and former English teacher, the California singer/songwriter born in Oklahoma and raised on punk music finds himself in a different place these years as he awaits the release of his third album, How to Dream Again: “I’m in love, in a very healthy, serious relationship, and I’m happier with where I’m at in terms of my music, but with being further along in my personal life come new questions like ‘How do you maintain what’s good about a relationship? How do you keep it from going stale?’”

by Eric Risch

31 Aug 2016

Photo: Erin Rambo

Recorded live in one take, the bubbly “Goodbye Temporarily” set the tone for Far Cries and Close Calls, the forthcoming album from Oklahoma singer/songwriter John Calvin Abney. Decamping to Little Rock, Arkansas, to record his latest LP, Abney notes of the lead single, “It was the first song approached when entering the studio, and gave the entire space, along with those involved, a calm yet energetic sense that we were going to create something glowing and real.”

by Jonathan Frahm

30 Aug 2016

Rochester, New York pop/rock singer-songwriter Adam Clark is back again, and this time with a brand new collaboration alongside Dutch electronic recording artist Anthony Dircson (Reepublic Records). Clark and Dircson’s first work together comes along in the form of a remix of the former’s initial debut single following his team-up with multi-platinum selling, Grammy-nominated producer David Schuler (P!nk, John Legend, Daughtry), “King of the Sky”.

//Mixed media

Measuring Success: The Unsatisfying Notion of "Good Endings" and "Bad Endings"

// Moving Pixels

"Sometimes stories need to end badly in order to be really good.

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