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Thursday, Aug 14, 2014
UK indie rockers Dry the River have a beautifully shot making-of video to accompany their forthcoming release, Alarms in the Heart.

The UK indie rock outfit Dry the River is going to release its newest studio effort, Alarms in the Heart in the coming weeks. Leading up to the album’s release, the group has made available a gorgeously shot making-of mini documentary that covers the band’s recording of the LP. Particularly stunning are the pristine vistas of Iceland, where Dry the River recorded much of the LP.


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Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014
Check out the latest tune from the Michigan rockers Frontier Ruckus, "Bathroom Stall Hypnosis", which deals with the fallout of a "weird and unceremonious" breakup.

“Bathroom Stall Hypnosis” is one of the first tracks to drop from the Michigan rock outfit Frontier Ruckus’ forthcoming album, Sitcom Afterlife. The song’s energetic instrumentation is a catchy and clever masquerade for the album’s reflective and deep lyrical material, a trait which runs through Frontier Ruckus’ music overall. (PopMatters writer Justin Cober-Lake has called the group’s lyrical style “carefully crafted stream of consciousness.”) The band is just coming off their 2013 double LP, Eternity of Dimming, and based on the vivacious spirit of this song, the release of Sitcom Afterlife has a lot in store for listeners.


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Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014
Check out the exclusive premiere of a performance by the politically-minded indie band Little Comets at the intimate Sofar venue in Philadelphia, with the song "The Blur, The Line and The Thickest of Onions".

Sofar Sounds describes itself as “the world’s largest music discovery community; curating secret, intimate gigs in unique spaces all around the world. Bringing the magic back to live music.” PopMatters recently premiered a performance at Sofar’s London venue; this week, we present a song performed by the indie group Little Comets filmed at Sofar’s Philadelphia location.


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Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014
Detroit hip-hop duo Passalacqua releases incendiary short film, The Baptism, in anticipation of forthcoming album.

Experimentation and theatricality are the stock and trade of Detroit hip-hop duo Passalacqua. With their convention-breaking aesthetic in mind, it’s appropriate that Blaksmith (Brent Smith) and Mister (Bryan Lackner) preface the release of their new album not with a run-of-the-mill music video, but a narrative short film. Filled with provocative imagery—horses and Hazmats, gilded gas masks and burning fields, social discord and double-barrel shotguns—The Baptism is a suitable showcase for the song from which its title is gleaned.


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Friday, Aug 8, 2014
Stream the latest album by the Memphis-based singer/songwriter and The Voice season 4 contestant Grace Askew, Scaredy Cat, here on PopMatters.
Above photo credit: Steve Roberts (taken at Sun Studios, Memphis, TN)

Though she didn’t ultimately take the championship, Grace Askew nonetheless captured audiences all across the globe with her run on the massively popular competition show The Voice. Working with country star Blake Shelton, she turned out some fierce performances, including a fierce take on the classic “These Boots are Made for Walkin’”. In a recent interview, Rolling Stone dubbed her the “number one most robbed” contestant of that season of The Voice, but Askew isn’t letting her experience on that program cloud her music.


Instead, she’s progressing forward, and in some particularly gutsy ways. Her latest LP, Scaredy Cat, which you can stream below, was recorded in one four-hour session at Memphis’ reputed Sun Studios. Music clearly comes naturally to this talented singer and songwriter.


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