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by PopMatters Staff

30 Sep 2016

Photo: Rebecca Joelson

Shelbi Bennett is a mesmerizing frontwoman with her moving, commanding voice that draws the listener right into the Midnight Pine‘s delicious stew of psych, soul, and folk. On “Vice”, slinky guitar lines, Stax-style horns intertwine among Bennett’s bluesy, velvet vocals. The group will release their third album, The Midnight Pine, on October 7th via the Redwoods Music and they have a special album release show scheduled for October 5th in Los Angeles at the Satellite.

by PopMatters Staff

30 Sep 2016

Brooklyn’s David Nagler has gathered together an amazing group of musicians—Jeff Tweedy, Robbie Fulks, Sally Timms, Kelly Hogan, Jon Langford—to record a tribute to legendary poet Carl Sandburg’s Chicago Poems. The set is a beautiful tribute to one of America’s foremost poets whose words seem to naturally suggest musical accompaniment. The song cycle of 16 poems includes this take on “Chicago”, which the Atlantic recently premiered in audio and which we now share with you in video form.

by PopMatters Staff

29 Sep 2016

Photo: Darren Lau

If “Drunks” is any indication, Americana/pop duo Johnnyswim has a thrilling new album, Georgica Pond, releasing on October 14th. The song begins with a gentle acoustic hum that builds slowly and organically into a rousing anthem. The harmonies are gorgeous and the background vocals grow into a stunning choral-like backdrop. It’s affecting and moving.

by Eric Risch

28 Sep 2016

Photo: Kyle Dean Reinford

Shaking hips and breaking hearts, Nashville singer/songwriter Becky Warren nails the immediacy of Saturday night revelry with “Dive Bar Sweetheart”, its toss ‘em back roadhouse groove introducing June, the female lead of her forthcoming solo debut, War Surplus. A story cycle revolving around the before and after effects of love during the Iraq war, “Dive Bar Sweetheart” marks June’s red carpet debut to Scott, the soon-to-be deployed soldier who will never be the same.

by Jedd Beaudoin

27 Sep 2016

Photo: Zsolt Reti

“Winning a Losing Battle” is taken from the upcoming Crippled Black Phoenix release, Bronze, out November 4 via Season of Mist. The nine-minute track reaches far and wide as it takes listeners from the vintage progressive rock era of Pink Floyd and Robert Wyatt to the contemporary sounds of post-rock. Along the way there are brief pauses for passages that call to mind film scores and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.

//Mixed media

'Knee Deep' Has a Great Setting That Ruins the Game

// Moving Pixels

"Knee Deep's elaborate stage isn't meant to convey a sense of spatial reality, it's really just a mechanism for cool scene transitions. And boy are they cool.

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