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Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013
Whatever "voodoo hillbilly punk-blues" might be, it's actually an apt description of what Left Lane Cruiser's Rock Them Back to Hell sounds like.

Known as Left Lane Cruiser, the duo of Freddy J IV and Brenn Beck defines its music as “voodoo hillbilly punk-blues”. Whatever that might be exactly, it’s actually a pretty apt description of the combination of thrashy, scuzzed-out guitar and trashy, bashed-up rhythms on Left Lane Cruiser’s latest outing, Rock Them Back to Hell. The new album is as resourceful as it is energetic, especially making an impression with found-sound percussion supplied by paint cans and trash cans. Wrap it all up in cover art by William Stout, known for his work for Return of the Living Dead and Pan’s Labyrinth, and the over-the-top tone and feel of Rock Them Back to Hell is more than complete.


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Monday, Sep 9, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
The Eurythmics' Dave Stewart returns September 30th with his latest solo album, Lucky Numbers, the third record released by Stewart in the last three years.

This time around the “Ringmaster General” leaves behind the Nashville studio of producer John McBride and decamps his whole crew to a boat in the South Pacific, where the album was recorded over 12 dreamy days. “I wanted to do something a little different this time, so I invited the band to join me on an adventure to the South Pacific,” says Stewart.“Where we could record with nobody else around, floating around on the sea. It was like parachuting into Oz. We were fish out of water. We were out 12 days, but we were actually only sober enough to record for three or four.”


Today we have the pleasure of premiering the lyric video for new album track, “Nashville Snow”, a hazy tune infused with delicious Americana tinges and a super mellow vibe. Stewart surrounds himself with hugely talented collaborators on Lucky Numbers and this song is no exception with Karen Elson filling out the tune with her beguiling vocals.



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Monday, Sep 9, 2013
“Bella Ciao” is the oft-interpreted rallying cry from the anti-Fascist Italian resistance during World War II, reimagined to fit an aesthetic that’s all the NYC experimental outfit’s own.

The title track off Barbez’s latest album, “Bella Ciao” is the oft-interpreted rallying cry from the anti-Fascist Italian resistance during World War II, reimagined to fit an aesthetic that’s all the NYC experimental outfit’s own. Featuring Faun Fables’ Dawn McCarthy on vocals, “Bella Ciao” is able to articulate the diverse musical sensibilities that inform Barbez’s hybrid, cutting-edge work, combining strains of Jewish and Eastern European folk musics, an avant taste for skewed tonalities, the improvisational interplay of jazz, and the urgent drive of rock ‘n’ roll.


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Friday, Aug 30, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Australian singer-songwriter Lenka steps up the plate to take her swing at the always engaging At: Guitar Center.

“Heart to the Party” features a lovely melody and lyrics that suggest the simple longing for a really good night out. Don’t we all just need that from time to time? Lenka has a beguiling voice that just every once and a while hints at Björk. You can keep up with the entire At: Guitar Center with Nic Harcourt here.


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Friday, Aug 30, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
It sounds like good ole Charlie Greene needs a Prozac or two on this new tune where "everything gets [him] down".

But you wouldn’t know it from the bouncy Texas dancehall tempo. Still, country music has always been known for sad songs (some with upbeat rhythms) that end up cheering you up. Kinda like the blues, which country music draws half of its DNA from. Today we are premiering the aforementioned song “Everything Gets Me Down”, which is a really catchy toe-tapper draped in irony.


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