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Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013
Blessed Feathers' Order of the Arrow is an organic affair that grounds ascendent melodies with earthy folk structures.

Of Blessed Feathers’ 2012 EP Peaceful Beast in an Ocean of Weeds, PopMatters’ Matthew Fiander wrote that the Wisconsin duo’s “hazy sounds can still be awfully substantial”. That description definitely applies to the group’s new full-length Order of the Arrow, as the ascendant melodies conjured up by Donivan Berube and Jacquelyn Beaupre are anchored by pithy folk structures. There’s an organic feel to the whole affair that comes through in the resonant, rootsy boy-girl vocals and the earthy percussion. Working with Real Estate and Widowspeak producer Kevin McMahon and Sharon Van Etten guitarist Doug Keith on Order of the Arrow, Blessed Feathers’ intimate vibe opens up just enough, covering more ground than you might expect.


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Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
New Jersey singer-songwriter Ian McGlynn pays tribute to his fans with an artistic video featuring fan-drawn pictures set against a Banksy-drenched Brooklyn landscape.

“O Friends of Mine” is a tune from McGlynn’s 2012 album, Now We’re Golden, that he recorded with pop meister Ken Stringfellow. Today McGlynn’s will be sharing the art they created on their Facebook pages in, thoroughly intertwining artist and fan together in a piece of multimedia art. McGlynn says, “it’s not just a new Ian McGlynn video, it’s an homage to friendship and fandom, and an interesting look at Brooklyn, filmed intriguingly before Banksy turned up in town.”


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Thursday, Oct 24, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
We are pleased to announce that punky Americana siren Lydia Loveless is returning November 5th with the new EP Boy Crazy via Bloodshot Records. Get an early taste as we premiere the title track today.

Back in 2011, PopMatters’ Matt James raved about Lydia Loveless’ aptly titled sophomore outing, Indestructible Machine, noting that “Lydia Loveless’ second record is, by turns, a succession of swift punches to the face followed by a lover’s warm, passionate embrace. Either way, it holds your attention. Indestructible Machine is as good as anything I’ve heard this year and marks the true, and truly defiant, arrival of what could be a serious talent.”


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Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Scotland's KT Tunstall stops by the At: Guitar Center studios to perform "Made of Glass" from her new album, Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon.

Tunstall explains that her new album was recorded more simply with songs like “Made of Glass” set to final from a single take. Tunstall discusses this and more with podcast host Nic Harcourt.


 


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Monday, Oct 21, 2013
The German psych/prog outfit Okta Logue has kindly offered PopMatters the premiere of the fourth video from their Tales of Transit City LP, "Dream On."

Tales of Transit City, the second LP by the German psych/prog outfit Okta Logue, is quite plain about the influences it draws from. From the classic rock of the Beatles and Led Zeppelin to the psychedelic prog of Pink Floyd, the album covers the veritable prog playbook in its nine-track running time, all the while maintaining a chilled-out mood captured in its warm, vinyl-friendly production quality. Yet instead of sounding like a student regurgitating material for a test, Okta Logue comes off as a group that knows how to respectfully pay homage to a time-tested sonic—and have a blast doing so.


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