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Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014
The brief video for the smooth electro-soul of Mozaic's four-part series "Unexpected Turns" leaves a whole lot of questions unanswered.

Leading up to the release of her forthcoming release Unexpected Turns, MoZaic is planning a release of a series of videos of the same name. Below you can watch Part One of this four-part series, entitled “The Prologue”. The video depicts MoZaic going somewhere unknown, all the while she soulfully sings over smooth electronic textures in the background. On its own, “The Prologue” raises more questions than answers, but its appeal lies in its mystery. You’ll be sure to tune back in to parts two through four as this mini-narrative continues to unfold.


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Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014
The Modernist puts a groovy, boot-stomping spin on the California psychedelic rock group Xu Xu Fang's "Noir State Beach".

Earlier this year, the California psych rock quintet Xu Xu Fang premiered the tune “Noir State Beach”. The song marked the group’s first single in six years. Now, you can stream a remix of “Noir State Beach” by the famed Cologne, Germany DJ The Modernist (Jörg Burger). Burger clearly knows the song well, as he hones in on its central groove and rides it out for the entirety of the song, emphasizing the song’s boot-stomping rhythm. Like the best tunes by Spoon and Swans, it’s a remix that exploits hypnotic repetition to the maximal level.


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Friday, Oct 10, 2014
The latest tune by Guided by Voices frontman Robert Pollard's group Circus Devils, "Eye Mask of Leaves", is a lo-fi, easy-breezy number.

Robert Pollard, best known for his work in Guided by Voices, has with his project Circus Devils readied an album for November release, entitled Escape. The album will be the band’s thirteenth full-length studio release. Below you can stream “Eye Mask of Leaves”, a jangly, lo-fi acoustic number off of the album.  The music is described as an audio “Twilight Zone where dream time and real time intermingle. For best results, listen late at night with headphones in a dark room.”


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Friday, Oct 10, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
New Myths boast a stylish synth-pop sound on their debut Give Me Noise that belies their relative newness as a band.

New York synth-pop trio New Myths boast a polished, stylish sound on their debut full-length Give Me Noise that belies their relative newness as a band, having joined forces just in 2012. Of particular note from Give Me Noise is the track “False Gold”, which was selected by none other than Lou Reed for a playlist on Sirius XM. Elsewhere, there are hints at Bat for Lashes-like drama, only set to driving keyboards and electric guitars. PopMatters premieres New Myths’ Give Me Noise, which releases on 14 October on the band’s own Taming Ghosts label.


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Thursday, Oct 9, 2014
The warm vocal harmony and inviting mood of Memphis Dawls' "Skin Like a Cage" is but one example of why this trio has made a splash in its native Memphis.

The Memphis, Tennessee folk trio Memphis Dawls, comprised of Holly Cole (guitars and vocals), Jana Misener (cello and vocals), and Krista Wroten (viola, mandolin, accordion, and vocals), has already made a significant splash prior to the release of its forthcoming LP, Rooted in the Bone. Though the band has yet to release its first full-length they have opened for legendary acts like Emmylou Harris, as well as more recent musical innovators like Jack White. “Skin Like a Cage”, a cut off of Rooted in the Bone, is both a cozy fit within the recent upswings in folk music and a throwback to the vocal harmonies of Linda Ronstadt’s best records.


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