From twangy civil war chimes to modern songs of protest, love, and sadness set across both acoustic and electric soundscapes, the American folk scene’s makeup has changed drastically since laying its foundations back in revolutionary times. However, as a genre meant for bards to weave their tales and stories and convey them with utmost intimacy folk’s roots have largely stayed the same despite the rise of Greenwich village folk, Dylan going electric, or the Mumfordian movement of recent times.
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UK based onDeadWaves is the musical project of James Chapman (Maps) and Polly Scattergood. The duo released their debut album of dreamy rock (onDeadWaves) earlier this year on Mute. Subsequently the band found themselves with some spare time and a lot of caffeine on a late night where they recorded their take on Pink Floyd’s classic “Comfortably Numb”.
Indie rockers Young the Giant are headlining tonight’s AUDIENCE Network concert special airing at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on AUDIENCE Network, DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114. The band was definitely “on” big time for this event as Sameer Gadhia’s passionate vocals on “Something to Believe In” make you believe him. We’ve got an exclusive clip of that song to whet your appetite for the entire concert tonight, which also features an in-depth interview with the band.
In celebration of Bar None Records’ 30th anniversary, Burnside Project—the electronics-indebted indie rock trio featuring Richard Jankovich, Gerald Hammill, and Paul Searing—have decided to do something wholly unique: take the group’s labored-over but never-released third album, Syntax and Semantics, and unleash it onto the world, starting with a two-week free download exclusive to PopMatters.
Casual observers may be familiar with “Cue the Pulse to Begin”, a minor four-on-the-floor club hit that later became the theme song to the US version of Queer As Folk, and the album that it came from, 2003’s The Networks, the Circuits, the Streams, the Harmonies, even got a nomination for the short-lived Shortlist Award, no less than Cameron Crowe ending up being the one who nominated the guys.
Eli Paperboy Reed blends soul and gospel into a style Chris Ingalls called “garage soul” on his latest album My Way Home. Moving away from pop into roots music suits Reed to a tee as he benefits from a strong, passionate voice positively dripping with soul and an incendiary performance style that leaves crowds in awe. Reed tells PopMatters that “‘My Way Home’ was the first song [he] wrote for this album and it really helped reveal the direction the rest of the record was going to take and what [he] wanted to get across both musically and emotionally.” That’s readily apparent as the title song builds to a moving finish that will slay soul freaks. Like Mike Farris, Reed keeps the rock ‘n’ roll energy in his music and he’s grown into a consummate artist that’ll thrill audiences for many, many years.