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Monday, Sep 29, 2014
This year saw new efforts by the first family of the New Zealand underground, the brothers Kilgour. PopMatters premieres new videos from Hamish and David Kilgour.

This has been a busy year for the first family of the New Zealand underground: In addition to re-forming the Clean for a crowd-pleasing U.S. jaunt, the brothers Kilgour released albums with their own acts, David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights with End Times Undone (Merge) and Hamish Kilgour’s first solo outing, All of It and Nothing (Ba Da Bing!). Here, PopMatters premieres videos from each effort, “Smile” from Hamish Kilgour and “Lose Myself in Sound” from David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights. Together, they convey what’s enduring and endearing about Kiwi indie-pop, with the rough-hewn jangle of the introspective “Smile” and the glimmering guitar-rock drive of “Lose Myself in Sound”.


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Monday, Sep 29, 2014
Fans of Chvrches should give a listen to the new EP by Nashville's Ugly Kids Club, Head Games.

Ugly Kids Club may not be the most flattering of band names, but make no mistake: there is little ugly in the music by this up-and-coming Nashville duo. Comprised of Aliegh Shields and rock producer Steve Wilson (no relation to the prog musician of the same name), Ugly Kids Club is an ultra-catchy conglomeration of synth-pop and electro influences, very much a product of its synth-obsessed times. The duo’s new EP, Head Games, can be streamed below.


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Monday, Sep 29, 2014
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Horse Feathers' 2012 Cynic's New Year was an effort that would "leave the listener feeling utterly winded for all of its ragged glory." The same can be said for the new track "Violently Wild".

PopMatters’ Zachary Houle hailed Horse Feathers’ 2012 album Cynic’s New Year as “a starkly gorgeous album dripping with stringed instrumentation… one that will leave the listener feeling utterly winded for all of its ragged glory.” Something of the same might be said for the vibrant Americana stylings of “Violently Wild”, a track from the Portland outfit’s upcoming album So It Is With Us. So It Is With Us releases on October 21 via Kill Rock Stars.



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Monday, Sep 29, 2014
The vintage barroom feel of Pegi Young's take on the minor country classic "Lonely Women Make Good Lovers" is but a small taste of what's to come on her new album.

Pegi Young and the Survivors’ rendition of “Lonely Women Make Good Lovers” is the kind of song that evokes images of worn down barrooms
that serve whiskey on the cheap. After a couple of rounds, a song like this would come on, either on a jukebox or played live by a band that frequents such establishments. It’s a classic image, one in this case evoked by the carefree piano playing and the bluesy guitars provided by the Survivors, as well as Young’s tried-and-true vocals.


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Friday, Sep 26, 2014
The latest tune from New Zealand's Ha the Unclear, "85", takes a journey from a sunny, Beach Boys-indebted opening into something reflective and quite beautiful.

New Zealand trio Ha the Unclear deals in a kind of pop that might be called “retro” or “vintage”. As made clear by the opening passage of “85”, the newest tune from the trio’s forthcoming album Bacterium, Look at Your Motor Go, both in terms of production and songwriting choice, these guys would have been comfortable in the musical environs of the mid-to-late ‘60s. Beginning with a somewhat sunny disposition, buoyed by some Beach Boys-esque backing vocals, the song then takes a turn for the more reflective as it comes to its conclusion, with some wisely placed strings really driving home the song’s emotion.


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