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Thursday, Mar 6, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
While shoegaze influences are front and center for Spotlight Kid, a better point of reference for Ten Thousand Hours might be Smashing Pumpkins, circa Siamese Dream.

Even with its swirling, ethereal melodies, Spotlight Kid‘s upcoming third album Ten Thousand Hours is more dream-rock than dream-pop, considering the muscle and heft of its soundscapes. While shoegaze influences are front and center for Spotlight Kid, the moments that really jump out on the Nottingham group‘s latest effort are the ones that bring to mind a Siamese Dream-era Smashing Pumpkins. And with the Kate Bush-like cadences of Katty Heath’s vocals as a prominent part of the mix, there’s a real sense of drama and dynamism to Ten Thousand Hours.


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Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
André Cymone has a long history of collaboration with Prince, as well as being a top notch producer and solo artist. With his latest album, The Stone, Cymone shows us why rock is always better with the funk.

Bah humbug to all of those tossers who think rock is dead. André Cymone still believes and he makes you believe it too. “Rock and Roll” is a scorching toe-tapper that restores the faith in rock ‘n’ roll’s ability to really move us. The Stone reflects the remarkable musical and personal journey that’s brought Cymone from his influential early days to his current creative mission.


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Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Folkie duo Misner and Smith released their latest album, Seven Hour Storm, last fall and now they have a brand new video for the title track.

“Seven Hour Storm” showcases Misner and Smith‘s killer harmonies and gentle folk-pop aesthetic. Here the group tells us all about one of their signature tunes:


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Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Even though Music & Sports puts the spotlight Lune's ethereal vocals, her electropop compositions have enough texture and energy to give her a solid foundation to build on.

Best known for her take on Swedish House Mafia’s “Leave the World Behind”, Lune chanteuse Linnéa Martinsson builds her debut album Music & Sports around the melodic qualities of her vocals, which got her noticed for her collaborative work with EDM stars the likes of Tiësto and Adrian Lux. But even as Music & Sports puts the spotlight Martinsson’s ethereal voice, Lune’s electropop compositions have enough texture and energy to give her a solid foundation to work on. Premiering on PopMatters, Lune’s debut album Music & Sports comes out on 10 March, via Swedish House Mafia’s Sebastian Ingrosso’s Refune label.


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Thursday, Feb 27, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Country music's Brent Amaker and the Rodeo followed up their 2013 LP Year of the Dragon with the Country Sky EP this January.

They resurrected “Country Sky” from the album to lead off the EP, both because it’s such a great song and Jeff Saltzman (Stephen Malkmus, Dolorean, Menomena) stepped in to mix the EP, giving the band the chance to take another approach with the tune.


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