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Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013
Casimer Pascal and Vincent Casimir are an uncle-nephew duo with a fondness for tempered quirkiness and encapsulating the blighted Midwest in song.

Such can be instantly gleaned from debut single, “O Sweet Joe Pye”, a paean to the well-known North American weed that packs a melody as sugary as the cotton candy at the Illinois State Fair. To reflect the song’s theme of suburban sprawl’s wake, the “O Sweet Joe Pye” video pairs sleek footage of cityscapes with ramshackle home video stylings for a sweetly disorienting mixture. As with “O Sweet Joe Pye”‘s obvious nods to Motown motifs, Casimer & Casimir are sure to pay respects to artists they share a fondness for in the video, encapsulated by a quick glance of a framed photo of Scott Walker. Like an early Walker song, “O Sweet Joe Pye” combines pop sensibility with something introspective and melancholy for a refreshingly mature blast of earworminess.


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Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013
Here at PopMatters, we always have our eyes set on the future while wrestling with the present. On the 10th of January, 2014, Swedish trio the Isolation Process will release their self-titled debut album through Version Studio Records, and today we bring you an exclusive stream of one of the best songs from their debut, “Underneath It All”.

“Underneath It All” is a fine indication of what the Isolation Process are all about: moments of tranquil mediation interrupted and crushed by tumultuous post-metal. Eschewing tired build-ups and meandering passages in favour of verse/chorus structures, The Isolation Process balances melancholy and metallic power with the same poise as fellow Swedish bands like Khoma or Katatonia. Vocalist/guitarist Thomas Henriksson is the most immediate draw, and his towering clean vocal melodies, in direct contrast with the weight of his riffs, will undoubtedly bring Katatonia’s Jonas Renkse to mind. Saying that, Henriksson does have distinct inflections of his own, and throughout The Isolation Process – produced, recorded and mixed by Michael Nordström (Switch Opens, Lingua, Jesaiah) and mastered by Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna, Khoma) – he delivers a dynamically striking performance backed by the rock-solid rhythm section of Anders Carlström (bass) and Patrik Rydbrand (drums).


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Monday, Nov 25, 2013
Portland's Leigh Marble releases video for galloping rocking "Pony".

There’s that weird 2 am bar scenario where it’s murky who is being picked up and who is doing the picking. It’s that nebulous situation captured in the new video for Portland singer-songwriter Leigh Marble’s “Pony”.


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Friday, Nov 22, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Galway, Ireland's Dott specialize in a rather jangly form of lo-fi, fuzzy, garage pop, underpinned by beguiling female harmonies.

The band‘s sound is so appealing that noted indie label, Graveface Records, signed them and is releasing their debut Swoon on December 3rd. “Talk to You” features hard-charging, distortion laden guitar, a killer melody and those delicious harmonies previously mentioned. Dott has a great future in front of them with immediate appeal to indie rock fans.


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Thursday, Nov 21, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
In this era of troubled economics and right-wing punditry, the poor and minorities are as much under siege as ever.

Gerrymandered districts have resulted in far right Republican majorities in many communities around the nation. In North Carolina, the “artificial” districts designed to produce Republican majorities have had a devastating effect on public education, voter rights, medicare expansion, and access to women’s healthcare and abortion facilities.


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