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by Adrien Begrand

17 Aug 2015


Reminiscent of that strange time in the 1990s when so many pop punk bands recorded self-referential songs, Gregory Pepper‘s latest single pays tribute to actor/comedian/cult figure Bill Murray in charming fashion. The Guelph, Ontario singer makes as many film references as he can in 104 seconds, from Doctor Venkman to Herman Blume. Best of all, the song is a terrific little blast of power pop.

by Adrien Begrand

17 Aug 2015


Loaded with the kind of sparking, massive hooks that will remind many of the more pop-oriented side of the new romantic scene 30 years ago, Patternist‘s new single “New Fashion” is shamelessly wide-eyed. Irresistibly so. The brainchild of Portland musician Gabe Mouer, Patternist is in the process of releasing new tracks from its second EP on a month-by-month basis, with a full release later this year.

by Adrien Begrand

14 Aug 2015

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Dan Steinle

When Portland band Wax Fingers disintegrated, bandmates and longtime collaborators Pete Bosack and Tommy Franzen formed Mothertapes, a project that strives to marry progressive rock, electronic, and pop in the tradition of Tears For Fears, Battles, and Animal Collective.

by Adrien Begrand

14 Aug 2015


When you’re described by esteemed critic Peter Guralnick a combination of John Lee Hooker and William Carlos Williams, and when an artist as great as Lucinda Williams sings high praise about your work, people will notice. Indeed, Kevin Gordon makes awfully good, not to mention literate American music, his skill at the blues and his poetic background making him a distinct voice in today’s roots scene. His new album Long Gone Time will be released next month, but in the meantime you can hear the genial little blues tune “Church on Time” below.

by Adrien Begrand

13 Aug 2015


Led by the pair of Bobbi Kitten and Z Wolf, Columbus, Ohio’s Damn the Witch Siren is all about exuding strong girl power amidst a very high-gloss, eclectic, fun hybrid of pop music styles. A great example is the new track “Nasty”, in which electronic, dance, hip hop, ‘80s pop, and funk all collide in a glorious pile-up that’s as delightfully garish as Kitten’s multihued image.

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Violin Virtuoso L. Subramaniam Mesmerizes in Rare New York Performance (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Co-presented by the World Music Institute, the 92Y hosted a rare and mesmerizing performance from India's violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam.

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