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“Falling Bough” takes its name from one half of the album title of the debut record by Orange County indie rockers Kiev, which was released in autumn of 2013. Now the band has made a lyric video to accompany the subtly groovy “Falling Bough”, whose clipped guitar line and sinewy bassline bring to mind the understated indie of The xx. Guitarist Robert Brinkerhoff’s affable tenor vocals bring to mind Winston Yellen, the man behind the Night Beds name.

On their Tumblr page, up-and-coming rockers StarBenders describe their sound as akin to “Iggy Pop playing 7 minutes in heaven with Katy Perry.” It’s a bold and playful declaration, one that’s befitting of the group’s youthful presence. However, the Iggy Pop comparison also hints at the punk edge that rears its head throughout the otherwise thoroughly poppy songs StarBenders play. “Touch”, a tune from their forthcoming self-titled EP, is an ideal representation of the band’s style.

When Johnny Vic dropped off a couple of his CDs that he made under the name Satellites in London record shops, he found that they sold out rather quickly in most cases. Following up on this momentum, Satellites crafted a full-length LP, .02, which was released in the UK last year, and will soon see its stateside release. Below you can check out three remixes of the .02 number “Wasteland”.

Dayton, Ohio rockers Motel Beds are aptly named. Their brand of stripped-down indie rock is the exact kind of thing one can imagine blasting out the windows on a long road trip, crashing at the end of the day in a motel bed after filling one’s ears to the brim with catchy guitar riffs. There are certainly plenty of memorable guitar hooks on These are the Days Gone By, the band’s latest outing for the Misra label.

Silent Lions frontman Dean Tartaglia is one of the Midwest’s most prolific and seasoned young musicians. Turning 24 this week, the Ohio native is dropping a surprise EP, accompanied by a minimalistic, slideshow-style video for the song “I Feel Something”.


The Best and Worst Films of Spring 2015

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"January through April is a time typically made up of award season leftovers, pre-summer spectacle, and more than a few throwaways. Here are PopMatters' choices for the best and worst of the last four months.

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