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by PopMatters Staff

25 Feb 2016


Sweden’s Dada Life (Olle Corneer and Stefan Engblom) have been around as a duo for ten years now and in that time they climbed the dance charts, played every major festival, built a massive fanbase and released a hugely successful record, The Rules of Dada (2012). Dada Life is so popular on the dance scene that several club dates have turned into riots after the clubs couldn’t contain the vast crowds. Now Corneer and Engblom are back with a banging new single “Tic, Tic, Tic” that features rocker Lzzy Hale from Halestorm on vocals. The song crackles with live energy and primal rhythm likely to turn the dance floor into a massive pogoing maelstrom of raised arms and blissed out faces.

by Sarah Zupko

24 Feb 2016


Florida’s Terri Binion is a singer-songwriters’ singer-songwriter in that she’s greatly admired by the likes of Lucinda Williams, Jim White, Jimmy Webb for her meticulously crafted lyrics and consummate musicality. Binion has had a rough year or so, losing her beloved wife and both parents, all the while struggling long and hard for marriage equality. These hardships and her life’s journeys are the central concern of Binion’s new album The Day After The Night Before, of which new single “Burden Song” is but a part. “Burden Song” is musically based on her love of Antony and the Johnson’s “Shake That Devil” melded with lyrics depicting her long struggle for acceptance as a lesbian navigating the often hostile waters of contemporary America.

by Sarah Zupko

24 Feb 2016


Bryan Simpson built his career with progressive bluegrass ensemble Cadillac Sky, a group that developed a huge following in bluegrass and roots music circles. Now Simpson is stepping out on his own with the new project, the Whistles & the Bells, which affords him far more opportunity to get more experimental and explore a range of roots genres. On “Cosmic Torpedoes”, from last year’s stellar self-titled album, Simpson builds from an Americana base, adding soulful beats and a bit of wacky, far-out pop that occasionally conjures up the spirit of XTC. The Whistles & the Bells is very much a Christian album that charts Simpson’s journey towards finding God, but these songs also have a real openness and speak to universal questions, belief and faith.

by Sarah Zupko

23 Feb 2016


The Pacific Northwest has turned into a hotbed for American roots music in the past decade and there are now more string bands than you can shake a stick at within and around the hubs of Portland and Seattle. Left Coast Country is one such band, specializing in new takes on classic bluegrass, and burning up the stages with their energetic live performances. The group’s new record, Pines Fly By, releases February 27th, and to celebrate we are sharing a mournful, toe-tapping number “Burnin’ Old Pictures of You?”.

by PopMatters Staff

23 Feb 2016


Indie folk artist Rocky Votolato follows his 2015 album, Hospital Handshakes, with a new EP, Sawdust and Shavings, as he heads out on tour in Europe. Sawdust and Shavings features several new versions tunes from the recent album that have been reimagined in sparer fashion. “Shortcuts” and “Kids As Kids” are two previously unreleased tracks and Votolato re-records “Hospital Handshakes” with Emily Kokal of Warpaint. Votolato says that “the new EP deals with overcoming and casting out demons, but there is a light at the end of tunnel in these songs. It’s really about recovery, healing, and the renewed sense of purpose we can find after hard experiences.”

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