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Thursday, Nov 7, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
What makes "Born to Raise Hell" eerie and surreal is how Graham Colton delivers his chilling story in bold, muscular pop tones.

Premiering here on PopMatters, “Born to Raise Hell” offers a sneak peak of Graham Colton’s upcoming album, Lonely Ones, scheduled to be released on 21 January 2014. Using an encounter between the father of collaborator Chad Copelin and the serial killer Richard Speck as the inspiration for “Born to Raise Hell”, the song’s vivid video depicts a harrowing story imagining how someone might circle the downward spiral of escalating violence. What makes “Born to Raise Hell” all the more eerie and surreal is how Colton delivers his narrative in bold, muscular pop tones, perhaps taking a few cues from fellow Oklahoma City native and friend Wayne Coyne.


 


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Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Detroit's Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas come roaring out of the block with pistons of fire and never let up until the race is won.

Detroit is a city that knows it’s rock, as in “rawk”, and Jessica Hernandez has a drop dead amazing voice designed for stadiums. The group is releasing their new EP Demons on November 12th and we’ve got a new track for you today from that record. If you love the song as much as we do, you’ll want to download it as well.



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Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Desmond Dekker is a straight-up ska legend, as essential to the genre as water is for life.

Stiff Records is releasing an exciting new limited edition box set of ten 7-inch singles entitled 10 Big Stiffs and there is a video for each of those songs and artists. Releasing 26 November as a Record Store Day exclusive, the collection highlights the very best of the hugely influential Stiff Records, which was at the center of the late ‘70s ska and punk scene in the UK. In this video, directed by noted filmmaker Nigel Dick, UK journalists and label people talk about the popularity of ska with Britain’s working class and Dekker’s place as a ska king.


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Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
INK's bright, melodic "Try What You Don't Know" offers a refreshing departure from the dark, downbeat atmospherics that's in vogue these days.

Brit electro newcomers INK must not be suffering from the post-daylight savings doldrums, not if their bright, melodic single “Try What You Don’t Know” is any indication. Buoyed by a driving, enthusiastic pace and the coed vocals of Colin Mac and Miriam Massie, “Try What You Don’t Know”, which premieres on PopMatters, offers a refreshing departure from the dark, downbeat atmospherics shading the genre INK works in. Backed by a cover of Twin Shadow’s “5 Seconds” as its b-side, “Try What You Don’t Know” comes out on 11 November in the UK and 12 November in the U.S. via INK Music.


 


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Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Austin-based Americana/rock outfit Stükenberg is set to release its third captivating album, Novella, on November 12th.

With a sound characterized by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist frontman David Stükenberg as Appalachian-Rock, Novella finds inspiration in early Fleetwood Mac’s eerie backwoods melodies and the distorted, almost-Pentecostal energy of a church service led by Rage Against the Machine. Novella‘s wildly lush narratives and darkly driven tunes immediately grab your attention and simply refuse to let go. This exciting new project was made possible by fans through a successful Kickstarter campaign.


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