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Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
As you can hear from the new single "River Song", Piney Gir performs a brand of upbeat indie-pop sure to delight fans of the Vivian Girls and Best Coast.

Piney Gir grew up in a fundamentalist Christian household in Kansas City with no access to popular culture until the age of 14 when her minister father left the home. And now she calls the multi-cultural mecca of London home, a place where she can surely indulge in every aspect of pop culture from around the world.


Her latest album Geronimo! released October 14th was produced by Rob Campanella of Brian Jonestown Massacre and has drawn acclaim from the likes of UNCUT, The Guardian, and MOJO, as well as a recent profile from NPR.


As you can hear from the new single “River Song”, Piney Gir performs a brand of upbeat indie-pop sure to delight fans of the Vivian Girls and Best Coast.



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Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
Crushed Out is a new band channeling the raw energy of early rock 'n' roll and garage rock with a power duo set-up of guitar and drums.

Crushed Out is a new band channeling the raw energy of early rock ‘n’ roll and garage rock with a power duo set-up of guitar and drums. The White Stripes anyone? But Crushed Out are no mere followers or copycats of Jack White, as they bring a bit of surf guitar and countryesque blues into the mix. Frank Hoier and Moselle Spiller form the enigmatic duo wherein Frank sports a completely unique guitar sound that has caught the notice of Jon Spencer, while Moselle shows the range of her artistic abilities by designing the group’s artwork, merch, and videos.


Crushed Out recently played a session for Do317.com in Indianapolis, where they roared through two of their tunes, “Temper Tantrum” and “Want to Give”. Meanwhile the band’s debut, Want to Give released November 6th via their Cool Clear Water imprint.


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Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
Shiny, glistening electro-pop blends organically with mellow house grooves, resulting in a surefire club hit.

Brian Suarez, who records under the name Allies For Everyone, released his second EP this past summer, Scavenger, for which he served as singer, songwriter, producer and DJ. Talk about DIY. The artist’s work has already garnered praise from the like of Time Out New York and Interview Magazine. Meanwhile recently Suarez created the soundtrack for the Elle Magazine Jean Paul Gaultier Retrospective. Today Suarez premieres his latest video with PopMatters, the title tune from the recent EP Scavenger, and the perfect summation of his sound. Shiny, glistening electro-pop blends organically with mellow house grooves, resulting in a surefire club hit.



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Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012

Rock and roll dreams! Motel Beds just released their latest record Dumb Gold, which kicks off with this track, “Smoke Your Homework”. Ghettoblaster says, “Think The Strokes, but without daddy’s money”, which is exactly right. The Dayton, Ohio band is offering a free download of the album at their Bandcamp site.



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Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
Denmark's Black Light White Light play a brand of psych rock influenced by the genre's '60s pioneers, but bring a darker Scandinavian feel into the mix.

Denmark’s Black Light White Light play a brand of psych rock influenced by the genre’s ‘60s pioneers, but bring a darker Scandinavian feel into the mix. The band’s debut Infrared Daylight released last year and 2012 has seen the group touring Europe in support of the record and releasing new videos, like this one we premiere today, “The New Line”. The video was shot in 3D by visual artist Sif Mikkelsen, so dig out those glasses for maximum enjoyment. Still, you can catch the psychedelic flavours in 2D if those specs are nowhere to be found. We’ll let Black Light White Light describe the song in their own words:


“‘The New Line’ is about a desperate man’s longing for change and something better in life without knowing what the better actually is and how to make a change. Life has become a deafening sound—an ongoing struggle of power between darkness and light, dream and reality within the body and soul—a duality in lifewhich so well portrayed in the video. Will the new line actually make a change? And if so, what kind of change? You need to take a look in the mirror and be sure to get moving.”—Martin Ejlertsen (Black Light White Light)



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