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by Adrien Begrand

1 Sep 2015


So we pronounce it “nervous lovers” then, right?

This latest addition to search-optimized indie band names (right up there with CHVRCHES and Alvvays) San Francisco band NRVS LVRS provide an aptly contemporary twist on indie pop. At its root is the same new romantic-derived sounds Stars have been excelling at for the past 15 years, but with smart additions of chillwave, electropop, and dreampop. The tactic works especially well on their debut album, which can be streamed in its entirety below in advance of its 8 September release date.

by Adrien Begrand

1 Sep 2015


Chicago’s Walsher Clemons is a jam band that know not just how to lock into a strong instrumental groove, but one that knows how to create a groove that actually moves. Described as a combination of Michael Jackson and Phish (with a little Steely Dan tossed in as well) this is sunny, Bonnaroo-friendly music that demands its listeners dance to their irresistible funk beats.

by Adrien Begrand

1 Sep 2015


Sweden has a tremendous knack for producing bands that understand psychedelic rock in a way that few other countries, if any, can match. Instrumental band Valley is the latest to surface, and they impress mightily on their debut EP Sunburst, which gracefully weaves its way through post-rock expansiveness, krautrock repetition, psychedelic dreaminess, and a welcome touch of Americana that sets the music apart from their peers.

by Adrien Begrand

31 Aug 2015


Two years have passed since former Verbena member Duquette Johnston put out his PopMatters-approved album Rabbit Runs a Destiny, but that hasn’t stopped him from releasing a new video for the track “It Was You”. And for good reason too. As he explains, the song has deep meaning, and he and filmmaker Dillon Hayes had a great idea to convey that personal theme in a different medium.

by Adrien Begrand

31 Aug 2015


Although she got her showbiz start on such tween sitcoms as Victorious (with Ariana Grande) and Dog With a Blog, Dara Sisterhen has smartly sidestepped that machine that eats child stars alive. A prolific singer-songwriter bridging indie pop and mainstream country—you can hear a little Kacey Musgraves in her music—the youngster recently released her charming new EP Boom, and has just put out a cute new video for the track “Kids” that brings a little B-movie fun into the mix.

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Postmortem: Did 'True Detective' Do Justice to Latino California?

// Channel Surfing

"In its shift to the different psychosphere of California, the show’s second season perpetuated Latino stereotypes instead of giving us a deeper and truer examination of the Golden State

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