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Monday, Aug 26, 2013
This Frontier Needs Heroes' new take on Americana clears space for sitar on "It's Over Now".

It doesn’t take long for This Frontier Needs Heroes to get to the twist they give their wistful Americana sound on “It’s Over Now”, starting as it does with some squiggly lines of sitar. As unexpected as the steely shimmer of Arvid Smith’s sitar might seem, it fits well with the brisk shimmery drums, the understated acoustic guitar play, and echoing vocals by band principals Brad and Jessica Lauretti. “It’s Over Now” comes off This Frontier Needs Heroes new album Hooky, out on 27 August.



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Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013
PopMatters is proud to premiere the new music video from the soundtrack to Destin Cretton’s film Short Term 12, “Brushbloom Glow". Composer Joel P West is in top form, interweaving strings and piano into a gorgeous romantic pop gem.

Short Term 12, writer/director Destin Cretton’s latest film following his under-the-radar indie Not a Hipster, continues to receive raves following its explosive SXSW premiere, where it won the Grand Jury Narrative Feature Award and the Narrative Audience Award. Catching the headlines even more than Cretton is star Brie Larson, whose rise from reliable supporting player in films like 21 Jump Street and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World to powerhouse lead has hit a high mark with Short Term 12.


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Monday, Aug 19, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
There's something both vitally novel as well as uncannily familiar about "Duper" by Crooks on Tape, the latest project of Enon's John Schmersal.

There’s something both vitally novel as well as uncannily familiar about “Duper”, a new track by the newish band Crooks on Tape. That’s because Crooks on Tape is the latest project from John Schmersal, a key player in fondly remembered indie eccentrics Brainiac and Enon, the latter which he founded. While the scuzzed-out, bottom-heavy riffing and Schmerzel’s screech-sung vocals hearken back to the beloved acts he was a part of, the warped experimental pop on “Duper” radiates with a bristling energy that can only be of the moment.


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Monday, Aug 19, 2013
Fans of serpentine sounds and deranged theatrics, take note of Vulture Industries' latest avant-rock offering, "The Hound".

Norwegian metal band Vulture Industries might well be based in the city of Bergen, a location famed for its history of disagreeable and diabolic black metal, but the five piece experiments with a far wider range of styles. Progressive, doom, extreme, cabaret, industrial, and symphonic metal all play a role in the band’s dark and demented sound, as do jazz, alt-, hard-, and death-rock. All of this means that Vulture Industries toy with the avant-garde, wearing a similarly misshapen and eccentric crown to that of Arcturus, Ved Buens Ende, or Devin Townsend.


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Monday, Aug 19, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
On the video for "Back to the Beginning", the play of light and shadow reflects the meditative mood of Roger Eno/Plumbline's measured electronic sound.

Check out the resourceful new video for “Back to the Beginning” from Roger Eno/Plumbline’s latest album Endless City/Concrete Garden. The play of blipping light and shadows in the visuals capture the minimalist tone of the music, as a meditative keyboard line is joined by measured electronic effects, building together as everything comes into focus.


The video for “Back to the Beginning” premieres on PopMatters; Endless City/Concrete Garden is out now via Hydrogen Dukebox.



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