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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
Ki:Theory, known in real life as Joel Burleson, blends electronics and indie rock into catchy pop tunes like "Holiday Heart", releasing as the artist's new single today.

Ki:Theory, known in real life as Joel Burleson, blends electronics and indie rock into catchy pop tunes like “Holiday Heart”. He’s a recording artist in his own right, as well as producing remixes for luminaries like Daft Punk, Ladytron, and Queens of the Stone Age. Today is the official release of his latest single, “Holiday Heart”, which we have the pleasure of premiering. The B-side features Ki:Theory’s remixing talents as he partners with Holy Fuck to rethink UNKLE’s “Natural Selection”. Ki:Theory’s profile will rise ever higher as he scored a remix on the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides soundtrack.



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Monday, May 23, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
The UK's White Belt Yellow Tag are a young band on the rise and they share their experiences playing in China with PopMatters through words and pictures.

The UK’s White Belt Yellow Tag are a young band on the rise, with their year-old British debut LP being favorably compared by NME and others to stellar bands such as Elbow and Doves. Their brand new US EP, You’re Not Invincible, has just been released and we have the pleasure of presenting you with the premiere of “Postcards”. Fans of the aforementioned groups, as well as the Verve should dig this tune. Keeping with the postcards theme, White Belt Yellow Tag was good enough to share with us some photos from their recent trip to China along with their thoughts on the trip in their words. Check out the full photoessay after the jump.



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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The Indelicates -- the UK's great unsung indie-pop subverters -- have taken on both the concept album and the musical with their third album, to be released next week.

Both the concept album and musicals are fodder for write-offs and ridicule, but developments this year have returned some credibility to these forums of expression. Once seen as an indulgence of prog rockers and something only tourists and old people could ever really love, respectively, 2011 has seen PJ Harvey turn the concept album into something very deep with Let England Shake, while South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have revived the musical and made it into something for everyone (excepting the easily offended) to love with The Book of Mormon.


Now, the Indelicates—the UK’s great unsung indie-pop subverters—have taken on both the concept album and the musical with their third album, to be released next week. In true Indelicates fashion, the concept they’ve chose is a heady one; they have made a concept album/musical on David Koresh, he of the 1993 Waco Siege, and have entitled it David Koresh Superstar. And if preview track, “Something’s Goin’ Down in Waco” is anything to go by, it’s going to be a mind-blower. While disembodied voices and unusual subject matter set to a beguiling cabaret rhythm may not be the ingredients for the perfect chart-topper, the Indelicates could just win over a few idiosyncratic hearts with their singular—and pretty catchy—vision.



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Thursday, May 12, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
Lady Lazarus is currently working on material for a new album, as well as videos like the one we present you with today, "Took in My Diamond Heart".

Native Californian Melissa Ann Sweat now makes picturesque Savannah, Georgia her home and, it’s from these literary climes that she works on her wide-ranging artistic interests. The poet, writer and artist goes under the moniker of Lady Lazarus for her musical endeavors, which only really began early in 2008 when she started teaching herself to play music and began writing songs. Her debut release, Mantic drew accolades from Pitchfork and One Thirty BPM, while she’s been been on the road supporting the project. Lady Lazarus is currently working on material for a new album, as well as videos like the one we present you with today, “Took in My Diamond Heart”.



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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
Winnipeg's Imaginary Cities bring together a multi-talented instrumentalist in Rusty Matyas and rousing vocalist Marti Sarbit for one of Canada's most buzzed about new groups.

Winnipeg’s Imaginary Cities were birthed in a club auspiciously called the Cavern—recall the Beatles and their residency at Liverpool’s Cavern Club—by Marti Sarbit and Rusty Matyas, who was formerly a member of the power pop band the Waking Eyes and is a current player with the Weakerthans. The duo’s recent LP, Temporary Resident, has done well in their native land, reaching #1 on both !earshot and CHARTattack Canadian National Charts. Not bad for this promising group with a multi-talented instrumentalist in Matyas, who played all the instruments on the album, and Sarbit with her rousing, unique voice.


The two labored carefully over the album’s tunes together in close collaboration during 12-hour songwriting sessions. The attention to detail shows and the group looks to have a very bright future indeed. Today, we premiere the new video for “Ride This Out”, directed by Jeremy Fisher in hand-drawn animated style. Both Matyas and Fisher offer their thoughts on the production of the video after the jump.



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