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Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
To mark the release of its new album Orange today, stylish rock duo XNY premieres the track "A Part" on PopMatters.

Known as XNY, the Brooklyn duo of singer/guitarist Pam Autuori and drummer Jacob Schreiber is releasing its sophomore album Orange today. To mark the occasion, XNY is premiering album track “A Part” on PopMatters. On “A Part”, XNY gives a strong indication of the brand of stylish, intense rock that it’s making its name with, as Autuori’s simmering vocals and intuitive guitar play are given depth by Schreiber’s inventive percussion work.



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Friday, Aug 9, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Chris Flemmons won't just be coming to a venue near you, but he's bringing the show right to you if you're picked as a host for the Baptist Generals Living Room Tour.

The Baptist Generals’ Chris Flemmons won’t just be coming to a venue near you, but he’s planning on bringing the show right to you, if you win a contest to have him play an acoustic set in your very own home. Running from September 16 through October 15, 2013, the Baptist Generals Living Room Tour is a collaboration with the Undertow Music Collective, which has sponsored similar events with likes of David Bazan, Damien Jurado, and Califone. For details on how to host your very own Chris Flemmons performance, visit the Undertow site.


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Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013
On "Too Much Dark", Caged Animals strike just the right balance between shadowy intimacy and glimmers of brightness that provide just enough light.

The refrain of Caged Animals’ latest single “Too Much Dark” goes “There’s too much dark / And not enough light,” but that’s hardly the case with the song itself. Described as the bedroom-pop project of singer-songwriter Vincent Cacchione, Caged Animals strike just the right balance on the track between the shadowy intimacy of Cacchione’s still production and glimmers of brightness that provide just enough light with steadily rising synths and twinkling instrumentation. On “Too Much Dark”, Cacchione finds that comfort zone between feeling small and sounding big that acts like this one should be aiming for.


PopMatters premieres the video for “Too Much Dark”, which appears on Caged Animals’ upcoming album In the Land of Giants, due 3 September on Lucky Number.



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Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013
PopMatters has an exclusive look at the new music video from LA dark synth-pop band Night Club's EP Love Casualty, "Poisonous".

Night Club’s newest EP, Love Casualty, is pretty damn goofy. The music goes beyond being ‘80s indebted to being a near carbon copy of ‘80s synth pop. The dark streak running throughout the music is as cartoonish as an antagonist in an ‘80’s sex comedy. What makes this EP an earworm of a listen, however, is that it’s an absolute blast even in spite of those facts. The hooks on songs like “Give Yourself Up” are unassailable in their execution. The mood is unpretentious and fun.


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Monday, Jul 22, 2013
Houston outfit Drowner has a knack for using contrast to amp up the drama of its neo-shoegaze compositions.

Houston outfit Drowner has a knack for using contrast to amp up the drama of its neo-shoegaze compositions. A prime example of Drowner’s savvy play of textures, “Stay with Me” is at once slow-burning and explosive, as muscular, steadily building guitars and Anna Bouchard’s ethereal vocals play off of a driving rhythm section. PopMatters is premiering “Stay with Me”, which comes from Drowner’s upcoming full-length You’re Beautiful, I Forgive You, out on 13 August via Saint Marie Records.



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