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Friday, Jul 25, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
There are lots of components at work on Setting Sun's "Seasons", but songwriter Gary Levitt makes them cohere in an immediate way.

There are lots of components at work on Setting Sun‘s “Seasons”, but songwriter Gary Levitt is able to make everything seem smaller in scale—in a good way. While you notice the melancholy strings, layered acoustic guitars, boy-girl vocal harmonizing, and more jump out here and there, “Seasons” is immediate and delicate enough that you don’t realize how much is going on until you catalog all the elements in the mix.


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Thursday, Jul 24, 2014
Check out a performance by the up-and-coming British indie rockers Young Rebel Set at the intimate Sofar venue in London, the National-indebted "Yesca and the Fear".

One would be forgiven for calling Young Rebel Set a British-ier version of the National. The gruff vocals of Matthew Chipchase and the minor seventh chords favored by the guitars certainly carry with them echoes of LPs like The National’s Alligator and Boxer. (Young Rebel Set’s most recent album is called Crocodile, which is but one indication that it is a spiritual successor to the former LP by its American counterparts.)


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Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014
Check out and download the latest tune from Alejandra O'Leary and the Champions of the West, "Skin to Skin".

The Detroit, Michigan-based outfit Alejandra O’Leary and the Champions of the West are set to release a new LP soon, and leading up to the release the group is offering single “Skin to Skin” as a download.


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Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014
Watch a video from the forthcoming live video from the Call and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Robert Levon Been, "I Still Believe".

Robert Levon Been of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club recently got a privilege that few musicians ever get: to pay tribute to his family’s recording legacy by performing the tunes himself. Been’s father, Michael Been, was part of the Call, a band who in an eight-year stretch recorded seven LPs—an impressive run by any metric.


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Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014
Check out the latest video from Portland, Oregon recording artist Sara Jackson-Holman, the Lana Del Rey-indebted "River Queen".

With a dusky voice and a visual flair not unlike the kind seen in the music videos of Lana Del Rey, Sara Jackson-Holman took to Oregon’s beautiful coastline to film the alluring music video for the title track off of her latest release, River Queen. Tastefully accented with pizzicato strings and horns, “River Queen” has a hook that’s pure pop in its contagious appeal, but its moodiness adds an appropriately ominous sense of mystery to the tune.


Jackson-Holman says of the song, “The making of ‘River Queen’ was an amazing experience. The song explores the desire to be everything to someone, to be a catalyst for healing and for getting in deep—wanting and embracing the good and the bad. It’s definitely a love song, but from the vantage point of a woman who is confident and commanding about her dreams and the way in which she will love, and that’s what we wanted to come across in the video by making it dreamy, romantic, and warm. We shot the video over a couple days at the Oregon Coast, one of my favorite places in the world.”


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