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Friday, Jan 14, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
Mobile, Alabama's the Sunshine Factory are a power trio with a shoegaze and psychedelic edge.

Mobile, Alabama’s the Sunshine Factory are a power trio with a shoegaze and psychedelic edge. It’s a popular sound in indie these days with Bear in Heaven and A Place to Bury Strangers as the artists closest to Sunshine Factory’s approach. Last December, the band released their latest LP Sugar and today we present the premiere of their newest video, “Twisted and Clover”, full of slabs of their trademark fuzzy, distortion-fueled pop. Check below the jump for the group’s upcoming your dates.



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Tuesday, Jan 4, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
The married musical couple Ben + Vesper offer up their second LP of pop adventurousness this January with the release of Honors.

The married musical couple Ben + Vesper offer up their second LP of pop adventurousness this month with the release of Honors coming on the uber-packed released day of January 25th via Sounds Familyre Records. The group has taken its time over the past few years to compose these new pop gems in the four years since the lauded debut, All This Could Kill You. Despite the time Ben Stamper spent writing the new songs, the couple opted for a five-day recording session to lend immediacy to the performances. Ben + Vesper’s is filled out with John Mosloskie on bass and Steve Oyola on drums, as well as the incomparable Sufjan Stevens lending vital keyboard work throughout the record.



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Wednesday, Dec 8, 2010
Synchronized interpretive dance anyone? The new video for "DNA", off the self-titled debut releasing 22 February 2011 from indie rocker Darwin Deez, has plenty to offer.

Synchronized interpretive dance anyone? The new Miles Crawford-directed video for “DNA”, off the self-titled debut releasing 22 February 2011 from indie rocker Darwin Deez, has plenty to offer. Conceptually, the central couple in the video each represent a strand in the metaphorical double-helix of love. They dance, swim together, roll in the grass, do everything you’d expect a happy, young urban couple to do. The true direction of the video, however, only becomes clear when listening to the lyrics. Given the song’s bounciness, you might rather just give yourself over to the beat. But then that wouldn’t make you that much different than the song’s protagonist.



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Monday, Dec 6, 2010
The electronic four-piece matches their electronic sound with classical instruments and moving lyrics. After gaining some recognition in Denmark, the band is ready to take on the world.

Balancing between dance and pop has become a popular line to walk and no one does it better than the latest Danish export, When Saints Go Machine. The electronic four-piece matches their electronic sound with classical instruments and moving lyrics. After gaining some recognition in Denmark, the band is ready to take on the world. Their first single, “Fail Forever”, is a haunting commentary on how we, as a society, never really say what we think; someone asks how you are and you say fine, when in reality that is hardly ever the case. Recently XLR8R posted “Fail Forever” and it quickly became the top rated and most downloaded MP3 on the site.


Check out the video for “Fail Forever” below and keep an eye out for When Saints Go Machine’s EP in January 2011 and a full album later in the year.



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Monday, Dec 6, 2010
As described by Derek Vincent Smith himself, Pretty Lights "gives the people what they want; electro organic cutting-edge party rocking beats that fill venues with energy and emotion and send dance floors into frenzies."

The brainchild of producer Derek Vincent Smith, Colorado-based Pretty Lights have built quite a reputation on the live festival circuit. With appearances at Bonnaroo, Rothbury, and the 10K Lakes Festival, they have become one of the premier electronic music experiences of the moment. As described by Smith himself, Pretty Lights “gives the people what they want; electro organic cutting-edge party rocking beats that fill venues with energy and emotion and send dance floors into frenzies.” And if you’ve ever been to one of their raucous live shows, you know they aren’t kidding.


They are also quite prolific in the studio, having released three full-length albums and a trio of EPs over the past few years (all of which are available as free downloads on their website). Their new video for “Future Blind”, from one of their 2010 EPs, Making Up a Changing Mind, is a colorful, fixed-perspective melodrama between a couple who apparently have a lot in common with Peter Parker. The song itself is excellent in its own right, its laidback groove and spectral keys lulling you into a chill, downtempo hypnosis.


Pretty Lights recently released its third EP of the year, Glowing in the Darkest Night, and have a couple of year-end shows lined up at the Congress Theatre in Chicago, 12/30 and 12/31, with Major Lazer and Holy Fuck supporting.



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