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Thursday, Sep 30, 2010
San Francisco's Beats Antique craft a delicious, multi-cultural, genre-defying musical gumbo that feels truly omnivorous.

San Francisco’s Beats Antique craft a delicious, multi-cultural, genre-defying musical gumbo that feels truly omnivorous. The ensemble is comprised of producers David Satori and Tommy Cappel—who have trekked worldwide sampling the world’s cultures—and producer/belly dancer (yes, you read that right) Zoe Jakes. Beat Antique’s new album is Blind Threshold and it draws broadly from hip-hop, dub step, Balkan brass, dance, Middle Eastern textures and more. Today we present the online premiere of the first single, “There Ya Go”, featuring John Popper of Blues Traveler. If you like what you hear, catch the group at one of their upcoming shows, listed after the jump.



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Wednesday, Sep 29, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
Power pop hero Dwight Twilley returns next week with Green Blimp, that includes 12 new tunes and guest performances from Susan Cowsill and Rocky Burnette.

Power pop hero Dwight Twilley returns next week with Green Blimp, that includes 12 new tunes and guest performances from Susan Cowsill and Rocky Burnette. In advance of the release, Twilley has unleashed two free downloads for fans, which you can snag below. Following the album release will be a documentary about Twilley’s long and storied career that began back in the early ‘70s, as well as an upcoming radio tour. All the up-to-date info is available over at dwighttwilley.com.



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Monday, Sep 27, 2010
On his solo project, Jason Simon retains the spacey atmosphere of Dead Meadow, but uses acoustic guitar to affect a much quieter, more relaxed theme on the music.

Jason Simon is best known as the voice behind D.C.-based psychedelic/stoner rock trio Dead Meadow, a group that has earned accolades from Rolling Stone, Metal Hammer, and numerous other sources from all over the music spectrum. The singer’s beautiful tenor vocals are at once distinctive and captivating, with the range and delivery to slowly draw listeners in and keep them engaged. On his solo project, Simon retains the spacey atmosphere of Dead Meadow, but uses acoustic guitar to affect a much quieter, more relaxed theme on the music. It is neither folk nor blues, but rather a style that lies somewhere in the middle; soft and calm, but still highly expressive, intelligent, and meaningful. Lead single “Let’s Begin” captures this tone wonderfully in both the music and the well-executed video, shot from two angles simultaneously in one long take. Fans of folk musicians like Imaad Wasif and Harper Simon will fall in love with this album. Make no mistake—Jason Simon now has two musical avenues for creativity beyond the imaginations of mere mortals.



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Friday, Sep 24, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
Univox is rooted in the '70s in the best possible way, displaying a love for catchy harmonies, jagged punk and post-punk guitar textures, power pop energy, and rousing choruses.

Back in May, we called Univox’s self-titled debut “well-executed enough to be treasured by those who find it… in other words, a fine debut.” This is a band rooted in the ‘70s in the best possible way, displaying a love for catchy harmonies, jagged punk and post-punk guitar textures, power pop energy, and rousing choruses. The Philly group loves a strong riff and the primal spirit of rock and roll. It’s there on album opener “Pi” (stream after the jump) and also on the video we premiere today for “Conan”. Meanwhile the guys can turn all jangly on a dime too; witness the delicious acoustic strumming and harmonies on “Everybody Knows” and “Lever Master City”. This is a confident and self-assured entrance onto the rock and roll stage and we look forward to the next step from these young fellows.



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Friday, Sep 24, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
Brooklyn indie foursome Via Audio releases "Olga", which exemplifies the currently wildly popular lo-fi aesthetic both musically and visually.

Brooklyn indie foursome Via Audio released their sophomore LP Animalore this past March, following the critical success of 2007’s Say Something. Spoon’s Jim Eno is again the production mind behind the latest lo-fi pop tunes of the Berklee College of Music-trained musicians. Via Audio holed up in Eno’s Austin home last year to develop and record the tracks for Animalore. Today’s premiere of their new video of “Olga” exemplifies the currently wildly popular lo-fi aesthetic both musically and visually, an artistic approach discussed in-depth recently over on Pitchfork in “This Is Not a Photograph”.



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