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Friday, Mar 7, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Los Angeles via Detroit rockers the Singles excel in '70s/'80s style American power pop, all crunchy chords, catchy melodies and killer harmonies.

The Singles latest tune is the garage poppy “(She’s Got) A Heart of Stone”, a three-minute slice of classic pop. Vince Frederick (guitar/lead vocals) tells us, “‘(She’s Got) A Heart of Stone’ is the first track we recorded for the new album. One of our favs to play live, it came together quite quickly in the studio. Not a lot of overdubs, straight forward rock n roll.” Look for a new full-length album, Look How Fast a Heart Can Break, this April.


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Thursday, Mar 6, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
On Iska Dhaaf's debut Even the Sun Will Burn, the bittersweet hints of '60s psychedelia lend depth and texture to catchy indie-pop melodies.

Seattle duo Iska Dhaaf takes its name from the Somali phrase for “let it go”. But there’s not much translation needed for the synth-laced indie-pop of Iska Dhaaf’s debut full-length Even the Sun Will Burn, recorded at Olympia, Washington’s underground rock mecca, Dub Narcotic Studios. Consisting of singer/guitarist Nathan Quiroga and keyboardist/drummer Benjamin Verdoes (of Mt. Saint Helens Vietnam Band), there are bittersweet hints of ‘60s psychedelia that lend depth and texture to the swirling, catchy melodies.


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Thursday, Mar 6, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
While shoegaze influences are front and center for Spotlight Kid, a better point of reference for Ten Thousand Hours might be Smashing Pumpkins, circa Siamese Dream.

Even with its swirling, ethereal melodies, Spotlight Kid‘s upcoming third album Ten Thousand Hours is more dream-rock than dream-pop, considering the muscle and heft of its soundscapes. While shoegaze influences are front and center for Spotlight Kid, the moments that really jump out on the Nottingham group‘s latest effort are the ones that bring to mind a Siamese Dream-era Smashing Pumpkins. And with the Kate Bush-like cadences of Katty Heath’s vocals as a prominent part of the mix, there’s a real sense of drama and dynamism to Ten Thousand Hours.


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Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
André Cymone has a long history of collaboration with Prince, as well as being a top notch producer and solo artist. With his latest album, The Stone, Cymone shows us why rock is always better with the funk.

Bah humbug to all of those tossers who think rock is dead. André Cymone still believes and he makes you believe it too. “Rock and Roll” is a scorching toe-tapper that restores the faith in rock ‘n’ roll’s ability to really move us. The Stone reflects the remarkable musical and personal journey that’s brought Cymone from his influential early days to his current creative mission.


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Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Folkie duo Misner and Smith released their latest album, Seven Hour Storm, last fall and now they have a brand new video for the title track.

“Seven Hour Storm” showcases Misner and Smith‘s killer harmonies and gentle folk-pop aesthetic. Here the group tells us all about one of their signature tunes:


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