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Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
San Francisco's Social Studies offer up a blend of skizzy pop and math rock on their Antenna Farms debut Wind Up Wooden Heart that released this July.

San Francisco’s Social Studies offer up a blend of skizzy pop and math rock on their Antenna Farms debut Wind Up Wooden Heart that released this July. Last week, PopMatters’ Dylan Nelson said the album is “peppered with delightful highlights—sudden shifts in tone and velocity, hummable but discreet phrases, bold and thoughtful instrumental flourishes… the album plays well from start to finish.” This is catchy, but never predictable music, tunes that like to mess with traditional song structure, and bring an experimental edge to a pop song. Fan of Deerhoof and Beach House will find much to enjoy here. The group is currently touring and dates and MP3s are listed after the jump.


TOUR DATES
Aug 17 2010 - Rotture - Portland, OR        
Aug 19 2010 - Chop Suey - Seattle, WA              
Aug 20 2010 - In-Store @ Music Millennium - Portland, OR          
Aug 20 2010 - Backspace - Portland, or              
Aug 22 2010 - Rock Make Street Festival - San Francisco, CA      
Aug 23 2010 - The Hub - Sacramento, CA



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Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
Their gentle, pastoral pop ideally suits these waning days of summer, made all the more ironic given that these tunes were recorded during the cold winter months in frosty Nashville basement.

The Southern pop duo the Foxymorons return after five years with their latest long player, Bible Stories next week. Their gentle, pastoral pop ideally suits these waning days of summer, made all the more ironic given that these tunes were recorded during the cold winter months in frosty Nashville basement. Today we have the pleasure of premiering the video for the single “This Too Shall Pass”. Foxymoron’s David Dewese talks about the video’s creation: “We made the video ourselves, but some of the little details might be cool to mention. As with the long distance nature of our band, we each filmed footage in separate states using only our iPhones. Fort Worth represents the introspective and lonesome footage, while Nashville represents good memories and hope. We also edited from afar using iChat’s screen-share program to fumble our way through an antique version of iMovie. We can’t wait to refine the process and try it again.”



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Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
The tune shows influences from the Human League, Flock of Seagulls and other romantic new wave leading lights and the VHS-look of the video plays off that '80s aesthetic quite nicely.

Brooklyn’s Living Days specialize in the sort of glammy new wave that headlined the mid-‘80s. That means they know their way around a catchy tune, know how to dress snazzy and have a commanding lead vocalist (Stephonik Youth) with serious pipes. “Let’s Kiss” is the lead single off Living Days’ upcoming debut album, Make Out Room Part 1, releasing 24 August. The tune shows influences from the Human League, Flock of Seagulls and other romantic new wave leading lights and the VHS-look of the video plays off that ‘80s aesthetic quite nicely.



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Monday, Aug 9, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
Quest for Fire's Chad Ross: "Wide open spaces of dreamy hard rock, quiet sweet moments, and pounding psych straight from the Canadian heart."

Toronto’s hard-hitting, scuzz fuzz, psych band, Quest for Fire, are releasing their eagerly awaited sophomore album August 31st and we’ve got the premiere today of “Set Out Alone”, the ideal encapsulation of their sound. Quest for Fire emerged from the remains of two previous bands, the Deadly Snakes and Cursed, and released their self-titled debut last year. Vocalist and guitarist Chad Ross describes the musical vision for Lights from Paradise as “a heavy meeting of all the music we love. It’s filled with wide open spaces of dreamy hard rock, quiet sweet moments, and pounding psych straight from the Canadian heart.” That last bit describes “Set Out Alone” to a tee. Release details and track list are after the jump.



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Thursday, Aug 5, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
Los Angeles' Vincent Minor (known as Michael Mangia in a previous life) channels the Great American Songbook via Tin Pan Alley and Brill Building in his catchy pop tunes.

Los Angeles’ Vincent Minor (known as Michael Mangia in a previous life) channels the Great American Songbook via Tin Pan Alley and Brill Building in his catchy pop tunes. Case in point is the rather ironically titled piano-driven “Heavy Metal Lover” that PopMatters is premiering today, which will appear on Minor’s upcoming self-titled debut album this September from Social Science Recordings. One hears a bit of Burt Bacharach on this tune too, which is always a good thing. Minor is also a budding entrepreneur, having co-founded the gay speed dating group LA Lords. Along each stop on his upcoming tour, he’ll organize gay speed dating nights to help fund the tour itself. Now, that’s a clever and creative way to try to actually make money during these trying economic times for musical artists.


TOUR DATES
08/25 - DENVER, CO - Cervantes Masterpiece
09/02 - CHICAGO, IL - The Darkroom
09/10 - BOSTON, MA - PA’s Lounge
09/23 - NEW YORK, NY - Pianos



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