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Monday, Mar 28, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
Brooklyn's Country Mice are as rooted in classic rock as in the Twang. Twister, releasing on 7 June, should be a new favorite of the Wilco-loving masses.

Brooklyn’s Country Mice are made up of a band of Midwest transplants who come by their “country” sensibility naturally; frontman Jason Rueger is from a teeny town on the Kansas map called Beattie. Instead of heading to Nashvegas in search of country stardom, Rueger set his sights on Brooklyn and teamed with fellow Midwesterners Ben Bullington (guitar) and Kurt Kuehn (drums) to form a group as rooted in classic rock as it is in the Twang. Country Mice will release their debut, Twister, on 7 June, an album that should be a new favorite of the Wilco-loving masses.



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Wednesday, Mar 23, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
Nashville's Bad Cop has a new 7-inch dropping this summer, but in the meantime they have just unleashed the new video for "I'm in Lust With You", an appropriate title for a testosterone-driven slab of charging rawk.

A lot has happened in the life of Nashville’s Bad Cop since we last caught up with them... The band has gone through a line-up changed, played the stages at PopMontreal and CMJ, as well as holding down a regular gig at Brooklyn’s Don Pedro. Bowing to the ironic resurgent popularity of the good old cassette tape and the return of the vinyl LP, vocalist Adam Anyone has also started a new cassette and vinyl label called Jeffery Drag Records. The garage rock band has a new 7-inch dropping this summer, but in the meantime they have just unleashed the new video directed by Seth Graves for “I’m in Lust With You”, an appropriate title for a testosterone-driven slab of charging guitar rawk.




As an extra treat, we’re giving you a preview of a new Bad Cop song to be released in finished form this summer. This is the demo version of “Wet Lips”.



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Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
Canada's Timber Timbre have a new album in the wings and their new video is something of a 1920s-style, silent movie homage with flickering credits and camera movements and techniques reminiscent of early film.

Canada’s Timber Timbre have been peddling their unique blend of noirish, cinematic roots music since 2005 and the band’s 2009 self-titled album was honored by being long listed for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize. This April the trio of Taylor Kirk, Mika Posen and Simon Trottier are offering up their fourth album, Creep On Creepin’ On, which continues to blend their influences from a wide variety of sounds. Kirk says, “The idea is to make music we love and therefore embrace the risk of sounding like all the music we’ve ever loved, all at once.” “Woman” is the record’s first single and the video is something of a 1920s-style, silent movie homage with flickering credits and camera movements and techniques reminiscent of early film. It’s an intriguing approach for a haunting song, the historic aesthetic making the song seem ever more poignant. The band will be touring the upcoming release and you can find the dates after the jump.



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Wednesday, Mar 9, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
Warm Ghost, aka Paul Duncan, takes the lovely a capella harmonies of Mountain Man's delicious folk pop tune "Play It Right" and coverts it into an infectious slab of electro pop.

Warm Ghost, aka Paul Duncan, takes the lovely a capella harmonies of Mountain Man’s delicious folk pop tune “Play It Right” and coverts it into an infectious slab of electro pop. The warm synth washes add dimension and orchestral flourishes ala OMD that really take the song to a whole new level. Duncan has been busy of late, following the release of last year’s Claws Overhead EP, work on an upcoming full-length album with his musical partner in Warm Ghost Oliver Chapoy. The group has a number of upcoming SXSW appearances as well that you can check out after the jump.



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Tuesday, Mar 1, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
"Reaching Forward" comes barreling out of the gate as an adrenalin soaked anthem and a statement of purpose for the Swedish band's sophomore record.

Sweden’s all-female Those Dancing Days named themselves after a Led Zeppelin song and there’s something of that ferocity present right from the get-go on the group’s new album Daydreams and Nightmares. “Reaching Forward” comes barreling out of the gate as an adrenalin soaked anthem and a statement of purpose for their sophomore record. Those Dancing Days has also fine-tuned their sound as a result of the hard work touring they’ve done over the past few years. Lisa Pyk Wirström says, “all the live touring has really made an impact. When you stand on stage, you really want to max out. Now we have maxed out in the studio as well.” Daydreams and Nightmares is out today via Wichita Recordings.



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