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by PopMatters Staff

1 Sep 2016


Photo: Peter Graham

As we said back in February about this incredible group, “Northern Ireland’s the Bonnevilles are steeped in the blues and they enliven and amp up their sound by playing as a duo with Andrew McGibbon Jr. on vocals and guitar and Chris McMullan on drums. It’s a formation that has paid off in spades for both the White Stripes and the Black Keys and the Bonnevilles carry on that tradition of stripped down, blues rock run through with headbanging punk energy.”

by Eric Risch

1 Sep 2016


If 2014’s 27 was a stepping stone to adulthood, new single “Burn Away” from M. Lockwood Porter is the sound of one cautiously settling into life’s uncertainties. A Yale alumnus and former English teacher, the California singer/songwriter born in Oklahoma and raised on punk music finds himself in a different place these years as he awaits the release of his third album, How to Dream Again: “I’m in love, in a very healthy, serious relationship, and I’m happier with where I’m at in terms of my music, but with being further along in my personal life come new questions like ‘How do you maintain what’s good about a relationship? How do you keep it from going stale?’”

by Eric Risch

31 Aug 2016


Photo: Erin Rambo

Recorded live in one take, the bubbly “Goodbye Temporarily” set the tone for Far Cries and Close Calls, the forthcoming album from Oklahoma singer/songwriter John Calvin Abney. Decamping to Little Rock, Arkansas, to record his latest LP, Abney notes of the lead single, “It was the first song approached when entering the studio, and gave the entire space, along with those involved, a calm yet energetic sense that we were going to create something glowing and real.”

by Jonathan Frahm

30 Aug 2016


Rochester, New York pop/rock singer-songwriter Adam Clark is back again, and this time with a brand new collaboration alongside Dutch electronic recording artist Anthony Dircson (Reepublic Records). Clark and Dircson’s first work together comes along in the form of a remix of the former’s initial debut single following his team-up with multi-platinum selling, Grammy-nominated producer David Schuler (P!nk, John Legend, Daughtry), “King of the Sky”.

by PopMatters Staff

30 Aug 2016


Toronto dream pop artist Rosemary Fairweather hasn’t released an album yet, but she’s been turning heads with a batch of singles premiering on the hipper side of the musical internet. It’s easy to see why as her warm, ethereal sound is mesmerizing. On “I Wasn’t There”, gentle chords welcome you as the sound opens up to Fairweather’s lovely high soprano voice mourning the end of a relationship. Languid beats and warm synth washes carry the song to greater heights. Fairweather says, “this song is personal to me, but I hope people can take something away from it.” Indeed, we do as Fairweather has created a memorable song here and we eagerly await her debut full-length release, Heavenly - A Collection of Songs, coming in late fall.

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20 Questions: Rachael Yamagata

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"After a four year break since her last album, Rachael Yamagata reveals a love of spreadsheets, a love for Streisand, and why it's totally OK to suck at playing guitar.

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