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Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013
For its fourth full-length, Model Rocket, the Brother Kite has crafted a bold, sculpted effort, driven by dramatic guitars and propulsive rhythms.

For its fourth full-length, Model Rocket, the Brother Kite has crafted a bold, sculpted effort, driven by dramatic guitars and propulsive rhythms. While many a band this deep into a career would be tempted to (over)complicate its approach after accruing more and more experience, it’s refreshing to find a group like the Brother Kite streamlining what it does and channeling it into the muscular, straight-ahead alt-rock sound you hear on Model Rocket. Streaming exclusively here on PopMatters, Model Rocket is being released today on Clairecords.


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Monday, Nov 11, 2013
Albany's Titanics cover Rhye's "Open", giving some noir flourishes to the already seductive tune.

The song is called “Open”, and it’s an apt description for the direct romantic sentiment and airy music composing it. In the hands of Albany indie pop duo Titanics, the Rhye cover keeps the original’s tone of wounded seduction, but with a more noir flavor. Spacey and minimalistic at first, its momentum builds in cinematic fashion as the instrumentation adds more components. It’s one helluva sexy groove, one to accompany a 2 a.m. seduction, and a damn fine follow-up to their debut LP, Soft Treasure, released earlier this year.



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Thursday, Nov 7, 2013
"Savoir Faire" is our first glimpse of the new material from the District Attorneys.

The District Attorneys gained a lot of attention with 2012’s Slowburner, and the band ran with that momentum, playing show after show after show (and even finding time for some side projects). Now they’re setting their sights on the follow-up: That forthcoming effort (no date as of yet) will be called Hip Calculated, and the band has already hunkered down to record the songs they’ve written. “Savoir Faire” is our first glimpse of the new material, and if it’s any indication of what Hip Calculated will be like, we’re in for some good listening. Recorded at Standard Deluxe in Waverly, Alabama by Glossary’s Joey Kneiser, this acoustic take not only promises great things, but it also acts as a nice “thanks for riding with us” to everyone who enjoyed Slowburner so much.


 


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Thursday, Nov 7, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Nashville rock 'n' rollers Buffalo Clover have gone all-out southern soul on their latest record, Test Your Love.

With a clear line of reference to great southern soul influenced-bands like the Rolling Stones and the Band, Buffalo Clover have put together a rollicking new album of deep grooves and crisp pop melodies. Meanwhile front woman Margo Price sings in a sweet and soulful voice that beguiles while the rest of the band stomps through horn-drenched, energetic songs.


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Thursday, Nov 7, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
What makes "Born to Raise Hell" eerie and surreal is how Graham Colton delivers his chilling story in bold, muscular pop tones.

Premiering here on PopMatters, “Born to Raise Hell” offers a sneak peak of Graham Colton’s upcoming album, Lonely Ones, scheduled to be released on 21 January 2014. Using an encounter between the father of collaborator Chad Copelin and the serial killer Richard Speck as the inspiration for “Born to Raise Hell”, the song’s vivid video depicts a harrowing story imagining how someone might circle the downward spiral of escalating violence. What makes “Born to Raise Hell” all the more eerie and surreal is how Colton delivers his narrative in bold, muscular pop tones, perhaps taking a few cues from fellow Oklahoma City native and friend Wayne Coyne.


 


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