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Tuesday, Jul 2, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
The Lonely H leave their Port Angeles, Washington hometown for the bright lights of Nashville and soak up a bit of country on their new album.

“Waiting on a Broken Heart” showcases these new influences with longing pedal steel and soft country harmonies. Meanwhile “Love Her Anyways” is a classic power pop song interwoven with strains of classic Springsteenesque American rock. What do these tunes and the rest on the band’s new self-titled album have in common? Killer hooks. Melodies and choruses that sound like instant hits, while lodging in your head on auto-replay.


Front man Mark Fredson tells us about their approach on this record: “We still are heavily influenced by the music of the ‘60s and ‘70s. But, we don’t attach ourselves at the hip to it like you could say we did on our third record, Concrete Class. In this case, I think the songwriting is more mature, with more attention paid to lyrical content. When writing the songs, I placed a huge emphasis on hooks and big, memorable choruses, which is something I’ve never seen through nearly as much in the past. Also, with the addition of a second guitarist, Zach Setchfield, you get a special sort of Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards guitar interplay that is hard to come by in modern music.”


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Thursday, Jun 27, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
The always brilliant Garifuna Collective returns with their first album in six years following the passing of group leader Andy Palacio, who sadly died shortly after Wátina's release at the age of 47.

Andy Palacio and the Garifuna Collective always worked hard to promote and celebrate the music, history and culture of the Central American Afro-Amerindian Garifuna community and now the group continues that quest with Belizean Wátina producer, Ivan Duran. Duran describes the intent and creation of the group’s new album, Ayó, releasing July 2nd via the superb “world” music label Cumbancha.


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Monday, Jun 17, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Greg Porn is stepping out on his own with a new mixtape, 'Amerikin Junkie', following a heralded set of collaborations with the Roots.

Greg Porn’s got a killer, rapid-fire flow backed with humorous tongue-twisting verses. With Amerikin Junkie, releasing July 16th, he displays that talent in full. “It’s reality music,” Porn says. “Up in your face, lyrical—super lyrical—but easy to digest.” Today, we are premiering the tune “Cloud 9” from the record and we’ll let Porn tell you about it in his own words…


“The ‘Cloud 9’ track came about because we loved that guitar riff. We wanted to do a song that mixed live elements with a banging swing beat. For some reason, it reminded me of painkillers, probably because of its melodic numbness, so I spoke about a day in the life of a west Philly pillhead. How we think, feel and act on our high. A friend of mine from Cali (Ivan Ives) produces videos and really liked the song. He had an idea for a dope commercial/video and thought it would fit perfectly. I am a big fan of crazy imagery and this video has a whole lot.”



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Friday, Jun 7, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Georgia"s Tedo Stone and band traffic in a brand of '70s-esque, swaggering, peach fuzzy guitar rock, drawing influence from T. Rex most notably.

It’s a sound bound to interest Strokes fans, as well as anyone who appreciates melodic rock music. Tedo Stone will be releasing his debut album, Good Go Bad, on July 9th via the always-interesting This Is American Music label. Today we present the premiere the lead single, “Taste”, which Stone tells us all about in his own words…


“Even though it’s the the lead single on my new record, Good Go Bad, ‘Taste’ has actually been around almost five years. It was one of those songs that comes to you like lightning—I wrote the whole thing in less than an hour. When we recorded it in the studio, we recreated my demo almost exactly, which was unusual for this record; it’s the only song that came out exactly as I had envisioned. It’s a go-get-‘em, carpe-diem kinda song, a get-off-your-ass-and-do-something song. It’s about that conflict everyone experiences in their head—‘Do I sit on the couch and relax at home today, or do I get out and do something with my life?’ Both are good for different reasons, but ‘Taste’ is about finding balance between the two. At the end of the day, it’s a fun, catchy little pop song everyone in the band looks forward to playing in our live sets.”—Tedo Stone


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Thursday, Jun 6, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
“Utopia”, the new track by Toronto's Nightbox, sounds utopian, conjuring up images of a brighter, better future.

“Utopia”, the new track by Toronto disco revivalists Nightbox, sounds, well, utopian, as its gleaming synths and pulsing rhythmic elements conjures up images of a brighter, better future. When singer Jake Bitove calls out, “Take you away / Take you away / Utopia,” in his smooth, high-but-not-too-high cadence, it’s an offer that’s hard to refuse, whether he’s welcoming you to the dancefloor or some city of tomorrow. But it’s when the buzzier guitar textures enter the scene that this “Utopia” feels the most real, giving the neon-lit atmosphere some grounding.


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