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Thursday, May 1, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Chicago rockers the Hudson Branch return with a new album of indie rock experimentalism.

The Hudson Branch tells PopMatters that “Kina Ze Swah is the idea that you can build something from nothing. It’s something we’re trying to figuring out. It’s an ongoing conundrum that we think we solve and then forget how we arrived at the answer.” Four suburban siblings—Cobey and Corey Bienert and Matthew and Jacob Boll—are the Hudson Branch and their long familial history gives them an edge as musicians, as they’ve had a very long time to work on their sound. Folk pop, ‘60s pop, ‘80s electronic pop and ‘90s indie are all equal parts of the band’s sound.


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Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
On "Kumbh Mela", a cappella artist Ela Stiles' meditative, sublime voice is a force of nature.

It’s appropriate that the video for Ela Stiles“Kumbh Mela” features footage of cascading waves, because her meditative, sublime voice is a force of nature. And it has to be, considering that the Sydney-based Stiles goes a cappella to conjure up the art-pop mysticism of the likes of Bat for Lashes and Julianna Barwick on her eponymous debut. Ela Stiles comes out 2 June, via Bedroom Suck Records.


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Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014
Jazzy New Orleans singer Carsie Blanton releases her new album Not Old, Not New on June 24th and today we premiere her sultry take on a Cole Porter classic.

Carsie Blanton‘s sexy, enigmatic vocals are ideally suited to the American popular songbook, a.k.a. pop music written for adults in the age before youth so thoroughly dominated popular culture. She treats each note like another flirtatious look towards the object of her affection as the lazy notes flutter down gently and easy. Like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Fred Astaire, she pays careful attention to the dramatic phrasing of each word. Impressive and leaves the listener wanting for much more.


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Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Wanna hear a musical selfie? Look no further Resistor's "Narcissist", a tune that pretty much sums up the self-absorption of our times.

Steve Goldberg (a.k.a. Resistor) grew up middle class in suburban New Jersey searching for meaning through art. After working with bands and slogging through clubs, Goldberg had a year where he had little money, but still possessed the urge to make music. So, with Resistor, Goldberg worked with a synth and his voice at home, updating classic new wave sounds for the new millennium. Goldberg titled his new album First World Problems in recognition that his concerns and those of many young Americans are very much those of a wealthy, first world society.


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Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014
Detroit's the HandGrenades release new music video and EP details after near deadly traffic crash while on tour.

In the aftermath of a vehicular misadventure that nearly proved catastrophic or deadly, Detroit’s the HandGrenades have unveiled a new music video heralding their forthcoming EP.


“Wrapped in Plastic” has a serpentine, ethereal groove, the type that lends itself to a midnight drive down a moonlit highway. It’s something of a departure for the band, augmenting their Beatles-meets-garage rock template. The dreamlike quality of it is captured in the stark, black and white video, images overlapping with each other in kaleidoscope fashion.


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