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Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Chicago's the Safes smoke on their new record of classic power pop rockers with a bit of punk sneer and AM radio melodic harmonies.

The three brothers—Frankie, Patrick, and Michael O’Malley—grew up in a musical home full of classic albums and instruments belonging to their musician/collector father. The O’Malleys learned and played together all through their youth, which explains why the Safes are so tight and right on the money with every note and rhythm. Next week sees the release of the Safes’ latest slab of rock ‘n’ roll. Spring is finally here… time to rock.


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Monday, Apr 21, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Ottawa’s Stand Up and Say No is headed up by Andre Nault, the rare musician who manages to remain as devoted to making music as he is about raising his family.

Nault was pretty much headed out of the music scene after too many dates playing to small and unappreciative crowds. Then, his songwriting gift for a good hook and a catchy melody was discovered by a Los Angeles licensing company and he started getting jobs writing jingles. And he kept making his music too. Stand Up and Say No‘s new record is the Assuming Loyal EP releasing on May 6th.


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Friday, Apr 18, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
British singer Shirin brings glampop back front and center, but she can rock too and sounds like the next in the line of great UK dancepop divas.

Shirin‘s debut release is the EP Good Girls Always Surrender and “Take a Bullet” is the first single. The tune is a real dancefloor filler with bangin’ beats and powerful vocals.


Shirin says, “the writing process for ‘Take a Bullet’ happened so quickly for me. I remember sitting in the studio with Michael Stockwell and he had this guitar riff playing round and round, which is the opening riff for the song, and I was thinking ‘this feels like a real movie soundtrack song.’ I had all these images playing out in my mind like I was in a Western film sitting in a saloon, and then the chorus kicks in and it’s like a brawl is happening. It felt really epic and the first like that came to me was “Bang, Bang, Bang Honey, shot you down, down.”


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Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Today we have the pleasure of sharing with you an exclusive live performance of Royal Canoe's "Button Fumbla".

Royal Canoe tells us about the production of the video and the aesthetics that drove its creation. “With the ‘Button Fumbla’ video, we wanted all of the production value of a music video without having to lip-sync or lose the spontaneous, vibrant quality of a live performance. We enlisted the help once again of our good friend and frequent collaborator, Mike Maryniuk to direct. He created a “Fortress of Solitude” with sparkling stalagmites, plexiglass mountains and multiple live projections. The Ronnettes from the Future make a cameo.” Sounds groovy and here you go…


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Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Facing a brief crisis where they thought they may have reached the end as a band, Smoke Fairies emerge with a new album, better than ever and with a renewed focus on the craft of songwriting.

Between 2012 and now, Britain’s Smoke Fairies have gone back to the drawing board, re-assessing their writing techniques. “We scrapped lyrics right from the start if they were too flowery,” says Jessica Davies. “Unless the lyric really got to the point and said something, it got cut.” Katherine Blamire concurs: “As songwriters, I feel we’re really starting to sum things up properly, to nail them down. For me, it was a testament to how long we’ve been together that we could just say to each other ‘that’s shit.’ There really was no ego on this record.”


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