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by PopMatters Staff

9 May 2016

Seattle singer-songwriter David Nyro writes bravely about matters of the heart in masterfully constructed and composed songs. In fact, he’s a creator at heart, so much so that he will turn the singing of a song over to another performer if they suit the song ideally. For his latest tune, “Violence of the Heart”, Nyro brought on fellow Seattle singer-songwriter Katie Kuffel to sing this heart-rending tale of emotional violence in relationships. Kuffel offers up just the right amount of pathos and feeling to carry the song amidst gorgeous strings and piano-led music. The song is both sensitive and anthemic at the same time and it will appear on Nyro’s upcoming album later this year.

by PopMatters Staff

6 May 2016

Photo: Lisa Macintosh

Love the Alabama Shakes and Brittany Howard? Then get ready to adore Terra Lightfoot, a roots rocker with a powerful voice and a badass Gibson SG that she plays with consummate ease. Yep, she could be your new rock ‘n’ roll hero. Drawing from rock, soul and blues, Lightfoot is a monster talent that will be gracing the world’s largest festival stages in no time. “Never Will” is the latest single from her recent album Every Time My Mind Runs Wild that released in April via Sonic Unyon and we’ve got the video premiere for you today.

by PopMatters Staff

5 May 2016

Photo: Ana Pinto Lorez

Multi-cultural Brooklyn band Butcher Knives cooks up an eclectic genre stew of punk energy with band members from places like Morocco, Israel, Colombia, New York, and New Orleans. Their sound will thrill fans of Gogol Bordello and the Clash as they blend Eastern European music with punk, rockabilly, and psychobilly into a sound they like to call “gypsybilly”. Butcher Knives’ latest video celebrates the immigrant experience. They tell PopMatters that “‘American Dream’ is not only the story of a day in the life of the everyday immigrant, but a story of the dissolving ‘American Dream’ ideals on which this country was once based on.” Butcher Knives’ sound is irresistible with the swirling accordions, the blend of cultures and the raw, passionate energy of the music.

by Evan Sawdey

4 May 2016

Photo: Josh Wool

At the end of last year, the Princeton-founded, Evan Younger-fronted Miracles of Modern Science pulled off yet another miracle that was all their own making: their second full-length proper, Mean Dreams, landed on PopMatters’ own list for The Best Pop Albums of 2015.

by PopMatters Staff

3 May 2016

Photo: Gavin Peters

Kansas trio Moreland & Arbuckle plays a smokin’ bluesy brand of roots rock that’s so hot it could burn the house down. Harmonica lines intertwine between gloriously visceral guitar lead parts and everything is underpinned by a heavy rocking beat. This stellar band has a new album on tap releasing on May 6th, Promised Land Or Bust, their first for influential Chicago blues label Alligator Records. “Mean and Evil”, the record’s first single, will have you chasing down this release, which Dustin Arbuckle says is their best yet. Moreland & Arbuckle bring it on every album, but Promised Land Or Bust does indeed up the ante for one of America’s finest blues groups.

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