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by PopMatters Staff

7 Jan 2016


Brett Harris bases his career out of the pop triangle (a.k.a. the Research Triangle in North Carolina) where they still believe in pure pop with sparkling melodies, catchy choruses and jangly guitars. Harris has recently been a touring member of the Big Star Third ensemble, as well as having opened for pop gods the dB’s on the reunion tour. His new album, Up in the Air, releases March 4, 2016 on Hit the Deck Recordings and we’ve got a great slice of ear candy from that album to sample with “End of the Rope”.

by Cole Waterman

22 Dec 2015


Hailey Wojcik has a knack for zeroing in on moments in a relationship, reducing them to their cores, then brutally analyzing their flaws. With her feral intensity, and likely influenced by being raised by zookeepers, she frequently uses the animal kingdom as lyrical fodder in mining the depths of human frailty and complexity. In the new DIY video for “Dog V. Man”, this proclivity is given visual representation in the stop-motion characters personifying a crumbling romance amid cute animal videos. This contrast also serves to approximate the wry humor Wojcik often brings to her tunes.

by Sarah Zupko

17 Dec 2015


The Waco Brothers have known for 20 years now that alt-country and first wave British punk are perfect bedfellows in terms of visceral raw emotion, both lyrically and musically. Hell, Joe Strummer knew that too—just listen to his work with the Mescaleros—so the Wacos have been successfully following this fruitful path for nearly a quarter of a century. On 26 February 2016, the band returns with their first full studio album in 10 years, Going Down in History, a title that justifiably refers to their groundbreaking music.

by PopMatters Staff

16 Dec 2015


Legendary English pop band Squeeze released a new album, Cradle to the Grave, on November 27th and it’s their highest charting UK release to date, entering the charts at #12. Just goes to show that pop masters’ talents never dim and the record displays the band’s patented combination of memorable melodies and clever lyrics.

by Sarah Zupko

15 Dec 2015


Photo: Kaitlyn Grimsland

San Antonio, Texas’ El Campo is an alt-country band that blends emo/high lonesome country vocals with killer harmonies, fast-flowing banjo rolls and a bit of steel guitar for good measure. The band formed in 2013, but they sound like they’ve been playing together for 10 years as they are a super tight and accomplished group of musicians. Jerid Reed Morris’ vocals are superb and memorable, making for a great frontman.

El Campo is releasing a new 7-inch EP, “Skinny Kids/Sloe-Eyed”, in January and heading out on a national tour in February. Based on the new song we premiere today, “Skinny Kids”, El Campo should be facing full houses and a packed festival schedule come summer.

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