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Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Hollis Brown may be New York through and through, but they trekked to Nashville -- like so many artists these days -- to find their true musical soul.

Hollis Brown may be New York through and through, but they trekked to Nashville—like so many artists these days—to find their true musical soul. As you can here from “Nightfall”, their classic rock ‘n’ roll takes on an Americana tinge in the home of the Grand Ole Opry, all suffused with laid-back grooves evocative of gentle, Southern climes. The band’s latest album, Ride on the Train released earlier this month via Alive Records.


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Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013
Toronto's buzzy Volcano Playground have renamed themselves Program, and have offered PopMatters readers an exclusive look at the brand new (amazing) video for their lead single "Waiting".

Toronto indie band Volcano Playground has been busy. They’ve renamed themselves Program and hired celebrated producer David Newfeld (Broken Social Scene, Super Furry Animals) to turn the dials on a soon-to-be-released record. The results are pretty exciting. In Newfeld’s own words, “This is what Echo and the Bunnyman or Simple Minds wish they could’ve been generating 25 years ago, let alone in 2012.”


PopMatters readers can enjoy an exclusive look at the gorgeous video for “Waiting”, the lead single from the forthcoming album, below. Let us know what you think in the comments section.




 


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Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
From rhythm and melody to voice shredding vocals and bubbling energy, this song is a slice of instant dance/rock perfection.

Underground Lovers hail from Australia even though they have often been mistaken for a British band, given that second album was released in the UK ahead of Australia. I get the confusion on an aural level as well, as Underground Lovers’s garagey pop has some serious dancey bass and drum beats. It’s an infectious sound one hears more in British rock than anywhere else. “Au Pair” is a case in point and it’s simply irresistible. From rhythm and melody to voice shredding vocals and bubbling energy, this song is a slice of instant dance/rock perfection. It’s got me sitting on the edge of my seat for the release of the group’s seventh album, Weekend, releasing 16 April (US) and 5 April (Australia) on Australia’s Rubber Records.





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Thursday, Mar 7, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
"LBS/End Titles" is an atmospheric piece that works just as well accompanying a film as it does a daydream in your head.

John Parish’s upcoming album Screenplay, which compiles some of his soundtrack work, seems like a natural project for the accomplished multi-instrumentalist producer, especially to anyone who has appreciated the vivid, visual quality of his collaborations with PJ Harvey. Originally appearing in the Dutch film Little Black Spiders, “LBS/End Titles”, premiering on PopMatters, is an atmospheric piece that works just as well accompanying a film as it does a daydream in your head. With steadily building synths interlaced with deliberate guitar patterns and touches of glockenspiel, it’s mood music that is equally well suited for paying close attention to or having on in the background.


John Parish’s Screenplay will be released on April 16, via Thrill Jockey.



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Friday, Mar 1, 2013
On "Let's Get Sick", young German shoegazers the History of Colour TV show they have a way with conjuring up trippy soundscapes.

You know that young German shoegazers the History of Colour TV have a way with conjuring up trippy soundscapes, considering how they seem to transform a plain old rehearsal space into what seems like another dimension. Just check out the video of the extended live version of “Let’s Get Sick”, the leadoff track from their recently released album Emerald Cures Chic Ills. Despite the no-nonsense performance, the band whips up enough reverb that it’s no optical illusion that they look as if they’re actually vibrating, the feedback rippling like heatwaves off asphalt.


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