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Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
On this acoustic take of his single "Even If", Lewis Watson draws out the immediacy of his folk-pop stylings through the understated yearning of his unvarnished performance.

Twenty-one-year-old Lewis Watson might have a knack for songwriting that belies his age and experience level, but he’s still fresh-faced enough that he can still wear his feelings on his sleeve convincingly. On this acoustic take of his single “Even If”, Watson draws out the immediacy of his folk-pop stylings through the understated yearning of his unvarnished performance. PopMatters premieres this live presentation of Even If; the song appears on Watson’s upcoming EP, “Some Songs with Some Friends”, which comes out 7 December via Warner Music.


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Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Tagged as a "Bay Area psych pop supergroup", Agony Aunts live up to that description with the richly melodic concoctions of Big Cinnamon.

Tagged as a “Bay Area psych pop supergroup”, Agony Aunts live up to that description with the richly melodic concoctions of their upcoming full-length, Big Cinnamon. Built on the foundation of the Corner Laughers lineup, with guest contributions from members of the Orange Peels and the Loud Family, among others, Big Cinnamon piles on layers and layers of swirling, shining harmonics. The result is an album chock full of compositions that are sunny and fun, but shaded with enough poignance to linger around a little while.


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Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013
For its fourth full-length, Model Rocket, the Brother Kite has crafted a bold, sculpted effort, driven by dramatic guitars and propulsive rhythms.

For its fourth full-length, Model Rocket, the Brother Kite has crafted a bold, sculpted effort, driven by dramatic guitars and propulsive rhythms. While many a band this deep into a career would be tempted to (over)complicate its approach after accruing more and more experience, it’s refreshing to find a group like the Brother Kite streamlining what it does and channeling it into the muscular, straight-ahead alt-rock sound you hear on Model Rocket. Streaming exclusively here on PopMatters, Model Rocket is being released today on Clairecords.


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Monday, Nov 11, 2013
Albany's Titanics cover Rhye's "Open", giving some noir flourishes to the already seductive tune.

The song is called “Open”, and it’s an apt description for the direct romantic sentiment and airy music composing it. In the hands of Albany indie pop duo Titanics, the Rhye cover keeps the original’s tone of wounded seduction, but with a more noir flavor. Spacey and minimalistic at first, its momentum builds in cinematic fashion as the instrumentation adds more components. It’s one helluva sexy groove, one to accompany a 2 a.m. seduction, and a damn fine follow-up to their debut LP, Soft Treasure, released earlier this year.



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Thursday, Nov 7, 2013
"Savoir Faire" is our first glimpse of the new material from the District Attorneys.

The District Attorneys gained a lot of attention with 2012’s Slowburner, and the band ran with that momentum, playing show after show after show (and even finding time for some side projects). Now they’re setting their sights on the follow-up: That forthcoming effort (no date as of yet) will be called Hip Calculated, and the band has already hunkered down to record the songs they’ve written. “Savoir Faire” is our first glimpse of the new material, and if it’s any indication of what Hip Calculated will be like, we’re in for some good listening. Recorded at Standard Deluxe in Waverly, Alabama by Glossary’s Joey Kneiser, this acoustic take not only promises great things, but it also acts as a nice “thanks for riding with us” to everyone who enjoyed Slowburner so much.


 


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