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Tuesday, Sep 14, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
Los Angeles' Loch & Key offer up a dose of pure and summery AM pop flavors.

Los Angeles’ Loch & Key was actually conceived in a French launderette, the South of France setting somehow matching the sunny vibes of their Southern California roots to a tee. Meanwhile, the pair that make up the group, former American Music Club member Sean Hoffman and artist Leyla Akdogan, trekked off to Catalonia in Span to pen the first tune for their new musical venture. What a picture perfect beginning for a dose of pure and summery AM pop flavors. The band’s debut album is called Jupiter’s Guide for Submariners and today you can sample the oh-so-whimsically titled ” A Rather Large, Television-Shaped Head” from the release.



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Thursday, Sep 9, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
In a little over two weeks, San Diego indie rockers Three Mile Pilot are finally releasing their long-awaited follow-up to Another Desert, Another Sea.

Three Mile Pilot hasn’t put out a full-length release since 1997’s Another Desert, Another Sea, a long gap that wasn’t exactly planned. The group planned to soldier on, but Zach Smith got busy with Pinback, while Pall Jenkins and Tobias Nathaniel formed the Black Heart Procession. Both of those bands have done nicely for themselves, so Three Mile Pilot was on the back burner for a solid decade-plus. In a little over two weeks, Three Mile Pilot are finally releasing their long-awaited follow-up to Another Desert, Another Sea. The Inevitable Past Is the Future Forgotten drops on 28 September via Temporary Residence and today we are proud to present the premiere of the perfectly-titled “Still Alive” from the new album.



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Thursday, Sep 9, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
Rhythm & Culture Music releases an intriguing album blending electronic music and world beats to document the multicultural sounds of the US capital.

Washington DC-based Rhythm & Culture Music released an intriguing album this week blending electronic music and world beats with something of the same sensibility as the superb Balkan Beats sets emanating out of Berlin. The Sound of Rhythm & Culture is a 14-track releasing featuring local CD music with a multicultural bent. Label founder, Farid Nouri, says “each track focuses on a particular sub-amalgamation of cultures, while holding true to Rhythm & Culture’s goal: producing music that can be played through the speakers of a club, or enjoyed in various other settings.” We have the pleasure today of presenting the online premiere of “Havana 2am” by Thomas Blondet, a veteran DJ since the ‘90s with a regular Sunday night residency at DC’s Eighteenth Street Lounge.



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Wednesday, Sep 8, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
Greenwich Village indie garage-rock foursome follow-up 2009's critical praise with a new EP.

New York’s Darlings formed a few years ago in the depths of Greenwich Village, with these four young pals slowly building word of mouth through house parties and local gigs. 2009 saw the release of Yeah I Know , which drew major praise from the likes of the New York Times, who called the band’s debut “a splash of lo-fi elegance”. Following up that success, Darlings are releasing a new EP, Warma, this fall via Famous Class Records and today we’re premiering “Big Girl”, a tune from the new EP.



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Wednesday, Sep 1, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
Seattle's Brent Amaker and the Rodeo has been plying their trade as a noirish country band steeped in whiskey and Johnny Cash since 2005.

Seattle’s Brent Amaker and the Rodeo has been plying their trade as a noirish country band steeped in whiskey and Johnny Cash since 2005. As if to highlight that dark edge to the band, Spark & Shine Records will package their new tunes in a limited edition package with an adult graphic fiction novel called Mescal De La Muerte and written by horror filmmaker Jay Cynik. You can catch Brent Amaker and the Rodeo at their upcoming Bumbershoot and Heineken City Arts Festival dates. Their latest album is Please Stand By, releasing 19 October and “Saddle Up” is a preview of coming attractions.



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