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Thursday, Aug 4, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
San Francisco's Extra Classic wanted to get completely authentic with their modern take on the sounds of classic Jamaican reggae, so they recorded all the tunes for their new album on 8-track tape using vintage recording equipment.

San Francisco’s Extra Classic wanted to get completely authentic with their modern take on the sounds of classic Jamaican reggae, so they recorded all the tunes for their new album on 8-track tape using vintage ‘60s ands ‘70s recording equipment. The result is the new album, Your Light Like White Lightning, Your Light Like a Laser Beam, releasing 27 September via Manimal Vinyl. The performing band is made up of Adrianne Verhoeven (vocals/keys), Alex deLanda (bass), Josh Adams (drums), Dustin Kinsey (guitar) and David Wetzel (keyboards), with Verhoeven (formerly of the Anniversary) and de Landa (who has worked with the Donkeys and the Papercuts) as the leading force behind the music. Today we bring you the premiere of the new song “You Can’t Bring Me Down (Discomix)”.



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Wednesday, Aug 3, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
While sounding thoroughly contemporary, Arrica Rose's sound is rooted in the classic pop of the '60s with nods to even earlier eras like the harmonies heard on '40s swing recordings.

Arrica Rose & the ...‘s release their third full-length, Let Alone Sea, August 22nd on pOprOck records and it’s chock full of the hook-filled folk-pop which is the group’s trademark. While sounding thoroughly contemporary, Arrica Rose’s sound is rooted in the classic pop of the ‘60s with nods to even earlier eras like the harmonies heard on ‘40s swing recordings. Her band, the …’s (“The Dot Dot Dots”). is meant to “describe the collaborative nature of her project which evolved from a four-piece guitar-driven band into an intricate sonic landscape including keys, mandolin, toy piano, omnichord and more.” Let Alone Sea contains 10 new tunes, but we have a special treat for you today… the premiere of “Lions & Tigers & Bears”, which doesn’t appear on the new album, but compliments the new work’s style perfectly.



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Tuesday, Aug 2, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
Former Flat Duo Jets mainman, Dex Romweber, continues his back-to-basics rock 'n' roll with his sister Sara in the Dex Romweber Duo.

Former Flat Duo Jets mainman, Dex Romweber, continues his back-to-basics rock ‘n’ roll with his sister Sara in the Dex Romweber Duo. The Romwebers blast through a set of primal rock tunes on their latest album, Is That You In the Blue?, which just recently released via Bloodshot Records. Romweber has been working this musical template for many years and it’s clearly been influential as any listen to a White Stripes record will prove. The new video for “Jungle Drums” was filmed upstairs at Marsh Woodwinds in downtown Raleigh, NC by Jerry Stifelman (Creato Destructo), and accompanies the debut single from the band’s recently released aforementioned album. In addition to the video, Dex and Sara stepped off on their US album release tour last Thursday, in Charleston, SC. We have listed the complete set of performance dates below.



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Friday, Jul 29, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
Boston's the Grownup Noise are one of those perfectly named bands whose moniker sums up their aesthetic to a tee, showing a devotion to classic pop composition, simultaneously laden with hooks and rich in texture.

Boston’s the Grownup Noise are one of those perfectly named bands whose moniker sums up their aesthetic to a tee. Given that the group came together at Berklee College of Music, it’s not surprising that their’s is a musicianship of the first order, nor that the five members exhibit a devotion to classic pop composition, simultaneously laden with hooks and rich in texture. Furthermore, each member is a multi-instrumentalist, thus contributing to the expansive sound. Now, that’s very grownup, indeed. The Grownup Noise released their debut back in 2007 and have toured with Rock Plaza Central, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, and Amanda Palmer in the intervening years while honing a set of all-new material. That has culminated in their latest release, This Time With Feeling, which released this June. Today we proudly present the premiere of the band’s latest video directed by John Tomma of Extraneous Noise and filmed at Middle East in Boston on 26 March 2011. You can also sample a few MP3s after the jump.



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Friday, Jul 22, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
Atlanta's the Booze channels the grit and attitude of late '60s/early '70s British rock, specifically the Rolling Stones.

Atlanta’s the Booze channels the grit and attitude of late ‘60s/early ‘70s British rock, specifically the Rolling Stones, but also acknowledge the blues roots of everything they play. With that in mind, the band toured as a support act and backing band for Muddy Waters Jr. last year. This year has seen the release of their latest album, At Maximum Volume on Underrated Recordings. The group has been steadily touring the new music, building a fanbase well beyond their Southeastern homebase with their pure rawk sounds. The Video Rahim-directed “Wild One” is the latest video and perfectly ties into that Stonesy raunch vibe.



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