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Like the blues, traditional rock ‘n’ roll remains a great musical building block and form. It’ll never be out of date. Mount Carmel shows their devotion to the crunchy riff on “Back on It”, a smokin’ tune from their upcoming album, Get Pure. Mount Carmel bass player Pat Reed tells us about “Back on It”: “The song was built off of the riff. A simple driving riff. The vocals aren’t very complex either. About the repeated monotony of trying to be a man. The song is based off of feeling. Theres a looseness to it. We try to run away from any intellectual complexities that could contribute to a song becoming too narcissistic.”

Mount Carmel’s Get Pure will be released on CD, digital formats and limited edition vinyl on March 25th via Alive Naturalsound Records.

For many, the video for “Somniloquist” premiered below will be your first encounter with British band Messenger. Formed by Khaled Lowe, Barnaby Maddick and Jaime Gomez Arellano in 2012, Messenger make their full-length debut in March with the release of Illusory Blues, an album of wondrous scope that spans diverse genres ranging from prog rock to blues, by way of neo-folk and psychedelia. However, Messenger refuse to fully commit to the traits or tropes of these genres, instead drift smoke-like through a variety of sounds, with the band’s meticulous songwriting acting as a beacon and an anchor.

If some of the vocals on the New Royales’ take on the 1973 Foster Sylvers’ hit “Misdemeanor” sound familiar, it might be because you recognize singer Liz Rodrigues from her featured role on Eminem’s “Survival”. Consisting of industry pros who’ve produced and written for the likes of Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, and Pink, the New Royales recently came out with their new mixtape Freedom’s for the Brave, a collection of covers that ranges from Jefferson Airplane to Depeche Mode. Their level of know-how shows on the polished, jaunty take on “Misdemeanor”, which premieres here on PopMatters.

 

Coming on the heels of a busy 2013, when he released the first Locust album in a dozen years and collaborated with Slowdive‘s Neil Halstead in Black Hearted Brother, electronic music trailblazer Mark Van Hoen is embarking on yet another project in 2014, Children of the Stones. A combo consisting of Van Hoen and Martin Maeers, along with a number of guest stars including Halstead and Rachel Davies from Esben & the Witch, Children of the Stones are announcing two new releases due in the next few months, with the self-explanatorily titled Extended Play EP coming out on 18 February and a proper full-length The Stars and the Silence due later in the year, both via Saint Marie Records.

It’s only fitting that the Party Dolls’ new album Love Wars Baby (This Is American Music) will drop on Valentine’s Day. The record isn’t only about heartbreak, but there’s no shortage of it, either. Penned by District Attorneys frontman/songwriter Drew Beskin, this batch of personal songs gets gorgeous harmonies and arrangements courtesy of Jeremy Wheatley (Crooked Fingers), Tedo Stone, and fellow District Attorneys members Frank Keith IV and Walker Beard. The title track is an excellent representation of the record, wrapping pleasing sounds around direct, emotional lyrics.

 

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Is Black Widow Still a Hero? Dissecting the Misogynistic Outrage Against the Avengers

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"Black Widow may very well be the pinnacle of the modern action heroine, so why is there so much backlash about her role in the new Avengers film?

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