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by PopMatters Staff

12 Dec 2013

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On “Less”, Philly ruffians Psychic Teens power through with a no-frills guitar-bass-drums set-up that’s rougher than post-punk and more darkly shaded than grunge. As the song builds in intensity and pace, you get the sense that Psychic Teens have the formula for quiet(er)-loud-louder dynamics down pat.

The video for “Less” premieres here on PopMatters; “Less” is off Psychic Teens’ 2013 full-length Come, which was released in August via SRA.

Through the Sparks might bill itself as Birmingham, Alabama’s answer to Big Star, but the veteran group’s archival track “Rome”—featured on the upcoming rarities collection Invisible Kids—offers up a more exuberant vibe to go with intuitive power-pop hooks. On “Rome”, premiering here on PopMatters, Through the Sparks conjures up a mighty indie-rock groove, something with the swagger of Spoon when Britt Daniel and co. are strutting their stuff. Invisible Kids is due for release on 21 January 2014 on Skybucket.

 

The aptly named party-music supergroup Superhuman Happiness returns with a video for the track “Second Heart” from its debut full-length Hands. Conceived and directed by Tatiana McCabe, the creative, captivating visuals, which combine stop-motion animation and green-screen video compositing, help to convey a rich, layered sound that’s both carefully composed and vibrantly natural. Superhuman Happiness is currently in the studio working on new music, and bandleader Stuart Bogie will be sitting in with the horn section on Arcade Fire’s 2014 tour.

by PopMatters Staff

4 Dec 2013


PT Walkley‘s songs emerge as fully-formed catchy pop nuggets with hooks galore. Power pop, ‘70s pop, and soul combine in the songs from Shoulders, releasing February 18th. Walkley has serious musical chops having worked with myriad styles over the years. He even has a deep love of the blues. Shoulders plays very much as a song cycle, one based around an emotional year in which Walkley’s son was born and his best friend passed away. This is classic stuff, easy to love from the first few notes… and honestly you had me the second those Stax-esque horns first appeared.

On her new album up.rooted, Gina Chavez traverses many Latin forms, including cumbia and bossa nova, merging them with the singer-songwriter aesthetic of major influences such as Patty Griffin and Ani DiFranco. The result is genre stew that is a perfect representation of what “Americana” really means. In other words, Americana is about more than the US, as it’s really the indigenous roots music of the Americas and it’s multi-ethnic to the bone. Chavez‘s many fans supported the production of up.rooted through a highly successful Kickstarter campaign that allowed her to bring on some major Austin talent as players on the record, including Adrian Quesada and David Pulkingham on guitars; Glenn Fukunaga on bass; the Grupo Fantasma Horns; the Tosca String Quartet; and Michael Ramos on keys and accordion.

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