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Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011
Tommy Rogers is out to blow perceptions away, though, with his new solo album Pulse, issued under his given first and middle name of Thomas Giles.

When discussing Between the Buried and Me frontman Tommy Rogers, the topics most frequently discussed are his frenetic yet soulful keyboard skills, and the delightful contrast between his unearthly growls and gorgeous clean singing. However, not many people seem to realize just what an integral part of Between the Buried and Me’s songwriting and composition he is. Rogers is out to blow perceptions away, though, with his new solo album Pulse, issued under his given first and middle name of Thomas Giles. Arranging, composing, producing, and performing the entire album on his own, this dynamic and intelligent musician delivers a powerhouse album of progressive and experimental rock, enlivened by elements of techno and electronic included in the mix. The first single from the album, “Sleep Shake”, displays just how much effort went into Pulse, with shots of Rogers performing every single instrument and singing. With echoes of Trent Reznor permeating every second of his music, Thomas Giles Rogers is making his presence felt now more than ever before.



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Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
The Queen of Punk Cabaret gets majorly glammy on her new video.

The Queen of Punk Cabaret has a new album out, Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under, as well as a brand new slick and glammy video for “Map of Tasmania”. You can catch that video below in its final form, but first check out this mini being-the-scenes featurette highlighting the making of the video. Decadent stuff, although one wishes the dude in the video had a bit more apparel on his bod.



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Friday, Jan 21, 2011
Brooklyn's New Idea Society labor over their indie rock compositions with a strong perfectionist streak and an abiding interest in exploring sonic possibilities and new musical approaches.

Brooklyn’s New Idea Society labor over their indie rock compositions with a strong perfectionist streak and an abiding interest in exploring sonic possibilities and new musical approaches. Chris DeAngelis (piano and synthesizers), Alan Cage (drums), Michael DiBenedetto (bass) and Mike Law (vocals, guitar) spent two years working on their latest album Somehow Disappearing and that’s something of a rarity in these days where the pressing urgency of new media constantly demands new product and “faster and more” seems to be the developing aesthetic. To build out the presentation, the band engaged Andy LeMaster as producer, who has previously twiddled the knobs for the likes of R.E.M. and Bright Eyes. Somehow Disappearing is conceived of as something of a concept album in that it explores through sound the notion of “feeling the last second of a moment”. Ambitious indeed and the effort pays off as on this new video for “Summer Lion”. If you’re in Europe, you can catch the band live on their upcoming tour (dates after the jump).



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Thursday, Jan 20, 2011
Tel Aviv's Eatliz play a classic brand of atmospheric indie rock with a broad range of influences such as Portishead, the Concretes, Mr. Bungle and Björk that has fueled great popularity in their Israeli homeland.

Tel Aviv’s Eatliz play a classic brand of atmospheric indie rock that has fueled great popularity in their Israeli homeland, as their debut LP Violently Delicate was a popular fave in 2008 on radio there. That success translated to an invitation to 2008’s Popkomm in Germany and a release of their album there as well as in Austria and Switzerland. Further exposure through MTV has moved the band up the ladder and, in 2011, they will be making their SXSW debut. Eatliz’s sound encompasses a satifyingly broad range of influences such as Portishead, the Concretes, Mr. Bungle and Björk. The new animated video for “Lose This Child” was created by the team of Yuval & Merav Nathan, who directed the massive viral sensation (more than 16 million YouTube views!) that was Oren Lavie’s “Her Morning Elegance”. The brooding mood and simple imagery of animated turtles crawling across a deserted nighttime beach ideally suits the song’s essential melancholy. Eatliz’s upcoming album, Teasing Nature, will release this summer.



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Friday, Jan 14, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
Mobile, Alabama's the Sunshine Factory are a power trio with a shoegaze and psychedelic edge.

Mobile, Alabama’s the Sunshine Factory are a power trio with a shoegaze and psychedelic edge. It’s a popular sound in indie these days with Bear in Heaven and A Place to Bury Strangers as the artists closest to Sunshine Factory’s approach. Last December, the band released their latest LP Sugar and today we present the premiere of their newest video, “Twisted and Clover”, full of slabs of their trademark fuzzy, distortion-fueled pop. Check below the jump for the group’s upcoming your dates.



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