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Thursday, Sep 25, 2014
For fans of supremely catchy indie in the vein of Pete Yorn, look no further: you can exclusively download the sing-along ready "Wolves" by the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Seattle group Dreamers.

Indie bands are a dime a dozen these days, as made evident by the veritable deluge of bands from Brooklyn that continues to put out release after release of low-key, guitar-driven rock. The trio that calls itself Dreamers also calls Brooklyn its home base, but as its latest song “Wolves” evinces, it is able to rise above the masses through one simple tactic: writing a fantastic chorus. Using the folksy wisdom of the main refrain “If you lie down with wolves / You learn to howl” as an anchor, Dreamers craft a tune that’s likely to have people singing along with the song’s lupine aphorism.


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Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014
Scarred But Smarter gives an in-depth look into the life and times of Atlanta's indie rock luminaries Drivin' N' Cryin', a band now celebrating its 30th year. Check out an exclusive video preview to get a taste of what's to come.

Eric Von Haessler’s documentary Scarred But Smarter tells the tale of a band that, while under the radar by the average person’s standards, have nonetheless remained vital and influential over the course of its now 30-year tenure: the Atlanta indie rock outfit Drivin’ N’ Cryin’. Few bands last as long as this trio, comprised of singer/songwriter Kevn Kinney, guitarist Tim Nielsenand, and drummer Paul Lenz; that the group has remained headstrong is but one of many reasons why a film about its musical journey is so fascinating a document.


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Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014
While the stereotype of the one-night stand is dominated by scumbag guys, Boyfriend proves that women have just as much capability for in-your-face sexuality with the dirty hip-hop of "Tomorrow."

Earlier this year, Bullett wrote of the New Orleans musician Boyfriend, “Teacher by day, cabaret rapper by night, we watched the 25-year-old striptease, gyrate, and motorboat on Monday night at Baby’s All Right [in Brooklyn].” As far as descriptions go, that one is as enticing as it gets, a fact reflected in the music of Boyfriend herself. The gender-bending nature of her performance name is also indicative of her satirical streak; in her words, her music “straddles the line between satire and straight-up music.”


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Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Before seeing the André Benjamin-fronted biopic Jimi: All is By My Side, give a listen to a collection of classic tunes covered by Hendrix, including hits by the Beatles, Chuck Berry, and Cream, via Rdio.

Following its 2013 festival run, the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All is By My Side, written and directed by John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), will see its US release on September 26th. The film stars the versatile and underrated actor André Benjamin (of OutKast fame) as Hendrix; he is joined by Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots, and Andrew Buckley. Ridley’s narrative focuses on the years prior to Hendrix’s rise to global attention with albums like Are You Experienced?.


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Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014
PopMatters caught up with Mecca Normal's Jean Smith on the Vancouver duo's upcoming album Empathy for the Evil. The video for album track "Between Livermore & Tracy" premieres here.

Going on 30 years together now, underground provocateurs Mecca Normal are still at it pushing buttons with their art-minded and politically charged music. But those more familiar with the searing, rough-hewn sound of Mecca Normal’s best-known works might be surprised to the hear the layered melodies and expansive compositions of Empathy for the Evil, the Vancouver duo’s first full-length effort in eight years. What’s a constant here, though, is the intellectual depth and socially engaged intensity that Jean Smith and David Lester have been known for across numerous artistic media. PopMatters caught up with Smith to find out more about the concepts behind Empathy for the Evil and how her and Lester’s work in writing and visual arts relate to their music. Empathy for the Evil is releasing on September 30 via M’lady’s Records and Mecca Normal embark on a new tour this week (see the dates below). Their new video for the album track “Between Livermore & Tracy” premieres here on PopMatters.


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