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by John Garratt

22 Jul 2011

Australian ambient outfit All India Radio are feeling good about their recent album The Silent Surf (Martin Kennedy says it’s their “most successful ever”). The band is showing gratitude by offering a free album for download called Free Me. It’s mostly alternate mixes of songs that have appeared on previous All India Radio albums that have remained unreleased until now.


by PopMatters Staff

22 Jul 2011

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.

by PopMatters Staff

22 Jul 2011

PopMatters recently said of Smoke Fairies’ debut album Through Low Light and Trees: “The duo’s voices and instruments harmonize in haunting ways that evoke the ethereal spirits from which they take their band’s name. But these sprites are far from being frail creatures. They are comprised of flesh and blood. The Fairies understand that even enchantment can have dangers and that the mystery of the world does not alter the concrete details of living in the material world.” Now the UK band is headed out on a US tour with Rasputina, hitting many major American markets. This is your chance to catch up on one of the finest neo folk groups around. Tour dates and video collection after the jump.

by Matt Mazur

21 Jul 2011

Oscar Nominees:

Isabelle Adjani ... The Story of Adele H.
Ann-Margret ... Tommy
Louise Fletcher ... One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest
Glenda Jackson ... Hedda
Carol Kane ... Hester Street

Mazur Nominees:

Isabelle Adjani ... The Story of Adele H.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

21 Jul 2011

Recently, two songs from Portugal. The Man. caught my ear but I was soon to learn that the online radio play was due to the availability of select advance copies.  With “So American” and “Got It All” already new favorites, it was great to experience the entire release, In the Mountain In the Cloud, as part of the Album Preview series on KCRW.  The day the album dropped (July 19th), the band showed up for a live session on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic.  It’s always interesting to witness a band playing live, and Portugal. The Man’s collective energy surges from the radio station’s studio.  In the interview, singer John Gourley talks about his upbringing in Alaska and how he still writes best in his bedroom back there, surrounded by family and a way of life found nowhere else.  A video for “Sleep Forever” was created in Gourley’s back yard with family dogs ready for their close up and scenes of untouched beauty.  The band is based in Portland now but this take on psych rock sounds completely homegrown for their sixth collection of songs.

Pick up a copy of In the Mountain in the Cloud at Amazon or stream it below.

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