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by Adrien Begrand

7 Jul 2015


Three years after first turning heads with the modest hit “Heartbeat”, Nashville band Kopecky returned this past spring with their second album Drug for the Modern Age. Plaintive yet polished, humble yet bombastic, it’s a study of contrasts, with the band underscoring lyrics about difficult times with triumphant, soaring melodies. You feel that contrast on the affable “Talk to Me”, which somehow, incredibly, morphs from cruising indie pop reminiscent of Stars to a fabulous 1980s R&B chorus that echoes Hall and Oates and ABC. As it happens the band has just released a video for the track – the album’s second single – and we’re very pleased to premiere the performance clip here at PopMatters.

by Evan Sawdey and Brice Ezell

7 Jul 2015


Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek

The infamously cantankerous Sun Kil Moon frontman Mark Kozelek added yet another controversy to his name on 1 June 2015. While performing at London’s Barbican venue, Kozelek openly called out journalist Laura Snapes on stage, using misogynistic language—sadly, to the glee of his audience. Snapes later wrote about the incident for the Guardian. This incident no doubt triggered questions about just how much people continue to put up with Kozelek’s grouchy old man routine, particularly as it continues to rear its sexist and homophobic head. More interestingly, however, is the way in which his behavior plays into the immortal query in the realm of aesthetics: “Can you separate art from the artist?” Is it easy for people to make Sun Kil Moon’s Benji one of the most acclaimed albums of 2014 knowing Kozelek’s public persona?

by Adrien Begrand

7 Jul 2015


The Queen of Cumbia, Totó La Momposina made waves worldwide when Peter Gabriel released her album La Candela Viva in the early ‘90s on his Real World label. Nearly a quarter century later producer Michel Cleis and Totó’s producer son-in-law John Hollis took it upon themselves to restore and expand one of the most important album in Colombian music history. Renamed Tambolero, the classic music has been re-imagined, re-edited, and re-dubbed, with her extended family even chipping in with additional vocals and instrumentation.

by Adrien Begrand

7 Jul 2015


Formed not long after Leo London was tracking piano for Michael Finn at a Portland studio, the Domestics are built around the dynamic the two musicians bring, not only on an instrumental level, but lyrically and vocally as well. The two dig deep into their own troubled past – London’s drug-addicted parents, Finn’s battles with mental illness – to create something both cathartic and uplifting. The lilting “Wait Forever” is a beautiful example, its melancholy masqueraded by its gentle indie pop, and we’re glad to premiere it at PopMatters.

by Adrien Begrand

6 Jul 2015


In celebration of Oakland, California’s independent music scene OIM Records released OIM: Vol. 1, a compilation featuring 13 of the area’s finest, not to mention underrated artists. Chamber pop band Foxtails Brigade contributed the haunting, Jon Brion-meets-cabaret tune “Far Away and Long Ago”, and now have released a stunning new video for the track, which we’re premiering at PopMatters. Shot on a single take, the effect is fluid, dreamlike, and only enhances the song’s unsettling feeling.

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