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Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015
WE.ANIMALS. is a brooding and eclectic collection of tunes by Lila Rose that explores the interconnectivity of life.

Just but a few weeks ago, PopMatters premiered the new video by the Canadian-born, California-based musician Lila Rose, “World on Fire”. Now that those few weeks have past, the day has come for the release of the album which hosts that song, WE.ANIMALS. This dark collection of tunes pulsates with primal energy, which forms a striking juxtaposition to Rose’s voice, which is often manipulated to echo widely against the music that surrounds it. This effect is not unlike what artist like Imogen Heap have done with records like Sparks.


From boot-stomping rock ‘n’ roll (“Tracking”) to brooding electronics (“World on Fire”) to acoustic reveries (“Stars”), WE.ANIMALS. spans a gamut of sonic textures, yet it remains grounded in Rose’s specific vision for the album. For more on that, read her detailed explanation below.


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Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015
Brooklyn funk and soul outfit Pimps of Joytime create their own "science fiction juke joint" with their riotously fun new LP, Jukestone Paradise. Stream it here exclusively a week before its release.

One obvious question arises when hearing a name like Jukestone Paradise, the new LP by the Brooklyn funk/soul outfit Pimps of Joytime: “What is a ‘jukestone paradise’, anyhow?” As frontman Brian J told L4LM, it’s “It’s kind of like a science fiction kind of place that I created in my mind.” Although the album may have begun in the mind, now that it’s finished and ready for the world to hear—which you can do below—the immediate impression of this eminently danceable music is that it’s visceral in all of the best ways possible. Grooves like these by their nature get the feet moving, and the convivial atmosphere of the band itself only adds to this. That’s not to say the cerebral has entirely left the building, however; as the guitar chops on tracks like “Heart is Wild” evince, these folks know a thing or two on the technical end as well. Simply put, this is party music that knows how to appeal to both the head and the heart.


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Monday, Apr 13, 2015
The underrated indie outfit Night Beds follows up their folk and country-inflected 2013 gem Country Sleep with a striking electronic track, "Tide Teeth".

Country Sleep, the debut full-length by Night Beds, was one of the under-the-radar stunners of 2013, a collection of ten sorrow-drenched tunes that showcase frontman Winston Yellen’s incredible voice. However, in contrast to the folk and country leanings of that LP, “Me, Liquor, & God”, a track dropped by Night Beds last December, reveals a new side to Yellen’s songwriting, one that brings electronics to the fore.


The same holds true for the just-released tune “Tide Teeth”, which finds Yellen’s voice soaring powerfully over layers of synths. When the beat kicks in halfway through the song, things get amped up to an even greater intensity. “Tide Teeth”‘s enveloping nocturnal ambiance bodes quite well for the next Night Beds release.


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Monday, Apr 13, 2015
by PopMatters Staff
Elating vocal harmonies and a mid-'70s rock vibe make up the catchy number "Teeth White", which can be found on the latest album by the English sister trio the Staves, If I Was.

Two weeks ago, PopMatters shared a special performance of the tune “Make It Holy” by the English sister trio the Staves, who for that performance were joined by Justin Vernon. Now you can watch the group take to the stage of London’s Wilton’s Music Hall once again, playing the track “Teeth White”, which like “Make It Holy”, comes from the Staves’ new LP If I Was.


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Friday, Apr 10, 2015
Ritualistic chicken murder and devilish uses of a voodoo doll: these are just a few things found in the music video for the swampy blues rock of the Nashville group Blackfoot Gypsies.

The rock ‘n’ roll of Nashville’s own Blackfoot Gypsies sound as if it emerged from brown-green swamp waters. Add a tasteful incorporation of psychedelia in and you’ve got a potent kind of rock that’s made all the more so when married to the band’s eclectic visual sense, as you can see in the video to “Under My Skin” below. Taken from the group’s forthcoming Handle It LP, “Under My Skin”‘s voodoo-centric storyline finds the members of Blackfoot Gypsies facing a bit of a difficulty during a live performance. Warning: there may or may not be chicken blood involved.


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