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Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Careful's "The World Doesn't End (Part II)" masquerades as a lo-fi pop tune before it fully emerges as a haunting chamber pop piece.

Eric Lindley (a.k.a. Careful) is releasing his fourth full-length album, The World Doesn’t End, on April 22nd via Circle Into Square. With a background in LA’s subculture of electronics hackers and experimental artists, Lindley has immersed himself in the theories of artistic creation. The result is a pleasingly intellectual approach to creating music that satisfies the head and the heart in equal measures.


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Monday, Mar 31, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Don't let the title fool you: Tapioca and the Flea's "Take It Slow" is a brisk, catchy dance-pop number.

Premiering on PopMatters, “Take It Slow” is Southern California dance-pop act Tapioca and the Flea‘s contribution to a split 7” compiled by Red Bull Sound Select for Record Store Day (April 19, 2014). Just don’t let the title fool you, since “Take It Slow” is a brisk, catchy synth-driven number, a combination of old-fashioned pop-minded songwriting and a state-of-the-art vibe.


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Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Today we present the online premiere of chamber poppy Fan Modine's latest album, Cause Célèbre, releasing April 1st via Lost Colony Music.

We’ve already shared the album tune “One Company” with you and talked our deep appreciation of Fan Modine‘s work. Now we are going to let Fan Modine themselves tell you all about Cause Célèbre in this exclusive track-by-track interview. Meanwhile, you can pre-order the album at both iTunes and Amazon.


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Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014
The Black Keys scale back on their roots and once again change gears with a new single.

The Black Keys have made a career out of finding the cracks between rock music’s past and present, living in that middle ground and refusing to choose a side by pairing throwback riffs and howls with the stranglehold of pop’s modern sensibilities. And nothing has changed with their new single “Fever”, the first release off their forthcoming May 13 LP, Turn Blue, except the way they do it. This time, more than two years since we’ve heard from them, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney drive even further from the barebones, gritty blues-rock that skyrocketed them from Akron and dive into a pool of dense, piercing psychedelia. Danger Mouse is once again co-producing, so expect a few twists and turns that may or may not piss you off, depending on your thoughts about their music becoming more easily digestible. The track list for Turn Blue is below.


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Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
HAIM was one of 2013's most universally adored new artists, including here at PopMatters. Today the LA band has dropped two new remixes for the tune "If I Could Change Your Mind".


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