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Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014
Check out the latest tune from the Michigan rockers Frontier Ruckus, "Bathroom Stall Hypnosis", which deals with the fallout of a "weird and unceremonious" breakup.

“Bathroom Stall Hypnosis” is one of the first tracks to drop from the Michigan rock outfit Frontier Ruckus’ forthcoming album, Sitcom Afterlife. The song’s energetic instrumentation is a catchy and clever masquerade for the album’s reflective and deep lyrical material, a trait which runs through Frontier Ruckus’ music overall. (PopMatters writer Justin Cober-Lake has called the group’s lyrical style “carefully crafted stream of consciousness.”) The band is just coming off their 2013 double LP, Eternity of Dimming, and based on the vivacious spirit of this song, the release of Sitcom Afterlife has a lot in store for listeners.


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Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014
The ever-mysterious Swedish musical collective Goat has released a new track from its forthcoming album Commune, the brief teaser "Words".

If one believes the band’s press materials, the shadowy Swedish music collective Goat hails from Korpilombolo, a locality in the municipality of Pajala in Northern Sweden. It is highly probable that the group does come from there, but given its devotion to anonymity, they could just as easily live on another planet. Based on the sound of Goat’s otherworldly psychedelic hodgepodge, the notion that the collective occupies another terrestrial realm is just as likely.


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Friday, Aug 8, 2014
Stream the latest album by the Memphis-based singer/songwriter and The Voice season 4 contestant Grace Askew, Scaredy Cat, here on PopMatters.
Above photo credit: Steve Roberts (taken at Sun Studios, Memphis, TN)

Though she didn’t ultimately take the championship, Grace Askew nonetheless captured audiences all across the globe with her run on the massively popular competition show The Voice. Working with country star Blake Shelton, she turned out some fierce performances, including a fierce take on the classic “These Boots are Made for Walkin’”. In a recent interview, Rolling Stone dubbed her the “number one most robbed” contestant of that season of The Voice, but Askew isn’t letting her experience on that program cloud her music.


Instead, she’s progressing forward, and in some particularly gutsy ways. Her latest LP, Scaredy Cat, which you can stream below, was recorded in one four-hour session at Memphis’ reputed Sun Studios. Music clearly comes naturally to this talented singer and songwriter.


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Monday, Aug 4, 2014
Check out the latest tune from the Birmingham, UK hip-hip outfit Ruane Maurice, the brooding "Farne".

Ruane Maurice hail from Birmingham, UK. As this up-and-coming trio attests, there’s more to the music scene there than appears on the surface. Ruane Maurice’s self-titled debut is set for release in early September; “Farne”, which you can stream below, is one of the first tracks to come forth from the album. The song is a prime cut of the trio’s dark, brooding take on hip-hop.


The band tells PopMatters about the hedonistic nostalgia that inspired the song: “Like a lot of the tracks on the album, ‘Farne’ is deeply rooted in our love for analogue instrumentation (analogue drum machines and synths) and found sounds for use in layering.


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Monday, Aug 4, 2014
Check out a new remix from Future Island's recent album, Singles, by Erasure member Vince Clarke.

Future Islands have had one hell of a 2014. Following the Baltimore band’s performance on David Letterman earlier this year—which went viral due in large part to Samuel T. Herring’s eccentric dance moves—its new LP, Singles, has become Future Islands’ breakthrough.


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