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by PopMatters Staff

14 Dec 2016


Kevin Russell spent much of his musical career with the Gourds, an Austin-based Americana band that was highly influential in the development of alt-country and the growing Americana scene. During his lengthy tenure leading that group, Russell would occasionally step out for solo gigs in Houston as Shinyribs, and he released a couple of records under that moniker. Now that the Gourds are on hiatus, Russell is doubling down on his Shinyribs project. He assembled a full band this year and they have a new record coming down the pike with I Got Your Medicine scheduled for 24 February 2017.

by PopMatters Staff

14 Dec 2016


Photo: Philip Glaser

Electropop master Schiller recently released his ninth album, Future, to critical acclaim in his native Germany and it soared to number one on the charts there. Now Future is coming out in the U.S. on December 16th. Schiller describes the new record as being cinematic in scope and indeed it features walls of glistening big sound that is highly atmospheric in nature. Working on the album in Los Angeles and the Mojave Desert, aided Schiller in creating songs that both rise high and maximalist like the great urban centers of our cities, while quieting down to introspective moments. The contrasts are gorgeous and make Future both compelling dance music and scintillating headphone dreamscapes.

by Cole Waterman

14 Dec 2016


Photo: Amanda Ray Photography

George Morris has a singular ability to make his stardusted songs sound both expansive and tight, indefinably anachronistic yet fresh. Listen to “100 Years”, the wisely chosen first single off his forthcoming LP, for proof.

Composed of three movements orbiting each other like celestial bodies, the tune opens with shuffling drums, evocatively plinking keys, and a subtle acoustic guitar. “All of my friends are dead”, Morris sings in his serpentine falsetto, before the 45-second mark hits and the buildup shifts down to an undulating groove in the pre-chorus. When the refrain arrives, the ebb and flow tension culminates like a torrent breaking through a dam. On reaching this catharsis, the breakneck percussion and sparkling ambiance make the cut an unabashed anthem.

by Sarah Zupko

8 Dec 2016


Best known for her experimental music with husband John Lennon, Yoko Ono discovered her love for electronic dance music nearly 16 years ago. Her latest club banger is the heady “Hell in Paradise”, a perfect dance album for the Trump era. This set of lyrics couldn’t be more on point: “When will we come to realize / We’re all stoned or pacified / While the boogie men organize / Their multilevel schemes.” Ono‘s work has always been socially conscious, and we need that in our music, even dance music, more than ever. The tremendously catchy “Hell in Paradise” has a had some remixes release already and today we bring you Camelphat’s take on the catchy, big beat tune. Camelphat’s remix is the best of the batch of remixes so far as it brings the funk and amps up the soul of the song.

by Sarah Zupko

7 Dec 2016


Photo: Greg Giannukos

Critically acclaimed American group the Band of Heathens are releasing their first studio album since 2013 this coming January 13th. Duende will be the Texas band’s fifth studio album and it adds some new sounds to their palette, including this pop-driven number, “All I’m Asking”, that we’re premiering today. Don’t be fooled into thinking Duende is all pop, though; this album shows the greatest degree of musical exploration centered around their Americana core. You’re going to hear some rockers, country twang, honky-tonk blues, New Orleans R&B, and Boogie-woogie. Ed Jurdi says, “I feel the album brings together all our influences, everything we’ve done over the years as a band. We’ve touched on every part of our career, our roots, some singer/songwriter contemplative stuff, some high-energy rock ‘n’ roll. It’s all us, the record we were supposed to make.  Ten years later, that’s what keeps us coming back.”

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