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by Sarah Zupko

24 Oct 2016

Tim Easton said of Texas singer-songwriter Adam Carroll, “Adam Carroll is East Texas’ own Shakespeare of song…. His songs belong in Texan and Bayou anthropology courses, but mostly they should belong to your car stereo speakers.” We couldn’t agree more as Carroll’s songs are genuine, poetic, literary and relatable tales of life in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.

This coming Friday, October 28th Austin-based Eight 30 Records is releasing a tribute to the influential Carroll entitled Highway Prayer: A Tribute to Adam Carroll, which includes takes on Carroll’s music by leading Americana luminaries like the Band of Heathens, Hayes Carll, Tim Easton, James McMurtry, and Slaid Cleaves.

by PopMatters Staff

18 Oct 2016

Photo: Jackson Grant

London’s Crystal Fighters are one of the more interesting contemporary bands as they mash up musical styles to create the most memorable of catchy earworms. Melodies and instruments from Basque folk music are intertwined with electronic music beats. Acoustic, electric, and electronic elements coalesce utterly naturally in their music. This Friday the band is due to release their third album, Everything Is My Family, and we’ve got the premiere of Crystal Fighters’ brand new anthemic single “Lay Low”, which rises to rousing crescendos and wall of sound vocal choruses. It’s a stellar, joyous, glorious tune, with killer melodies and it promises that the band’s new record may be the very best yet.

by PopMatters Staff

18 Oct 2016

Photo: Kevin Mazur

Mike Watt is a punk rock legend whose bands Minutemen and fIREHOSE had a huge influence on both punk and rock generally. In 1995, Watt first went solo as he toured the US, eventually stopping at Chicago’s Metro on May 6th for an incendiary set that crackles and thrills 21 years later. It’s that performance that Columbia/Legacy has chosen to memorialize with the release of Watt’s “ring spiel” tour ‘95 due for release on November 11th. The tour followed the February 1995 release of Watt’s first solo album, ball-hog or tugboat?, which has stood the test of time with a set of songs that featured the playing of Henry Rollins, Flea, Thurston Moore, J Mascis, Adam Horovitz, Mike Diamond, Frank Black, Dave Pirner, Evan Dando, Nels Cline, Pat Smear, Dave Grohl, Eddie Vedder, and more.

by Alan Ranta

17 Oct 2016

That unimaginable wellspring of curiosity known as Pepe Deluxé, and its chairmen James Spectrum and Paul Malmström, would not have been appointed professors of madness at Oxford University by DJ Food were it not for the support of their long time label, Catskills Records. For the past two decades, equally as long as Pepe has been around, the feline imprint helmed by Brighton brothers Amr Mallassi and Khalid Mallassi has tirelessly supported music on the fringes of the dancefloor, coming up during the peak of trip-hop and big beat end evolving through folktronica, future funk, mutant pop, and anywhere else inspiration may take them.

by PopMatters Staff

17 Oct 2016

World music master Piers Faccini couldn’t have picked a better time to release his new album, I Dreamed an Island, which celebrates cultural diversity in a time of increasing intolerance around the world. It’s a noble aim for sure. Faccini did his historical research as he wanted to based his new album around the idea of an island where a multicultural people live in harmony. So, he ended up choosing 12th Century Sicily as it was a decidedly metropolitan place where the Western, Arabic and Byzantine worlds all came together.

//Mixed media

Exposition Dumps Don't Need Dialogue in 'Virginia'

// Moving Pixels

"Virginia manages to have an exposition dump without wordy exposition.

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