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Monday, Jul 28, 2014
The newest tune by the Atlanta folk/pop outfit Seven Handle Circus, "And We Danced", perfectly balances pop harmony with bluegrass melancholy.

The Atlanta folk-poppers that call themselves Seven Handle Circus are yet another piece of evidence that reveals just how versatile the bluegrass instrumental lineup can be. With a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass, and drums, the group creates harmony-centric pop that grabs the ear at first listen, all the while maintaining a rustic quality inherent to the instruments being played.


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Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014
Check out and download the latest tune from Alejandra O'Leary and the Champions of the West, "Skin to Skin".

The Detroit, Michigan-based outfit Alejandra O’Leary and the Champions of the West are set to release a new LP soon, and leading up to the release the group is offering single “Skin to Skin” as a download.


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Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014
The London-based electronic music wizard Kevin Martin has dropped two new songs from his forthcoming album as The Bug, Angels & Devils.

Eight years ago on PopMatters, Timothy Gabriele said of the Bug‘s highly-acclaimed LP, London Zoo, “London Zoo is the anti-hesitance, a bug planted in the black box of a sinking world, a communicable antibiotic for those blinded by the darkness.” As successful a feat as London Zoo is, however, the Bug‘s Kevin Martin clearly still had work to do.


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Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014
Justin Townes Earle has released a new song from his forthcoming studio LP, Single Mothers, the melancholy "White Gardenias."

In June, singer/songwriter Justin Townes Earle announced his newest studio effort, Single Mothers. The record marks Earle’s fifth foray into the studio as a solo artist.


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Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014
You can download the latest tune by St. Louis retro-rockers the Feed, "Stella", here on PopMatters.

“Stella”, a track off of the forthcoming album by the St. Louis retro rockers the Feed, opens with the sound of a dog barking. It’s a fitting way to tease the tune that’s to come; though indebted in large part to the great classic rock bands of yore, the group brings its own unique energy to this solid cut. Particularly noticeable is its wonderful use of electric organ; in the verses, the chords are pumped with a staccato pop zeal, and as the song comes to its conclusion there is a break section where the organ comes to the forefront. This is the kind of songwriting that makes the phrase “rock and roll ain’t noise pollution” true still today.


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