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Monday, Jun 16, 2014
Five tracks from the forthcoming album by the legendary rockers NRBQ, entitled Brass Tacks, are available to stream exclusively on PopMatters.

NRBQ is an acronym for “New Rhythm and Blues Quartet”. Ever since putting out their self-titled first release in 1969, this Florida-based quartet has run through a gamut of popular rock, jazz, and R&B styles, filtering all of its sonic explorations through its effervescent, carefree style. While many bands might be satisfied in calling it quits after 45 years, the gents of NRBQ still have music in their bones just waiting to be played. Brass Tacks, the group’s latest LP, is a portrait of musicians that are simply unwilling to call it quits in their musical journey. Spanning ‘60’s pop to smooth jazz, Brass Tacks does more than hint that there may be more to come from this impressively tenacious collective.


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Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
On the moody but catchy "Paradise", Secret Cities show how they make the most of their differences.

Consisting of three members who don’t live in the same city—or even in close proximity to each other—with their own distinctive musical sensibilities, Secret Cities definitely make the most of their differences. Veering from spot-on girl-group nostalgia to warm, homespun experimentation, those diverse points of view come together on the indie-pop group’s latest album, Walk Me Home. And it’s particularly apparent on the track “Paradise”, which combines contemplative mid-tempo tones with enough lilting melody to lift the bittersweet moods.


“Paradise” premieres here on PopMatters; Walk Me Home releases on 24 June via Western Vinyl.


 


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Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014
PopMatters has the exclusive premiere of the moody "Smoke Signals" by Matthew Connor, as well as four remixes of the tune by artists including electronic producer André Obin.

Opening with the chime of mallets and a hazy wah-wah guitar, Matthew Connor’s “Smoke Signals” is an apt demonstration of the crooner’s old-fashioned proclivities. “Smoke Signals”, a cut off his forthcoming Farewell Motel LP, sounds like the kind of number one would hear at a noir-themed nightclub. The instrumentation is low-key and understated, leaving the Boston-based Connor to stand out on top of the mix with his unique vocal.


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Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014
Audra Isadora's cover of the Kate Bush tune "Babooskha" is both a testament to Isadora's love for Bush and of the power a fantastic cover version can have.

Miss your 15-minute window to buy tickets to Kate Bush‘s reunion shows in London? Well, you and most of the world are not alone. There is, however, a fine antidote to the “I’m not willing to sell my soul for some concert tickets” blues, and it comes in the form of an electrifying cover version.


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Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
PopMatters premieres the self-titled debut by Philadelphia's Northern Arms.

There’s an expansive quality to Northern Arms’ patient compositions, with the Philly group’s mid-tempo rock working as a foundation for layers of swaying horns and other lush orchestrated touches. In general, the scale and moods of their self-titled debut recall the National, but on the album’s most intriguing moments, Northern Arms imagine what the Afghan Whigs might’ve been like as a chamber-pop band. Premiering on PopMatters, Northern Arms is out 17 June via the BITBY Recording Co.


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