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Thursday, Jan 30, 2014
If “Top Notch” is any indicator, look for Manchester Orchestra's COPE to push boundaries and expectations in that same way.

I had the pleasure of listening to “Top Notch”—the new digital single from Manchester Orchestra, out earlier this month—way back in April of 2013. The band previewed a few tracks from the then-untitled album COPE at a concert sponsored by HTC in Los Angeles. COPE is finally due out April 1, 2014, a full year later. That show was an absolute treat, and remains the best argument I can think of for buying an HTC device, but I ramble.


As we were jostled around by the folks dancing up front, I turned to my wife and said, “This album is going to be heavy.” “Top Notch” seems to confirm that hypothesis.


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Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014
It's only fitting that the Party Dolls' new album Love Wars Baby will drop on Valentine's Day.

It’s only fitting that the Party Dolls’ new album Love Wars Baby (This Is American Music) will drop on Valentine’s Day. The record isn’t only about heartbreak, but there’s no shortage of it, either. Penned by District Attorneys frontman/songwriter Drew Beskin, this batch of personal songs gets gorgeous harmonies and arrangements courtesy of Jeremy Wheatley (Crooked Fingers), Tedo Stone, and fellow District Attorneys members Frank Keith IV and Walker Beard. The title track is an excellent representation of the record, wrapping pleasing sounds around direct, emotional lyrics.


 


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Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
On their latest album, Lean Into the Wind, Americana rockers Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray go all Flying Burrito Brothers with a SoCal-influenced set of new songs.

“Coyote” tells you everything you need to know about what this super fine band of players has up their sleeves this go-around. Killer harmonies, warm countryesque textures, and the winsome voice of Miss Shevaughn, who channels her very own Emmylou Harris on this gorgeous tune. Meanwhile, Lean Into the Wind sets the band on a fresh course after a year spent dealing with the tragedies of severe illness and death of loved ones.


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Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014
Cloud Nothings' first single for their new album shows them moving forward without leaving any of their charm behind.

On Cloud Nothings’ much-heralded Attack on Memory, Dylan Baldi started facing the reality of post-adolescence in the face and he decided to fight them tooth and nail. Now, after taking a year off (presumably to stay useless), he’s back with a new album and trying to move his life forward. The first song released from the album, “I’m Not a Part of Me” is Baldi’s argument with himself. Trying to resolve his old slacker self with his newfound sense of resolve, he spends half the song declaring to his old self, “I’m not you”, to which he responds “you’re a part of me.” Although it’s clear that his desire to start taking life seriously is winning out, it’s a clearly a bitter struggle.


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Monday, Jan 27, 2014
Have a first listen at "The Dead Leaves", a sunny slice of indie pop from the New York-based songwriters behind the promising Modern Rivals.

There’s a great deal of familiarity in a song like “The Dead Leaves”, the newest offering from the songwriters behind the New York-based Modern Rivals. Indie pop remains, as it is said, all the rage these days, and lush slices of garden pop such as this one aren’t hard to come by. But what Modern Rivals do, as any great band should, is remind us of why those things become familiar in the first place: simply put, they’re unshakably appealing.


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