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by Adrien Begrand

30 Jun 2015

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Deborah Zeolla

If the name Eszter Balint doesn’t ring a bell, if you’re a regular viewer of Louie CK’s acclaimed series Louie, you’ll remember her as his character’s love interest Amia last season. In addition to being an actress, though—she’s appeared in films by Jim Jarmusch, Woddy Allen, and Steve Buscemi—the Hungarian-born Balint is an accomplished musician, and has played on albums by Marc Ribot, Angels of Light, and Swans. As you can tell, she’s clearly highly regarded by some of the biggest talents in two different mediums.

Her new album Airless Midnight is her first since 2004’s Mud, and PopMatters is pleased to premiere it here. Featuring appearances by Ribot and Sam Phillips, Balint, who plays guitar, mandolin, violin, and more, creates an eclectic collection of songs, but retains a remarkable consistent tone and theme throughout.

by Adrien Begrand

29 Jun 2015

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Andreas Werner

The credits Stephen Kalinich and Jon Tiven have racked up since the ‘60s and ‘70s are impressive enough to warrant a listen to their new album out of sheer respect. Poet Kalinich collaborated with the Beach Boys as early as the late-‘60s (co-writing the single “Little Bird” with Dennis Wilson), while Tiven has worked with everyone from legends the Rolling Stones and Alex Chilton to contemporary acts like Warpaint and Alabama Shakes.

Together, however, the prolific duo make awfully fine music on their own. Their latest album Each Soul Has a Voice is the result of songwriting sessions that yielded a whopping 700 tracks, and 14 of the pair’s best were chosen.

by John M. Tryneski

29 Jun 2015


Toronto’s the Autumn Stones released their first album of lush, dreamy and sharply written pop tunes in 2011. That record, Companions Of The Flame, was so beguiling that it left some people (such as yours truly) wondering what the holdup was for album number two. Regarding that follow-up, singer and songwriter Cieran Megahey reports that, “we have a full-time horn player so our sound has a lot more character and nuance. Escapists has been four years in the making, which gave us lots of time to refine and shape it, and give the public something that really is our best work.”

by Adrien Begrand

29 Jun 2015


Much like Tapes n’ Tapes, Milwaukee band Light Music serve up a sunny, breezy take on experimental music, dappling their neo-psychedelic compositions with myriad colors, melodies and harmonies swimming around the listener. All of that is on full display on “Petrichor”, the first single from their new album Ocean’s Daughter, which we are very proud to premiere today. With summer in full swing, at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere, this track’s timing could not be better.

by Adrien Begrand

29 Jun 2015


When you listen to the new track by Jesse R. Berlin, there comes a point where you find yourself thinking, wait, is this guy just taking the piss? Then you read his bio, which his fictionalized so hilariously, that you laugh and go along with it all. It turns out this project is helmed by a New York artist who prefers to bring some fun mystique to the indie scene, and although it only takes a 30-second Google search to learn who he is, it’s better to go with it, and listen to the comical blend of new wave, chillwave, and outsider music on new track “Wash Your Boat!”, which we’re very happy to premiere here at PopMatters.

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