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Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
The newest set of tunes by Edmonton, Alberta-based synth-pop project Artisan Loyalist is a melange of enticing synth sounds.

Cheekily, on the Facebook page for the Edmonton, Alberta-based synth-pop project Artisan Loyalist (helmed by Rob Batke), the genre designation reads “Post-Yoga”. Given the seemingly endless parade of genre splintering that is happening at the moment, it’s not a stretch to imagine that such a thing exists. However, on The Ace EP, the latest collection of tunes from Artisan Loyalist, the music definitely doesn’t sound like it’s meant to take you to a zen place. From the sitar-esque lead riff to “O, Chamelon” to the propulsive beat of “O, Chamelon (Khotin remix)”, The Ace EP is definitely something to get the feet moving.


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Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more creative way to celebrate the legacy of Maya Angelou than to put some slap bass behind her evocative spoken word poetry.

While the world lost a legendary writer and public figure when Maya Angelou passed earlier this May, fortunately many have found creative and heartwarming ways to celebrate her legacy. Perhaps most creative of all is the forthcoming album Caged Bird Songs, an album that pairs Angelou’s spoken word pieces with hip-hop musical backing. Below you can stream “On Aging”, a track where Angelou’s wise musings on getting older are met with a surprisingly well placed slap bass that could have been straight-ripped from a Rick James album.


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Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
Dallas, Texas rock outfit Oil Boom writes rock and roll that sounds like classic rock right out of the gate.

A few weeks ago, PopMatters gave you the first look of Oil Boom‘s music video for the song “The Sneak Tip”. Now, we’re proud to premiere the album where “The Sneak Tip” finds its home, Red Metal. The album is a collection of tunes that gives more than a few tips of the hat to the band’s native Dallas, Texas. The somewhat lo-fi production of the music, particularly on many of the vocals, gives the music a worn-in feel, the kind of rock music that sounds like it’s already pre-aged.


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Monday, Oct 20, 2014
The familial vocal harmonies and gentle string arrangements of Run Boy Run's Something to Someone make it a lovely autumnal bluegrass experience.

The Tuscon, Arizona collective called Run Boy Run is a real family affair. Comprised of brother sister Matt Rolland (fiddle, guitar) and Grace Rolland (cello, vocals), sisters Bekah Sandoval Rolland (fiddle, vocals) and Jen Sandoval (mandolin, vocals), and Jesse Allen (bass), the band’s take on the classic bluegrass instrumental lineup is a delicate and tender thing. The group’s latest album, Something to Someone, is perfectly positioned for its end of October release, as the mood evoked by the music is spot-on for the autumn season.


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Monday, Oct 20, 2014
A vibrant collection of '80s-inspired indie rock, Summer Lightning EP is another step forward for this Baton Rouge duo.

The brotherly duo England in 1819, comprised of Andrew and Dan Callaway, have taken an interesting path to crafting its brand of electro-infused indie rock. The brothers Callaway played in rock bands at a young age while they lived overseas in the hills of the English countryside. Upon moving back to the states, they both spent time in conservatories, studying composition (Andrew) and french horn (Dan). Now, the duo purveys in a variety of indie rock that’s primarily electronic in its instrumentation. Summer Lighting EP, the duo’s latest release, is a further expansion of its sound, particularly with a noticeable incorporation of ‘80s influences.


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