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Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014
Stream the self-titled new album from the Portland old-school rock outfit Blue Skies for Black Hearts.

Blue Skies for Black Hearts, lovingly dubbed Portland’s “Princes of Power Pop”, have come roaring back on their sixth, self-titled release, penning their strongest songs to date and featuring a wall of four-part harmonies and a smoking new rhythm section. Lead singer/songwriter Pat Kearns’ tunes draw from a diverse span of American rock, past and present, like the Smokey Robinson and the Miracles-esque call and response of “It’s Gone on Too Long,” the doo-wop crooning on “Love Scenes, or the Otis Redding-inspired falsetto breakdown of “Waiting to Run” before launching into an epic double guitar closer.


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Monday, Jul 14, 2014
Stream the new track from the transcontinental supergroup Three Minute Tease's forthcoming album Bite the Hand, the ominous "Bravely Fade Away".

The gritty distortion that drives “Bravely Fade Away”, the newest cut by the transcontinental supergroup Three Minute Tease, is but one of many reasons why the trio’s sound has been called “pre-apocalyptic psychedelic pop”. The band, consisting of the Berlin-based Anton Barbeau, London bassist Andy Metcalfe, and Morris Windsor (who hails from England’s west coast), has an approachability that has a darkness underneath it. Barbeau’s lead vocal on “Bravely Fade Away” isn’t too far from the friendlier environs of singer/songwriter territory, but the almost sludgy guitars on the song’s chorus add an ominous dimension to the tune.


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Thursday, Jul 10, 2014
Stream a song from the forthcoming collaboration between Nigerian music staple Orlando Julius' forthcoming collaboration with the London group The Heliocentrics, entitled "Buje Buje".

Orlando Julius is a legend of Nigerian music, having played now for decades, which has included playing with legends of American blues, jazz, and R&B, including a performance with the legendary Louis Armstrong. His fusion of Nigerian music with global influences makes him a voice unlike any other.


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Thursday, Jul 10, 2014
The affable pop of London indie rockers the History of Apple pie has not at all changed since their last LP, as their new tune "Tame" evidences.

The History of Apple Pie have released a new tune from their forthcoming album, Feel Something. This LP follows their debut, Out of View, which PopMatters premiered in the US back in 2013. Just as it was the case on Out of View, the band’s new tune, “Tame”, is a tasty slice of pop, with pumped piano chords forming a jaunty rhythm that complements the song’s somewhat hazy production quality.


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Thursday, Jul 10, 2014
Stream "Lost the Plot", a slice of bass-heavy, hazy pop from Amoureux' upcoming debut EP, Never Young As Tonight.

The LA-based duo of Holiday J and Nicole Turley have taken on the name Amoureux in making their romantic, hazy dream-pop. A remarkable distinctive for the duo, however, is that rather than getting caught up on the treble end of the sonic spectrum, as many dream-pop bands do, the duo emphasizes rhythm instruments, particularly Holiday J’s distinctive bass playing. “Lost the Plot”, a track from their soon-to-be-released debut EP Never Young As Tonight, balances washes of textural sound with a pronounced low end. Like the rest of the EP, the song retains a loose, improvisatory feel, due in large part to the fact that most of the tracks on the EP were recorded in one take.


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