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Monday, Sep 15, 2014
For a collection of earnest, emotionally straightforward balladry, look no further than Jesse Macht's Suitcase Heart.

Los Angeles singer/songwriter Jesse Macht is about to release his latest recording, the studio LP Suitcase Heart. The album is a collection of nine emotionally earnest and straightforward songs, a product of numerous years working and playing in the LA music scene. (The pop jaunt of “Nothing Wrong With a Little Rain” could easily be read as a cheeky jab at LA residents’ notorious inability to handle the slightest bit of precipitation.)


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Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014
The innovative duo Teach Me Equals makes a strong case that maybe DIY punk and classical music aren't terribly far off with their debut, Knives in the Hope Chest.

On paper, it’s the sort of thing that will either make you groan or wince:who would think to bring together the worlds of punk—with its stripped-down, DIY ethos—and classical music—with its high-minded, through composed nature? The inspired duo that calls itself Teach Me Equals, however, proves that such a distinction might be spurious in the first place. Greg Bortnichak (cello, guitar, vocals) and Erin Murphy (guitar, violin, keyboard, and vocals) are making a bold declaration with their debut, Knives in the Hope Chest, which undergoes just that kind of genre-melding—although they are drawing from far more than just two spheres of influence in their songwriting.


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Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014
At the intersection of indie rock and occult rock you can find Bugs in the Dark and their latest single, "Red Lines".

There’s enough in the music of Bugs in the Dark to suggest that they could be comfortably categorized as an indie rock band. However, the distorted guitars and powerful vocals (courtesy of frontwoman Karen Rockower) bring to mind the recent rash of bands coming out of the occult rock subgenre, namely Jess & the Ancient Ones. In taking the spare indie aesthetic and merging it with a primal rock sound, Bugs in the Dark strike a winning balance. The band’s latest single, “Red Lines”, is a perfect example of this.


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Monday, Sep 8, 2014
As you enjoy the last days of summer while you can, give the dreamy and warm "Somersault" from the California rock band Dot Hacker.

Back in the ‘60s and ‘70s, it wasn’t uncommon for a band or artist to release anywhere from one to three albums in a year. (See the voluminous discography of Frank Zappa for a case in point.) While Prince may have recently garnered a lot of attention with his announcement that he plans to release two albums on the same day at the end of September, the California rock band Dot Hacker already beat him to the punch.


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Friday, Sep 5, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Sweden's Simian Ghost has shared a full album stream on Soundcloud.

The alt-pop artist received “Record of the Year” from readers of Dagensskiva.se for debut album Infinite Traffic Everywhere. Check out what all of the fuss is about.



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