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Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014
The London-based electronic music wizard Kevin Martin has dropped two new songs from his forthcoming album as The Bug, Angels & Devils.

Eight years ago on PopMatters, Timothy Gabriele said of the Bug‘s highly-acclaimed LP, London Zoo, “London Zoo is the anti-hesitance, a bug planted in the black box of a sinking world, a communicable antibiotic for those blinded by the darkness.” As successful a feat as London Zoo is, however, the Bug‘s Kevin Martin clearly still had work to do.


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Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014
Justin Townes Earle has released a new song from his forthcoming studio LP, Single Mothers, the melancholy "White Gardenias."

In June, singer/songwriter Justin Townes Earle announced his newest studio effort, Single Mothers. The record marks Earle’s fifth foray into the studio as a solo artist.


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Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014
You can download the latest tune by St. Louis retro-rockers the Feed, "Stella", here on PopMatters.

“Stella”, a track off of the forthcoming album by the St. Louis retro rockers the Feed, opens with the sound of a dog barking. It’s a fitting way to tease the tune that’s to come; though indebted in large part to the great classic rock bands of yore, the group brings its own unique energy to this solid cut. Particularly noticeable is its wonderful use of electric organ; in the verses, the chords are pumped with a staccato pop zeal, and as the song comes to its conclusion there is a break section where the organ comes to the forefront. This is the kind of songwriting that makes the phrase “rock and roll ain’t noise pollution” true still today.


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Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014
Check out the scuzzy, raw, and lo-fi new tune by Birmingham, Alabama garage rockers Dirty Lungs, "Dead in a Graveyard."

Anyone who has ever jammed with a couple of friends in a garage or a basement will immediately feel at home upon spinning “Dead in a Graveyard”, the latest tune by the Birmingham, Alabama rock outfit Dirty Lungs. From its shouted, simplistic chorus, to its rough-around-the-edges guitar distortion, and especially its improvisatory-sounding guitar solo, the song has all the hallmarks of a gritty, lo-fi rock tune. It’s no surprise that this quartet has become a staple in the Birmingham music scene; the vitality and energy in Dirty Lungs’ songwriting is palpable, even in the quick burst that is “Dead in a Graveyard”.


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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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