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by PopMatters Staff

10 Feb 2014


Like the blues, traditional rock ‘n’ roll remains a great musical building block and form. It’ll never be out of date. Mount Carmel shows their devotion to the crunchy riff on “Back on It”, a smokin’ tune from their upcoming album, Get Pure. Mount Carmel bass player Pat Reed tells us about “Back on It”: “The song was built off of the riff. A simple driving riff. The vocals aren’t very complex either. About the repeated monotony of trying to be a man. The song is based off of feeling. Theres a looseness to it. We try to run away from any intellectual complexities that could contribute to a song becoming too narcissistic.”

Mount Carmel’s Get Pure will be released on CD, digital formats and limited edition vinyl on March 25th via Alive Naturalsound Records.

by Eric Risch

10 Feb 2014


What’s a former punk rocker to do once the angst is gone? In the case of Doug Carrion, former member of punk luminaries Descendents, Dag Nasty and Circle Jerks, you turn to the genre that largely fathered punk: country. Billed as Doug C and the Blacklisted, Carrion and his ad hoc band of fellow California musicians have road tested their sound in advance of next week’s release of their self-titled EP.

by PopMatters Staff

10 Feb 2014


Fiona Bevan‘s debut album, Talk to Strangers, releases in the UK on 28 April via Navigator Records and is sure to appeal to fans of artists as diverse as Björk, Joanna Newsom and Lianne La Havas. “The Machine” is the record’s first single. “‘The Machine’ came from being angry and frustrated about the state of the world and from my feelings of powerlessness to do anything about it,” Bevan says. “Within the song, there’s a shift – that’s about breaking out and finding how you can have power in your own life, in everything you do.”

by PopMatters Staff

31 Jan 2014


If some of the vocals on the New Royales’ take on the 1973 Foster Sylvers’ hit “Misdemeanor” sound familiar, it might be because you recognize singer Liz Rodrigues from her featured role on Eminem’s “Survival”. Consisting of industry pros who’ve produced and written for the likes of Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, and Pink, the New Royales recently came out with their new mixtape Freedom’s for the Brave, a collection of covers that ranges from Jefferson Airplane to Depeche Mode. Their level of know-how shows on the polished, jaunty take on “Misdemeanor”, which premieres here on PopMatters.

 

by Jeff Koch

30 Jan 2014


I had the pleasure of listening to “Top Notch”—the new digital single from Manchester Orchestra, out earlier this month—way back in April of 2013. The band previewed a few tracks from the then-untitled album COPE at a concert sponsored by HTC in Los Angeles. COPE is finally due out April 1, 2014, a full year later. That show was an absolute treat, and remains the best argument I can think of for buying an HTC device, but I ramble.

As we were jostled around by the folks dancing up front, I turned to my wife and said, “This album is going to be heavy.” “Top Notch” seems to confirm that hypothesis.

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