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Thursday, Apr 19, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
The Walkmen's new album Heaven releases 5 June via Fat Possum and the band is offering a stream of the title tune to whet your appetite.


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Thursday, Apr 19, 2012
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A Place to Bury Strangers tour Europe until May 13, ending up in Leeds, before kicking off a Western US round of dates in Austin and ending in gorgeous Vancouver, after which they stamp an exclamation point on their gigs with a show in the home of Boardwalk Empire. Dates below the jump.





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Thursday, Apr 19, 2012
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Mogwai, Patti Smith, Willie Nelson, Yo La Tengo and many more offer up new music for Occupy This Album, a benefit album for the Occupy movement. The record has a staggering 99 tracks across four CDs. You know you'll want it.


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Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012
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For our first ever full album premiere, PopMatters is proud to present the third album from the critically acclaimed Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, whose Radio Salone releases on April 24th.

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For a group that emerged from the horrors of the Sierra Leonean civil war, band leader Reuben Koroma and the Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars create music that is surprisingly life-affirming and optimistic. Perhaps that’s what has really made them so appealing to audiences worldwide as well as with cynical music critics. The music is simply irresistible and infectious and embraces all that is best in the human spirit. For their third record, the group decamped to Brooklyn to record out of the Dunham Studios with Victor Axelrod (founding member of stellar bands Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, and the Easy Star All-Stars) as producer.


Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars went for a naturalistic sound using analog recording with mid-‘70s mics and 16-track tape. That lent the process a feel of spontaneity and warmness ideal for these complex tunes, as well as evoking the golden era of Afrobeat. Radio Salone releases April 24th via Cumbancha. You can pre-order now via Amazon.


Frontman Reuben Koroma chats with PopMatters about the album’s creation, the documentary that brought the group world-wide exposure and working with Victor Axelrod…


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Monday, Apr 16, 2012
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Experimental hip-hoppers bring the world more of their dark tunes on their latest album releasing 24 April via Epic.





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