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by PopMatters Staff

17 Aug 2015


Paul Duffus: Now this is fun. “The Yabba” comes at you like a seven-foot samurai doing a war dance (Samurai didn’t do war dances? Well just go with it…), like a seven foot samurai doing a war dance in full battle dress, creeping closer and closer with each stuttering step. You know what’s coming. He’s going to tear your face off at some point and you’re just waiting for it to happen. You know the drill. “The Yabba” starts with squeaks and squelches akin to mangled radar pings; the splurge gets more and more distorted; all the pieces assemble; drums kick the door down; and guitars rush in after, guns drawn. You get the idea and you know what’s approaching but you can’t resist. And of course with Battles there’s the usual obnoxiously goddamn brilliant playing from all concerned. A big imposing beast of a track. [9/10]

by Adrien Begrand

17 Aug 2015


Nearly a year and a half after the release of their breakthrough debut album Turn the People, Australian band Monks of Mellonwah are set to release a seven-track EP called Disconnect this month. In keeping with their appealing, stadium-friendly style, new single “Show Me Something More” is equal parts bombast and sensitivity, not to mention a lot smarter than a lot of people will give a mainstream rock band credit for.

by Adrien Begrand

17 Aug 2015


The sort of country/Americana/adult contemporary/pop hybrid that will easily appeal to fans of Lady Antebellumn but nowhere near as shallow, Fairground Saints are on to something very, very good on their debut album, which you can listen to below.

by Adrien Begrand

17 Aug 2015


In addition to founding the long-running, highly prolific, and endlessly lovable band NRBQ, pianist Terry Adams has always had a great fondness for jazz great Thelonious Monk, having seen the man perform countless times in the 1960s. Consequently you can imagine how a proper album of Thelonious Monk interpretations was a project very long in the making.

by Adrien Begrand

17 Aug 2015


Taken at face value, the latest single from Blue Heart, the recent EP by Houston artist Doug Locke, can be seen as an effectively seductive and posturing modern R&B jam. After all, that bassline, and that swaggering, Drake-esque persona Locke has going on works incredibly well. Dig a little deeper, though, and you can tell he’s also having a bit of fun, taking the famous Peaches Monroee meme and turning it into something smartly self-referential while at the same time laying down the wickedest crunk groove.

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