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by PopMatters Staff

12 Dec 2013


Through the Sparks might bill itself as Birmingham, Alabama’s answer to Big Star, but the veteran group’s archival track “Rome”—featured on the upcoming rarities collection Invisible Kids—offers up a more exuberant vibe to go with intuitive power-pop hooks. On “Rome”, premiering here on PopMatters, Through the Sparks conjures up a mighty indie-rock groove, something with the swagger of Spoon when Britt Daniel and co. are strutting their stuff. Invisible Kids is due for release on 21 January 2014 on Skybucket.

 

by Nigel Spudes

12 Dec 2013


“Everything’s Bigger”, from the Real Hair EP, due out February 11th on Carpark, wins by marrying these same two strengths. The song hooks with its twisting riffs, crisp rhythm section and versatile vocals, and keeps the listener coming back for more with guitarist/vocalist Sadie Dupuis’ smart, quotable writing.

by Nigel Spudes

11 Dec 2013


Now she returns with “Satellites”, from new album The Future’s Void, due out in Spring 2014 from Matador in the US/City Slang in the UK. More rigidly electronic than most of Past Life Martyred Saints, “Satellites” is every bit as emotionally present, and shows off Anderson’s strong, snarling vocals against the throb of her production. Raw, powerful and always engaging, EMA is every bit as strong here as she was when we left her two years ago.

by Nigel Spudes

4 Dec 2013


Their debut release,the Slim Volume 7” came out back in September, and Drag City just announced that their debut LP, Voices in a Rented Room is due to be released by the label on February 19th of next year.

by Nigel Spudes

4 Dec 2013


Wizard Of’s latest is “Skeleton I” from Face/Skeleton, forthcoming in tape form from Digitalis Recordings. Merging bright synths, driving, high-bpm drums, a pitched-up vocal hook, a melancholy piano loop and an overall aesthetic that wouldn’t sound out of place on Hyberdub, this cut feels like it tracks a night out from its peak to its eventual close.  Emotional without hitting full-on Burial, and energetic without wearing out its welcome, this is the most fully-realized addition to Wizard Of’s growing discography of tape and downloadable releases. Start adding this one to your playlists now.

 

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

// Notes from the Road

"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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