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Friday, May 25, 2012
The unofficial beginning of summer brings another playlist with 15 new songs by the Walkmen, Santigold, Spiritualized and more.

To most people, the Memorial Day weekend is the start of summer so why not explore some new music for your own personal soundtrack. With a mix of recent arrivals and established artists, releases abound for the listening to heat things up. Notes are provided with background info for further discovery.


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Thursday, May 24, 2012
Transcendentalism EP accompanies the triple-headline Transcendentalists European tour that just concluded.

On the heels of their week long European tour, the post-classical composers, Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka and Jóhann Jóhannsson have released the Transcendentalism EP featuring two special and / or newly arranged tracks from each artist. The EP is available for streaming now and can be purchased as MP3 or on limited edition vinyl.


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Thursday, May 17, 2012
A glimpse of the band on stage plus full audio.

NPR Music has posted a recent concert of Spiritualized as an entire listening session along with a six “featured videos”. The concert was recorded 10 May at the Washington D.C. venue 9:30 club—a nice mid-sized space with a standing only capacity of 1,200. Sure it’s not the same as being there, but these fly on the wall opportunities allow fans to check out a band’s performance style. Looking at the footage, you not only witness the nuances in the songs presented and how they vary from the produced tracks, but also the interactions of various band members, even if it’s just on a screen. The audio stream provides the entire show, over two hours of live music to indulge in right at home or work if such things are allowed.


Here the theatrics of a psychedelic light show cut across the blackened stage with frontman Jason Pierce (a.k.a. J. Spaceman) and his back up singers all dressed in white. Pierce’s voice is raw and gravely, as he plays guitar while standing behind a mike stand in black sunglasses. While there may not be much movement by those on stage, waves of emotion pour out in the music. Most of the set list are from Pierce’s latest release, Sweet Heart Sweet Light, a personal collection of alt rock anthems full of triumph as well as serious songs revealing doubts about our limited time on earth.



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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
Underground metal faves Baroness return on 17 July with their new album Yellow and Green after a solid three months of touring.

The band seeks to emerge into the mainstream as hard rock “titans” with this new release. A stream of new album tune “Take My Bones Away” is available now.



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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
Ghostly International is putting out Gold Panda's latest single "Mountain" b/w "Financial District" today and both tunes are available to stream online. The physical 7-inch single (limited to 1,200 copies) will hit record shops on 12 June and you can pre-order it over at Ghostly's website.

 



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