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by PopMatters Staff

5 May 2014


Collin Herring is often labeled alt-country and there is some truth to that, but there’s just as much as much indie rock in his sound. Some Knives bristles with energy and rousing melodies that will please fans of indie and Americana equally, as the album touches on influences from Son Volt and Whiskeytown alongside Neil Young, R.E.M. and even Nirvana.

Herring tells PopMatters all about the album’s recording process…

by PopMatters Staff

2 May 2014


Take a jazzy vibe and marry it to electronic beats and some Latin funk, horns and all, and you start to approximate Cilantro Boombox‘s sound. The group was originally founded by bassist/DJ/producer Félix Pacheco and saxophonist/flutist Joe Woullard as they collaborated in a session and then stuck together and eventually added six new members. Cilantro Boombox’s 2012 debut is available below via Spotify, but today we bring you the premiere of the B-side, “Lluvia”, of their new single “Fears Away”.

by PopMatters Staff

1 May 2014


The Hudson Branch tells PopMatters that “Kina Ze Swah is the idea that you can build something from nothing. It’s something we’re trying to figuring out. It’s an ongoing conundrum that we think we solve and then forget how we arrived at the answer.” Four suburban siblings—Cobey and Corey Bienert and Matthew and Jacob Boll—are the Hudson Branch and their long familial history gives them an edge as musicians, as they’ve had a very long time to work on their sound. Folk pop, ‘60s pop, ‘80s electronic pop and ‘90s indie are all equal parts of the band’s sound.

by Sarah Zupko

30 Apr 2014


Carsie Blanton‘s sexy, enigmatic vocals are ideally suited to the American popular songbook, a.k.a. pop music written for adults in the age before youth so thoroughly dominated popular culture. She treats each note like another flirtatious look towards the object of her affection as the lazy notes flutter down gently and easy. Like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Fred Astaire, she pays careful attention to the dramatic phrasing of each word. Impressive and leaves the listener wanting for much more.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

23 Apr 2014


Headset. Image via Shutterstock.

With spring finally making an appearance, there’s plenty of news songs for another playlist thanks to the constant renewal of the music scene. Bands such as Cage the Elephant, Wye Oak and Real Estate are back with album releases along with Future Islands and Lost in the Trees. Female voices abound on this playlist, from Annie Clark of St. Vincent and Kelis, to Courtney Barnett, Sharon Van Etten and Monica Birkenes of Mr. Little Jeans.  Also check out new music from veteran bands Elbow and Maximo Park, along with indie heavyweight Beck.

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