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by PopMatters Staff

9 Sep 2013

This tune, “Conmigo”, is a B-side to the “Optimus Prime” 7-inch. Denderah will release September 24th via SomeOthaShip Connect.

by PopMatters Staff

9 Sep 2013

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Gabrielle Pucknette

The title track off Barbez’s latest album, “Bella Ciao” is the oft-interpreted rallying cry from the anti-Fascist Italian resistance during World War II, reimagined to fit an aesthetic that’s all the NYC experimental outfit’s own. Featuring Faun Fables’ Dawn McCarthy on vocals, “Bella Ciao” is able to articulate the diverse musical sensibilities that inform Barbez’s hybrid, cutting-edge work, combining strains of Jewish and Eastern European folk musics, an avant taste for skewed tonalities, the improvisational interplay of jazz, and the urgent drive of rock ‘n’ roll.

by Thomas Britt

6 Sep 2013

Originally recorded in 1991, Hello Future Tinglies is now available in digital format and a limited pressing of 300 cassettes. The latter format best preserves the spirit of a teenage punk band from the late 1980s and early 1990s. All proceeds from the release will go to the Musicians Emergency Medical Association. Stream the title track here



by PopMatters Staff

30 Aug 2013

But you wouldn’t know it from the bouncy Texas dancehall tempo. Still, country music has always been known for sad songs (some with upbeat rhythms) that end up cheering you up. Kinda like the blues, which country music draws half of its DNA from. Today we are premiering the aforementioned song “Everything Gets Me Down”, which is a really catchy toe-tapper draped in irony.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

27 Aug 2013

Headset. Image via Shutterstock.

As if on cue, new releases heated up the summer fun with lush soundtracks courtesy of Washed Out, Boards of Canada and Jon Hopkins, plus pop gems from Camera Obscura, Maps and Big Deal. A retro-tinged Har Mar Superstar, dedicated alt-rockers Primal Scream and indietronica from the Octopus Project round out the latest playlist, while new bands Bear Mountain, Jaqwar Ma and Brazos provide a fine update to any music collection. Advance singles from Beck and Franz Ferdinand also bring an optimistic outlook for the rest of the year, so dig in.

//Mixed media

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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