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Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
UK dubstep group Magnetic Man just hit US shores with their debut and are about to play Coachella, while pioneering London dubstep producer Benga remixes their hit, "Perfect Stranger".

The UK dubstep group Magnetic Man is on a tear lately, with the hype reaching a fever pitch as they unleash their self-titled debut album this week via iTunes, with the deluxe CD package arriving on US shores May 10th. Magnetic Man will be burning up the stage at Coachella in just a few days, looking to ratchet up the heat on an already successful young career. Magnetic Man features collaborations with a host of luminaries, including Ms. Dynamite (sure wish she’d put out another album soon), John Legend, and Katy B, who handles the vocals on “Perfect Stranger”. In another honor for the group, pioneering London dubstep producer Benga remixes this glorious dance tune, which we have the pleasure of sharing with you today.



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Friday, Apr 8, 2011
by PopMatters Staff

The Antlers’ new album Burst Apart is one of the most eagerly anticipated May releases and the band helped build the early buzz by playing the record in its entirety at NPR’s SXSW party this March. You can catch that performance online and/or head out to one of Antler’s upcoming gigs (listed below).


This week, the Antlers’ premiered a new song, “Parantheses”, from the album. You can stream this at the group’s site.


The Antlers - Parentheses by Frenchkiss


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Tuesday, Apr 5, 2011
While still waiting for spring to kick in at least some new music is warming things up

This playlist sat empty before hearing the buzz bands of SXSW and a few key releases of fave groups (Moby, the Strokes, Radiohead). It began filling up so fast, I’ve already started another. This is a good omen for another great year of new music. The list includes many band members who have grown up together, either in the same family or as childhood friends, which can only reinforce the notion that it’s a good thing not to burn any bridges in your teens or otherwise. After the miserable winter in many parts of the country and heavy snows still pounding some areas, it’s time to celebrate spring with a bevy of new bands and new tunes of some veterans.


1. Smith Westerns/Weekend
I heard plenty about this young trio from Chicago before this song got stuck in my head. The band was formed by brothers Cullen Omori and Cameron Omori with Max Kakacek when they were still in high school. Now just a few years later, this single off their second release provides incredibly catchy psychedelic pop to the indie rock scene.


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Tuesday, Apr 5, 2011
by PopMatters Staff

Foo Fighters’ latest album drops next week and, as is becoming habit, an early stream is available… this one via Soundcloud. The album is the band’s seventh and was produced by Butch Vig. Interestingly, the bulk of the tunes were recorded in Dave Grohl’s garage. Now how’s that for back to rock and roll basics.


  Wasting Light by Foo Fighters


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Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011

On April 4, the French electro duo Justice are dropping their new single “Civilization” on Ed Banger Records, and if you’re the type that likes to try it before you buy it, you can check out a high-quality stream of the song, via WATM Magazine, below.


  Justice - Civilization by WATM Magazine


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