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by PopMatters Staff

22 Jan 2013


London’s Qtier makes gentle, contemplative music perfect for snowed in winter interiors or lush and long summer days. Laced with mellow electronics and ethereal vocals, Qtier’s music is beginning to make waves in the UK with The Fly calling their work “an extraordinarily rich debut”.

by PopMatters Staff

17 Jan 2013


by Zach Schonfeld

17 Jan 2013


Fresh off of last month’s excellent “We No Who U R”, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds premiere another promising cut from Push the Sky Away, their forthcoming 15th full-length. Titled “Jubilee Street”, this one’s got a silky arpeggio pattern, a quietly powerful vocal performance by the post-punk frontman, and a stirring string buildup towards the end of its six-and-a-half minutes. Plus, who besides Cave could sing “I’ve got a foetus on a leash” and make it sound gripping?

As one YouTube commenter puts it, “You’re supposed to get increasingly more shit as you age. Didn’t Mr. Cave and his Bad Seeds get the memo?” Even without longtime collaborator Mick Harvey, Cave is defiant.

Push the Sky Away will be released February 19th via Bad Seed Ltd. Stream “Jubilee Street” below with the official lyric sheet.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

17 Jan 2013


Terry Carr and Peter Kelly of the new music discovery website The Up-Turn have released a comprehensive compilation of Connecticut-based bands in honor of the Newtown tragedy.  Nutmeg Stage of Mind is dedicated to the 26 victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School, as an “opportunity to help give some positive meaning to the outcome”. These two guys from Greenwich, Connecticut, put together a 19-track album encompassing many genres to “demonstrate our rich music scene and deep Connecticut pride while also attempting address a problem in our country”. 100% of profits will be donated to Mental Health America, the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to “helping all people life mentally healthier lives”. With a suggested donation of just $5 per download, music fans are encouraged to listen/donate/share at the link here.

by PopMatters Staff

16 Jan 2013


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Fave Five: Alpine

// Sound Affects

"Australian sextet Alpine's newest album is a fantastic expansion of their joyous pop sound, but two members give us five records apiece that helped define their unique musical identities.

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