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by PopMatters Staff

8 May 2012

Photo: Jacob Blickenstaff

The 12-piece Brooklyn-based Afrobeat ensemble Antibalas is finally back with a new album, their first since 2007’s Security. They have been busy in the meantime with several members working on the hit musical FELA!. For this go-around, the band lured back Gabe Roth as producer, who worked with them on their first three albums. Antibalas will release on 7 August and will be accompanied by a world tour. Below you can sample a tune from the upcoming record.

by Sachyn Mital

4 May 2012

PopMatters put Jukebox the Ghost on our “Best Hopes to Break Out in 2012” piece. Writer Billy Hepfinger wrote “here’s hoping their next album, rumored to be due out next year, is the one to put them on the map in a big way”. Well that album Safe Travels is no longer a rumor and it will be out next month. Jukebox have offered up two songs as a teaser from the new album via their website.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

26 Apr 2012

Headset. Image via Shutterstock.

The spring blooms have been showing their stuff for weeks now, while new releases have hit the airwaves to please many a music fan. Plus with SXSW and Coachella’s two weekends come and gone, there are plenty of buzz worthy bands to choose for the next playlist. 

Spring 2012 Playlist by JaneJS on Grooveshark

by PopMatters Staff

23 Apr 2012

Fiona Apple‘s amazingly long-titled new album, The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do releases this June 19th and she is releasing new single this week in pre-promotion. Lead-off album track “Every Single Night” will hit iTunes tomorrow, but it’s on Soundcloud today.

by PopMatters Staff

23 Apr 2012

//Mixed media

Hozier + Death Cab for Cutie + Rock Radio 104.5's Birthday Show (Photo Gallery)

// Notes from the Road

"Radio 104.5's birthday show featured great bands and might have been the unofficial start of summer festival season in the Northeast.

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