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by PopMatters Staff

25 Mar 2014

by Scott Recker

10 Mar 2014

Slightly more relaxed and groovy than the biting tracks off 2012’s Tramp, Sharon Van Etten recently dropped “Taking Chances”, the first single off her forthcoming album, Are We There?, due out May 27. Sadly and soulfully, “Taking Chances” doesn’t desert her signature dreamy style, but the song has a slick production quality to it and sharp, yet subtle indie-pop sensibilities. It’s a lot less sparse than usual and quite a bit more atmospheric, which is exciting considering Van Etten is skilled at slight tweaks to her distinct sound. She’ll also be touring extensively throughout the next few months.

by PopMatters Staff

28 Feb 2014

“The Riverbed” is the record’s first single, a throbbing slice of utterly gorgeous orchestral electro intensity. Pallett says the new album “is meant to approach ‘insanity’ in a positive way, emphasis on the ironizing scare quotes around singular notions of insanity.”

by PopMatters Staff

28 Feb 2014

Photo: Linda Brownlee

It’s a mellow, chilled-out affair with string section, gentle world beats and subtle electro glitches. Quite lovely.

by PopMatters Staff

26 Feb 2014

HAIM have released a new video for “If I Could Change Your Mind” and are planning a lengthy North American tour during April and May.

//Mixed media

Con Brio: The Best New Live Band in America?

// Notes from the Road

"There’s a preciousness to McCarter and the rest of the mostly young band. You want to freeze the moment, to make sure they are taking it all in too. Because it’s going to change.

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