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Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013
Athens, Georgia-based Elf Power will be dropping a new album titled 'Sunlight on the Moon' on October 1, marking the band's tenth studio album release.

To coincide with the album’s release, the band will be touring with reunited Neutral Milk Hotel.

Last week, Elf Power released a single from the album also named “Sunshine on the Moon“. The track is a succulent, accessible pop melody comprised of the band’s signature jangly guitars and psychedelic overtones. Like a lot of Elf Power songs, the track is immediately catchy, which is no easy feat for a band that has been composing melodic gems since 1994. Give it a listen. You will be singing along in no time.

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Monday, Jul 29, 2013
"Skylarking" is an exciting piece of electronic music that has me salivating for BT's forthcoming album A Song Across Wires.

Though I’ve found new electronic artists like Robert DeLong and Disclosure to be exciting, I tend to follow the same electronic musicians now as I did a decade (or more) ago. So that means if there are new songs by artists like Moby, Underworld or Deadly Avenger, I’d like to know.

BT is another one of those artists that I keep tabs on. And he’s putting out a new album, A Song Across Wires (ASAW) in August. Although PopMatters’ didn’t do an official review of his last major release, These Hopeful Machines, I felt that album was an incredible glimpse inside the auteur’s mind. At times brilliant, it challenged a lot of listeners in part due to it’s length and some tangential moments. That album still finds it way into my rotation to this day, but now I’m salivating for #ASAW based on the first track on the album “Skylarking”. Other tracks have been debuted including “Tomahawk”, “Surrounded” (which as Aqualung as a guest) and “Must be the Love”. You can view the tracklist here but you should listen to “Skylarking” below.

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Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013
A reconfigured Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have released an EP, Little Moments, ahead of a new album to be released next January.

Just one year ago the band’s demise seemed inevitable during a show during the CBGB Festival in Times Square, shortly after it was announced that Robbie Guertin was leaving the band along with twin brothers Lee and Tyler Sargent. That left vocalist Alec Ounsworth and drummer Sean Greenhaulgh (also a multi-instrumentalist and music producer) to either pick up the pieces or continue their solo projects, as dabbled in over the years since the band began.

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Friday, Jul 19, 2013
Scotland's Travis is back after a five-year break with their seventh studio album, Where You Stand, due August 20 from their own label Red Telephone Box.

This video for a single called “Moving” shows the band in the cold darkness, knitted caps and all, with their breath animated in real time (no post production either). According to the band’s website, this is “to give the effect of plucking shapes and figures out of thin air”. According to, the London-based team of Tom Wrigglesworth and Matt Robinson, aka Wriggles & Robins, created the intriguing visuals.

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Thursday, Jul 11, 2013
Band also creates video for new song "Sharpteeth".

The Octopus Project’s fifth feature-length album, Fever Forms, is out July 9 via Peek-A-Boo Records. There’s also a new video for the second single, “Sharpteeth” (PopMatters wrote about the first single, “Whitby” here). A pulsating intro pulls the listener into their world of indietronica, where musicality meets rampant creativity. The song embraces vocals in a simplistic way, while a complicated instrumentation takes over until it all collides into an ending. The Octopus Project directed the video, shot by the Zellner Brothers at the Scottish Rite Theater in Austin, Texas and according to Peek-A-Boo Records, “in its surrounding mystery jungles” where “psychic misadventures ensue.”

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