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Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015
Ryan Culwell strolls and sings through a Nashville construction site in his latest music video, "I Think I'll Be Their God".

The West Texas-raised, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Ryan Culwell ain’t your ordinary troubadour. After dropping out of his successful time at Texas A&M as an economics student to become a musician, he eventually set down the guitar. He then took up a gaggle of jobs, including cow bile cooker, FedEx worker, server, roof salesman, furniture mover, sports radio editor, telemarketer, mail sorter, and fence builder. Now, eight years after stepping aside from his musical career, he’s writing music once again, and he’s taking all he’s learned from his hodgepodge of jobs during his absence from the music scene. In explaining his return, he points out, “When my daughters are grown they deserve a story that doesn’t include the woes of West Texas bars or a recounting of daddy’s touring history to explain why he left their mom. I left the scene so those stories wouldn’t write themselves over the top of me, and it was worth it.” With strong tunes like “I Think I’ll Be Their God”, the video of which you can watch exclusively below, it’s easy to see that the wait was worth it all along.


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Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015
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Pussy Riot told NME that the song is dedicated “to Eric Garner and to all who suffer from state terror—killed, choked, perished because of war and police violence—to political prisoners and those on the streets fighting for change. We all have to protest for those who are silent, and we have to protest for each other, no matter the geography, no matter the borders.”



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Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015
Spare hip-hop instrumentation backs the spoken word of the great Maya Angelou in the new lyric video for "Pow Pow".

Last fall, PopMatters premiered “On Aging”, a unique tune that brings together the spoken word of the late, great Maya Angelou with hip-hop and funk instrumentation. That track is one of many on an album called Caged Bird Songs. In a continuation of this unique project that pays tribute to the powerful legacy Angelou left the world, a lyric video has been made for the Caged Bird Songs number “Pow Pow”, which finds Angelou’s thought-provoking words and playful delivery met by a spare hip-hop beat and electric guitars whose tone brings Nile Rodgers to mind.


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Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015
Squarepusher conjures a world of hectic electronic darkness with its latest recording.

The English electronic project Squarepusher, helmed by Tom Jenkinson, will release its 14th studio LP, Damogen Furies, via Warp on 21 April. This LP follows 2012’s Ufabulum. With this album, Squarepusher intends “to explore as forcefully as possible the hallucinatory, the nightmarish and the brutally visceral capacities of electronic music”, to use his own words.


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Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015
The video for "This Town" captures Megafauna's prime ability to write an infectious and sharp riff.

Maximalist, the 2014 album by Megafauna, is a distinct step forward forward for this Austin, Texas trio. The record’s prog inclinations never hinder the preponderance of catchy hooks and riffs from coming through; on cuts like “Hug From a Robot”, frontwoman Dani Neff’s guitar playing is both impressive from a technical angle and conducive to getting the body moving—the perfect mix of brainy and brawny.


Below you can view the new video for the Maximalist cut “This Town”, which features a similarly cool riff and a healthy dose of body paint.


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