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Monday, May 19, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
World fusion beatmakers Pacifika are back with their third album, Amor Planeta this month and share their new video "Yo Te Amo" with us.

Pacifika‘s global beats have earned high praise from the likes of NPR and the Wall Street Journal and that’s likely to repeat with Amor Planeta. The new album ups the live instrumentation and tones down the electronics, whilst the band took a new approach of live jamming tunes into proper songs, which makes for a greater dynamicism.


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Monday, May 19, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Battle Flags' releases new single and video as an ode to '80s cinema classic The Lost Boys.

Battle Flags is the project of singer/songwriter/producer Jack Budd, a Brooklynite via Richmond, Virginia. He describes his sound as “a sonic pop patchwork of bike rides, spray paint, social change, drunken camaraderie, and hope”. This translates into lyrical vocals, heavy rhythms, guitar riffs, and bright synths. His newest EP Color Engine II contains his best songs to date. Budd stepped his production game up big time with this EP while still keeping the homegrown feel of those previous recordings which garnered him a loyal following around the blogosphere.


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Friday, May 16, 2014
Fire and the Romance's new video features sultry cosplay model Alexa Poletti in a cinematic tale of lust and deception

Fire and the Romance is the new band fronted by South African singer/songwriter Dion Roy. He was on a solo tour in Europe when he had a vision for a larger scale band, which led to the formation of Fire and the Romance. The alt-pop group’s impending debut EP, Adaptations, was written around the world in locations from Los Angeles to New York to France, and is set for release this June.


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Tuesday, May 13, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
On "Duality", Rig 1 -- aka Ian McElroy of Desaparecidos -- not only shows off his vocal range, but also his versatile production skills.

Rig 1 is the rap-minded project of Ian McElroy, which might seem incongruous if you know him as the keyboardist of Conor Oberst’s post-hardcore act Desaparecidos. But on “Duality”, which comes from Rig 1’s just released album North of Maple, McElroy not only shows off his vocal range as he runs from metaphysical spoken word-like tones to syncopated rhyming, but also his versatile production skills. The video for “Duality” premieres on PopMatters; North of Maple is out today via Team Love.


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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
In "Get High", Brandy Clark's heroine doesn't linger in the shadows... she finds herself a light.

On her fantastic debut album, 2013’s 12 Stories, country singer/songwriter Brandy Clark presented exactly that… 12 stories of women just trying to move through the world as best they can. Topics like poverty, infidelity, prescription drug abuse, divorce, alcoholism, and just all-around tough lives mark the starting point for Clark’s songs, but not necessarily the finish line. This is real life in small-town America that she’s singing about, not some gussied up, fictionalized Pleasantville version of it.


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