Having been featured on NPR Music’s World Cafe as an “Artist of the Week”, Spanish indie outfit Polock have already garnered attention from numerous online outlets for their undeniably catchy take on indie pop. Although they’ve often been likened to Phoenix—by this very publication, in fact—with their latest video, “Freak City”, Polock channel two other artists in particular. In terms of guitar tone, “Freak City” is all about that Nile Rodgers single-coil sound, the kind revived by Daft Punk on their 2013 monolith of retroism Random Access Memories. Additionally, the synths that form the backdrop for these guitars in the verses bring M83 to mind. All comparisons aside, though, “Freak City” is a good time in its own right, and a dead ringer for any ‘80s-themed parties.
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Following several videos PopMatters has shared this week of Blur’s end-of-April concert at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg—including “Ghost Ship”/“Song 2”, “Lonesome Street”/“New World Towers”, and “Go Out”/“Trouble at the Message Centre”—we have two additional video captures of the gig. This time around, Blur perform “Pyongyang”, from their recent LP The Magic Whip, and “Beetlebum”, which comes from their 1997 self-titled album. The latter concludes in a massive feedback finale—check your computer speakers, we don’t want any ruptured eardrums on our hands.
Along with House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black is one of the programs responsible for cementing Netflix’s reputation at the forefront of creative programming. Unsurprisingly, it’s been in high demand with each returning season, and this June, the show will have its third season dropped onto Netflix in full, ready for a good binge-watch. To see what’s getting everyone riled up, watch the season three teaser below.
Coming off of their 2014 record Stop Look and Listen, the Connecticut group Lines West lost their rhythm section. As far as things a band could lose, that’s a pretty big one, and this issue no doubt stymied some momentum. Not ones to let adverse circumstances trump their musical passions, Lines West kept onward with their goals, resulting in the soon-to-be-released Two of a Perfect Pair LP.
On this new outing, Lines West continue refining their brand of pop/rock, which is flecked with country and Americana influences throughout. Below you can watch the lyric video to “Perfect Pair” and get a taste of what’s to come from this rising group.
Upon being announced as Jon Stewart’s successor as the host of The Daily Show, Comedy Central’s flagship “fake news” series, Trevor Noah found himself at the center public scrutiny. In particular, a collection of old Tweets that exhibit sexist and anti-Semitic humor were called out, leading to a reprisal of the eternal “PC versus comedy” debate.
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