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by Christian John Wikane

22 Jul 2009


Photo by Amy Driscoll

Two years after Beth Arentsen debuted her solo album, Sap (2007), the NYC-based singer-songwriter is preparing a follow-up EP entitled Nicer. The six-song set, produced by Arentsen with Lenae Harris and mixed by Eric Yoder, will drop next month and feature all new original material, including “Gossip Queen”, “Earthquake”, and “He Knows (My Heart)”.

This summer, Arentsen has debuted many of the new songs in a series of concerts held throughout New York entitled HopeStock: Music to Bailout Your Soul. Presented by Nona Hendryx and Spirit Sings, the next HopeStock show is slated for Sunday, July 26th at S.O.B.‘s in lower Manhattan and will feature a roster of artists that includes Arentsen, along with Maya Azucena, Bobby Long, iLLspoKinN (of Spokinn Movement), and a special appearance by Nona Hendryx with her band of Gypsies. At the show, Arentsen will also reunite with her former bass player in P-1, Tim Deuchler, along with her trio members Lenae Harris (cello) and Brian Wolfe (drums).

Later in August, Beth Arentsen will open for Ari Hest at Comcast Songwriters in the Park in Red Bank, NJ.

In this clip, Arentsen sings “He Knows (My Heart)” from a recent, sold-out appearance at Joe’s Pub in NYC.

For more information, visit www.myspace.com/betharentsen.

by PopMatters Staff

20 Jul 2009


This past June Grizzly Bear played a Milwaukee show at the Pabst Theater and here’s a glimpse of that appearance.

by PopMatters Staff

20 Jul 2009


Kanye West played London’s iTunes Festival (how’s that for corporate branding) this weekend. Here’s some great footage from ITV.

by Sarah Zupko

20 Jul 2009


Cornershop’s new video features a lot of old archival footage of English life, with a lot of reverse loops to create Monty Python-esque backwards silly walks. The UK group is self-releasing their latest album entitled Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast on July 27th.

by PopMatters Staff

20 Jul 2009


Metric played the Letterman show on Friday, offering up a take on “Help I’m Alive” from their recent release Fantasies. PopMatters’ Daniel Rivera says, “Half an art-rock opus, half a post-pop frolic, Fantasies finds Metric and their illustrious front woman at a pivotal moment in their career. ‘If I stumble / Their gonna eat me alive,’ Haines confesses on album opener ‘Help, I’m Alive’. The LP follows suit with this type of self-effacing frankness, but goes a long way in not abandoning its more labored pathos.”

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