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by Thomas Britt

14 May 2010


There are many reasons to arrive at shows in time to see supporting acts. In addition to being treated to more entertainment for the price of admission, watching opening bands often lends much-needed support to acts that are still building an audience. Perhaps the best outcome is a mutual discovery, wherein the band finds that audience and the crowd is exposed to music that theretofore had been under the radar. This is the case with Laminated Cat, whose Umbrella Weather was released late last year. Opening for the Apples in Stereo on recent dates surrounding the release of that band’s excellent Travellers in Space and Time, Laminated Cat did not necessarily play to the full-capacity attendance enjoyed by the headliner, but the young band’s performance was revelatory.

On a superficial level, the Maine band’s “scruffy young brothers” vibe recalls the emergence of Kings of Leon years ago. Musically, however, Laminated Cat could not be further removed from the shiny product that Kings of Leon eventually became. Avowed admirers of Elephant Six releases and the Beatles, the members of Laminated Cat create a beguiling mixture of psychedelic folk/rock. Umbrella Weather—recorded by Craig Morris, Tanner Smith, and A.J. Griffin with supervision from the Apples in Stereo’s Robert Schneider—does bear the sonic influence of Elephant Six acts, but it also brings to mind the sorely missed Beachwood Sparks and early Sparklehorse. The album was released through Garden Gate Records, whose “mission is to release music that should not go unheard, that the world needs to hear… sounds for the ears of the future”.

by Henry Guyer

14 May 2010


Unless you get the honor and the privilege to live in the Land of the Rising Sun, you won’t be able to enjoy Shugo Tokumaru’s new album Port Entropy just yet. It is reserved for a Japan-only release at the moment for the 21st of May. You can, however, watch over and over again his latest video for “Rum Hee”, which sums up his deserved rise since 2008’s Exit nicely. It’s nostalgic, quirky, and overflows with a profoundly sophisticated and catchy pop arrangement.

by PopMatters Staff

12 May 2010



In April, Ben Schumer said of Jónsi’s Go, “The Sigur Rós frontman’s first solo foray (featuring explosive arrangements by Nico Muhly) is a triumphant success.” Last night he dropped by the Craig Ferguson show to play “Go Do”.

by Sarah Zupko

12 May 2010


CNN reports on Kareem Salama who is bringing country music to the Arab world and incorporating Arabic poetry and language into a distinctly American music form to create something one might label “country and eastern”. Intriguing, but personally, I think Russian band Kukuruza does the eastern/western blend thing in more convincing fashion.

by Sarah Zupko

12 May 2010


Everyone wants to be in the music business these days, except for of course the actual music business itself, which would rather be in the licensing and events businesses. David Letterman has launched a new music TV series, Live on Letterman, and sorta-indie faves MGMT played a 50-minute set last night for the show.


SET LIST
Flash Delirium
Destrokk
The Youth
Electric Feel
It’s Working
The Handshake
Song for Dan Treacy
Time to Pretend
Congratulations
(encore) Brian Eno

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