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by PopMatters Staff

24 Sep 2010


Photo: Nick Cooper

Back in May, we called Univox’s self-titled debut “well-executed enough to be treasured by those who find it… in other words, a fine debut.” This is a band rooted in the ‘70s in the best possible way, displaying a love for catchy harmonies, jagged punk and post-punk guitar textures, power pop energy, and rousing choruses. The Philly group loves a strong riff and the primal spirit of rock and roll. It’s there on album opener “Pi” (stream after the jump) and also on the video we premiere today for “Conan”. Meanwhile the guys can turn all jangly on a dime too; witness the delicious acoustic strumming and harmonies on “Everybody Knows” and “Lever Master City”. This is a confident and self-assured entrance onto the rock and roll stage and we look forward to the next step from these young fellows.

by PopMatters Staff

24 Sep 2010


Brooklyn indie foursome Via Audio released their sophomore LP Animalore this past March, following the critical success of 2007’s Say Something. Spoon’s Jim Eno is again the production mind behind the latest lo-fi pop tunes of the Berklee College of Music-trained musicians. Via Audio holed up in Eno’s Austin home last year to develop and record the tracks for Animalore. Today’s premiere of their new video of “Olga” exemplifies the currently wildly popular lo-fi aesthetic both musically and visually, an artistic approach discussed in-depth recently over on Pitchfork in “This Is Not a Photograph”.

by PopMatters Staff

23 Sep 2010


Rooney has been busy this summer touring their new self-released album Eureka, their third full-length album of sunny California pop with AM radio melodies and harmonies. “Holdin’ On” leads off that album and here the band gives us an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse of their touring life, busking their way through the tune on their tour bus. The spare acoustic arrangement is rather nice, putting those harmonies front and center.

by Matt Mazur

22 Sep 2010


Oscar Nominees:

Julie Christie ... McCabe and Mrs. Miller
Jane Fonda ... Klute
Glenda Jackson ... Sunday Bloody Sunday
Vanessa Redgrave ... Mary Queen of Scots
Janet Suzman ... Nicholas and Alexandra

Mazur Winner:

Jenny Agutter ... Walkabout

by Jennifer Cooke

22 Sep 2010


Touted by the cover of January 2010’s Alternative Press magazine as the most anticipated release of the year, My Chemical Romance’s new album encountered a series of snags. While it was initially planned for a spring release, things kept coming up. Frontman Gerard Way had throat problems that prompted gig cancellations in February. Drummer Bob Bryar left the band in March.  Announcements on the band’s website began talking about whole new batches of songs being written even while a slew were already in the can. At July’s Comic-Con in San Diego, Way announced that recording was finished. Cut to September, and the record was still MIA.

Until now. The band released this video teaser September 17th announcing the title of the album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. Producer Rob Cavallo, who did the honors for the 2006’s The Black Parade, is back at the helm, and there is currently no word on what happened to the tracks produced with Brendan O’Brien (Springsteen, Pearl Jam) in late 2009.

For fans who were getting a bit blue around the gills from holding their breath, it was a welcome sigh of relief that the much-anticipated project is indeed on its way.

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