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Monday, Jun 9, 2014
PopMatters has the exclusive premiere of the video for English post-rock outfit Lanterns on the Lake's "Elodie".

England has become a veritable hotbed for post-rock, with acts like Maybeshewill putting their own unique takes on what has become a much worn-out genre. The evocatively named Lanterns on the Lake are growing players in this impressive scene. In his PopMatters review of the band’s newest album, Until the Colours Run, John Bergstrom calls the music “deeper”, “richer”, and “better-crafted” than anything it has put out before.


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Thursday, Jun 5, 2014
The kinetic, off-the-wall music video for JPNSGRLS' infectious tune "Smalls" is available for viewing exclusively at PopMatters.

The jury is still out on whether or not the so-called “emo revival” is truly the revival that it claims to be. But for Canadian rockers JPNSGRLS (“Japanese Girls”), emo is a key but not irreducible component of their sound. Energetic frontman Charlie Kerr’s vocals are cut from the same cloth that spawned countless a pop-punk band, but his fellow musicians bring a garage-rock intensity to counterbalance the cutesiness of his delivery and some of his lyrics. On “Smalls”, a track from their forthcoming Circulation LP, Kerr sings about “kitty kats” and references the kid-favorite The Sandlot over a fast, rockabilly-esque delivery. (He does, however, get some great one-liners, including the choice “There’s more to life than getting used to death”). The rest of the band, meanwhile, is ripping into some stellar riffs, all the while guiding the tune in directions a run-of-the-mill rock outfit probably wouldn’t.


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Thursday, May 29, 2014
Sundowner's flirtatious first single, "Cowboy Poetry", echoes the dusty locale of song's video.




Sundowner, the sophomore album from singer/songwriter HT Heartache, is a musical dance with a black widow. Residing between the sun-drenched streets of Los Angeles and its darker nether regions, the album’s flirtatious first single, “Cowboy Poetry”, echoes the dusty locale of song’s video directed by Gus Black (Deftones, Eels).



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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Mark Van Hoen's Children of the Stones are back again with yet another 2014 release, revealing a trippier, moodier side on "Save for Me".

Earlier this year, PopMatters premiered the first new work by Children of the Stones, a project spearheaded by electronic music impresario Mark Van Hoen (Locust, Black Hearted Brother) and collaborator Martin Maeers. Coming on the heels of an introductory EP and a debut full-length The Stars and the Silence, Children of the Stones is releasing yet another EP on 3 June, MCM (Saint Marie). Premiering here on PopMatters, the MCM track “Save for Me” showcases the trippier and moodier side of the duo’s electro sound.


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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
With its uncanny '80s vibe, the video for Scraps' "Projections" looks like it could've come from a long-lost VHS tape.

Laura Hill, the Aussie one-woman synth-pop band who works under the name Scraps, has an uncanny ability to not just recreate an ‘80s sound, but the vibe that goes along with it. On the video for “Projections”, which premieres on PopMatters, the retro mood of her bubbling keyboards and neon-lit production is accentuated by visuals that look like they could’ve come from a long-lost VHS tape lodged in a VCR buried in a dusty thrift-shop corner. “Projections” appears on Scraps’ 2014 full-length, Electric Ocean (Fire).


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