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Thursday, Sep 25, 2014
All Them Ghosts is smoky Americana by way of Germany.

Smoky Americana by way of Germany, singer/songwriter Pauline Andrès will release her debut album, All Them Ghosts, on 14 October.


All Them Ghosts’s 11 literate observations of truth, half-lies and possible falsehoods were birthed over a period of four years and in as many countries. Taking a year to record, the process of bringing All Them Ghosts to life was fraught with sickness, personnel issues and financial strife. Persevering with the help of cigarettes and wine, Andrès has released the album’s first single, “Patsy Cline”, a twisted love story that pays homage to the country matriarch.


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Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014
Scarred But Smarter gives an in-depth look into the life and times of Atlanta's indie rock luminaries Drivin' N' Cryin', a band now celebrating its 30th year. Check out an exclusive video preview to get a taste of what's to come.

Eric Von Haessler’s documentary Scarred But Smarter tells the tale of a band that, while under the radar by the average person’s standards, have nonetheless remained vital and influential over the course of its now 30-year tenure: the Atlanta indie rock outfit Drivin’ N’ Cryin’. Few bands last as long as this trio, comprised of singer/songwriter Kevn Kinney, guitarist Tim Nielsenand, and drummer Paul Lenz; that the group has remained headstrong is but one of many reasons why a film about its musical journey is so fascinating a document.


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Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014
PopMatters caught up with Mecca Normal's Jean Smith on the Vancouver duo's upcoming album Empathy for the Evil. The video for album track "Between Livermore & Tracy" premieres here.

Going on 30 years together now, underground provocateurs Mecca Normal are still at it pushing buttons with their art-minded and politically charged music. But those more familiar with the searing, rough-hewn sound of Mecca Normal’s best-known works might be surprised to the hear the layered melodies and expansive compositions of Empathy for the Evil, the Vancouver duo’s first full-length effort in eight years. What’s a constant here, though, is the intellectual depth and socially engaged intensity that Jean Smith and David Lester have been known for across numerous artistic media. PopMatters caught up with Smith to find out more about the concepts behind Empathy for the Evil and how her and Lester’s work in writing and visual arts relate to their music. Empathy for the Evil is releasing on September 30 via M’lady’s Records and Mecca Normal embark on a new tour this week (see the dates below). Their new video for the album track “Between Livermore & Tracy” premieres here on PopMatters.


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Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014
Summer may have just finished, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't dive into a prime cut of surf rock like Los Straitjackets' retro ditty "Kawanga."

Nashville instrumental rock mainstays Los Straitjackets are about to release one of the quirkiest projects they’ve ever put together: Los Straitjackets: Deke Dickerson Sings The Instrumental Hits, which finds the band teaming up with roots music musician Deke Dickerson, who sings lost or reworked vocals over the group’s instrumentals. Below, you can view the lyric video to “Kawanga”, a surf rock number that shows off this project’s playful side.


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Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014
The ebullient, sing-along ready "Bad Country" is but one of many highlights from the Last Bison's forthcoming album VA.

As it turns out, the Last Bison isn’t just a particularly effective card to play in Cards Against Humanity; it’s also the name of a fine band hailing from “the marshes of southeast Virginia”, as its press materials describe.


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