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by Adrien Begrand

29 Jul 2015


Boston band the Shills have created an interesting hybrid of sounds on their latest album Keep Your Hands Busy, Vol. 2, enough to frustrate any critic from making quick reference points for readers. There’s a touch of the angularity of post-hardcore, the effervescence of indie pop, the abstract nature of psychedelic rock, and the technical proficiency of progressive rock. A great example is the album’s first track “Oh, This Devilish Place”, a glossy, shimmering ear worm of a track that wriggles its way into your head with its sunny melodies and harmonies, not to mention some fantastic hand-claps at one point.

by PopMatters Staff

28 Jul 2015


The latest full KEXP session just hit the web and it’s from beloved Americana band Calexico. These KEXP sessions are becoming among our favorite performance videos, especially as they feature such a wide range of American roots music, intermixed with smart interview segments. Kicking things off with the utterly gorgeous “When the Angels Played”, this video features a number of the group’s latest tunes from Calexico’s Edge of the Sun played in stripped down acoustic fashion.

by PopMatters Staff

28 Jul 2015


It’s no secret that we are huge Ashley Monroe fans around these parts. Her new album The Blade is one of the best country albums of the year and Monroe is having the best year of her career. Just today, the Grand Ole Opry shared an acoustic video performance of “I’m Good at Leavin’” from her latest record as part of their “Live from the Lounge” series.

by PopMatters Staff

27 Jul 2015


The song will appear on the Prodigy’s The Night Is My Friend EP releasing the Friday via Take Me to the Hospital/ Cooking Vinyl. The electronic group, which veers closer and closer to industrial metal with every release, will be appearing at three Riot Fest tour dates in Chicago, Denver and Toronto in August and September.

by Adrien Begrand

24 Jul 2015


Bridging alternative rock and progressive rock with a distinctly Icelandic twist, it’s tempting to see Agent Fresco as a mix of Dredg and Mew, but as you can hear on “Wait for Me”, the latest video from the band’s forthcoming third album Destrier, there’s a whole lot more to them than mere easy comparisons. There’s something much deeper, and much like their home country, a little mysterious too.

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Anderson East Ignites a Fire at Mercury Lounge

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"Hot off the release of his album Delilah Anderson East's performance was full of vim and vigor.

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