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Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015
"Fight for What's Right" begins a six week long behind the scenes exclusive look at the new album by the rising UK sibling trio the Rua.

Having already picked up some attention in their native United Kingdom, the all-sibling trio the Rua, comprised of 22-year old Roseanna Brown (voice and guitar), 24-year old Alanna Brown (piano and backing vocals) and 19-year old Jonathan Brown (violin, guitar, vocals and backing vocals), is preparing to bring their music across the pond. The classically trained trio’s debut LP Essence is being prepared for a spring 2015 release in the States. Already, the Rua have earned comparisons to the likes of Fleetwood Mac from publications like Q Magazine, and the association is certainly not off. Emotionally resonant and harmonically arresting, these siblings have put their best foot forward with their debut LP.


While you wait for Essence‘s release date, tune into PopMatters over the next six weeks for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the writing and recording of the music. Each week, we’ll premiere a video that features the band explaining a particular song on the album. By the end of this series, you’ll have a pretty strong picture of this preternaturally talented young trio. While certain famous UK sibling acts gained their fame through public rivalries, these three use their familial rapport in the service of writing beautiful songs, with nary a hint of sibling competitiveness to be heard.


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Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015
Arizona singer-songwriter decker pays tribute to the Wu-Tang Clan founding member Ol' Dirty Bastard with his latest tune, the charming desert gospel of "O.D.B".

Sedona, Arizona doesn’t sound like the kind of place where one would expect to find an homage to the Wu-Tang Clan. However, the singer-songwriter Brandon Decker, whose musical calling card is the all-lowercase decker, isn’t exactly keen on fitting into basic expectations. On his newest LP, Patsy, decker pays homage to the late Wu-Tang Clan founding member Ol’ Dirty Bastard with the tune “O.D.B”, the video of which you can exclusively watch below. In the video, decker and a choir decked out in red sing ebullient harmonies in the desert, line dance, and circle around in the woods. As a tribute to ODB’s spirit, it’s definitely an atypical one, but it’s also charmingly and uniquely decker, straight from the heart.


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Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015
Subwoofers beware: with his latest album, Sonik Boom, Stefon "Bionik" Taylor is ready to rumble floors and dance clubs the world over.

Just as this spring commences, producer and musician Stefon Taylor, known as Bionik, will release an album of new material, Sonik Boom. Based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Bionik has a long history in music, both up on stage and behind the soundboards in the studio. Throughout his career he’s worked with, amongst others, ED O.G., Tamara Savage, Phil Collins, MC Lyte, Lady Saw, Everton Blender, Johnny Osborne and Frankie Paul. After relocating to Los Angeles, he engineered and produced albums for Far East Movement, Ice-T, Too Short, Aceyalone, Treasure Davis, Ras Kass, Kool Keith, Volume 10, MC Zulu, Black Silver, Baby Bash and Lil’ Rob.


Below you can watch the video for “Helikopter (feat. Griffen)”, the first track to be released from Sonik Boom. If that track is any indication, one best ready her dancing shoes for the LP’s release date… this is music to get you moving.


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Monday, Jan 26, 2015
British dark folk guitarist Matt Elliott is the subject of the documentary What a fuck am i doing on this battlefield, which you can now rent online.

The music of the British folk guitarist Matt Elliott (of the Third Eye Foundation Fame) has always been unrelentingly bleak. His Eastern European-influenced style, which he refined over the course of his “Drinking Songs” trilogy, reached its apotheosis in 2011’s spare and brutal The Broken Man, a gorgeous and depressive collection that foregrounds Elliott’s superb fingerstyle guitar playing. In 2013, Elliott brought a full band on board for his most sophisticated recording to date, the cheekily titled Only Myocardial Infarction Can Break Your Heart. His shadowy music is equally met by his reticent public persona. Although he gives out few interviews, he is the subject of the 2013 documentary What a fuck am i doing on this battlefield, which filmmakers Julien Fezans and Nico Peltier have now made available for rent via Vimeo.


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Monday, Jan 26, 2015
Low-key bluesiness defines "Beginning of the End", a track by the Canadian folk project Astral Swans, which arose from a disturbing case of seagull cannibalism.

The Calgary, Alberta-based singer/songwriter Matthew Swann, who goes by the artistic moniker Astral Swans, declares on the title of his new LP that All My Favorite Singers Are Willie Nelson. Though that influence does crop up throughout the record, it’s also hard to imagine that legendary country singer warbling out lines such as, “Who told the kids in the yard that they¹re mostly dust? / Now they just stay drunk / Keep getting more fucked up”. Such cynicism about the world is an undercurrent throughout All My Favorite Singers, particularly on the song from which the aforementioned lyrics come from, “Beginning of the End”. The track, built on a basic blues structure, incorporates scratchy bits of distortion amidst Swann’s bleak musings, which derive from an act of violence within nature. To hear more about this morbid story and to stream “Beginning of the End”, read and listen more below.


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