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Friday, Apr 18, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
British singer Shirin brings glampop back front and center, but she can rock too and sounds like the next in the line of great UK dancepop divas.

Shirin‘s debut release is the EP Good Girls Always Surrender and “Take a Bullet” is the first single. The tune is a real dancefloor filler with bangin’ beats and powerful vocals.


Shirin says, “the writing process for ‘Take a Bullet’ happened so quickly for me. I remember sitting in the studio with Michael Stockwell and he had this guitar riff playing round and round, which is the opening riff for the song, and I was thinking ‘this feels like a real movie soundtrack song.’ I had all these images playing out in my mind like I was in a Western film sitting in a saloon, and then the chorus kicks in and it’s like a brawl is happening. It felt really epic and the first like that came to me was “Bang, Bang, Bang Honey, shot you down, down.”


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Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Today we have the pleasure of sharing with you an exclusive live performance of Royal Canoe's "Button Fumbla".

Royal Canoe tells us about the production of the video and the aesthetics that drove its creation. “With the ‘Button Fumbla’ video, we wanted all of the production value of a music video without having to lip-sync or lose the spontaneous, vibrant quality of a live performance. We enlisted the help once again of our good friend and frequent collaborator, Mike Maryniuk to direct. He created a “Fortress of Solitude” with sparkling stalagmites, plexiglass mountains and multiple live projections. The Ronnettes from the Future make a cameo.” Sounds groovy and here you go…


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Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Califone releases a beautifully animated stop-motion video by Jesse Stein for "Magdalene" from 2013's Stitches.


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Friday, Apr 4, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
The justifiably legendary Lyle Lovett played his large band classic "That's Right (You're Not from Texas)" on Conan last night. We all need a little swing in our lives and this is a great place to start.

Lovett will begin a North American tour on May 1 with an appearance at Jazz Fest in New Orleans.



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Friday, Apr 4, 2014
“I hope it’s worth the rent you pay / Too low to take the highway”, Tunde Olaniran sings in the hook-heavy chorus of “The Highway”, off the avant-garde performer’s new Yung Archetype EP.

It’s a resigned yet scathing indictment in a tune steeped in line after line of social commentary, the couplets’ biting quality matched by their astuteness. Coming from the beleaguered city of Flint, Michigan, themes of cultural divide and entropy aren’t foreign to Olaniran. Yet, as the new video for “The Highway” shows, reflecting on the steam-rolling nature of cultural exploitation and gentrification doesn’t preclude such lofty subject matter from being presented in an entertaining manner.


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