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by Brice Ezell

21 May 2015

In her newest music video “Far and Wide”, which you can view exclusively below, Ruth Moody lays out a beautiful, elegiac folk tune. Anyone familiar with Moody and her body of work will find this unsurprising; as a member of the Canadian trio the Wailin’ Jennys, who among other things have a Juno Award to their name, she displays sharp harmonic and melodic chops. As PopMatters’ Dave Maine put it in his review of the Wailin’ Jennys’ 2011 LP Bright Morning Star, their music is “a stripped-down masterclass in close harmony singing.” But while Moody’s voice fares especially well in the music of the Jennys, she’s certainly no slouch on her own, either, as “Far and Wide” evinces. The tune was released on a special vinyl single release for this year’s Record Store Day.

Moody is getting ready to do a UK tour with Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler this coming May and June (dates below), including two shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall. She features on Knopfler’s new album, Tracker.

by Brice Ezell

20 May 2015

Photo: Richmond Lam

In her 9 out of 10 review of Socalled‘s 2007 LP Ghettoblaster for PopMatters, Lana Cooper writes that the album “offers an eclectic and catchy blend of music for anyone with a true passion for all styles, particularly multi-layered fusion.” Eight years later, the same remains true for the Montréal sonic innovator, as you can clearly hear on his recently released Peoplewatching. Of the album’s ten tracks, no one better represents Socalled’s sonic and visual eccentricities better than the youthful jubilance—and libido—of “Boyfriend Material”.

by Brice Ezell

20 May 2015

In his 9 out of 10 PopMatters review of Pattern Is Movement’s 2014 self-titled LP, Thomas Britt writes, “Pattern Is [Movement’s] soulfulness isn’t yoked to a brand or marketing strategy. For Pattern Is Movement, music is music.” Unfortunately, the music won’t be music for much longer, as the Philadelphia band—comprised of Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward—announced this year will be their last. In addition to their farewell tour, the duo took to a church to record one of their final tunes, “Save Me”, at the behest of the Weathervane Music.

Weathervane is a non-profit organization devoted to supporting independent music around the world; at the moment, their member and supporter network spans over 100 countries. Pattern Is Movement teamed up with Weathervane for their Shaking Through video series, which Weathervane describes thusly: “Each year we give ten awesome independent musicians a challenge: Record one song in two days. First take to final mix. No extensions. No safety net.”

by Brice Ezell

18 May 2015

In 2013, Jobs, a biopic about the life of the late Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs, was released to little fanfare. Starring Ashton Kutcher as the titular figure, the film received a mostly mixed response, from both critics and the higher-ups at Apple. Bill Fernandez, one of the early employees of Apple, called it “the biggest, flashiest piece of fan fiction that there’s been to date.”

Two years have passed since then, and clearly Jobs’ story is still compelling to many filmmakers, as director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionare) and Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing and Academy Award-winning writer for The Social Network) have prepared their own spin on the life of Jobs. Their film, entitled Steve Jobs, is “set backstage at three iconic product launches” and concludes “in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac”, according to Universal Films’ official statement.

by Brice Ezell

15 May 2015

Photo: Susan Leach

With the compilation LP Bocce & Bourbon: The Comfortable Songs of Chandler Travis & David Greenberger, the two eponymous songwriters look back at a life’s legacy of making music, both together and with their many side projects. Travis alone has an almost impossible amount of bands he’s involved in addition to his solo career, including the Chandler Travis Three-O, the Catbirds, the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, and the Incredible Casuals, in addition to his work with Rabbit Rabbit. Featuring seven previously unreleased songs, one radical rearrangement, and 11 tunes that span the breadth of the aformentioned Travis projects, Bocce & Bourbon is a vivid catalogue of two impressively storied careers in music.

Below you can stream “Air, Running Backwards”, a tune by Travis’ the Chandler Travis Three-O, which received a special new version for this compilation.

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FKA twigs Outdoes Herself with 'Congregata' (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"A regular FKA twigs performance is exciting. But her 'Congregata' event amps up the fervor ten fold, with more wild dancers, powerful lights and costumes.

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