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Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015
The final installment of PopMatters' six week series on the UK up-and-comers of the Rua concludes with an upbeat number about moving on and being confident in oneself, "I'm OK".

For the past six weeks, PopMatters has debuted video track-by-track breakdowns of the music of the Rua, an all-sibling trio 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). With their emotive and often epic brand of pop, the Rua have already made a splash in their native United Kingdom with their debut LP Essence. In just two short weeks, that record will make its way stateside.


In this final look behind the scenes of Essence, the trio explains a bit about the song “I’m OK”, an appropriately upbeat and forward-looking way to end this exclusive look at the music of Essence.


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Monday, Mar 2, 2015
The legendary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan gets away with murder in the old-timey noir music video of his Frank Sinatra cover "The Night We Called It a Day".

In his eight out of ten PopMatters review of Bob Dylan’s Frank Sinatra covers album Shadows in the Night, Steve Horowitz writes, “Dylan has coyly said he’s not covering these Sinatra songs, he’s uncovering them from the weight of all those who have added their dross to the originals. There’s no sarcasm, cynicism, or irony on this disc; no hipster coolness, no vocal embellishments. Shadows in the Night is clearly an act of love and honor.”


To add to his project of homage to Sinatra, Dylan takes on the (anti)hero role in the music video for “The Night We Called It a Day”, which takes its cues from the golden age of film noir in the ‘40s and ‘50s.


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Thursday, Feb 26, 2015
Smoky and nocturnal, the title track off of the New York City-based Allies for Everyone's Bunker EP is a sharp blend of catchiness and moodiness.

Synth-pop bands are a dime a dozen these days—hell, maybe even less than a dime at this point. One might say that the Brooklyn/New York City synth and indie scene has hit its economies of scale moment, if it hadn’t done so already. For that reason, when an artist or band pulls off a particularly memorably catchy take on synth-pop, it’s hard not to notice. Such is the case for Allies for Everyone, a project by the New York City musician Brian Suarez, whose new EP Bunker displays both pop smarts and the textural prettiness that many bands of his ilk fall far short of. The EP’s title cut particularly stands out; with a great hook, an earwormy three-note ostinato, and layers upon layers of atmospheric synths, it’s a track that does what good synth-pop should do.


“Bunker” now has an equally atmospheric music video to accompany it, featuring plenty of smoky visuals that enhance the already distinct nighttime mood of the tune.


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Thursday, Feb 26, 2015
The newest tune by this pop collective features contributions from the recently departed Small Faces member Ian McLagan.

Going on strong for over 20 years now, the pop collective the Minus 5, helmed by Scott McCaughey, has been crafting solid pop tunes in the vein of classic ‘70s rock and pop. The word “collective” here is not purely rhetorical; part of what makes the Minus 5 distinctive is that they bring on new players for each new recording, a fact that remains true on their newest studio affair, Dungeon Golds.


Below you can stream the audio of the album track “In the Ground”, which features the recently departed Ian McLagan, of the legendary Small Faces fame.


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Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015
The penultimate installment of PopMatters's six-week series on the UK sibling trio the Rua zeroes in on "Into the Crowd", one of the edgier numbers on the trio's forthcoming LP Essence.

The all-sibling trio called 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), has already caused a splash in its native United Kingdom with its debut album, Essence. With that LP about to see its United States release, the Rua are offering listeners a chance to go behind the scenes of the making of the music on a track-by-track basis. The Rua’s knack for gripping melodies, in addition to their background in classical training, make them a rising talent to keep an eye out for.


There’s only one week left after this installment of PopMatters‘s six-week series on Essence. This week, the band explains a bit about the track “Into the Crowd”, which Jonathan describes as one of the “edgier” moments on the record.


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