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Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015
The subtly funky indie pop of Royal Canoe comes to life in Portland, Oregon's Type Foundry Studio for this performance of "Birthday".

On their official Facebook page, the Winnipeg, Canada group Royal Canoe describe themselves as “armed with falsettos, guitars, effects pedals, drums, basses, tambourines, shakers and a six-keyboard super-weapon.” With their latest in-studio performance for the folks at CD Baby, the band employs that arsenal to a supremely catchy effect on the tune “Birthday”. The main refrain “It’s not about you / It’s going to happen without you” is delivered in a quirky, rhythmic effect, which is then enhanced by the subtly funky backing instrumentation.


“Birthday” is a track from Royal Canoe’s 2013 LP, Today We’re Believers.


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Monday, Apr 20, 2015
The billowy vocal harmonies and psychedelic visuals of Django Django's "Beginning to Fade" is an ideal aural and visual complement to 4/20, this highest of holidays.

With it being 4/20, many people truly are “Beginning to Fade”—if they aren’t already there yet. For those who haven’t done so yet, the music and visuals of this latest number by the South London rock outfit Django Django will prove a psychedelic and lovely detour on what for many people will be just an ordinary Monday interrupted by stoned people marauding through the streets.


“Beginning to Fade” is a track from Django Django’s forthcoming LP, Born Under the Sun.


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Monday, Apr 20, 2015
Bluesy beer hall rock meets a sunny California vibe in the latest video by Los Angeles' own Ivory Deville, "White Lights".

Earlier this year, when PopMatters premiered Ivory Deville’s music video for “Dance Hall”, I wrote, “[The band] may call Los Angeles its home, but by the sound of “Dance Hall”... they’d fit in just as well in a Southern honky-tonk.” The same holds true for their latest music video for the tune “White Lights”, which finds blues and beer-soaked guitar riffs and solos merging with a California vibe that makes this group undoubtedly distinctive in their native ity of Angels.


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Saturday, Apr 18, 2015
by PopMatters Staff
In anticipation of the 2015 issue of Record Store Day, check out these four videos, featuring performances by Django Django, the Hinds, and the Take, as well as artist interviews about the magic of vinyl.

For music fans, mid-April each year features a weekend that becomes the go-to event for exclusive vinyl releases that keep crowds flooding into record shops across the globe. This event is Record Store Day, and as you ready yourself to brave the 180 gram-obsessed crowds, you can watch some performances and interviews related to this increasingly ubiquitous musical affair.


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Friday, Apr 17, 2015
Rotoscope-esque visuals meet bouncy synthpop in the latest video from the Brooklyn duo SLV.

Sandra Lilia Velásquez (of Pistolera fame, on vocals, keyboards, guitar) and Sean Dixon (drums, bass, programming) are the force behind the SLV acronym. The Brooklyn-based duo have readied a full-length debut, This Kind, which will be available to the world soon in the coming weeks. Before you experience the full album, you can immerse yourself in the creative visuals of “Heartbreaker”, the video of which you can stream exclusively below. The distinctive animation style, crafted by Velásquez herself (she conceptualized, film, and edited the video), brings to mind the “rotoscoping” technique utilized most famously by Richard Linklater in his films Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly.


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