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Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015
Dark, serpentine electronic rhythms define the newest music video by the San Francisco artist Lila Rose.

A hallucinatory reverie of shadow-obscured images make up the music video to Lila Rose’s “World on Fire”. The San Francisco artist is set to release her new full-length player, WE.ANIMALS., in mid-April. As the declarative all-caps of the album’s title hints at, the LP expresses Rose’s vision for a more unitive existence between humankind and the rest of the animal kingdom.


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Monday, Mar 23, 2015
Jheri curls and muscular arms abound in the latest music video by Action Bronson, "Baby Blue", where he is joined by Chance the Rapper.

Following a busy week at the 2015 South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, the Queens rapper Action Bronson dropped his newest studio LP, Mr. Wonderful. Below you can view the comical video to “Baby Blue”, which finds Bronson joined by the quickly rising talent that is Chance the Rapper.


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Monday, Mar 23, 2015
FKA twigs, one of PopMatters's favorite new artists of 2014, has released "Glass & Patron", the first new track to follow her wildly inventive debut LP1.

Writing about FKA twigs’ debut album LP1, which placed at number eight on PopMatters‘s Top 80 Albums of 2014, Adrien Begrand argues, “This is a wildly inventive statement by a new British solo artist that deserves to stand alongside Kate Bush’s The Kick Inside and Tricky’s Maxinquaye.”


FKA twigs, who we at PopMatters also named one of the Best New Artists of 2014, is prepping a yet-to-be-named EP for release later this year, which will mark her first new music since LP1. The first track to be released from the EP, “Glass & Patron”, is accompanied by a music video whose stunning and visceral beauty is of the kind we’ve all come to expect from this daring musician and visual artist.


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Thursday, Mar 19, 2015
For sleazy, scuzzy rock that sounds like it became sentient in the sewers of Los Angeles, the wicked distortion of Wake Up Lucid's "White Collar Love" fits the bill brilliantly.

The Los Angeles rock trio Wake Up Lucid specialize in a certain kind of distortion. This band’s rock ‘n’ roll is the sort that thrives at night, when the streetlights flicker and the smell of cigarettes and whiskey wafts out of dive bars. Tunes like “White Collar Love” thrive on a kind of energy that’s captivated by the possibilities of the night and all of its dark mystery. That tune, both in mood and its sonic qualities, brings to mind the last two releases by fellow Angelenos the Icarus Line, Avowed Slavery (2014) and Slave Vows (2013). The similarity is no mere coincidence or critical invention, however, as the Icarus Line’s frontman Joe Cardamone is responsible for producing Wake Up Lucid’s newest LP, Gone With the Night, which was recorded at his studio in Burbank, California.


“White Collar Love” now has a hall-of-mirrors music video to boost its intensity, which you can view exclusively below.


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Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015
The charming mandolin-accented pop of Feral Conservatives' "Last Legs" is a real earworm of a number.

“Last Legs”, a tune by the Virginia-based indie rock/folk outfit Feral Conservatives, is refreshing for many reasons, but perhaps most fittingly on this day, 17 March, because it is delightfully unlike the kind of music one is bound to run into. Yes, with it being St. Patrick’s Day, the streets of cities worldwide will be aflood with C-grade variations on Dropkick Murphy’s, all cantankerous choruses and boozy sentiment. With “Last Legs”, Feral Conservatives have written themselves a tune that’s just as, if not more, catchy and sing-alongable as any of those Irish-themed punk tunes, but without any of the overwrought sentiment of the holiday. A buoyant mood and chiming mandolin chords make this tune both a perfect break from the leprechaun-centric festivities and an ideal accompaniment for the sunnier days we’re all now seeing.


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