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Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013
The beloved indie-pop group dish on their new album, touring with a "no camera" policy, and the challenges of performing while pregnant.

With the release of Desire Lines, their fifth studio album, Glasgow-based Camera Obscura have consolidated themselves as the reigning band in the indie pop universe. The critically acclaimed album marked their longest gap between new records (My Maudlin Career was released in 2009) because during these years off—“an unexpected hiatus” as it’s been called—band members faced life threatening illnesses (Carey Lander was diagnosed with cancer), moved to different countries (drummer Lee Thomson moved to London), and faced other issues that had fans believing they might not be listening to new material for a while.


Desire Lines is filled with the usual dream-pop melodies the band is so good at, but take a closer listen and you’ll notice their melancholy lyrics are tinged with deeper sadness and a dark sense of humor that sometimes verges on satire: “I Missed Your Party” for instance is both tender and also stings with what seems to be a lover’s passive aggressive choice for revenge.


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Thursday, Sep 5, 2013
"I think it’s important to respect the past and honor what we accomplished and what that meant for so many people, including myself."

The last time William Beckett graced the stage at Warped Tour, he was fronting emo pop-rock act the Academy Is… in 2008 and was finally on the verge of the big mainstream breakthrough so many fans assumed was inevitable. Instead, the Academy Is… stands as an example for many as to what major label politics can do to a promising indie band, as the group parted ways in 2011 under continued pressure and frustration to deliver radio-worthy material.


In its wake, the band left some of the most classic and revered music the scene has known. Although The Academy Is… was no more, there was never a doubt that Beckett was done creating. Indeed, he emerged last year with three new EPs as part of his new solo endeavor before being signed to Equal Vision Records and recording what will be his first full album as a solo artist. That album, Genuine and Counterfeit, maintains the heart of what fans have grown to love from Beckett, but explores new sonic territory as a brave, forward-thinking pop record.


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Thursday, Aug 29, 2013
Brooklyn dance rock veterans !!! are currently overseas on tour in support of their excellent new album THR!!!ER. PopMatters was able to catch up with the band to discuss the origins of the group's punctuation-friendly handle, diva vocals, Big Audio Dynamite, and the strength of the hottest !!! lineup to date.

Brooklyn dance rock veterans !!! are currently overseas on tour in support of their excellent new album THR!!!ER. PopMatters was able to catch up with the Sacramento-born group’s founding frontman Nic Offer via email to discuss the origins of the group’s punctuation-friendly handle, diva vocals, Big Audio Dynamite, and the strength of the hottest !!! lineup to date.


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Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013
"Some bands are just there and they go through the motions and all these bands do the same things over and over again and no one is feeling it."

When Beau Bokan took over as lead vocalist of blessthefall in 2008, the band was at a crossroads. The shelf-life in today’s metalcore scene is short, to say the least, and the band had just parted ways with lead man Craig Mabbitt, who left for the supposedly greener grasses of Escape the Fate. It didn’t take long for Bokan to stake his claim though, as the band’s 2009 release Witness stands as a prime example of the genre at its finest.


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Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013
Whether you understand his music or not, Stetson's work is undeniably powerful -- a walled-in chamber of voluptuous white noise in which the artist holds the addressees of his wayward signals captive. He speaks to PopMatters about his new album, his 100-year-old sax, and more.

Call it uneasy listening.


Colin Stetson has not made the listening experience of his music easy for his audiences. But what Stetson has accomplished is bringing his brand of jazz to a wider mass that may have overlooked the genre, perhaps dismissing it as marginal music. Though he is quick to point out that his music is not exclusively jazz, his work is infused with the wisdom of the jazz greats that came before him: free jazz pioneers like Anthony Braxton, Sam Rivers, and Evan Parker seem to be points of reference. Yet the gripping tonalities in his music, while never even grazing the outer perimeters of pop music still share the immediacy of pop.


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