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'American Interior': A Multimedia Tale of a Welsh Vision Quest
Gruff Rhys' innovative, multi-platform narrative unfolds the beguiling and intriguing narrative of an enigmatic Welshman seeking out his kind... in America. [19.Dec.14]
The Best New / Emerging Artists of 2014
By PopMatters Staff
There was no shortage of new and exciting music in 2014. From an avant-garde saxophone quartet to soul-inflected pop from the UK, this crop of artists gave us a lot of great music this year. [19.Dec.14]
Counterbalance: The dB's' 'Stands for Decibels'
They say the 235th most acclaimed album of all time gets off on frustration, but I know you've got an explanation. The 1981 debut from a power-pop legend is this week's Counterbalance. Bad reputation? Not hardly. [19.Dec.14]
Bastille: VS. (Other People's Heartache Pt. 3)
VS. both affirms Bastille's successes up to this point and highlights the weaknesses that need to be remediated as the band moves forward. [19.Dec.14]
The Best Jazz of 2014
By Will Layman and John Garratt
The skeptics who claim jazz is weaker than before simply aren't listening. As these 16 albums reveal, jazz remains on the cutting edge. [18.Dec.14]
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VS. both affirms Bastille's successes up to this point and highlights the weaknesses that need to be remediated as the band moves forward.
The real attraction to a Miller-Heidke release lies in the pleasure given by her voice. She may sing about love and life and engage in some interesting wordplay, but her distinctive vocals and range merit the bulk of attention.
Heartbreaking melodies belted over Hi-NRG beats of endless momentum -- only the beats are polkas.
Scandinavian renaissance man's first album in seven years is glorious piano purity over sample-free glitch.
More often than not, Sucker just ends up being too clever for its own good, despite Charli XCX's attempts to be the smartest student at the Pop Music Academy.
“Do you want a spanking or do you want to go to bed?” This EP is meant for those who want it both ways.
Circle of Death works best when things become subtle and a big part of that is slowing stuff down.
Devonte Hynes and Robert Schwartzman head up this synthy, très indie companion piece to Gia Coppola's film.
The No Energy boxset provides a valuable opportunity to place the unsung Unwound in a proper context, both offering nostalgia-tinged appreciation of a band at the height of its powers, as well as putting the music of the '90s Kill Rock Stars stalwarts in a new light.
Ostensibly a grand experiment, Faust's latest is just another pretentious excuse to avoid the most difficult step in all art: finishing it.
She started as a pre-teen Ella Fitzgerald clone, flirted with being Norah Jones, and now (at 20) finally sounds like the young pop singer she is...despite some lingering belief that she needs to "give jazz new life".
There’s strong production value here, as alt rock and indie rock sensibilities are mixed in with dreamy psychedelic ambience.
Love Has Many Faces is a great box set, but make no mistake: while it does tell Joni Mitchell's story, it may not be the exact one you've been wanting to hear.
...Honor is All We Know is a solid but ultimately inessential addition to the Rancid catalogue that finds Rancid back where they belong, crafting straightforward punk anthems without pretense.
EPs nine and 10 in Pallot’s 2014 song-writing project are polar opposites of each other; from the cheery to despondent.
Yes, there's already been one Rough Guide to African Blues. But don't go thinking this is more of the same.
Twenty years on, the Old 97’s see their indie debut re-released in deluxe packaging by Omnivore. It’s worth the plunge.
If you're looking for a pretty sick and twisted metal record, here you go.
Space-rock and dub reggae sound great together, man. Who knew?? 10th Anniversary reissue for the Pink Floyd reinterpretation.
Legendary music artist Annette Peacock fuses blues, rock, jazz and poetry on her once rare 1969 debut, finally reissued by Ironic Records.
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You're not going to believe this, but a group of Canadian teenagers just made a confident and mature EP of '80s style alterna punk rock. [19.Dec.14]
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By PopMatters Staff
There was no shortage of new and exciting music in 2014. From an avant-garde saxophone quartet to soul-inflected pop from the UK, this crop of artists gave us a lot of great music this year. [18.Dec.14]
By Will Layman and John Garratt
The skeptics who claim jazz is weaker than before simply aren't listening. As these 16 albums reveal, jazz remains on the cutting edge. [17.Dec.14]
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Gruff Rhys' innovative, multi-platform narrative unfolds the beguiling and intriguing narrative of an enigmatic Welshman seeking out his kind... in America. [18.Dec.14]
Mixtape Confessions
When everyone feels they can be an expert, how do you reassert your ownership over a topic? By waiting for its crossover moment. [16.Dec.14]
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They say the 235th most acclaimed album of all time gets off on frustration, but I know you've got an explanation. The 1981 debut from a power-pop legend is this week's Counterbalance. Bad reputation? Not hardly. [19.Dec.14]
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