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Barbara Manning

In New Zealand

(Communion)

A veteran of San Francisco’s vibrant pop scene, Barbara Manning has played in a host of Bay Area groups, including SF Seals and World Of Pooh, and released several stunning solo releases, of which In New Zealand is but the latest. As the title suggests, the new album was recorded in New Zealand and functions as something of a tour of New Zealand garage pop. It includes collaborations with a number of that island’s leading rock/pop talents, The Clean’s David Kilgour and the Verlaines’ Graeme Downes among them. Featuring haunting vocals, spare arrangements, and introspective lyrics, In New Zealand documents a brilliant singer-songwriter at the height of her powers.

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Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.


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