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The Masters of the Hemisphere

The Masters of the Hemisphere

(Kindercore)

Athens, Georgia boy pop combo the Masters of the Hemisphere are youngsters for sure, but its members are veterans of more than 30 bands and have a back catalogue of some 200 songs over 5 years. Their debut long-player collects a sampling of that repertoire, including the ultra new-wavey, OMD-laced “West Essex” and the ever-so-slightly Bacharach-inflected “Billy Mitchell.” Other jumping-off points include Belle & Sebastian and Holiday—both perfectors of the twee pop that is laced in the lining of so much of the Masters of the Hemisphere’s material—as well as the artsy rock of Unrest. Producing such winning pop songs at such a young age, I can’t wait to hear what this bunch has up their sleeves in the next couple of years.

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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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