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Spencer Tweedy: Everyday Apostle

Three years after his debut EP, Chicago’s Spencer Tweedy has released Sleep Is My God. This new four-track EP segues from one pithy folk-rock track to another. It’s cohesive, artful and begins with “Everyday Apostle,” our pick from the release. There are traces of Elliott Smith here but altogether it’s refreshingly Tweedy.
Tags: Music, Design, Rock, Chicago, Culture, Listenup, New Music, Spencer Tweedy, Elliott Smith, Folk Rock

Sharon Van Etten Manages to Do Everything Well These Days

"One of these days, I'm gonna walk up to the mic, and my voice just is not gonna be there," innovative indie artist Sharon Van Etten mused almost an hour into her 75-minute set on February 18 at the Gothic Theatre, just a few miles south of Downtown Denver on Broadway. "I'm glad it's not today." For that, all of us can be grateful. Van Etten, who gave a pulsating performance on a cold winter's night when temperatures hovered just below 20 degrees in the Mile High City, had just completed h...
Tags: Music, Review, New York City, New Jersey, Broadway, Jupiter, Malibu, Folk, Sharon Van Etten, Indie Rock, Downtown Denver, Mile High City, Sinead O Connor, Tarifa, Serpents, Van Etten

Fighting Above Your Class: Steve Poltz on Songwriting, Loss, Relocation and, Yes, Wrestling

[Laughs.] It became this thing where the live shows were really fun, but you can't re-create that on a record. Eventually, I said, "I'm just going to make the best records I can make and pick good people to work with. And always put on a good live show." And I always wanted to have an element of danger like my teacher Country Dick Montana from the Beat Farmers. That was one of my main guys. I also remember when I went to see Loudon Wainwright III at McCabe's in L.A. I was in the Rugburns at...
Tags: Feature, Music, Interview, Toronto, Chicago, Dallas, Cuba, Dad, Folk, Singer-songwriter, Dodgers, Yasiel Puig, Rufus, Steve Poltz, Loudon, McCabe

The Voice of an Angel: A Tribute to Valerie Carter

None Although she sometimes balked at being the center of attention, the late Valerie Carter had a singing voice destined to thrust her into the glare of the spotlight, whether or not she sought it. Although other backing-vocalist powerhouses have, in recent years, garnered more attention (most notably via the 2013 documentary, 20 Feet From Stardom by which Carter was, inexplicably, ignored), Carter was the equal of legends like Merry Clayton when it came to demand for her talent. Pick up an Am...
Tags: Feature, Music, Japan, Hollywood, Interview, La, Earth, Pop, Soul, R&B, James Taylor, Warner Bros, Jackson, Prince, Neil Diamond, Elvis

It's Onward and Upward for Upstate With Release of 'Healing' (album stream) (premiere)

None Change doesn't have to be complicated for a musical group like Upstate to succeed. Drop a word here, add a voice there, and let the magic happen by releasing Healing, an 11-song declaration from a metamorphosed band that's willing to spread its wings and soar like a butterfly.Upstate, which presents the exclusive album stream of Healing at PopMatters on Thursday, February 7, the day before the record release, isn't easy to pigeonhole, though. The New York State-based sextet brings luscio...
Tags: Music, New York, Upstate, Kentucky, Jazz, Nashville, Baltimore, Premiere, New York State, Sarah, Kenney, St Louie, Glenn, Bill Monroe, Marietta, Melanie

Matt Mays Lays It Bare With "Station Out of Range" (premiere)

None In 2018, Matt Mays issued a re-imagining of his 2017 rock record, Once Upon a Hell of a Time; the companion piece was dubbed Twice Upon a Hell of a Time (Sonic Records/ADA). The Juno Award-winning musician says that through this process he was able to transform a "party-rock record for the brokenhearted" into one that was reflective of grief, love, and loss. One can hear the quiet qualities of the second record via "Station Out of Range", for which Mays issuing a new video. Recorded live a...
Tags: Music, Time, Toronto, Montreal, Premiere, Folk, Mays, Indie Rock, Mile End, Aaron Goldstein, Matt Mays, Folk Rock, Time Sonic Records ADA, Baldwin Street Sound, Kate Dyke Mays

Pablo Dylan Teases New EP With "The Finest Somersault" (premiere)

None Imagine a loud, raucous rock 'n' roll band led by a vocalist weaned on the finest classic and Beat poets and a love of heart-razing electric guitars. Somewhere in there, there's a lyrical collage that draws from pop culture's finest, a narrative that's entertaining and elusive. Maybe we've heard it before; maybe it's as fresh and refreshing as Leonard Cohen seeping through the neighbor's wall. In this case, it's Pablo Dylan and the song "The Finest Somersault", from his upcoming EP of the ...
Tags: Music, Rock, Premiere, Leonard Cohen, Singer-songwriter, Dylan, Pablo Dylan, Folk Rock, Erykah Badu ASAP Rocky OG Maco

Sharon Van Etten Rips Up the Script for 'Remind Me Tomorrow'

None On her past albums, Sharon Van Etten explored fraught relationships and the fraught nature of the way people interact with each other. It started with something deeply personal (her debut Because I Was in Love stems from her life with an emotionally abusive ex-boyfriend) and has slowly evolved into something more universal with each subsequent album. But something interesting happened in the five years since her last album: between starting a family and pursuing new interests outside of mu...
Tags: Music, Review, Jupiter, Music Review, Folk, Sharon Van Etten, Indie Rock, John Congleton, Jagjaguwar, Van Etten, Folk Rock

Whitehorse Returns with a New Addition to 'The Northern South'

None It's been more than two years since the Canadian folk rock duo Whitehorse released the EP The Northern South Vol. 1. The disc contained covers of past classics by legends like Robert Johnson, Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, and Chuck Berry. Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet transformed these cuts into dirty, nasty, smoldering tracks that bled fire, flesh, and brimstone. The multi-instrumentalists played and sang as if possessed by the devil, the one that lives inside of us and per...
Tags: Music, Review, John, Music Review, Whitehorse, Rolling Stones, Etta James, Willie Dixon, Jimmy Reed, McClelland, St James Infirmary, Doucet, Blues Rock, Folk Rock, Six shooter records, Whitehorse Returns

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