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Dangerous Muse – “Fame Kills” video

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Mike Furey has unveiled a ‘spectacular Spectacular’ (to borrow a phrase from Baz Luhrmann’s  Moulin Rouge) for “Fame Kills” under his music project moniker Dangerous Muse.  The original song debuted in 2011 and is a thrillingly epic electro-synth track that is achingly melancholic and dreamily romantic – and totally danceable.  “Fame Kills” … [Read more...]

Interview with Dream Boat

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Greetings Page and Dan! I’ve had the good fortune to hear your upcoming sophomore album, The Rose Explodes, in its entirety, and wow, what a sublimely swoon-worthy beauty… It will be released via Cloud Recordings and Arrowhawk in September. What are the vibes like for you during this interim? Page: Thanks for the complement! We are already neck … [Read more...]

Interview with Flowers

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Hello Rachel!  It’s such a delight to catch you at this moment in time while you’re preparing for your debut album release this fall.   You’ve had the good fortune of being noticed online where you posted some of your demos early on, which led to touring Europe with the Pains of Being Pure at Heart.   Was it a shock to go from studio (Well, … [Read more...]

DulceSky – “Soul Vampire”

DulceSky - "Soul Vampire"

Long-running dream-rock band DulceSky, led by Oliver Valenzuela, made its mark with the albums Lands (2006) and Invisible Empire (2010) and returns with the winning single “Soul Vampire”.  The song’s lyrics may be spare and bleak, but Oliver’s vocals are lush and smooth and the sonics are propulsive.  “Soul Vampire” opens with tight and … [Read more...]

Q&A with Watoo Watoo

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Salut Michaël!  I’ve been spinning your lovely recent album, Un Si Longue Attente, and for some reason the phrase “jolie-pop” springs to my mind… Since you and Pascale are both natives of France, maybe you understand what I mean by that terminology.  Your music is pleasing and inviting, despite the occasional bleak lyrics. Do you think the … [Read more...]

Louise Trehy of 4AD duo Swallow is back as Strata Florida

Strata Florida is the newest project of Louise Trehy, formerly one half of the 4AD duo Swallow. Debut album Made Of Stars is only Trehy's second album in twenty years. Swallow's flame flickered bright but brief in the early 1990s, and disillusion after the band’s break up caused Trehy to abandon music altogether. Her creative spark was … [Read more...]

Q&A with Elika

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Hello Brian and Evagelia!  It's great to be able to find out more about your band.  For those who don't know about you, who plays what instruments in the band?  Who is the songwriter/composer? Brian:  I play guitar and mix the records; Eva sings, plays drums and illustrates everything; Khaya holds down the low end and Andrew does a little bit of … [Read more...]

Best Songs of 2013

SPC ECO - "Delusional Waste"

I’m countin’ ‘em down like Casey “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars" Kasem used to do on the music TV show America’s Top 10: 10.  SPC ECO – “Delusional Waste” Dean Garcia (ex-Curve) and daughter Rose Berlin, creators of electro-ambient fantasias, approach justthissideofpop with their recent tune “Delusional … [Read more...]

Interview with New Politicians

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Heya Renal, Gian, Winston, and Chris!  It’s so cool to have this opportunity to ask you all a bunch of questions about your post-punk sound, new EP Drag A City, and how your musical future is shaping up.  How is everything going for you right now? Hey Jen, we’re excited for the opportunity as well. Everything is going well in our camp. We’ve … [Read more...]

Bernard Butler as Trans releases EP on Rough Trade

As Rough Trade so succinctly puts it: "TRANS ‘Trans Red’ is the first of a series of EPs released through Rough Trade digitally and on limited edition 12” vinyl. TRANS is Bernard Butler, Jackie McKeown, Igor Volk, and Paul Birchers. TRACK LISTING: Rock Steady Jubilee Building No. 8 Dancing Shoes AN IMPROVISED GROUP 355 first idea … [Read more...]