Following the releases of new albums by David Bowie, My Bloody Valentine and Justin Timberlake, 2013 might go down as the year of the unexpected comeback (your move, Dr. Dre). For lovers of lush, harmony-laden orchestral pop, the most pleasant return may be that of Halifax, Nova Scotia’s the Heavy Blinkers, whose ten-years-in-the-making Health was finally released on July 30. Fans of the group could be forgiven for having given up thinking they’d ever hear the long-gestating follow-up to 2004’s The Night And I Are Still So Young. After all, despite occasional reports of new songs and sessions as far back as in 2005, a blog dedicated to the recording of the album (which optimistically promised that Health would “be mixed and mastered by Oct 31 2008”) had last been updated in August 2008. In fact, the group was dormant for so long that Jenn Grant, who joined the Heavy Blinkers as an unknown singer following the release of The Night… and who shares vocal duties on Health with Melanie Stone and Stewart Legere, found …
A new Sigur Ros video? You know it’s gonna be worth watching!
The next evolution of trip hop comes in the form of IAMX which is fitting seeing that mastermind Chris Corner ushered in a similar trend when his former outfit, Sneaker Pimps, paved a new electronic revolution after a void was left by Portishead and Massive Attack. On their most recent Pledgemusic-funded The Unified Field, IAMX expand their range even more to give listeners the feeling that if Dead Can Dance began in 2013, they’d probably sound similar to IAMX. But […]
Hey there…Limp Bizkit is back. AGAIN!
Fall Out Boy is not messing around. On the latest single/video off the highly anticipated Save Rock And Roll (Due April 16th), we see how the boys ended up in so much trouble in the video for “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” and it is not pretty. Be warned, if you care about Patrick Stump at all, this video may not be for you. As for the song itself, “The Phoenix” still has some rousing electronics underneath but for the most part it sees […]
One month to figure out everything you want for Record Store Day, and we’re here to help!
Album number six from the Los Angeles act toes the line of mediocrity.
There’s room for more than one blue-eyed soulman in this piece.
John Legend is as smooth as ever. Check out his brand new single.
Yep. He’s still around.
Vampire Weekend returns with two, TWO new songs!!
OK, so how good is “The 20/20 Experience?” I mean, really?
OMG!! People other than Justin Timberlake are releasing new music today!
Thankfully there are still bands around that refuse to be defined by any one genre. On Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones), Intronaut proves that they are defiantly one of those bands. Despite mixing genres effortlessly with some metal here, classic rock there, jazz over there, and a little prog for good measure here, Intronaut’s music never sees the band being anything if not consistent. Opening with “Killing Birds With Stones” and a killer riff that menaces immediately Intronaut quickly […]
Apparently, motherhood has not made Beyonce soft.
Easily one of my most anticipated 2013 releases, Filter blasts back after an almost three year absence with a song that brings the heavy and surprisingly, the electronic aspects of the band back to the forefront. On “We Hate It When You Get What You Want”, there’s a synthetic thump to ease listeners back in until the guitars just explode along with Richard Patrick’s raspy howl bellowing yet another brilliant chorus. If this is any indication of what the rest […]
Thom Yorke steps away from Radiohead…but does he sound any different?
Raine Maida is back with his sophomore solo release, We All Get Lighter, slated for release on March 26th and recently chatted with Popblerd via phone about what fans can expect from the upcoming record. Seeing that We All Get Lighter is significantly different in tone than Pachamama’s I & II, how are the two EP’s and album all tied together if at all? The EP’s are just kind of fun. It was just stuff that I was doing whenever […]
Matt Nathanson returns with a brand new song. Give it a listen here!
Ahhh, the 25th anniversary edition. There’s no quicker way to crush us under the wheels of time. The quarter century mark is usually the first really legitimate proof that a film or album is going to stand the test of time for someone – and this week, someone’s certainly going to be happy over the release of a 25th anniversary edition of the modern classic Who Framed Roger Rabbit, making its debut on Blu-Ray. Based on a wacky pulp novel by Gary […]
When David Bowie released his previous album, Reality: Senator John Kerry was challenging incumbent George W. Bush for the presidency; Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube didn’t exist; The war in Iraq was but six months old; Michael Jackson was alive; So were Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein; TV broadcast signals were transmitted through the airwaves; Eminem won an Oscar for 8 Mile. It seems like a long time ago in a pop culture far, far away. And in some senses, […]
Calling Clutch’s latest album, Earth Rocker, the best album of their career and hands down the best rawk record of 2013 would at first seem to be a disservice to their peers in the genre who have yet to release albums this year. Then again when it comes to Clutch, genres are a moot point as the sounds this band creates is unparallelled. Take the first track “Earth Rocker” for what it is: a tease. Yeah, it’s great. It’s grandiose. […]
Vampire Weekend meets reggae on Major Lazer’s new choon.
Hello, Mr. Jones. We’ve been expecting you.
In a nutshell, Zozobra is Caleb Scofield unchained, uninhibited, and totally un-fucking-believable. In its third incarnation, Scofield strips Zozobra down to its brutal roots and recruits some old friends to round out the line up. The “old friends” in question are Scofield’s Cave In bandmates JR Connors on drums and Adam McGrath on guitars and screamaging making Zozobra v.3 all too familiar in some spots while still treading new heavy ground in others. If you were expecting Bird Of Prey […]
Just when you thought Nelly wasn’t coming back…
Mayer Hawthorne’s homie stromie Topher Mohr has a similar retro-soul sound. Give this guy a shot!
Minot will compel you to buy The Ringing Silence Between Your Ears with only two songs. Check out our review!
Telekinesis return with “Ghost And Creatures” off the upcoming “Dormarion” album.