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It looks like Pussy Riot—the Russian feminist punk band who’ve served time for hooliganism, as if you could forget—is tackling even more social justice issues, and we couldn’t be more impressed. Earlier today, the band released the video for their first English language song, “I Can’t Breathe.” Recorded during the anti-police brutality protests in New York City in December, both the video and the song are disturbing and visceral. Read More
Our week of hot, sunny sunshine just got a little bit brighter. Cat Power’s Chan Marshall recently released an official announcement for her upcoming album Sun with a new track that’s got us tapping our toes on the hot sidewalk cement. “Ruin” may be Marshall’s brightest song yet, driven by an uplifting piano melody and pulsating, rhythmic drumbeat. The song is accompanied by lady Cat Power’s soothing voice, which is as beautiful as ever. Read More
Fleet Foxes’ 2008 self-titled debut mixed down-home sonic cooking with present-day sensibilities. While the folky band’s introduction was a little rough around the edges, it did garner critical acclaim with SPIN Magazine naming frontman Robin Pecknold the Voice of the Year for 2008. Fast-forward two and a half years. Pecknold remains in SPIN’s good graces (he’s the current cover boy), and Fleet Foxes’ Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop) is a smoother, more palatable offering from the Seattle-based band. Read More