Top Pops! July 2013: Gauntlet Hair, Pure Bathing Culture, Grumbling Fur, Redder, Dubais

“Pop music shouldn’t always get a bad rap,” says Top Pops!, a recurring selection of indie pop highlights across a selection of styles, updated every month to keep you on your dancing toes. This month, Gauntlet Hair pay homage to noise pop vibes and Pure Bathing Culture get adorable, while Grumbling Fur and Dubais present a psyched-out jam and lo-fi offering, respectively.

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Aural Devastation July 2013: Pelican, Dog Shredder, Harm’s Way, Revocation, ALL PIGS MUST DIE

Aural Devastation is a regular column about heavy rock music. This month, Pelican is back with a new album, Revocation introduces a banjo to their metal jams, plus songs from Harm’s Way, Dog Shredder and ALL PIGS MUST DIE.

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Forgotten Gems & Dusty Classics: Don Byas, Rex Griffin, Furry Lewis, Memphis Minnie, Lonnie Johnson

Amassing rare and forgotten music is a peculiar sort of hobby — one that slowly transforms into an addiction. It’s not that I don’t love mainstream music. It’s just that the thrill of listening to some forgotten gem that everybody else has overlooked is powerful. It also feeds into the collector’s impulse I have to overturn every stone to find that song, and my love of complete collections. Not surprisingly, I also like to collect comic books. I guess I’m the type. In any event, here are five lesser-known musicians that I believe everybody should give a listen to, dating as far back as the 1910s and focusing on jazz, folk, and blues. Don Byas (1912 – 1972) I discovered

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Top Pops! June 2013: CocoRosie, Swahili, Sisterfella, Statistics, Elusive Parallelograms

“Pop music shouldn’t always get a bad rap,” says Top Pops!, a recurring selection of indie pop highlights across a selection of styles, updated every month to keep you funkeh. June’s installment features a couple morbid songs from CocoRosie, dancey tracks from Swahili, Sisterfella, and Statistics, and an unlikely inclusion from Elusive Parallelograms.

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Aural Devastation, June 2013: The Dillinger Escape Plan, Deafheaven, Kylesa, Set and Setting

In this month’s Aural Devastation, Kylesa return with a new album and Deafheaven redefine black metal as they know it — plus songs from The Dillinger Escape Plan, Sun and Setting, and Sleeping in Gethsemane.

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Stellar OM Source – Polarity Music Video (MV of the Week) + Process Interview w/ Christelle Gualdi

“I am a devotee of letting nocturnal dreams / daydreams guide you when looking for inspiration. I am most interested in those moments where intuition is free. The dreamed image of the Japanese girl dressed in a kimono and walking along the edge of a swimming pool surrounded by fog was so strong, it defined mood. The challenge was then to stick to the image memory while actualizing.” – Christelle Gualdi of Stellar OM Source

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