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The Soft Moon Rises at Cattivo (PGH)

If anyone was doubting the veritable depth of Pittsburgh’s music scene, last Friday at Cattivo would have erased any lingering concerns. Two incredible local bands and a helluva touring band in the form…

Hiss Golden Messenger’s “Lucia”

Here’s Hiss Golden Messenger’s new video for “Lucia,” a quiet solo acoustic take on a summer jam which debuted yesterday and will appear on HGM’s forthcoming fifth album, Lateness of Dancers.  The album will be…

Caribou Shares Extended Mix of “Can’t Do Without,” On Tour in the Fall

Composer and producer Daniel Victor Snaith, aka Caribou, is set to release his new album Our Love, which drops October 7th on Merge. Anticipation is high for fans, as Snaith has proved he can continually…

Hear Hiss Golden Messenger’s “Brother, Do You Know the Road?”

Although this track dropped last week, I haven’t seen it posted on nearly enough outlets. Hiss Golden Messenger’s “Brother, Do You Know the Road?” is a stand-alone single out now and available on…

Superchunk with Waxahatchee at Mohawk: Live Review

It’s below freezing in Austin, Texas on a mid-week night. Tomorrow morning, public schools, colleges, even the city’s official offices will be closed. But you don’t care, because you’re indie-rock giants Superchunk. A…

Superchunk Shares New Video for “Void”

After almost a decade of silence, 90s lynchpin indie rock outfit Superchunk released Majesty Shredding in 2010 and continued their return by following up with I Hate Music earlier this year. Today the group released a new…

Video: Destroyer – “Bye Bye”

We’d like to state officially that we, Pop Press International, believe it an unwise usage of time to attempt to determine what Destroyer’s Dan Bejar will do next. If you guessed that the…

Hospitality Shares New Track “I Miss Your Bones”

When we posted two weeks ago that Hospitality had announced their second full-length, slated for a January 28th release on Merge Records, I thought it might be another couple of months before we…

Album Review: Arcade Fire – Reflektor (Pop Press Pick)

Arcade Fire’s fourth full-length album Reflektor is a marvelous achievement. Working for the first time with former LCD Soundsystem front man James Murphy, the band has created a complex album, stylistically diverse yet…

Hopitality Share Album Trailer for Sophomore LP

We completely adored Hospitality’s perfectly crafted indie-pop on their eponymous debut, which is why we’re thrilled to get a preview of material that will be featured on their sophomore effort Trouble, out January 28th…

Watch Future Bible Heroes Video for “Living, Loving, Partygoing”

We adore all things Stephin Merritt and Claudia Gonson. Yes, we beat ourself up every day because our review for their most recent and excellent album Partygoing still isn’t up yet. But we are…

Richard Buckner Shares New Experimental Folk

Merge Records artist Richard Buckner has released a new experimental folk track in advance of his forthcoming album Surrounded, which is due out on September 3rd. “When You Tell Me How It Is” utilizes…

Eleanor Friedberger with TEEN at the Parish Live Review

Eleanor Friedberger’s most recent album Personal Record, out this month on Merge Records, further eschewed the spastic and jarring tendencies of her former band Fiery Furnaces and sought to embrace breezy pop songs…

Mountain Goats Prep Re-issue of Classic All Hail West Texas

The Mountain Goats are my favorite band. So, the announcement that the group will release a remastered, expanded edition of their cult classic All Hail West Texas, which will be available on vinyl for…

Mikal Cronin Releases Video for “Change”

If you read our review of MCII, you know that we are huge fans of Mikal Cronin’s recently released effort on Merge Records. The album is full of perfectly balanced and gorgeously distorted power…

Superchunk Announces New Album, Tour, Releases Teaser Trailer

Quintessential power pop band Superchunk has announced a new album and tour dates for the summer and fall. After a decade of inactivity, the band released Majesty Shredding in 2010 and will follow with I…

William Tyler Announces Dates In Support of Merge Debut

Last month, William Tyler released Impossible Truth on Merge Records to widespread critical acclaim. It’s an album we somehow missed, despite our interest in the songwriter’s approach to a guitar centered album full of…

Eleanor Friedberger Releases New Video Ahead of New Album

As one half of the Fiery Furnaces, Eleanor Friedberger constructed some lasting and hard hitting jams alongside brother Matt. Now, two years after the release of her first solo album Last Summer, Friedberger…

Album Review: Telekinesis – Dormarion

The third LP from Telekinesis, Dormarion, embraces varying takes on buoyant indie-pop and manages to simultaneously foray into diverse territories of sound while remaining cohesive. Moving between eighties synth, nineties rock, and acoustic…

Mikal Cronin Shares “Weight” from Forthcoming LP

We were impressed with Mikal Cronin’s set when we caught him at SXSW this year, and we’re looking forward to the release of his new album, MCII, in May on Merge Records. The first single…

Stream: Telekinesis – Dormarion

Michael Benjamin Lerner is the creative force at the center of Telekinesis, and he will soon drop his third full-length. But before Merge Records releases the album next week, you can stream the…

Video: Telekinesis – “Ghosts and Creatures”

In advance of the bands forthcoming album Dormarion, Seattle-based indie-pop band Telekinesis have released a video from their song “Ghosts and Creatures.” The album drops on April 2nd from Merge Records, but the piano-driven…

Album Review: Radar Brothers – Eight

Fans of the Los Angeles indie band Radar Brother will find their eighth studio album (correspondingly entitled Eight) to have a fuller and more diverse sound than previous albums, while yet retaining the…

Album Review: Amor de Días – The House at Sea

As the first gauzy strums of songwriting-duo Amor de Días’s new album began to wash over my ears I instantly regretted my choice of location in an urban coffee-shop, wishing instead I were…

New Track: “She-Devil” – Barren Girls

Merge Records has announced that it will release the debut effort Hell Hymns from North Carolina’s gritty, garage punk outfit Barren Girls. The album’s lead single, “She-Devil,” features gravelly vocals provided by Carla Wolff…

New Track: “Ghosts and Creatures” – Telekinesis

Telekinesis is the project of Michael Benjamin Lerner, who is three records into his career now. Or will be once Dormarion is released on the Merge label on April 2nd. The Seattle resident travelled…

New Track: “Younger Days” – Mount Moriah

Mount Mairah will release Miracle Temple, their second album, on February 26, 2013 via Merge Records. The group has released the first track, “Younger Days.” The country-leaning folk pop floats by easily with memorable…

The Best Albums of 2012

Welcome to Pop Press International’s list of the best albums of 2012. There are a few things we have to confess to you before you read further. Let’s cut right to the chase….

New Track: “Jean’s Waving” – Amor de Dias

Merge Records artist Amor de Días has released a new single, entitled “Jean’s Waving” in advance of a forthcoming full-length, The House at Sea, which will see release on January 29, 2013. The laid back…

New Track: “If We Were Banished” – Radar Brothers

Yesterday, Merge Records announced the release of a new Radar Brothers record, entitled Eight (it’s their 8th album), and also shared the first single, “If We Were Banished,” from the forthcoming LP. The track…

Mountain Goats Live at Emo’s

Oh, the cathartic joy of a Mountain Goats show. Let’s be honest—the Mountain Goats, whether recorded or live, simply aren’t for everyone. Highly literate, dark, comedic acoustic pop built on the most ferociously…

Album Review: The Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth

It’s only fair to tell you right from the start that I consider the Mountain Goats my favorite band. Often my claiming this results in bewildered, blank stares that signal obliviousness. Sometimes, it…

Mountain Goats Stream New Album; Announce Second Leg of Tour

If you’ve read any of my posts about the Mountain Goats, you probably know how insanely finatical I am about this band, which is why I have been anxiously awaiting the announcement of…

Video: Hospitality – “Eighth Avenue”

Boy, do we love Hospitality. After the release of their outstanding, self-titled pop album, we’ve seen the Brooklyn outfit three times in Austin. The group has released a video for the album track…

Track Review: “Cry for Judas” – Mountain Goats

We previously reported about the Mountain Goats forthcoming LP, Transcendental Youth, which will be released on Merge Records on October 2nd. The first 1,000 who pre-order the album will receive a limited edition…

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