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Matthew Sweet – New Tour Dates

Matthew Sweet has some new tour dates in support of his 10th studio album, Sunshine Lies, which is in stores now. By turns achingly melodic and startlingly visceral, Sunshine Lies swirls with poetic emotion and stark attitude, bringing neatly into play the entire gamut of Sweet’s stylistic experience.

Tour Dates

10/20 Boulder, CO – Fox Theater
10/22 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue Mainroom
10/23 Chicago, IL – Park West
10/24 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Funhouse
10/25 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
10/27 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
10/28 New York, NY – Webster Hall
10/29 Falls Church, VA – State Theatre
10/30 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
11/01 Covington, KY – The Madison

11/03 Charleston, WV – Mountain Stage syndicated radio show
11/05 Baltimore, MD – 8X10
11/06 Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
11/07 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
11/08 Athens, GA – 40 Watt
11/09 Nashville, TN -3rd & Lindsley
11/19 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
11/26 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey

Matthew Sweet audio streams:


Video Stream Link


In Stores August 26

* * * ½ Stars – SPIN

On August 26, Matthew Sweet will release his 10th studio album, Sunshine Lies, in a new alliance with Shout! Factory. Fans who have eagerly awaited the album’s arrival (and have been tracking its progress under the working title Rock Bottom) will not be disappointed. Call it what you wish–Sweet terms it “power-pop-folk-rock-psychedelic-melodic-singer-songwriter-type stuff”–listeners will marvel at the depth and clarity of vision here. The album will also be released as a 2 LP set including four previously unreleased bonus tracks not available on the CD. For customer convenience, a CD will be included with purchases of the LP. The album features beautiful original photography by Brian Valentine.

By turns achingly melodic and startlingly visceral, Sunshine Lies swirls with poetic emotion and stark attitude, bringing neatly into play the entire gamut of Sweet’s stylistic experience. Flowing with masterful ease, Sweet’s uniquely personal songwriting never fails to delight, and he has described the album as “very direct, but seen through the eyes of nature, or rather modeled on its beauty, chaos and freedom, something like a stab at sonic art nouveau.”

Sunshine Lies was recorded at Lolina Green Studios in Los Angeles, CA, and produced and mixed by Matthew Sweet. Susanna Hoffs appears on the album, providing backup vocals on the title track. While familiars Ric Menck (drums), Ivan Julian (guitar), Greg Leisz (guitar/pedal steel guitar) and Richard Lloyd (guitar) are all here as well, Sweet let chance lead the way during the recording. He managed to teleport his songs into a surprisingly more abstract and psychedelic space, finding a “sure and natural realm in words, melody and performance, like a carousel mindflower.” Indeed. The vibrant Sunshine Lies will certainly revolve in your mind long after each listening.

Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, Sweet was part of the developing music scene in Athens, Georgia in the 1980s. Sweet came to fame in 1991 with his Top Five Modern Rock hit “Girlfriend,” off his certified gold album of the same name, followed by the critically acclaimed albums Altered Beast and the platinum follow up 100% Fun. After releasing a number of other excellent solo albums, Sweet formed The Thorns with fellow singer-songwriters Shawn Mullins and Pete Droge, and they released one self-titled album to positive reviews. Sweet then returned to his solo efforts, releasing Living Things and Kimi Ga Suki. In 2006 Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs collaborated on the Shout! Factory release Under The Covers Vol. 1, featuring 15 of the duo’s favorite pop tunes from the 1960s.

Rise Against – Re-Education (Through Labor) video from the album Appeal To Reason, and The Making of The Video

Rise Against – Re-Education (Through Labor) video from the album Appeal To Reason, and The Making of The Video

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Snow Patrol – Take Back The City video from their new album, A Hundred Million Suns

Snow Patrol – Take Back The City video from their new album, A Hundred Million Suns


Benjy Davis Project – Dust- In Stores: November 4th



– Produced by David Z. (Prince, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd)
– Performed with John Mayer, Better Than Ezra, North Mississippi All-Stars
– Benjy Davis Project is available for interviews

In the wide world of American music, certain bands have a way of building an exciting life for themselves away from the glare of national attention. Much of that is because of the relationship the group has with its fans. It usually starts in small clubs or even backyards in their hometown, then spreads to nearby cities, neighboring states and soon across entire regions, until the band finally comes into its own as a national presence.

The Benjy Davis Project is poised to take on that presence. They’ve spent the past seven years building fan strongholds around the U.S., releasing three albums that capture their unique force. Davis’s songs speak to the ability of music to move an audience, as seen in countless nights of touring and performing. There comes a point in a breakthrough band’s career where they finally turn that corner into greatness. With the release November 4th on Rock Ridge Music of the Benjy Davis Project’s album, “Dust,” this Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based band now moves into that moment.

“I want to reach people and hopefully touch them in some way.” That’s how Benjy Davis describes his mission, and music is his medium. It’s always been that way for him, since he was a young teenager in Louisiana, listening to everything on the radio, taking it all in until it would be his time to step up and become an artist. He formed the Benjy Davis Project in 2001, which began as a simple folk-rock duo but soon grew into one of the most popular bands in Baton Rouge. Eventually expanding into a six-piece group, the Project has recorded three albums prior to “Dust,” each a big leap from the one before, and played across the country as headliners and support act on shows with John Mayer, Better Than Ezra, North Mississippi All-Stars and others, as well as events like the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. All this experience has brought them to that place where they can become the next band to take their Southern-based sound to a new level of national popularity.

“Dust” was produced by David Z. (Prince, Fine Young Cannibals, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Big Head Todd & the Monsters) and is the culmination of all the best creative parts from the band’s past, in a sound and style that proves they’re totally in the moment. “These sessions were more raw, more real,” Davis says. “David wanted to record us where we were and how we played at that moment in time. And we were introduced to more elements of the arrangement process, the architecture. And we did it in four days, so there was more pressure to perform, in a good way.” From that pressure, the Benjy Davis Project has made an album that highlights all their many strengths. From the emotional heights of “The Rain” and “Whose God?” to heartfelt romantic classics like “I Love You” and “Green and Blue,” the band sounds like they were in the right place at the right time with the perfect producer.

“These songs were much easier to write,” Davis explains. “I wasn’t thinking as much as feeling the songs out. I wasn’t making any lyrical changes or edits or anything that would take me elsewhere.” There is such a sound of emotional freedom on the album, it’s obvious the band has truly found themselves. The musical backdrop to each song frames Davis’s vocals in a way that brings out his most soulful expression. Like most great musicians, there is a point in their playing when natural abilities take over; it’s almost like an underwritten code that each member of the band now knows, and the way they interact with each other during the entire album signals that as a group, they’ve fully arrived.

The band feels they have a real sense of where their music comes from. As a cohesive unit they deliver honest and real music that people of all ages and tastes can relate to. There are so many moments of revelation on “Dust,” it’s clear that Benjy Davis and the band have achieved a defining moment in their career. When asked to describe this album, Davis has an interesting perspective, saying “I think it’s partly about realizing that someday I’ll be someone’s dead great-great-grandfather. And I want them to know what I said and why I said it. Not just that I was a singer and wrote some love songs.” The idea of permanence and heritage has always been at the heart of the Benjy Davis Project. Each member understands the proud tradition of Southern-influenced music, and has a lot to continue and uphold.

In the South, music is seen as a social glue that brings whole communities together, something listeners of all types can share as they experience it. Whether it’s soul, rock, country, jazz, zydeco or blues, there is a universal truth at the heart of those styles of music. The Benjy Davis Project is at the forefront now of bands blending those sounds into songs that speak to audiences everywhere. And “Dust” takes all those traditions to a brand new place, and elevates the band to new heights.
-Benjy Davis Project

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Creedence Clearwater Revival 6 Reissues

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Creedence Clearwater Revival, all six of the band’s albums (Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bayou Country, Green River, Willy & the Poor Boys, Cosmo’s Factory and Pendulum), will be reissued in expanded editions available on September 30! More details about the six reissues can be found below.

Creedence Clearwater Revival Audio Streams:

Fortunate Son” Live in Manchester

I Put A Spell On You

Travelin Band” Remake Two

Creedence Clearwater Revival Video Streams:

“Looking Out My Backdoor”

“Heard It Through The Grapevine”

“I Put A Spell On You”

The first six albums by Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductees Creedence Clearwater Revival will be reissued by Fantasy Records (a unit of Concord Music Group) on September 30, 2008 as six individual expanded-edition CDs. The set marks the legendary band’s 40th anniversary. The albums — Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bayou Country, Green River, Willy & the Poor Boys, Cosmo’s Factory and Pendulum, all originally released from 1968-70 —have been digitally remastered and contain an array of rarities: B-sides, unreleased studio and live material, even a summit between the band and Booker T & the MGs. The reissues will be presented in Digi-Paks that faithfully recreate each original album package in meticulous detail. All feature liner notes by world-class rock music journalists such as Robert Christgau, Ben Fong-Torres, Dave Marsh, Joel Selvin and Ed Ward.

These albums feature the original band from El Cerrito, California: John Fogerty (chief songwriter, vocalist and guitarist), Tom Fogerty (guitar), Stu Cook (bass) and Doug Clifford (drums). The four cut their teeth as a Tommy Fogerty & the Blue Velvets and later as the Golliwogs. Then, in 1967, after John’s stint in the military, they reunited as Creedence Clearwater Revival and found their own groove, inspired by the music of their youth. “Although they sounded like no other band,” Fong-Torres notes, “They redefined rock and roll. They showed, in the most entertaining way possible, how the music could embrace — and was, in fact, founded on — elements of R&B and the blues, country, folk, and jazz, as well as a world of other musical forms. Creedence were pioneers in the fusion of rock and country. They were roots before ‘roots’ took hold as a music genre.”

A quick look at the individual reissues:

Creedence Clearwater Revival [Expanded Reissue]: This album included CCR’s first smash hit, the Dale Hawkins song “Suzie Q,” plus the classic cover of Screaming Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell on You.” The reissue contains four bonus tracks: “Call it Pretending” (the B-side of the band’s first single), the band’s first recording of a cover of Bo Diddley’s “Before You Accuse Me” (later re-recorded for Cosmo’s Factory), a live version of “Ninety-Nine and a Half” recorded at the Fillmore Auditorium in 1969, and a full-length live version of “Suzie Q.” Almost famous former Rolling Stone editor Ben Fong-Torres wrote the notes.

Bayou Country [Expanded Reissue]: Creedence Clearwater’s second album was chock full of hits and much-played album tracks: “Proud Mary,” “Born on the Bayou,” the Little Richard cover “Good Golly Miss Molly,” the seven-minute “Graveyard Train” and the eight-minute “Keep on Choogling.” The reissue also contains a longer alternate take of the album track “Bootleg,” live versions of “Born on the Bayou” and “Proud Mary,” and a psychedelic blues jam recorded live by San Francisco’s seminal KSAN-FM called “Crazy Otto.” Annotator was San Francisco Chronicle pop music editor Joel Selvin.

Green River [Expanded Reissue]: Green River contained the hits and notable album tracks “Green River,” “Bad Moon Rising” and “Lodi” plus a cover of Ray Charles’ blues standard “Night Time is the Right Time.” Bonus material includes “Broken Spoke Shuffle,” the instrumental track to a song John Fogerty never finished, another unfinished track called “Glory Be,” plus three live tracks: “Bad Moon Rising” from the 1971 Berlin concert, “Green River/Suzie Q” from the 1971 Stockholm show, and “Lodi,” recorded in Hamburg. Liner notes by the esteemed critic Dave Marsh.

Willy & the Poor Boys [Expanded Reissue]: Willy came out in 1969, when, as annotator Ed Ward writes, “a period when Creedence, surely the most anomalous band in the San Francisco explosion of the late ‘60s, was also proving its most commercial seller of them all.” The album contains the anthemic “Fortunate Son” along with “Down on the Corner” and a cover of the traditional folk song “The Midnight Special.” Bonus tracks include live versions of “Fortunate Son” and “It Came Out of the Sky,” plus an unreleased studio version of “Down on the Corner” recorded with Booker T & the MGs for a TV special at the band’s Berkeley rehearsal hall. The song features John Fogerty trading licks with guitar hero Steve Cropper.

Cosmo’s Factory [Expanded Reissue]: Cosmo’s Factory was the fourth and biggest of the string of five Top 10 albums Creedence Clearwater Revival released in 1969 and 1970. Included were “Travelin’ Band,” “Lookin’ Out My Back Door,” “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” “Run Through the Jungle” and covers from Marvin Gaye (CCR’s signature take on “I Heard it Through the Grapevine”), Bo Diddley, Roy Orbison and Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup. Bonus material includes a bare bones, horns-free remake of “Travelin’ Band,” a live version of “Up Around the Bend” from the 1971 European tour, plus an unreleased version of “Born on the Bayou” emanating from the CCR/Booker T & the MGs summit which took place in 1970 at Cosmo’s Factory studio. Notes were penned by Robert Christgau.

Pendulum [Expanded Reissue]: Creedence by this time was the top-selling rock band in the world, coming off seven consecutive Top 10 hits. The album contained the hits “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” “Hey Tonight” and “Molina.” Bonus tracks include a live “Hey Tonight” plus “45 Revolutions Per Minute (Parts 1 & 2), the rarest of CCR collectibles, which was packaged in a plain white sleeve alluding to the Beatles’ White Album. Produced under the spell of the Fab Four’s “Revolution No. 9,” the tape montage tries to impart the elusive Creedence humor with the help of Bay Area DJ Tom Campbell. Joel Selvin wrote the liner notes.

Kottonmouth Kings and Strange Noize Tour Raises Over $3,000 For Wounded Soldiers of Ward 57 Group Reveals Cover Art And Tracklisting For The Green Album In Stores October 28th

Kottonmouth Kings and Strange Noize Tour Raises Over $3,000 For Wounded Soldiers of Ward 57 Group Reveals Cover Art And Tracklisting For The Green Album In Stores October 28th

California based rip-hop hybrids the Kottonmouth Kings have donated over $3,000 from this year’s successful Strange Noize Tour to the wounded soldiers of Ward 57. The group banded together with Doug Cox, owner of the national street marketing company Poster Giant, along with designers Alex Lewis and Eoin Doherty of the Mazui Foundation to create a one-of-a-kind tour poster that was sold on this year’s Strange Noize Tour.

“No matter what your political views are, everyone can appreciate the fact that the wounded soldiers are our brothers and sisters that need our help. We owe it them to pick up the torch and make sure that these soldiers have what they need,” says Kottonmouth Kings frontman Brad X. “The donation we made to Ward 57 this year is only a fraction of is needed financially to continue giving these soldiers the best possible care. Let’s make sure that none of these soldiers are ever forgotten. We are asking everyone to pitch in and make a donation through Ward 57’s website, because even a couple dollars can make a huge difference if we all band together in times of need.”

The proceeds from the sale of the poster went directly to the Ward 57 and will go towards the purchase of such items such as amputee wheelchairs, medical equipment, DVD players, TVs, movies, music, washing machines and other items needed to bring the best quality of life possible to the country’s wounded soldiers. The partnership brought together two groups of people who might have opposing political, religious or social views, but put personal barriers aside to help those in need. A limited number of the posters are still available to purchase online at

Ward 57 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) in Washington D.C. is filled with those that have been torn apart both physically and mentally. They are taking months to recover only to be discharged to substandard housing for even more recovery time, with some taking years. This is the ward of the forgotten. To date there are at least 750 American amputees due to the Iraq War.

Kottonmouth Kings have revealed the cover art and tracklisting for their upcoming tenth studio album, “The Green Album” online at The album will land in stores October 28th, 2008 through the group’s own Suburban Noize Records. In an effort to continuously spread their message of peace and positive vibrations the group will be donating a percentage of profits from the sale of album to various environmental causes.

For the release of the Kottonmouth Kings monumental tenth studio album, the group pulled out all the stops. Consisting of twenty-one prime cuts recorded over a six month stretch at the group’s own Burbank, CA based studio, “The Green Album” blends together earth shattering hip-hop, rawkus punk-rock and soulful acoustics to create the group’s career defining release. The album is anchored by collaborations with hip-hop’s hottest rapper, Tech N9ne, on “Sex Toy”, Oregon’s king of rapid-fire rhyme the Dirtball on “Green Grass” and hip-hop legend Brother J of X-Clan spitting his brand of ancestral wisdom on “Free World”.

The album release comes on the heels of the Kottonmouth Kings headlining this summer’s biggest underground music tour, The Strange Music Festival alongside Tech N9ne. The tour smashed all expectations with huge turnouts and over 90% of the two-month tour was sold out beyond capacity. The tour is proof that the underground musical movement spearheaded by its headliner’s can no longer be ignored by the mainstream.

James Morrison album – Songs for You, Truths for Me

We now have a 90 second snippet stream available for “Nothing Ever Hurt Like You” as well as a new embeddable James Morrison music player, in support of the release of his new album Songs for You, Truths for Me on September 30th. This album is the follow up to James’s debut album Undiscovered, which sold more than two million albums worldwide and became the biggest selling British male solo artist of 2006.

Nothing Ever Hurt Like You” 90 second snippet audio stream

A testimony to the strength of the songs on James Morrison’s debut album Undiscovered is that it yielded no fewer than five singles – You Give Me Something, Wonderful World, The Pieces Don’t Fit Anymore, Undiscovered and One Last Chance. The songs were simple yet beautifully written, each giving James’s raw, bluesy voice a platform to work its powerful magic. There was no bullshit, no clichés, no schmaltz. And a lot of people liked that.

Undiscovered went to No 1 in Britain, Top 20 in America and won him the 2007 Brit Award for Best Male (he was also nominated for Best Single and Best Newcomer). James’s debut sold over two million copies worldwide and he became the biggest selling British male solo artist of 2006. He was just 21 – but had already accumulated enough life experience to give his candid folk-soul songs genuine emotional content. By many people’s standards he’d had a tough, itinerant childhood, a broken family and endless house moves – although he’d be the first to shrug and say it was no big deal. But he’d also admit that most of the emotion in his singing has come from his upbringing.

James’s reputation as a must-see live performer soared. Following his jaw dropping, first ever TV performance on Later With Jools Holland he went on to play amazing shows to adoring crowds: including the V festival twice in one day – in 2006 so many people came to see him in one of the smaller tents that he was invited to give an impromptu performance on the main stage; last year he played a full set on the main stage. Then there was the Royal Variety Performance, the Concert for Diana and the more traditional 3 sold-out UK tours. He did the Peace One Day concert at the Royal Albert Hall – and had one of those moments where he suddenly realized that his life had changed forever. “Just before I went on I was watching Yusuf Islam and I thought, I’m on after Cat Stevens! I remember being at home with my dad listening to his albums during the darkest times, the best of times…” James has subsequently provided vocals on Yusuf’s new album.

He toured Europe, Australia and Japan, did three separate tours of America, gigging coast to coast. He also supported John Mayer on his large outdoor ‘sheds’ tour in the US. He gave an acoustic rendition of You Give Me Something on national TV on NBC today as well as Jimmy Kimmel and performed on Jay Leno’s show twice at the host’s invitation. James loved the musical appreciation in the American South, in particular. “People were awesome in Alabama – really friendly, loud and lairy. Even if you play a quiet song, afterwards they just go YEAH!!!”

It was an amazing time. But sometimes, when he wasn’t onstage, or with the band, he’d feel an acute sense of being increasingly cut off from the people who mattered: his friends and family back in Cornwall – where his mother had finally settled with James, his brother Laurie and sister Hayley when James was 11, and where James had refined his self-taught singing and guitar-playing by busking in Newquay. Most importantly of all, he missed his long-term girlfriend Gill, who had inspired You Give Me Something and, during a rocky patch in their relationship, The Pieces Don’t Fit.

The further James Morrison travelled, both physically and career-wise, the more he craved the people he loved. “Everything I’d felt close to just disappeared,” he says. “You do lose your mind a bit; you haven’t got any routines. And sometimes all I’d think about on the road would be Gill – but we’d lose contact. So when I got home it’d feel like we were starting again.”

He finally stopped in August 2007. For two weeks. And then he sat down to write and record the Notoriously Difficult Second Album. And at first it did prove difficult. He tried to write rockier, harder tunes – as glimpsed on Undiscovered’s Call The Police, which touched on the subject of domestic violence. “I went for something with a bit more electric guitar but in the end it just sounded contrived.”

The pressure was on and it was making him try too hard, too self-consciously. “As soon as I’d get something good I’d think about it and screw it up.” And then the penny dropped: “Just go for what you’re feeling at the time. That’s how I worked on the first album, and in a way I think that’s some of the reason why people liked it. It wasn’t trying too hard.”

And so the people who really made him feel, the ones who became the subjects of his songs on Undiscovered – his family and friends – his relationship with each of them, and the new chapters in all their lives, became central to the new album. James went with whatever and whoever was on his mind, and took it from there. The songs began to flow.

“I’ve called the album Songs for You, Truths for Me because that’s what I feel it is. It’s songs for Gill and everyone else. But for me they’re truths. They’re how I feel. I’ve got a song called Love is Hard. In fact, there are three songs with ‘love’ in the title – and I never thought I’d do that, but that’s the way it went. Love is Hard is about when you’re deep in it and it hurts a lot of the time. You’re fighting, or not always agreeing, you might be away from each other and you’ve still got to be strong. So the album’s a collection of truths I’d learnt in the previous year. It just turned out that way: I knew I didn’t want to write about being on the road. I can only write about what I feel.”

In the end, James enlisted many of the same collaborators from Undiscovered to work with him on Songs for You, Truths For Me hooking up once more with co-writers Martin Brammer, Steve Robson and Eg White. He also added a new fan, One Republic’s Ryan Tedder to that list. The Nashville string quartet feature once again. “I know we work well together now – it’ll take a lot for me to work with someone new.”

There is also a notable collaboration on this record, one of the only things his debut album didn’t have, a fantastic duet with Nelly Furtado on the epic Broken Strings.

Songs for You, Truths For Me is a classic James Morrison record that once again showcases his distinctive, raw, soulful style – but takes it to the next level. “It’s less playful, more to the point,” he says. “But I haven’t consciously gone for a different sound. With me, it always comes down to the lyric, the melody, and the rest flows from that. But I’ve definitely tapped into my feelings about life more on this album, rather than writing about characters on the bus (Wonderful World), or whatever. I was just letting stuff flow through me.”

James Morrison’s big, unashamedly romantic heart and generous spirit shines through like a beacon. Songs For You, Truths For Me sees the wide eyed soul-boy become a wiser man. With this he shines once more on a brilliant new collection of songs and cathartic truths.



OCTOBER 1 – 5, 2008

CONFIRMED ARTISTS: Burt Bacharach, Ratatat, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Hot Chip, Beach House, Baby Dee, Vivan Girls, Silver Apples, Dan Deacon, Brazilian Girls, Black Kids, Jason Collett, Sebastien Grainger, T. Raumshmiere, Vetiver, Akron/Family, Dr. Dog, Congorock, Irma Thomas, The Virgins, The Dodos, Aleks and the Drummer, The Dears, The Bug, Megasoid, Socalled, Watain, Julie Doiron, These Are Powers, Japanther, Dirty on Purpose, Deathset, AIDS Wolf, Dark Meat & more!

For the full list of Artists playing Pop Montreal, please visit



POP Montréal’s Symposium aims to empower, educate, and inspire by offering intimate access to the ideas and forces at the heart of today’s music world. The Symposium brings together a diverse range of presenters under the banner of music, in the broadest sense. All sessions focus on the relationship between art, culture, and creativity, with the aim of encouraging our community to build movements, strategise, and create.

This is an artist-driven music conference.
This is five days of workshops, panels, listening sessions, and keynote presentations about music, culture, and creativity.
This is exploding our ideas about how music is created, from cultural to practical production.
This is a meeting of musicians, writers, thinkers, experts, practitioners, listeners, and legends.



Our fifth year promises to be the best yet, featuring our usual selection of quality shorts and features garnered from innumerable international submissions.

Old Favorites and New Horizons

This is a year of old favorites revisited and new horizons realized without compromising the underground spirit that is the POP legacy. Making Music with the NFB returns to sponsor a masterclass taught by the legendary music documentarian Jem Cohen, who has worked with the likes of Patti Smith and Fugazi.

FILM POP is a MUSIC FILM festival!

This year’s films have a stronger music focus than ever before. Whether it’s Wizard rock inspired by Harry Potter or the under-appreciated genius of Arthur Russell-FILM POP has it covered. In addition to ‘Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell’ and ‘We are Wizards’ we will be screening a fascinating documentary about Robert Moog and Eileen Yaghoobian’s ‘Died Young Stayed Pretty’-a radical film about the politics and aesthetics of North American poster art. We are proud to present an outstanding array of short films as well, including court 13 productions’ ‘Glory at Sea’-winner of the Wholphin Award at South by Southwest 2008, and the first film effort from Saskatoon based artist Amelie Atkins, ‘Three Minute Miracle’.

Not to be Missed!
Our special events will include what promises to be a gorgeous evening showcasing Vincent Moon of La Blogotheque’s Concerts Pour Emporter (takeaway shows) and a crazy night of all things Rockabilly at the Montreal premier of ‘Rockabilly 514’. We have tons more killer programming up our metaphorical sleeves, as well as a party or two that you won’t want to miss.

These are just the teasers, so leave your antennas up to receive more details as we send them out over the airwaves.



Pop Montreal is pleased to extend the fun to the kids! This year, kids and youth can explore Montreal’s innovative cultural scene at Kids Pop. A variety of shows, demonstrations and workshops will be offered that connect artists with young folks in order to share skills, encourage artistic expression and enjoy Montreal’s cultural offerings.

In its 4th year, Puces Pop is a DIY festival that celebrates independent creation. It features a marketplace of handmade goods, a record sale and gear swap, a series of free arts & crafts workshops and a mini-seminar on business skills for self-employed artists. It’s all kicked off by a fashion show with a $2000 prize!

The Visual Arts component of Pop Montreal, Art Pop’s purpose is to showcase fun and exciting artists that resonate with the youthful energy of its musical counterpart. Look out for some wild technologies, superheroes, Japanese copycats, French activists, teenage passion, digital vandalism and crazy good times in general. And cute cats too.

OCTOBER 1 – 5, 2008

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Bette Midler’s Video Response to Madonna,ette Midler’s Jackpot: The Best of Bette CD

Check out the all new video of Bette Midler response to Madonna’s vacuuming video:

And don’t miss Rhino’s release of Bette Midler’s Jackpot: The Best of Bette CD available tomorrow!! Rhino’s 19-Song Retrospective Spans the Acclaimed Artist’s Divine Career and Features Her Biggest Hits with an Unreleased Demo.

Jackpot: The Best of Bette Listening Party Audio Stream

Bette Midler is an artist of stunning versatility who can leave you in tears with a funny story or a sad song. A gifted actress and natural comedian, Midler is best known as an exceptional interpreter of song, winning four Grammy” Awards since her 1972 debut with Atlantic Records. As Midler continues to charm Sin City with her ongoing concert show at Caesars Palace, The Showgirl Must Go On, Rhino pays tribute to the Divine Miss M with a career-spanning collection of her biggest hits and an unreleased demo. JACKPOT — THE BEST BETTE will be available on September

23 from Rhino Records at all physical and digital outlets, including, for a suggested list price of $18.98 for CD and $14.98 for digital download.

The 19-song retrospective paints a vibrant portrait of Midler’s uncanny ability to inhabit any style of music and make it her own. Taken from nine studio albums, this eclectic selection touches on girl group (“Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”), Top 40 (“Friends”), soul (“When A Man Loves A Woman”), standards (“This Ole House”), holiday (“Cool Yule”) and rock (“Beast Of Burden”).

JACKPOT also spotlights two of Midler’s most important musical milestones. The first is “Wind Beneath My Wings,” her first #1 hit and winner of the

1989 Grammy Award for Record of the Year. The second is “From A Distance,” winner of the 1990 Grammy for Song of the Year and a #2 hit for Midler from her platinum-certified album Some People’s Lives.

Alongside the familiar melodies on JACKPOT is “Something Your Heart Has Been Telling Me,” an unreleased demo Midler recorded in the summer of

1984 with renowned songwriters Robert Kraft and Barry Reynolds. Kraft recalls cutting the track at Atlantic Studios: “I always thought there was some magic in those sessions, because the songs seemed to acquire a haunting, almost bittersweet quality as we laid down the tracks. Roberta Flack recorded this song several years later, but I have always been a fan of Bette’s original vocal on this version.”

Jackpot: The Best Bette Track Listing
1. “In The Mood”
2. “This Ole House”
3. “Beast Of Burden”
4. “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)”
5. “The Rose”
6. “When A Man Loves A Woman”
7. “I’ve Still Got My Health”
8. “Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most”
9. “Hello In There”
10. “The Glory Of Love”
11. “Tenderly”
12. “Wind Beneath My Wings”
13. “Do You Want To Dance?”
14. “Baby Mine”
15. “From A Distance”
16. “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” < Single Version 17. "Friends" 18. "Something Your Heart Has Been Telling Me" * 19. "Cool Yule" *Previously unreleased

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French Electro-Pop Singer Creating Documentary Of U.S. Tour

And Is Asking Fans To Be A Part Of The Film

Audience Members Wearing Masques Will Receive A Special Kiss From Yelle’s her highly anticipated C’est L’Amerique Tour approaches it’s October 7th debut in Dallas, TX (full schedule below), French electro chanteuse Yelle has announced that each show will be a dance masquerade party and she wants fans to participate by creating their own polygon dog masks that can be downloaded from the band’s MySpace page, In addition, the band will create a documentary about their American tour and want fans to appear in the film talking about their lives and their passion for music. To win a chance to participate, fans must complete the documentary form available on the Yelle MySpace page. Yelle will choose winners from each tour stop, who’ll receive free tickets to the show and a private meet n greet with the band, which includes album producer GrandMarnier on drums and vocals and collaborator/remixer Tepr on keyboards and programming. Opening for Yelle is Funeral Party along with Passion Pit on select West Coast dates.

Crowned “the French M.I.A.” by Teen Vogue, Yelle made a huge splash in the U.S. last spring with the April release of her debut album Pop-Up (Astralwerks), which charted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top Electronic Album chart and also entered Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. (The album was released digitally in late 2007 and charted among iTunes top-selling electronic albums). XLR8R Magazine describes the album as “funny, naïve, and sometimes dirty, but also smart and backed by extremely catchy electronic beats.” American audiences were mesmerized by Yelle’s exuberant three-man stage show and colorful, unique fashions during her brief Spring 08’. In response to her thrilling Coachella performance, Spin Magazine described Yelle as “a French electro version of the young Olivia Newton-John who stole Kylie Minogue’s dance moves,” and said that “Yelle loco-motioned the room into a frenzy.” Fans are sure to be blown away once again as the French vixen has partnered with designer Jeremy Scott to create costumes for the Fall tour.

A global phenomenon and fashion icon online and off, Yelle recently concluded her world-wide festival tour on August 10th at Japan’s Summersonic Festival. Yelle’s videos have been viewed millions of times on YouTube and the clip for “A Cause Des Garcons” (TEPR remix) has been viewed nearly 11 million times alone. Yelle’s most recent video for “Ce Jeu” made its premiere in August on the world’s most famous celebrity blog website

YELLE – C’est L’Amerique FALL TOUR 2008
10/07 + House Of Blues Dallas, TX
10/09 + Mohawk Austin, TX
10/10 + Polish American Club Miami, FL
10/11 + The Social Orlando, FL
10/13 + 9:30 Club Washington, DC
10/14 + Webster Hall New York, NY
10/15 + The Roxy Boston, MA
10/21 + Logan Square Auditorium Chicago, IL
10/22 + Turner Hall Milwaukee, WI
10/24 + Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
10/25 +* Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT
10/27 +* Neumos Crystal Ballroom Seattle, WA
10/29 +* Berbati’s Portland, OR
10/31 +* Mezzanine San Francisco, CA
11/01 +* Henry Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, CA
11/02 +* Beauty Bar San Diego, CA
11/03 UCSD San Diego, CA

+ with Funeral Party

* with Passion Pit