Jam in the Burg
Electronica jam band Dopapod is celebrating the arrival of a new record with a show at The Sherman Theater, 524 Main St. Stroudsburg, on Tuesday, Dec. 30. Local act Rogue Chimp opens the show along with Native Maze. Tickets to the all ages show are $10 in advance, $13 at the door.
The band’s sound is as varied and diverse as the many influences the band attributes. The band’s fourth album, Never Odd or Even is the quartet’s most fully realized work to date. The new songs attempt to embody the energy and cohesion the members of Dopapod have developed from playing live as well as an increasing comfort and familiarity while in the studio.
“The Never Odd or Even sessions cultivated a serious growth in the band’s creativity,” explains guitarist Rob Compa. “Each person stepped up to the plate and put out great creativity and passionate playing, while inspiring everybody else involved in the project to do the same.”
Dopapod has appeared at larger-scale music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Burning Man, Camp Bisco, Mountain Jam, Gathering Of the Vibes, Catskill Chill, Bear Creek, The Big Up, Rootwire and more. Dopapod is Eli Winderman (keyboards), Rob Compa (guitar), Chuck Jones (bass) and Scotty Zwang (drums).
For more information, visit dopapod.com.


New Tunes
2015 is looking to be yet anther exciting year for new music. Whether you’re streaming new release, downloading or purchasing hard copies, here’s a few releases I’m looking forward to in January 2015.

No Cities To Love
They’re back with the band’s first album in 10 years. Carrie Brownstein has been busy with the recent success of Portlandia and Janet Weiss formed Wild Flag, a rocking act in its own regard. Throw Corin Tucker into the mix and we have Sleater-Kinney once again. They’ll be touring in 2015 as well.

Belle & Sebastian
Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance
It’s been five years since a new album from B&S, but the band is back with record No. nine. According to the band’s record label Matador, “the band — who have been listening to things like vintage Detroit techno and Giorgio Moroder — have brought a dance-party element (and a disco song about Sylvia Plath) into their gorgeous tales of sensitive souls navigating a world gone awry.” Sign me up.

Marilyn Manson
The Pale Emperor
2015 needs more shock-rock, right? Manson releases The Pale Emperor, his ninth studio album, after a successful run on the final season of FX’s Sons of Anarchy.

Justin Townes Earle
Absent Fathers
This record might be the one I’m looking forward to the most. Earle returns with more songs about god ol’ heartbreak and struggle with everyday life. What more can you ask for?

Panda Bear Panda
Bear Meets The Grim Reaper
The eagerly-anticipated follow-up to 2011’s Tomboy is one of the first to drop in the new year. Not much is know about the new record, but in a recent interview, the word “sci-fi” was dropped more than a few times.

The Decemberists
What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World serves as The Decemberists’ seventh studio album and the follow-up to 2011’s The King Is Dead. The record features lead single “Make You Better.”  With lyrics like But we’re not so starry-eyed anymore /Like the perfect paramour you were in your letters / And won’t it all just come around to make you / Let it all unbreak you to the day you met her, I already pre-ordered this gem.

Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: Possessed by Paul James There Will Be Nights When I’m Lonely  (Hillgrass Bluebilly Records) 2013.

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