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May 2016
Mo Troper

 Yes, you've heard the name Mo Troper before. Possibly as a part of Sancho and Your Rival, or maybe as a founder of blowing up label Good Cheer Records. Regardless, his recent release, late April's Beloved, has already reached levels of critical acclaim in just its first few days of actual release. And I'm adding to the pile - Beloved is one of the best new records to come out of Portland so far this year, and it's our new Album of the Month.

With a witty tongue and a sneering outlook on many things in life, Troper blares through Beloved's 13 tracks like an emotional Facebook feed. He, like the rest us, has shitty friends, a distaste for most social situations ("Star Wars") and a rollercoaster relationship with dating ("Princess," "Somebody Special"). He bitingly belts out his lyrics as if he's reliving every situation that's inspired him, making for a brashly heartfelt stock.

Beloved has received heavy comparisons to certain Elvis Costello albums and while that's fair in its own right, isn't entirely the whole case. The album does play into a Costello-esque domination of word play, but it holds a cult like influence closer to that of, say, the Get Up Kids and Saves the Day.

For his first release on his own, Mo Troper has already established himself as a solid solo artist to follow. Beloved will inevitably be added to a list of "classics," and his next album is already baiting with anticipation.

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The new EP, Patience As A Vulture, from Opposites is being released today and in advance the band released a video for the track "Paris Again".


Glass Lux "Arrow"

Glass Lux has teamed up with Chicago Singles Club to release a new digital single "Arrow" b/w "White Snow". The single can downloaded for free from the Chicago Singles site and was posted with this cool video interview with the electro-pop duo.



Empires on Letterman

Did you catch Empires on Letterman last night? If not, here it is. They play the title track from their new EP, How Good Does It Feel, which was also released yesterday via Chop Shop/Island Records.

You can catch Empires at House of Blues on June 24th.



Mojek has released a colorful video for his track "Six Flags" which comes his most recent mixtape Into The Night Vol. 2. Mojek mixes electro-pop and R&B to great effect.



Alma is the work of the soulful singer/songwriter Alma Cook. She released her latest single "For A Poet" last week. Alma blends R&B and Gospel on this thoughtful and not overly religious track.



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