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Monday, Sep 29, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors' latest album, Good Light, is the most personal record for Holcomb to date and "Tennessee" is the group's latest single, celebrating the love of Holcomb's home state.

Holcomb says, “I have been through really difficult things.  When I was 17 I lost my younger brother and have lived through the grief of that great absence. On the other hand, I have experienced the joy of being married to the girl I always wanted. The album perfectly tells the story for a new stage in my life.”


So today, Holcomb has released a beautiful, scenic video that celebrates his home state of Tennessee, also PopMatters’ home away from home.



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Monday, Sep 29, 2014
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The latest installment in Alexandra Bracken's The Darkest Minds book series is In the Afterlight, which releases October 28th.

Along with In the Afterlight, Bracken is also offering up a new eBook novella Sparks Rise, which connects the last two novels in the series and featuring a bonus preview chapter from In the Afterlight. To celebrate we are offering our readers a chance to win the entire Darkest Minds series along with a $100 Visa gift card


One (1) winner receives:
·      complete set of The Darkest Minds book series (3 books)
·      $100 Visa gift card for forging their own destiny!


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Canadian indie darlings Stars have just released the title track from their soon-to-be-released album, No One Is Lost.

Based on the neon glitz and roller rink setting that make up the sleeve art to the latest LP by the Canadian indie outfit Stars, entitled No One Is Lost, you’d be pretty reasonable to infer a sonic indebted to the ‘80s. With the title track of the album now available to stream, it’s clear that Stars are aiming at something along those lines. Despite the song’s odd chorus refrain (“Put your hands up/Because everyone dies”), the track is nonetheless a real earworm, and a perfect primer for the music that’s to come on No One Is Lost.


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Almost 50,000 people gathered in Central Park for the 3rd Annual Global Citizen Festival, a star-studded affair that draws attention to extreme poverty with world leaders pledging funds for relief.

The scope of the Global Citizen Festival remains the same as it did for the prior two iterations, to mitigate extreme poverty worldwide though this year the organizers directed additional attention to the subjects of vaccines, education and sanitation. Regarding sanitation, there was a lot of attention directed towards open defecation, a huge issue in India in particular. Amongst the global leaders in attendance (as the festival is timed to coincide with world leaders being in New York for the U.N. Global Summit) was Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi had been implicated as one of the instigators of religious violence against Muslims (by Hindus) in Gujurat in 2002 where he was Chief Minister at the time. And he hadn’t been permitted to enter the United States from that point on, until he became elected Prime Minister in 2014 so he was given a moment at the festival to pledge that Indians citizens will have access to toilets by 2019. Other world leaders were present, including Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who pledged over $1.2 billion towards vaccinations worldwide over the next several years, and some NGO leaders including World Bank President Jim Kim and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.


But for many of nearly 50,000 people in attendance at the six hour event, including one girl who drove up from Tennessee, the primary attraction was not actor Hugh Jackman introducing Ban Ki-Moon or Olivia Wilde talking about her recent charitable endeavors, but the powerful and diverse line-up of musicians. Via an online lottery, for which people earned entries by completing socially conscious activities, the lucky people in attendance got to see performances from Jay Z and Beyonce, No Doubt (their first show in a couple of years) do a set with Sting guesting for one song, Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys with Idan Raichel, The Roots and more. The concert was available as a stream online or live on MSNBC (with noticeable delay) for those that couldn’t go, but given the opportunity to be out on Central Park on a lovely summery day, Global Citizen Festival was a perfect outing… if you could get in (VIP ticket holders complained of long lines). It may be hard to determine what the attendees’ motives were but if they were genuine, but if even a small percentage of them feel urged to donate, or be more socially active that is a good start.


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This year saw new efforts by the first family of the New Zealand underground, the brothers Kilgour. PopMatters premieres new videos from Hamish and David Kilgour.

This has been a busy year for the first family of the New Zealand underground: In addition to re-forming the Clean for a crowd-pleasing U.S. jaunt, the brothers Kilgour released albums with their own acts, David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights with End Times Undone (Merge) and Hamish Kilgour’s first solo outing, All of It and Nothing (Ba Da Bing!). Here, PopMatters premieres videos from each effort, “Smile” from Hamish Kilgour and “Lose Myself in Sound” from David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights. Together, they convey what’s enduring and endearing about Kiwi indie-pop, with the rough-hewn jangle of the introspective “Smile” and the glimmering guitar-rock drive of “Lose Myself in Sound”.


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