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Monday, Nov 17, 2014
The sharp harmonies of Lucius' "Turn It Around" are but one example of why this young band is one of 2014's true pop talents.

Phil Spector may be in prison for having undertaken bad things, but hopefully he’s managed to hear the glorious girl group harmonies of Lucius. We all deserve a touch of mercy now and again. The beginning of the video for “Turn It Around” is like a weird Linguaphone lesson, but the rest is pure joyous pop, demonstrating that reflections aren’t so tedious after all.


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Friday, Nov 14, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
The Vaselines offer up a new Jim Lang-directed video for "Crazy Lady" wherein the bandmates portray spies in a retro B-movie.




Meanwhile, the band is touring heavily throughout November and January.


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Thursday, Nov 13, 2014
Rustic songwriter Ben Stalets serves up Appalachian-tinged folk on his newest track, "Lost".

Toledo, Ohio’s Ben Stalets has a time out of mind quality about him, of sidestepping from contemporary musical trends. Rough and rustic, his new single “Lost” is built around a soft chugging rhythm and gritty harmonies. A bit of ragtime piano flares up unexpectedly, setting up the light ivory twinkling and an antique fiddle that winds its way through the dense backdrop. Thick with an Appalachian folksiness, it has that aura of soaking under a grey rain. Despite the autumnal feel, “Lost” still laced with a whimsical perspective. 


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Thursday, Nov 13, 2014
New York guitarist Ben Seretan offers up bonus drone from his new new self-titled album, a track that captures "the swirling pool of humanity you hear now".

A whirring, 16-minute drone, “The Windmill Sings” is a bonus track from the new, self-titled album from New York-based guitarist and songwriter Ben Seretan. It was recorded while Seretan was in residence at Flux Factory, a communal arts space in Queens where he lived and rehearsed in early 2014.


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Thursday, Nov 13, 2014
The video for Casey Jack's "Too Far Gone" tells the tale of a love gone bad, with a healthy dose of post-Halloween spookiness thrown into the mix.

In August, PopMatters premiered the eponymous debut album by the Springfield, Missouri-based Casey Jack. Now, one of the Casey Jack cuts, “Too Far Gone”, has a spooky video to enhance the song’s musings on a love gone south. Alternating between color and black and white forms a tense contrast as Casey Jack unfolds his tale.


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