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Monday, Sep 29, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
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


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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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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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The video for Will Dailey's banjo-driven "Higher Education" raises the lyric video to a whole other level.

Following several albums on a major label, Boston singer-songwriter Will Dailey released his new album National Throat independently, and with considerable success: the album debuted in the top 20 of Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. Dailey’s latest video for the album, “Higher Education”, which you can view below, derives from his experience working as an artist ambassador at ZUMIX, an East Boston-based nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering youth and building communities through music and the arts. Since he was so inspired by his experience at ZUMIX, he decided to film the “Higher Education” music video at the organization, including several of the children he worked with during his time there.


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Though a well-known industry veteran, Lenny Kravitz hasn't lost any of his performance energy, as demonstrated by his funky, retro performance at Wal-Mart's Soundcheck stage.

Following performances from Seether, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, and Jason Derulo, and The Gaslight Anthem, and Lee Brice, Wal-Mart Soundcheck has brought funk rock maestro Lenny Kravitz to its online stage. Though Kravitz was at his peak with mid-‘00s hits like “Lady”, he hasn’t stopped bringing his retro brand of rock to the world. His latest album, Strut, exemplifies everything about Kravitz’s classic rock stylings.


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