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Friday, Aug 15, 2014
The talented London-born, NYC-based Sofia has offers up a sparse, Auto-Tune accented acoustic cover of Beyoncé's "Partition".

As one particularly insightful Saturday Night Live skit showed the world this year, there’s a special kind of devotion that comes with being a fan of Beyoncé. Viewing people’s reports of “Queen Bey” and Jay-Z‘s recent On the Run Tour over social media, one might get the impression that seeing Beyoncé live is some kind of religious experience. One might think, then, that taking on the task of covering this world-renowned artist to be a daunting task.


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Friday, Aug 15, 2014
Leading up to the release of the String Cheese Incident keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth's newest solo effort, Speed of Life, you can stream the entire album here at PopMatters.

Kyle Hollingsworth no doubt has a lofty task as a member of the String Cheese Incident; being in a group known for dynamic jams heavily reliant on tight interplay, Hollingsworth has no doubt had to build some serious chops as a result. Unsurprisingly, then, Hollingsworth has taken his creative energies into other realms, including solo work. Speed of Life, his latest outing, marks his third solo album, and in addition to Hollingsworth you’ll hear musicians from the String Cheese Incident, Big Gigantic, and the Motet.


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Thursday, Aug 14, 2014
Check out two contrasting cuts from Natalia Zukerman's upcoming album, Come Thief, Come Fire: the intimate, acoustic "I Don't Feel It Anymore" and the sprightly full-band tune "Hero".

Singer and songwriter Natalia Zukerman‘s latest project, the studio album Come Thief, Come Fire, began as two separate projects. One was an EP of sparely arranged, largely acoustic material; the other, in contrast, utilized a full band. However, upon realizing that there existed between the material “an overarching theme about fire and its elemental capacity for destruction and growth”, which lead Zukerman to merge the two EPs into one full-length recording. Two tracks from Come Thief Come Fire, “I Don’t Feel It Anymore” (representing the acoustic material) and “Hero” (representing the full band material), can be streamed below.


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Thursday, Aug 14, 2014
UK indie rockers Dry the River have a beautifully shot making-of video to accompany their forthcoming release, Alarms in the Heart.

The UK indie rock outfit Dry the River is going to release its newest studio effort, Alarms in the Heart in the coming weeks. Leading up to the album’s release, the group has made available a gorgeously shot making-of mini documentary that covers the band’s recording of the LP. Particularly stunning are the pristine vistas of Iceland, where Dry the River recorded much of the LP.


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Thursday, Aug 14, 2014
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The one and only Joseph Arthur posted a tribute to comedy genius Robin Williams on his YouTube yesterday. Enjoy.


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