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Friday, Sep 26, 2014
The latest tune from New Zealand's Ha the Unclear, "85", takes a journey from a sunny, Beach Boys-indebted opening into something reflective and quite beautiful.

New Zealand trio Ha the Unclear deals in a kind of pop that might be called “retro” or “vintage”. As made clear by the opening passage of “85”, the newest tune from the trio’s forthcoming album Bacterium, Look at Your Motor Go, both in terms of production and songwriting choice, these guys would have been comfortable in the musical environs of the mid-to-late ‘60s. Beginning with a somewhat sunny disposition, buoyed by some Beach Boys-esque backing vocals, the song then takes a turn for the more reflective as it comes to its conclusion, with some wisely placed strings really driving home the song’s emotion.


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Thursday, Sep 25, 2014
The jazzy, inviting chords of "Hleziphi" are but a small sample of what's to come on Spirit of Malombo, an important collection of South African musical history.

Drummer Julian Bahula was hugely prolific in the South African jazz scene in the mid-to-late ‘60’s, making music with groups such as the Malombo Jazz Makers, Jabula, and Jazz Afrika. Fans of world and jazz music can’t afford to miss his unique brand of rhythmic effervescence.


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Thursday, Sep 25, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Juana Molina directs her own latest video for "Lo Decidi Yo", a dreamy and utterly gorgeous tune from last year's Wed 21.


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Thursday, Sep 25, 2014
Nashville's Marc Martel records a tribute to two of his favorite singers, Luciano Pavarotti and Freddie Mercury.

Marc Martel celebrates the two singers in this take on one of opera’s most beloved arias, Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma”.


Martel is the singer chosen to play Freddie Mercury on the traveling show, The Queen Extravaganza. “It’s been insane,” recalls Martel. “I entered the competition on a whim, never expecting things to take off the way they did. The Extravaganza has taken me places I’ve never been and I’m forever grateful to Roger Taylor and Brian May for giving me that opportunity.”


Martel’s upcoming solo debut, Impersonator, releases 30 September.


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Thursday, Sep 25, 2014
All Them Ghosts is smoky Americana by way of Germany.

Smoky Americana by way of Germany, singer/songwriter Pauline Andrès will release her debut album, All Them Ghosts, on 14 October.


All Them Ghosts’s 11 literate observations of truth, half-lies and possible falsehoods were birthed over a period of four years and in as many countries. Taking a year to record, the process of bringing All Them Ghosts to life was fraught with sickness, personnel issues and financial strife. Persevering with the help of cigarettes and wine, Andrès has released the album’s first single, “Patsy Cline”, a twisted love story that pays homage to the country matriarch.


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