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Thursday, Jul 17, 2014
Kaiser Chiefs recently took to a balcony in Brooklyn to play a song off of their latest record, Education, Education, Education & War, the wistful "Coming Home."

During their recent tour of the US, the British pop/rock sensations Kaiser Chiefs took to a rooftop in Brooklyn to perform a tune from their latest record. The song, the wistful “Coming Home”, benefits from a largely acoustic arrangement; though the pulsating bass of the original version is missed, the acoustic guitars bring a heightened emotionality to this already solid ballad.


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Thursday, Jul 17, 2014
It's all about bass. And booty. And embracing your shape. It has all the makings of a yawn-provoking empowerment anthem ... but instead it's one of the funnest songs you'll hear this year.

Meghan Trainor has been working as a songwriter for some time, and if you look at her YouTube channel, you’ll see her doing video covers of songs along with a few originals, which has proven to be a tired-and-true formula for young stars trying to get exposure for their music: do enough high-quality covers of known hits first, build up your audience, hit ‘em with an original, and then you’re off.


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Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014
In a better world, "The Way Love Used to Be" would rank alongside "You Really Got Me", "Waterloo Sunset", and "Lola" as one of the Kinks' crowning achievements.

Actually, it does reside in that rarefied space—just not according to your average listicle on the subject or the band’s “greatest hits”. “The Way Love Used to Be” is a ghost classic mainly due to its undistinguished release history, appearing first on the soundtrack to Percy, a 1971 British comedy about “the world’s first penis transplant”, and then two years later on The Great Lost Kinks Album, an odds-and-ends collection that was discontinued in 1975 after Ray Davies initiated legal measures against Reprise Records.


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Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014
The London-based electronic music wizard Kevin Martin has dropped two new songs from his forthcoming album as The Bug, Angels & Devils.

Eight years ago on PopMatters, Timothy Gabriele said of the Bug‘s highly-acclaimed LP, London Zoo, “London Zoo is the anti-hesitance, a bug planted in the black box of a sinking world, a communicable antibiotic for those blinded by the darkness.” As successful a feat as London Zoo is, however, the Bug‘s Kevin Martin clearly still had work to do.


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Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014
Justin Townes Earle has released a new song from his forthcoming studio LP, Single Mothers, the melancholy "White Gardenias."

In June, singer/songwriter Justin Townes Earle announced his newest studio effort, Single Mothers. The record marks Earle’s fifth foray into the studio as a solo artist.


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