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Friday, Sep 5, 2014
In this amazing new video, bluegrass legends Del McCoury and Tim O'Brien chat about my hero Bill Monroe, the Del McCoury Band, and the importance of Hot Rize.

Hot Rize was at the forefront of newgrass in the ‘80s and then the band broke up into four amazing solo careers from members Pete Wernick, Nick Forster, Tim O’Brien, and Bryan Sutton. Now the seminal act is reforming for a new album When I’m Free, releasing 30 September. CMT has the group’s latest video, while you can catch the performance and discussion with McCoury and O’Brien below.


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by PopMatters Staff
Sweden's Simian Ghost has shared a full album stream on Soundcloud.

The alt-pop artist received “Record of the Year” from readers of Dagensskiva.se for debut album Infinite Traffic Everywhere. Check out what all of the fuss is about.



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It's rare to get a complete audio/visual package in an album, but San Francisco artist Christopher Willits has done just that with Opening.

San Francisco artist Christopher Willits has outdone both himself and many of his contemporaries with Opening, his recently released audio/visual album. Not only did he write a seven-song album, but he also put together a stunning 45-minute visual accompaniment for the music. Says Willits of the artwork, “For years, I’ve imagined the work I do in music, photography, video/film, immersive audio and meditation all coming into one space.” With Opening he has achieved that union quite impressively.


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by PopMatters Staff
Canadian reggae-rockers MAGIC! bring their loosey-goosey energy to the Wal-Mart Soundcheck stage, performing several cuts from their new album Don't Kill the Magic.

The easy-breezy guitar strums and the party-ready mood of MAGIC!‘s music brings to mind a stiff pina colada served on an island resort somewhere in the Bahamas. The all-caps, exclamation-punctuated name of the band itself suggests that you might be partying in those tropical environs. Yet, curiously enough, MAGIC! hails not from humid, palm tree-lined climates but instead the much chillier Canada, much further north of the equator than one might expect for this kind of music.


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Leading up to his Reddit AMA on Tuesday, September 9th, Bob Mould has released his latest music video from Beauty & Ruin, "The War".

In his 9 out of 10 review of Bob Mould’s Beauty & Ruin, Arnold Pan writes, “Beauty & Ruin as a whole communicates everything that needs to be about what’s happening in the present for Bob Mould, as his vaunted past can be seen as setting the stage for what he’s doing now and into the future, no longer overshadowing or haunting it.”


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