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Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014
Check out the latest video from Portland, Oregon recording artist Sara Jackson-Holman, the Lana Del Rey-indebted "River Queen".

With a dusky voice and a visual flair not unlike the kind seen in the music videos of Lana Del Rey, Sara Jackson-Holman took to Oregon’s beautiful coastline to film the alluring music video for the title track off of her latest release, River Queen. Tastefully accented with pizzicato strings and horns, “River Queen” has a hook that’s pure pop in its contagious appeal, but its moodiness adds an appropriately ominous sense of mystery to the tune.


Jackson-Holman says of the song, “The making of ‘River Queen’ was an amazing experience. The song explores the desire to be everything to someone, to be a catalyst for healing and for getting in deep—wanting and embracing the good and the bad. It’s definitely a love song, but from the vantage point of a woman who is confident and commanding about her dreams and the way in which she will love, and that’s what we wanted to come across in the video by making it dreamy, romantic, and warm. We shot the video over a couple days at the Oregon Coast, one of my favorite places in the world.”


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Monday, Jul 21, 2014
Basement Jaxx has dropped a new video for a tune off of its upcoming LP JUNTO, the twerk-obsessed "Never Say Never."

Whether “Never Say Never”—the latest video from the British electronic music duo Basement Jaxx—is a critique of the recent cultural obsession with twerking or just a comedic bit of dance-themed science fiction is not clear. What is clear, however, is that it’s a tantalizing slice of what’s to come from the duo, who is on the path to releasing its latest studio venture, JUNTO.


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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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