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Monday, Sep 29, 2014
The video for Will Dailey's banjo-driven "Higher Education" raises the lyric video to a whole other level.

Following several albums on a major label, Boston singer-songwriter Will Dailey released his new album National Throat independently, and with considerable success: the album debuted in the top 20 of Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. Dailey’s latest video for the album, “Higher Education”, which you can view below, derives from his experience working as an artist ambassador at ZUMIX, an East Boston-based nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering youth and building communities through music and the arts. Since he was so inspired by his experience at ZUMIX, he decided to film the “Higher Education” music video at the organization, including several of the children he worked with during his time there.


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by PopMatters Staff
Though a well-known industry veteran, Lenny Kravitz hasn't lost any of his performance energy, as demonstrated by his funky, retro performance at Wal-Mart's Soundcheck stage.

Following performances from Seether, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, and Jason Derulo, and The Gaslight Anthem, and Lee Brice, Wal-Mart Soundcheck has brought funk rock maestro Lenny Kravitz to its online stage. Though Kravitz was at his peak with mid-‘00s hits like “Lady”, he hasn’t stopped bringing his retro brand of rock to the world. His latest album, Strut, exemplifies everything about Kravitz’s classic rock stylings.


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Fans of Chvrches should give a listen to the new EP by Nashville's Ugly Kids Club, Head Games.

Ugly Kids Club may not be the most flattering of band names, but make no mistake: there is little ugly in the music by this up-and-coming Nashville duo. Comprised of Aliegh Shields and rock producer Steve Wilson (no relation to the prog musician of the same name), Ugly Kids Club is an ultra-catchy conglomeration of synth-pop and electro influences, very much a product of its synth-obsessed times. The duo’s new EP, Head Games, can be streamed below.


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by PopMatters Staff
Horse Feathers' 2012 Cynic's New Year was an effort that would "leave the listener feeling utterly winded for all of its ragged glory." The same can be said for the new track "Violently Wild".

PopMatters’ Zachary Houle hailed Horse Feathers’ 2012 album Cynic’s New Year as “a starkly gorgeous album dripping with stringed instrumentation… one that will leave the listener feeling utterly winded for all of its ragged glory.” Something of the same might be said for the vibrant Americana stylings of “Violently Wild”, a track from the Portland outfit’s upcoming album So It Is With Us. So It Is With Us releases on October 21 via Kill Rock Stars.



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The vintage barroom feel of Pegi Young's take on the minor country classic "Lonely Women Make Good Lovers" is but a small taste of what's to come on her new album.

Pegi Young and the Survivors’ rendition of “Lonely Women Make Good Lovers” is the kind of song that evokes images of worn down barrooms
that serve whiskey on the cheap. After a couple of rounds, a song like this would come on, either on a jukebox or played live by a band that frequents such establishments. It’s a classic image, one in this case evoked by the carefree piano playing and the bluesy guitars provided by the Survivors, as well as Young’s tried-and-true vocals.


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