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Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
Longfellow may or may not be "the next Coldplay", but one thing is for certain, as evidenced by its new video for the song "Polaroid": these guys do Coldplay a lot better than Coldplay.

In a time where Coldplay is putting out the most boring music of its career, a group like Longfellow is a welcome and familiar thing to hear. The group hails from London, and already it has begun picking up accolades from British outlets. On BBC Radio 6 Music, Steve Lamacq hailed Longfellow as “The New Coldplay”. Support has also been given by Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2. Echoes of the early ‘00s, piano-centric British rock can be heard in Longfellow’s music, but the emotional earnestness and memorable chorus of “Polaroid” are strong enough that both the band and this track stand on their own.


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Loose Buttons draw some aesthetic inspiration from the likes of Wes Anderson for their latest video, "Two Wolves".

The NYC-based indie rockers Loose Buttons are already gearing up to have a busy fall. This week alone the group has four dates at the popular CMJ festival, following the release of its most recent EP, Damage Gallery. One of the catchier tunes off of that release, “Two Wolves” (which premiered in June at Paste), now has a video, helmed by Frankie Fortunato & Justin Frabasile. The video’s playful and eccentric nature is not unlike Wes Anderson, whose famed yellow typefont is emulated in the lyric and title cues.


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The title track from the Canadian singer/songwriter Suzanne Jarvie's upcoming LP, Spiral Road, is a song of mystical journeys.

Though she hails from Toronto, Canada (and was born in colonial Hong Kong), singer/songwriter Suzanne Jarvie fits comfortably into the Americana fold. Her newest album, the Indiegogo funded Spiral Road, is set for release in the coming weeks. Now, you can watch the video for the title track below. Directed by Jason van Bruggen, the video captures the mystical journey detailed in Jarvie’s evocative lyrics: “Spiral road, come for me, ready for, eternity / Cloak of invisibility, equal at last – you and me.”


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You'd be hard-pressed to find a more creative way to celebrate the legacy of Maya Angelou than to put some slap bass behind her evocative spoken word poetry.

While the world lost a legendary writer and public figure when Maya Angelou passed earlier this May, fortunately many have found creative and heartwarming ways to celebrate her legacy. Perhaps most creative of all is the forthcoming album Caged Bird Songs, an album that pairs Angelou’s spoken word pieces with hip-hop musical backing. Below you can stream “On Aging”, a track where Angelou’s wise musings on getting older are met with a surprisingly well placed slap bass that could have been straight-ripped from a Rick James album.


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Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
“Even in my darkest nightmares, I couldn’t have imagined the city as it is today. Nothing interrupts this silence, but the chirping of birds and the roaring of bombardment.”

Talal Derki is walking as he speaks in voiceover, walking through what’s left of Homs. That is to say, he’s “walking through” quite literally. Certainly, he’s crossing from one room to another, but more dauntingly, as he walks, the camera follows him from one home to another: he’s walking not through doorways but through holes in walls, holes created with hammers, so that people who have not evacuated the city, who mean to fight and document the fight, can pass under some modicum of safety and cover, unseen by snipers and men with rocket launchers, waiting to shoot at anyone they spot.


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