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Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
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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Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
Dallas, Texas rock outfit Oil Boom writes rock and roll that sounds like classic rock right out of the gate.

A few weeks ago, PopMatters gave you the first look of Oil Boom‘s music video for the song “The Sneak Tip”. Now, we’re proud to premiere the album where “The Sneak Tip” finds its home, Red Metal. The album is a collection of tunes that gives more than a few tips of the hat to the band’s native Dallas, Texas. The somewhat lo-fi production of the music, particularly on many of the vocals, gives the music a worn-in feel, the kind of rock music that sounds like it’s already pre-aged.


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Monday, Oct 20, 2014
The familial vocal harmonies and gentle string arrangements of Run Boy Run's Something to Someone make it a lovely autumnal bluegrass experience.

The Tuscon, Arizona collective called Run Boy Run is a real family affair. Comprised of brother sister Matt Rolland (fiddle, guitar) and Grace Rolland (cello, vocals), sisters Bekah Sandoval Rolland (fiddle, vocals) and Jen Sandoval (mandolin, vocals), and Jesse Allen (bass), the band’s take on the classic bluegrass instrumental lineup is a delicate and tender thing. The group’s latest album, Something to Someone, is perfectly positioned for its end of October release, as the mood evoked by the music is spot-on for the autumn season.


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Monday, Oct 20, 2014
The latest video from the longstanding jam group moe., "Same Old Story", directed by Jay Blakesberg, is a sprightly run through a graveyard.

When a groovy jam of a tune motivates you, where would you go to let your energy loose? If your answer is “a graveyard”, well, that’d be an odd one. But, as it turns out, you wouldn’t be without company: case in point the Buffalo, NY rock outfit moe., who in its latest music video, “Same Old Story”, directed by Jay Blakesberg, does just that.


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