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Sunday, Sep 28, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Pop/R&B singer Ariana Grande was the featured music artist last night on Saturday Night Live.

Grande played her hit single “Break Free”, while teaming with buzzy PBR&B singer/producer the Weekend on “Love Me Harder”.


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Friday, Sep 26, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Thom Yorke dropped a great surprise to begin the fall music season. He has just released Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes via BitTorrent.

You can purchase Thom Yorke’s record at tomorrowsmodernboxes.com.


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Friday, Sep 26, 2014
The latest tune from New Zealand's Ha the Unclear, "85", takes a journey from a sunny, Beach Boys-indebted opening into something reflective and quite beautiful.

New Zealand trio Ha the Unclear deals in a kind of pop that might be called “retro” or “vintage”. As made clear by the opening passage of “85”, the newest tune from the trio’s forthcoming album Bacterium, Look at Your Motor Go, both in terms of production and songwriting choice, these guys would have been comfortable in the musical environs of the mid-to-late ‘60s. Beginning with a somewhat sunny disposition, buoyed by some Beach Boys-esque backing vocals, the song then takes a turn for the more reflective as it comes to its conclusion, with some wisely placed strings really driving home the song’s emotion.


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Thursday, Sep 25, 2014
The jazzy, inviting chords of "Hleziphi" are but a small sample of what's to come on Spirit of Malombo, an important collection of South African musical history.

Drummer Julian Bahula was hugely prolific in the South African jazz scene in the mid-to-late ‘60’s, making music with groups such as the Malombo Jazz Makers, Jabula, and Jazz Afrika. Fans of world and jazz music can’t afford to miss his unique brand of rhythmic effervescence.


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Thursday, Sep 25, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Juana Molina directs her own latest video for "Lo Decidi Yo", a dreamy and utterly gorgeous tune from last year's Wed 21.


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