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Monday, Feb 16, 2015
Actresses Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings) and Grace Gummer (The Newsroom) talk about their experience working on Tommy Lee Jones' western, The Homesman.

With an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Hailee Steinfeld, Hilary Swank, John Lithgow, and James Spader, Tommy Lee Jones’ third film as a director, The Homesman, is about to see its home video release. The film, which some have called a feminist western, tells the tale of three women wishing to escape pioneer life.


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Monday, Feb 16, 2015
Hip-hop and EDM meet in the new collaborative album by T.O.N.E-z and Rorschack, Handcuffs.

T.O.N.E-z has already paved a unique for himself as a musician as a member of the Gangstagrass collective, where he helped write the theme song for FX’s Elmore Leonard drama Justified, “Long Hard Times to Come”. For his latest project, he’s teamed up with the Los Angeles producer Rorschack, resulting in the forthcoming album Handcuffs. Below you can watch the debut video from the LP, “Bar Tab”, which marries T.O.N.E-z’s rapping to instrumentation and production that more than tips its cap to the ever-popular EDM genre.


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Friday, Feb 13, 2015
The reputable virtuoso guitarist Richie Kotzen and a merry band of musicians dive into a spirited jam on his latest music video, "In an Instant".

Axe-slinger Richie Kotzen has made quite a career for himself. Cannibals, released in January, marks his 20th solo LP, which comes in addition to his stints with groups like Poison, Mr. Big, and most recently the Winery Dogs (the supergroup of him, ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, and bass master Billy Sheehan). Kotzen’s latest music video, for the upbeat Cannibals track “In an Instant”, makes it clear why he keeps doing what he does: from the look of things, he hasn’t lost an ounce of energy as a musician. With its smooth guitar solo and buoyant backing vocals, “In an Instant” is a reaffirmation of Kotzen’s talent, and a fine gateway into his music for those who don’t already know him.


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Friday, Feb 13, 2015
Puerto Rican songwriter Angelica Allen, aka My Midnight Heart, pairs her darkly beautiful tune "Salome" with an alluring and mysterious video collage.

With its layered, reverb-drenched vocals and measured building of tension, “Salome” shows singer/songwriter Angelica Allen, aka My Midnight Heart, to have a visual mind when it comes to the construction of her music. As it turns out, these images aren’t merely conjured up in the mind of the listener; as the video collages she compiles for her songs attest, she is an artist with a keen eye (and ear) for pairing her tunes to arresting visuals that enhance the music they back. Such is the case for the video collage to “Drown”, which recently went up at Entertainment Weekly. What is arguably the best videographic realization of her music, however, is the murky and intoxicating collage for the track “Salome”, which you can view below. As the name My Midnight Heart attests, this is a visual experience best viewed in the evening’s wee small hours.


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Thursday, Feb 12, 2015
by PopMatters Staff
Up-and-coming British singer SOAK is having a hell of a wind-up to the release of her debut album.

The Guardian has praised SOAK early, saying her work is “a vivid portrait of teenage deep-thinking: intricate, ambiguous psychodramas”. Before We Forgot How to Dream comes out June 1st and she will be appearing at SXSW in March as part of a long tour building up to the record release. Here, SOAK shares her newest single.


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