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Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014
As a part of Yahoo Live's extensive concert series, OK Go will take to Yahoo's online stage on August 14th.

Summer is a time for large-scale music festivals and concerts. From the smallest venue to the largest empty fields full of high-energy music lovers, one can find just about any artist she likes on stage during the toasty summer months. However, for those unable to leave the cozy confines of their homes (or unwilling to brave large crowds of overexcited young people), Yahoo! Live has the answer.


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Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014
The ever-mysterious Swedish musical collective Goat has released a new track from its forthcoming album Commune, the brief teaser "Words".

If one believes the band’s press materials, the shadowy Swedish music collective Goat hails from Korpilombolo, a locality in the municipality of Pajala in Northern Sweden. It is highly probable that the group does come from there, but given its devotion to anonymity, they could just as easily live on another planet. Based on the sound of Goat’s otherworldly psychedelic hodgepodge, the notion that the collective occupies another terrestrial realm is just as likely.


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Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014
Check out the exclusive premiere of a performance by the politically-minded indie band Little Comets at the intimate Sofar venue in Philadelphia, with the song "The Blur, The Line and The Thickest of Onions".

Sofar Sounds describes itself as “the world’s largest music discovery community; curating secret, intimate gigs in unique spaces all around the world. Bringing the magic back to live music.” PopMatters recently premiered a performance at Sofar’s London venue; this week, we present a song performed by the indie group Little Comets filmed at Sofar’s Philadelphia location.


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Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014
Detroit hip-hop duo Passalacqua releases incendiary short film, The Baptism, in anticipation of forthcoming album.

Experimentation and theatricality are the stock and trade of Detroit hip-hop duo Passalacqua. With their convention-breaking aesthetic in mind, it’s appropriate that Blaksmith (Brent Smith) and Mister (Bryan Lackner) preface the release of their new album not with a run-of-the-mill music video, but a narrative short film. Filled with provocative imagery—horses and Hazmats, gilded gas masks and burning fields, social discord and double-barrel shotguns—The Baptism is a suitable showcase for the song from which its title is gleaned.


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Friday, Aug 8, 2014
Stream the latest album by the Memphis-based singer/songwriter and The Voice season 4 contestant Grace Askew, Scaredy Cat, here on PopMatters.
Above photo credit: Steve Roberts (taken at Sun Studios, Memphis, TN)

Though she didn’t ultimately take the championship, Grace Askew nonetheless captured audiences all across the globe with her run on the massively popular competition show The Voice. Working with country star Blake Shelton, she turned out some fierce performances, including a fierce take on the classic “These Boots are Made for Walkin’”. In a recent interview, Rolling Stone dubbed her the “number one most robbed” contestant of that season of The Voice, but Askew isn’t letting her experience on that program cloud her music.


Instead, she’s progressing forward, and in some particularly gutsy ways. Her latest LP, Scaredy Cat, which you can stream below, was recorded in one four-hour session at Memphis’ reputed Sun Studios. Music clearly comes naturally to this talented singer and songwriter.


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