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by Thomas Britt

9 Sep 2010

In this lively video from NRK Lydverket, Norway’s Jaga Jazzist performs “Toccata” in Tønsberg Domkirke.

by Melissa Crawley

8 Sep 2010

Living in Hong Kong, I hear the phrase “East meets West” a lot. Sometimes this is interpreted in odd ways like the television commercials for local property developments that feature Europeans frolicking in palatial homes resembling Versailles. The local music industry, on the other hand, seems to have a better handle on the concept. 24 Herbs (Ya Sei Mei) are one of the territory’s contributions to cross-border mixing of cultures. Formed in 2006, the all-male, all-Chinese group consists of six members including an actor, a music producer and a clothing designer. Their latest video is “Hong Kong/Kowloon” which is more than a little influenced by Jay-Z/Alicia Keys’ video for “Empire State of Mind”. Perhaps they’re less “East meets West” and more “East borrows West.” What do you think?

by Enio Chiola

8 Sep 2010

It’s safe to say that Janelle Monáe’s 18-song epic The ArchAndroid is a near perfect record, effortlessly jumping between musical genres, vocal acrobatics, and engrossing songwriting. The video for her latest single “Cold War” is a simple enough concept, harking back to Sinéad O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” and Alanis Morissette’s “Head Over Feet”. But unlike the former, Monáe’s delivery wavers between sincerity and insanity. There’s no question of her beauty, which is only escalated by this wonderfully apt video. It’s hard to take your eyes off of her, and the lack of distraction only propels the content of the song into sharp focus.

by PopMatters Staff

8 Sep 2010

New York’s Darlings formed a few years ago in the depths of Greenwich Village, with these four young pals slowly building word of mouth through house parties and local gigs. 2009 saw the release of Yeah I Know , which drew major praise from the likes of the New York Times, who called the band’s debut “a splash of lo-fi elegance”. Following up that success, Darlings are releasing a new EP, Warma, this fall via Famous Class Records and today we’re premiering “Big Girl”, a tune from the new EP.

by PopMatters Staff

8 Sep 2010

We loved the Bug’s 2009 project London Zoo, giving the album an 8 and placing it in our top 10 albums of the year. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Ninja Tune Records, the Bug returns with this new tune and video.

//Mixed media

Blindspot: Season 1, Episode 3 - "Eight Slim Grins"

// Channel Surfing

"Secret codes, shadowy organizations: is Blindspot piecing together the riddle wrapped in the mystery of the enigma that is Jane Doe?

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