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Don’t get too excited, “Heaven Can Wait” is not a cover of the Meat Loaf ballad from Bat Out of Hell, but the wispy voices of Charlotte and Beck over the otherwise chunky, clumsy track from the upcoming IRM (releasing in January) has its own appeal. The album’s title track is also available to download with an e-mail sign-up at Charlotte’s web site.

This multi-talented beast of a producer offers up his latest project, ...Just Visiting Too, for free. It’s a collection of seven covers that include tracks from Stevie Wonder to Prince. Zo! gets some help from his cohorts in the Foreign Exchange crew, such as Phonte, Yahzarah, Carlitta Durand, and Darien Brockington. If you are looking for a smooth musical boost in the morning, this is just what you need.

At their October 31st show at the Louisville Palace, supergroup Monsters of Folk channeled the rock gods KISS, complete with chains and eight-inch heels. Check out the fan video below.

“Empire State of Mind” is destined to be played in promos for Knicks games. “Let’s hear it for New York!” Alicia sings in the cheesy hook, giving Jay a breather from name dropping every tourist spot in the verses. Why would he title this flaccid song in such a way as to draw comparisons to Nas’ “N.Y. State of Mind”? Is he trying to give us yet another reason to dig up a copy of Illmatic?

“Dikembe Mutombo” is from Woodsman’s latest, Collages, out now digitally on Mexican Summer. This song is fairly raucous, and the connection to Mutombo is tenuous, but sometimes it’s hard to tell with instrumental music. It’s entirely possible he laid down some guitar on this track. I don’t know if we’ll ever find the truth.

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Dikembe Mutombo [MP3]
     

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The Best and Worst Films of Spring 2015

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"January through April is a time typically made up of award season leftovers, pre-summer spectacle, and more than a few throwaways. Here are PopMatters' choices for the best and worst of the last four months.

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