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Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014
Seattle hip-hop duo Fly Moon Royalty has put a unique spin on a hip-hop classic with its take on Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back."

Vocalist Adra Boo and DJ/Producer/MC Action J, who go by the name Fly Moon Royalty as a recording duo, have taken up a reasonably lofty task as far as cover versions go: Sir Mix-a-Lot’s ubiquitous “Baby Got Back.” While Meghan Trainor caused a minor frenzy this summer with her take on the derriere-centric dance number, Fly Moon Royalty has offered up something quite interesting. The duo’s version of “Baby Got Back” takes a different turn than Mix-a-Lot’s vivacious original; with its minimalist arrangements (a beat and some non-intrusive electronics) and Adra Boo’s fierce vocals, the song takes on a slightly dark edge, but one that still highlights the comedic aspects of the lyrics.


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Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014
The playful similes of Kat Quinn's latest tune, "Phoenix", form intriguing euphemisms to cover up the serious emotional underbelly of the song.

“Phoenix”, the latest song by New York City-based songwriter Kat Quinn, is very clearly about a relationship gone wrong. Yet rather than opt for straightforward declarations for her former beloved, Quinn opts for the language of simile, crafting some droll and striking comparisons that both underscore and euphemize the harm done by the relationship. “Your love saved me like a broken raft / And I clung steady like I wanted to sink fast,” she sings in one of the song’s funnier couplets. There are also some dark observations: “Your eyes are cozy like a kitchen knife / And I wish I hadn’t cut myself so many times.” These lyrics form a distinctive take on the breakup song; Quinn’s unique perspective reveals her to be a songwriter with a perceptive pen.


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Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014
Neverland, the new full-length by New York City-based songwriter Mackenzie Shivers, is the perfect album to listen to as the fall months begin.

Following PopMatters’ July premiere of New York City singer/songwriter Mackenzie Shivers’ ballad “4th of July”, you can stream her new album, Neverland, in its entirety below. Like “4th of July”, Neverland showcases Shiver’s vocal and piano skills. The gospel flourishes in Shivers’ piano playing heighten the record’s emotional range; this music is ideal to listen to while walking through paths and roads lined with the orange leaves of fall.


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Monday, Sep 29, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors' latest album, Good Light, is the most personal record for Holcomb to date and "Tennessee" is the group's latest single, celebrating the love of Holcomb's home state.

Holcomb says, “I have been through really difficult things.  When I was 17 I lost my younger brother and have lived through the grief of that great absence. On the other hand, I have experienced the joy of being married to the girl I always wanted. The album perfectly tells the story for a new stage in my life.”


So today, Holcomb has released a beautiful, scenic video that celebrates his home state of Tennessee, also PopMatters’ home away from home.



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Monday, Sep 29, 2014
Canadian indie darlings Stars have just released the title track from their soon-to-be-released album, No One Is Lost.

Based on the neon glitz and roller rink setting that make up the sleeve art to the latest LP by the Canadian indie outfit Stars, entitled No One Is Lost, you’d be pretty reasonable to infer a sonic indebted to the ‘80s. With the title track of the album now available to stream, it’s clear that Stars are aiming at something along those lines. Despite the song’s odd chorus refrain (“Put your hands up/Because everyone dies”), the track is nonetheless a real earworm, and a perfect primer for the music that’s to come on No One Is Lost.


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