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Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014
Soul singer Paul Kelly brings a whole bevy of talented singers to cover his tunes for his new album The Merri Soul Sessions. Powerhouse vocalist Clairy Brown gives a spirited rendition of "Keep On Coming Back for More".

Following a long and productive career, soul singer/songwriter Paul Kelly has taken to looking back on his musical legacy in the form of his new album The Merri Soul Sessions. Beginning as a series of 7” singles, the sessions find Kelly and a whole host of collaborators re-interpreting many of his well-established tunes. For the track “Keep On Coming Back For More”, Kelly brought vocalist Clairy Brown, who gives the song a palpable injection of vivacity.


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Monday, Nov 17, 2014
Get up close and personal with the rising, Orlanda, Florida based singer/songwriter Matthew Fowler with this intimate recording of him performing the song "Rooftops".

Cut from the same cloth as songwriters like Ben Howard, the Floridia singer/songwriter Matthew Fowler is a talent that has been a long time coming. Fowler’s debut album, aptly titled Beginning, contains songs that he had been writing since the age of 14. At 20 years old, Fowler is now six years the wiser, but it’s clear that the songs on Beginnings are just that: a promising start to what is likely to be many more years spent writing songs.


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Thursday, Nov 13, 2014
Rustic songwriter Ben Stalets serves up Appalachian-tinged folk on his newest track, "Lost".

Toledo, Ohio’s Ben Stalets has a time out of mind quality about him, of sidestepping from contemporary musical trends. Rough and rustic, his new single “Lost” is built around a soft chugging rhythm and gritty harmonies. A bit of ragtime piano flares up unexpectedly, setting up the light ivory twinkling and an antique fiddle that winds its way through the dense backdrop. Thick with an Appalachian folksiness, it has that aura of soaking under a grey rain. Despite the autumnal feel, “Lost” still laced with a whimsical perspective. 


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Thursday, Nov 13, 2014
New York guitarist Ben Seretan offers up bonus drone from his new new self-titled album, a track that captures "the swirling pool of humanity you hear now".

A whirring, 16-minute drone, “The Windmill Sings” is a bonus track from the new, self-titled album from New York-based guitarist and songwriter Ben Seretan. It was recorded while Seretan was in residence at Flux Factory, a communal arts space in Queens where he lived and rehearsed in early 2014.


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Thursday, Nov 13, 2014
The video for Casey Jack's "Too Far Gone" tells the tale of a love gone bad, with a healthy dose of post-Halloween spookiness thrown into the mix.

In August, PopMatters premiered the eponymous debut album by the Springfield, Missouri-based Casey Jack. Now, one of the Casey Jack cuts, “Too Far Gone”, has a spooky video to enhance the song’s musings on a love gone south. Alternating between color and black and white forms a tense contrast as Casey Jack unfolds his tale.


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