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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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Friday, Aug 8, 2014
Detroit alt-R&B artist James Linck releases first video from debut solo EP.

Wistful nostalgia, of the vein innate to many millennials, is the mood pervading “Get This Money”, from Detroit’s resident alt-R&B crooner James Linck. The tune is newly manifested in a music video, half performance and half narrative, but wholly captivating.


“It’s about realizing a future everybody told you was gonna be there isn’t gonna be there,” Linck said of the song and its theme of disillusionment. “Get This Money” hails from Linck’s debut solo EP, Fortress of Solitude, available on iTunes Friday, Aug. 8.


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Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014
Check out the latest video from the Southern-tinged indie group Immigrant Union, "Alison", featuring the Dandy Warhols' Brent DeBoer.

Immigrant Union has been appropriately described as “Spiritualized being baptized in a river of Creedence Clearwater Revival.” The Australian group comprises Brent DeBoer from the Dandy Warhols, Bob Harrow from the Lazy Sons, and four other well-known players in the Melbourne country music scene. The band’s latest studio venture, Anyway is coming out in the next few months, and leading up to the release date, a video was filmed for the album’s second single, “Alison”, a song written by Harrow about the end of a relationship.


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Monday, Aug 4, 2014
Check out the latest tune from the Birmingham, UK hip-hip outfit Ruane Maurice, the brooding "Farne".

Ruane Maurice hail from Birmingham, UK. As this up-and-coming trio attests, there’s more to the music scene there than appears on the surface. Ruane Maurice’s self-titled debut is set for release in early September; “Farne”, which you can stream below, is one of the first tracks to come forth from the album. The song is a prime cut of the trio’s dark, brooding take on hip-hop.


The band tells PopMatters about the hedonistic nostalgia that inspired the song: “Like a lot of the tracks on the album, ‘Farne’ is deeply rooted in our love for analogue instrumentation (analogue drum machines and synths) and found sounds for use in layering.


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