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Sofar Sounds describes itself as “the world’s largest music discovery community; curating secret, intimate gigs in unique spaces all around the world. Bringing the magic back to live music.” PopMatters recently premiered a performance at Sofar’s London venue; this week, we present a song performed by the indie group Little Comets filmed at Sofar’s Philadelphia location.

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.

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.

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.

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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