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Friday, Sep 5, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Canadian reggae-rockers MAGIC! bring their loosey-goosey energy to the Wal-Mart Soundcheck stage, performing several cuts from their new album Don't Kill the Magic.

The easy-breezy guitar strums and the party-ready mood of MAGIC!‘s music brings to mind a stiff pina colada served on an island resort somewhere in the Bahamas. The all-caps, exclamation-punctuated name of the band itself suggests that you might be partying in those tropical environs. Yet, curiously enough, MAGIC! hails not from humid, palm tree-lined climates but instead the much chillier Canada, much further north of the equator than one might expect for this kind of music.


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Monday, Aug 25, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
The Gaslight Anthem brings a full-throated rock and roll approach to its performance of many of the tunes on, Get Hurt, their latest studio outing, live on the Wal-Mart Soundcheck stage.

New Jersey rock outfit The Gaslight Anthem are back at their Springsteen-indebted ways with Get Hurt, its latest studio release, available now through Island. PopMatters writer Matt James recently said of the LP, “Where Get Hurt is strong, it’s bulletproof.”


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Monday, Aug 25, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
"One Minute More" finds Capital Cities skillfully balancing pop accessibility while also emphasizing their indie rock roots.

With “Safe and Sound”, the LA-based band Capital Cities made a sizeable pop splash, a feat that is becoming all the more common for bands that, like Capital Cities, began in the ever-fertile realm of indie music. Just like CHVRCHES did last year, Capital Cities shows that while indie music aims to stand apart from the type of stuff that one is likely to see climb to the top of the Billboard Top 20, there’s nothing wrong with bringing in unabashed pop accessibility into the indie fold.


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Thursday, Aug 7, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
With TomTom's Runner Cardio, one can feel completely liberated when running strapless.

SPONSORED POST: Regrettably, for far too long in history, women have had to tell randy men the immortal lines: “My eyes are up here.” The most recent advert for TomTom’s Runner Cardio, however, finally gives chest-gazers a chance to admire the flashy running garb of a gorgeous woman, in this case Alexandria Morgan. (Amazingly, Morgan’s revealing sports bra avoids becoming flashy in the worst possible way.)


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Monday, Jul 28, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
PopMatters looks back on some of the standout moments from the Godfather of Soul, from his work in film to his identity as a "sex machine".

SPONSORED POST—Calling all music fans, August 1st brings the release of the eagerly awaited new biopic about James Brown, Get on Up. With a stellar cast—Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Craig Robinson, and Octavia Spencer—Get on Up is directed by The Help‘s Tate Taylor and looks to be a major crowd-pleaser. This is also the perfect time to reflect on Brown’s staggering importance within music and our cultural landscape. Join in with Pharrell and Questlove in celebrating your thoughts about the Godfather of Soul’s lasting legacy using #SayItLoud on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr and more. We are celebrating with you in offering up five of Brown’s most important career highlights.


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