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For a real music lover, choosing headphones or earphones is no easy task. Genuine audiophiles will never be satisfied with pulling the cheapest earbuds off the rack; we want something that brings the best out of our music, because music is no small matter.

Following performances from Seether, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, and Jason Derulo, and The Gaslight Anthem, and Lee Brice, Wal-Mart Soundcheck has brought funk rock maestro Lenny Kravitz to its online stage. Though Kravitz was at his peak with mid-‘00s hits like “Lady”, he hasn’t stopped bringing his retro brand of rock to the world. His latest album, Strut, exemplifies everything about Kravitz’s classic rock stylings.

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.

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.”

by PopMatters Staff

25 Aug 2014

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.


The Best and Worst Films of Spring 2015

// Short Ends and Leader

"January through April is a time typically made up of award season leftovers, pre-summer spectacle, and more than a few throwaways. Here are PopMatters' choices for the best and worst of the last four months.

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