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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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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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Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Stay tuned to the @PopMatters Twitter tomorrow at 4.00 pm EST as we do a live Twitter session about James Brown and the new biopic celebrating his career, Get on Up. We will be handing out prizes, including $100 iTunes cards.

PopMatters has teamed up with Universal Pictures to celebrate their upcoming release Get on Up. Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. 


James Brown empowered a generation of activists with his anthem “Say It Loud”. We’re tasking fans to salute the Godfather of Soul and his lasting impact on social culture and popular music by sharing your thoughts about his music and legacy using #SayItLoud on Twitter.


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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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