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Monday, Sep 29, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors' latest album, Good Light, is the most personal record for Holcomb to date and "Tennessee" is the group's latest single, celebrating the love of Holcomb's home state.

Holcomb says, “I have been through really difficult things.  When I was 17 I lost my younger brother and have lived through the grief of that great absence. On the other hand, I have experienced the joy of being married to the girl I always wanted. The album perfectly tells the story for a new stage in my life.”


So today, Holcomb has released a beautiful, scenic video that celebrates his home state of Tennessee, also PopMatters’ home away from home.



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This year saw new efforts by the first family of the New Zealand underground, the brothers Kilgour. PopMatters premieres new videos from Hamish and David Kilgour.

This has been a busy year for the first family of the New Zealand underground: In addition to re-forming the Clean for a crowd-pleasing U.S. jaunt, the brothers Kilgour released albums with their own acts, David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights with End Times Undone (Merge) and Hamish Kilgour’s first solo outing, All of It and Nothing (Ba Da Bing!). Here, PopMatters premieres videos from each effort, “Smile” from Hamish Kilgour and “Lose Myself in Sound” from David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights. Together, they convey what’s enduring and endearing about Kiwi indie-pop, with the rough-hewn jangle of the introspective “Smile” and the glimmering guitar-rock drive of “Lose Myself in Sound”.


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The video for Will Dailey's banjo-driven "Higher Education" raises the lyric video to a whole other level.

Following several albums on a major label, Boston singer-songwriter Will Dailey released his new album National Throat independently, and with considerable success: the album debuted in the top 20 of Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. Dailey’s latest video for the album, “Higher Education”, which you can view below, derives from his experience working as an artist ambassador at ZUMIX, an East Boston-based nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering youth and building communities through music and the arts. Since he was so inspired by his experience at ZUMIX, he decided to film the “Higher Education” music video at the organization, including several of the children he worked with during his time there.


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Though a well-known industry veteran, Lenny Kravitz hasn't lost any of his performance energy, as demonstrated by his funky, retro performance at Wal-Mart's Soundcheck stage.

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.


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Horse Feathers' 2012 Cynic's New Year was an effort that would "leave the listener feeling utterly winded for all of its ragged glory." The same can be said for the new track "Violently Wild".

PopMatters’ Zachary Houle hailed Horse Feathers’ 2012 album Cynic’s New Year as “a starkly gorgeous album dripping with stringed instrumentation… one that will leave the listener feeling utterly winded for all of its ragged glory.” Something of the same might be said for the vibrant Americana stylings of “Violently Wild”, a track from the Portland outfit’s upcoming album So It Is With Us. So It Is With Us releases on October 21 via Kill Rock Stars.



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