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Monday, Sep 29, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
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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Monday, Sep 29, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
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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Sunday, Sep 28, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Pop/R&B singer Ariana Grande was the featured music artist last night on Saturday Night Live.

Grande played her hit single “Break Free”, while teaming with buzzy PBR&B singer/producer the Weekend on “Love Me Harder”.


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Thursday, Sep 25, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Juana Molina directs her own latest video for "Lo Decidi Yo", a dreamy and utterly gorgeous tune from last year's Wed 21.


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Thursday, Sep 25, 2014
Nashville's Marc Martel records a tribute to two of his favorite singers, Luciano Pavarotti and Freddie Mercury.

Marc Martel celebrates the two singers in this take on one of opera’s most beloved arias, Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma”.


Martel is the singer chosen to play Freddie Mercury on the traveling show, The Queen Extravaganza. “It’s been insane,” recalls Martel. “I entered the competition on a whim, never expecting things to take off the way they did. The Extravaganza has taken me places I’ve never been and I’m forever grateful to Roger Taylor and Brian May for giving me that opportunity.”


Martel’s upcoming solo debut, Impersonator, releases 30 September.


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