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Tamara Laurel - "Come on Come On" (video) (premiere)

The singer-songwriter shows explores an artist's musical dream on her new video.

Los Angeles singer-songwriter Tamara Laurel just released her beguiling new album Runaway a couple weeks ago, a sleek yet rootsy blend of mainstream country, folk, and Americana. All three sides are on display on the track "Come on Come On", and the new video, which can be seen below, takes a look at different sides of the artist herself.

"'Come On Come On' was written, directed and edited by Ryan Hawkins, and shot by Daniel Maitland," Laurel tells PopMatters "Ryan came up with the storyline which follows the protagonist through varying layers of her musical dream -- pursuit of passion, pursuit of fame, and pursuit of some rare and perfect utopia -- each represented on old '90s televisions. We had an amazing time shooting it and I got to be a Cubs fan for a day."

Over the Rainbow: An Interview With Herb Alpert

Music legend Herb Alpert discusses his new album, Over the Rainbow, maintaining his artistic drive, and his place in music history. "If we tried to start A&M in today's environment, we'd have no chance. I don't know if I'd get a start as a trumpet player. But I keep doing this because I'm having fun."

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The Cigarette: A Political History (By the Book)

Sarah Milov's The Cigarette restores politics to its rightful place in the tale of tobacco's rise and fall, illustrating America's continuing battles over corporate influence, individual responsibility, collective choice, and the scope of governmental power. Enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 5. "Inventing the Nonsmoker".

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