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Kimbra ‘Miracle’ Video

Kimbra 'Miracle'

Kimbra is out with a colorful music video for her new single ‘Miracle’, featuring a jubilant Kimbra dancing through the streets of New York, joined by everyone from mimes to mailmen in the grand finale. The track features collaborators Thundercat and Daniel Johns of Silverchair. ‘Miracle’ is off the New Zealand pop singer’s second album ‘The Golden Echo’, available now via Warner Bros. Kimba wrote the songs on ‘The Golden Echo’ in her bedroom studio on a city-farm in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, where she was surrounded by chickens and sheep. Watch the clip via YouTube below.

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Kina Grannis 2014 North American & European Tour Dates

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Kina Grannis announced a full World Tour this fall in support of her sophomore studio full-length ‘Elements’. The trek kicks in the States on October 15th in Minneapolis, where the Los Angeles singer songwriter will be joined by her full band and will make her way through the Midwest and East Coast before closing out the first leg of tour at New York City’s Stage 48 on October 30th. Grannis will then head to Europe through Thanksgiving before heading home to the West Coast in December. Grannis will be joined on all dates by Imaginary Future.

Kina Grannis Confirmed Tour Dates:
October 15th at Varsity Theatre in Minneapolis, MN
October 16th at Turner Hall in Milwaukee, WI
October 18th at Thalia Hall in Chicago, IL
October 19th at Bling Pig in Ann Arbor, MI
October 21st at Cabaret Du Mile End in Montreal, QC
October 22nd at Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, ON
October 23rd at Altar Bar in Pittsburgh, PA
October 25th at Howard Theatre in Washington, DC
October 26th at Trocadero in Philadelphia, PA
October 27th at Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA
October 30th at Stage 48 in New York, NY
November 3rd at VEGA in Copenhagen, Denmark
November 4th at Arenberg Schouwburg in Antwerp, Belgium
November 5th at Melkweg in Amsterdam, Holland
November 7th at Flex in Vienna, Austria
November 8th at Pepiersaal in Zurich, Switzerland
November 9th at Strom in Munich, Germany
November 11th at Lido / Kesselhaus in Berlin, Germany
November 12th at Le Café de la Danse in Paris, France
November 13th at Islington Assembly (2 shows) in London, United Kingdom
November 19th at Oran Mor in Glasgow, Scotland
November 20th at Whelans in Dublin, Ireland
December 7th at The Venue in Vancouver, BC
December 8th at The Crocodile in Seattle, WA
December 9th at Star Theatre in Portland, OR
December 11th at Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, CA
December 12th at Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, CA

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Lights To Perform At Hard Rock Cafe New York For Pinktober

Lights Pinktober

Canadian pop singer Lights will perform a very special show at Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square on September 30th as the 2014 Artist Ambassador for Pinktober, Hard Rock’s annual campaign for breast cancer awareness. The 18+ show begins at 7 p.m. and is free with RSVP.

Celebrating its 15th year raising awareness and funds for breast cancer, Hard Rock’s Pinktober is joining forces with a host of musicians around the world for parties, live music events, and the chance to raise awareness and money for local, national, and international charities, including The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and The Caron Keating Foundation.

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Lights ‘Portal’ Video

Lights 'Portal' music video

Lights is out with the music video to her new single ‘Portal’, off the Canadian pop artist’s third studio album ‘Little Machines’, out on September 23rd via Warner Brothers Records. The black-and-white visual finds her driving down a country road, inevitably ditching her car to search for a portal on foot.

“There are so many things that make ‘Portal’ special to me,” Lights explained. “It started as a one-chord experiment and was finished in New Mexico on a solo writing getaway. The drumbeat of the song is actually comprised of me recording baby belly drumming when I was full term with my daughter. Naturally a song so unique gets special treatment, and this video is no ordinary video. Myself and a small, talented crew spent the day in an otherworldly glade about an hour outside of Toronto meandering through elvish woods and driving old cars. It was perfect.”

Watch the video via YouTube below.

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Oh Honey ‘Lonely Neighbor’ Video

Oh Honey 'Lonely Neighbor' music video

Oh Honey has released the official video for ‘Lonely Neighbor’, from the Brooklyn indie folk/pop duo’s debut EP ‘With Love’, out now on Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic. ‘Lonely Neighbor’ follows Oh Honey’s previously released videos for ‘I Love You Will Still Sound The Same’ and the band’s single, ‘Be Okay’. Watch it via YouTube below.

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Missy Higgins ‘Shark Fin Blues’ Video

Missy Higgins 'Shark Fin Blues' music video

Missy Higgins has released the music video to her new single ‘Shark Fin Blues’, off the Australian singer songwriter’s new book/album ‘OZ’, out September 19th on Eleven. Earlier this month, the 31-year-old announced to fans that she and her fiance were expecting a baby, due in January. She said, “A new chapter is about to begin, and with it a crazy and wonderful journey, no doubt.” Watch the Patrick Fileti directed video via YouTube below.

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Sarah Jaffe ‘Lover Girl’ Video

Sarah Jaffe 'Lover Girl' music video

Sarah Jaffe is out with the music video to her new single ‘Lover Girl’, off the Denton, Texas singer songwriter’s latest album, ‘Don’t Disconnect’, released earlier this month on Kirtland Records. Jaffe further explores sounds and textures that reach far beyond her more acoustic beginnings on the McKenzie Smith produced track. Watch the Jason M. Reimer directed video via YouTube below.

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Charli XCX ‘Break The Rules’ Video

Charli XCX 'Break The Rules'  music video

Charli XCX is out with the music video to her new single ‘Break The Rules’, off the British pop singer’s second album ‘Sucker’, out October 21st via Neon Gold/Atlantic Records. The Marc Klasfeld directed video, shot in Los Angeles, features cameos from Rose McGowan as well as galpal, Kitten frontwoman Chloe Chaidez.

“I was inspired by movies like ‘Jawbreaker’ and ‘Carrie’ for the ‘Break the Rules’ video,” Charli explained. “I never went to prom when I was at school so this was kind of me living out my weird fantasy of what prom would be like in my head. I asked Rose McGowan to be in the video and I never ever thought she would say yes, but she did… so she came to prom too… And she trashed it.”

Watch it via YouTube below.

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Pop Artists Mourn Death Of Robin Williams On Twitter

JoJo wearing jeans

Several pop artists shared their feelings after news broke with actor and comedian Robin Williams had died apparently by suicide Monday morning at his Northern California home. Williams was 63. Among the postings on Twitter:

JoJo (@JoJoistheway): I love you Robin. We all did/do. No one will ever compare to you. May you rest in peace.

Alison Sudol/A Fine Frenzy (@AlisonSudol): I am so sad to hear about Robin Williams passing… It’s like losing someone you knew. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones.

Darren Hayes (@darrenhayes): I’m heartbroken about Robin Williams. There’s nothing else to say.

Olly Murs (@ollyofficial): I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams!! An amazing actor so funny! Good morning Vietnam one of the best ever! #RIPRobinWilliams

Vanessa Carlton in a fieldVanessa Carlton (@VanessaCarlton): I had the pleasure of sitting across from Robin Williams at a dinner. He was such a great guy & a genius in his work. This is so terrible.

Crystal Bowersox (@crystalbowersox): Tears… And prayers for his family. Any hope that the news surrounding Robin Williams is a big hoax?

Jessica Origliasso (@Jessicaveronica): Robin Williams, thank you for raising me/ all of us with your light and talent. May you find your peace now X

Victoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice): Wow…I’m truly shocked by the news of Robin Williams passing. RIP to a man who made the whole world laugh. My heart goes out to his family.

Elizabeth & The Catapult (@thecatapult): So sad about Robin Williams rip fisher king

Moby (@thelittleidiot): Poor Robin. Such a beautiful soul. To die rather than reach out is so heartbreaking.

Nicky Byrne (@NickyByrne): Robin Williams news is just so sad. Shocked.

Toby Lightman (@TobyLightman): So sad to hear of Robin Williams’ passing.. Was one of the best.. I can’t believe it.. #rip

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Janet Devlin Intimate UK Tour Dates

Janet Devlin

Janet Devlin announced an intimate UK tour this winter in support of her debut album ‘Running With Scissors’, released in June. The Northern Ireland singer songwriter entered the scene as the cool folk act on ‘X Factor’ in 2011. Tickets are on sale now. Concert dates are as follows:

Dec. 1 – Bristol, Exchange
Dec. 2 – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
Dec. 3 – Manchester, Ruby Lounge
Dec. 4 – Liverpool, EVAC
Dec. 8– Newcastle, Cluny 2
Dec. 9 – Glasgow, Classic Grand
Dec. 10 – Leeds, Wardrobe
Dec. 11 – Norwich, B2
Dec. 15 – Brighton, The Haunt
Dec. 16 – London, Surya

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