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Kelly Clarkson Covers Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me': VIDEO


The songstress turned in a soulful performance over the weekend of Sam Smith's breakout ballad about one night stands and the modern (gay) man, saying that she loves the smash hit because it's "bluesy" and a real "singer song."

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Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne Celebrate 'Real Love' In Stunning New Music Video: WATCH

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Following on the heels of this summer's mega-hit "Rather Be," British electronic group Clean Bandit has reteamed with Jess Glynne for "Real Love" - the latest single from the upcoming re-release of their debut album New Eyes.

The video for the single, released today, is a visual ode to love featuring a mixture of gay and straight couples and is practically impossible to watch without moving to the beat of the infectious tune.


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Muscle Bears 'Trying' to Love One Another in Melancholy Music Video: WATCH


Jazz musician and Boston-based composer Mike Flanagan, aka MRF, has a new video premiering this weekend for his breakup song "Trying," off his iTunes album Mob Music. Telling the story of bear romance gone wrong, the beautifully shot clip may be a little on the sad side but the muscle bear couple (one half of which is Flanagan himself) more than make up for the melancholy.

While bears tend to appear online in either extremely comic situations (like the web series Where The Bears Are and the Bear City rom coms) or seriously sexual ones, it's nice for change to see them portrayed with a bit of reality and a touch of romance too.

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Charice Talks Gender, Sexuality with Oprah: 'My Soul is Male' — VIDEO


Charice, a singer and actress (Sunshine Corazon on Glee) who rose to fame via YouTube and was the first Asian solo singer to land in the Billboard 200 Top ten album chart, made international headlines when she came out of the closet as a lesbian in 2013.

On a new episode of Oprah's Where Are They Now?, Charice talks more about coming out, saying she knew she was gay at age 6, and also talks about her gender identity:

"Basically my soul is a male. But I'm not going to go through that stage where I'm gonna change everything - not change my body. I would change like, this look, like cut my hair, and wear boy clothes, but that's all."

Charice has a prior relationship with Oprah, having debuted her 2010 single "Pyramid" on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

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The OXD Mirror: New Tracks by Kindness ft. Robyn, Jessie Ware, Karen Harding, and more.



After a string of production and remix credits this year,  British singer and producer Adam Bainbridge, also known as Kindness, released Otherness, an album of disco-inspired pop tracks earlier this week. 

Amongst other album guest stars such as Dev Hynes and Kelela, Kindness enlists Robyn's sparkling voice to shine through the stuttering beats on his upcoming single, 'Who Do You Love?'. While the lyrics border on banal, Kindness keeps it interesting with ethereal tones juxtaposed with staccato, funky basslines.

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NEW MUSIC: Governors, I Am Snow Angel, Go Life, K. Anderson, Raign, Deers - LISTEN



Generally you'll find that this column will avoid most mainstream music - unless it's particularly deadly - to give new, emerging and fringe artists a chance. All tracks are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this column.


Governors: Is This Love

Governors-is-this-loveGovernors is new boy-girl duo - best friends and currently studying at Columbia University - making electro pop that sounds like Vaults and CHVRCHES with a dark edge - Soft Cell dark.

The duo’s debut track Is This Love is a creeping, dark, bitter love song about two people who really, really shouldn’t be together. You can imagine this track coming from Massive Attack if they let loose a little bit and got Rihanna on vocals.


I Am Snow Angel: Cocoon

UnnamedJust like Twin Peaks led the way to Northern Exposure, Lost and The Leftovers, without The Velvet Underground no Sex Pistols no Oasis and no Parquet Floors, and without The Beach Boys, no Cocteau Twins no Primal Scream and no I Am Snow Angel, the solo project of Julie Kathryn.

Just like Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins) and Stephanie Dosen’s joint effort Snowbird, the project name I Am Snow Angel tells you what to expect: post-Cocteau Twins ethereal, hypnotic beats fronted with seductive vocals that wrap you up like a warm blanket.

Appropriately, there’s something vaguely Christmasy about Crocodile (just like a lot of Simon Raymonde’s work in fact). She really is a living snow angel.

For fans of: Cocteau Twins, Violet Indiana, Snowbird, Bat For Lashes, Polica, CHVRCHES


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