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Hopeful Romantic Matt Zarley's Ship Has Come In: VIDEO


Try to find an ounce of cynicism in pop singer-songwriter Matt Zarley's preview of his upcoming musical short film hopefulROMANTIC, and you won't. "I Just Knew" is relentlessly, musical theatre-style upbeat. Whether there are bumps in this road we'll just have to wait and see. But for now, the honeymoon is way on.


You may recall some of Mr. Zarley's previous offerings - his tribute to Whitney Houston, his Dating Game homage, and his political imbroglio "Trust Me".

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The OXD Mirror: Is JHud the New Dance Diva? And The Return of Midnight Magic



Jennifer Hudson won the hearts of the gay community (and an Academy Award) with 2006's 'Dreamgirls,' playing underdog Effie White.  Her first two solo albums following the movie, Jennifer Hudson and I Remember Me, showcased her vocals in a more subdued, traditional R&B environment.  Her most recent album release, JHud, has taken the singer in a a new direction with something new to add to her repertoire: dance music diva.

Gorgon City ft. Jennifer Hudson: 'Go All Night'

I've always felt there's been an element to Jennifer Hudson's talent that's been untapped; with the smooth disco and funk-inspired sounds of her new album JHud, it feels as thought that missed potential has finally been fulfilled. Jennifer hit the studio after finishing JHud with rising star producers Gorgon City for a track for their debut album, Sirens, out this past week. The production itself is catchy, although fairly similar to the likes of Duke Dumont and Disclosure.  The real star of this song is Jennifer's voice; her vocals shine brightly on this house track, reminiscent of other great house vocalists like Martha Wash and Robert Owens.  Bonus fact:  this track was co-written by another rising star, Kiesza.

More new music for your ears, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Man Who Sang Barbra Streisand All Over The World Returns To NY For A Mega Broadway Mash-Up: VIDEO


You may recall Morgan Reynolds, who last year shared his experience mending his broken heart the best way he knew how: through Streisand. The musical lover travelled around the world, singing his heart out and marching his band out, warning the world not to rain on his parade. Now, Reynolds is back with a new imperative: live your own musical. Nestled back in N-Y-C, Reynolds does a mega-mash-up of some of Broadway's greatest hits, dedicating his latest number to "anyone who has ever struggled to find your place, your voice or your inner diva!" 

There's plenty to celebrate this week, so go ahead and beat your drum, AFTER THE JUMP...


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Sam Smith, Kylie, Elton John, One Direction and Others Unite for All-Star Charity Single: VIDEO


Elton John, Sam Smith, Paul Simon, Florence Welch, Chrissie Hynde, One Direction, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell, Jake Bugg, Lorde, Emeli Sandé, Chris Martin, Kylie Minogue, Paloma Faith,  Brian May, Dave Grohl, and Brian Wilson are among the stars teaming up for a cover of the Beach Boys classic "God Only Knows" for the BBC's Children in Need charity.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...


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Morrissey Says He's Been Treated for Cancer: 'If I Die, Then I Die...'


Morrissey has revealed that he has undergone treatment for cancer in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

The former Smiths frontman told the paper, in a response to a question about his recent hospitalizations:

“They have scraped cancerous tissues four times already, but whatever. If I die, then I die. And if I don’t, then I don’t. Right now I feel good. I am aware that in some of my recent photos I look somewhat unhealthy, but that’s what illness can do. I’m not going to worry about that, I’ll rest when I’m dead.

He added: "[I’m] now at an age when I should no longer be making music … Many composers of classical music died at age 34. And I’m still here, and nobody knows what to do with me."

NEW MUSIC: Peter Broderick, Kate Tempest, Oh Be Clever, GL, Empathy Test, Damien Rice - LISTEN


New Music is a fresh column brought to you by Jim Redmond who writes for Towleroad and for Irish music website Deadly Music!, which was shortlisted for Best Irish Music Blog 2014. This will be appearing in addition to our regularly scheduled OXD Mirror.

Deadly Music! covers mostly alternative and indie genres but there's also a focus on electro pop, electronica, ambient, modern classical/neoclassical, post rock and drone.

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.


Peter Broderick: Colours Of The Night (Satellite Version)

Peter BroderickPeter Broderick is a musician, composer and singer from Oregon who is probably still best known as a touring member of Efterklang. He has also worked on various collaborations with the likes of Machinefabriek and Nils Frahm and has released fifteen solo albums - not bad for a 27-year-old.

His solo work includes two early solo piano albums (Float and Docile), an accompaniment for a performance art piece called Music For A Sleeping Sculpture Of Peter Broderick and a number of recent albums that fit nicely into the indie/folktronica genres.

Hugely talented as well as massively prolific, Broderick always surprises although recent collaborations with acts like Olafur Arnalds and The Album Leaf felt like inevitable gifts to fans.

His latest release is Colours Of The Night (Satellite Version), taken from an album of the same name to be released early next year.

Broderick is currently on a European tour.


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Kate Tempest is a novelist, playwright, performance artist, poet and rapper from London, England.

Her debut album Everybody Down was released back in May but has recently been nominated for a Mercury Music Award along with the likes of Damon Albarn, FKA twigs, Anna Calvi and East India Youth.

In good company then, but given Tempest’s massive talent and the sheer originality of her music, she should be a shoe-in.

A published poet, she has also written and is currently performing Brand New Ancients, an epic spoken-word “story of everyday heroes” set to a live score that last year won the Ted Hughes Poetry Prize.

Everybody Down is a revelation.  Every song on the album correlates with a chapter in her debut novel The Bricks That Built The Houses, an urban tale following the tribulations of London masseuse, waitress and dancer Becky.

A genuinely dark, threatening and epic album, there’s something on Everybody Down that you shouldn’t let pass you by even if you just don’t - like me - get rap.

Check out four more tracks and some killer playlists,

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