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Listen to Bowie’s ‘Letter,’ take a dive with the ‘Spirits,’ wallow in lazy, hazy ‘Feelings’

“LETTER TO HERMIONE (DEMO)” » David Bowie and John “Hutch” Hutchinson “This one is called ‘I’m Not Quite,’” David Bowie introduces the track. He does it haltingly, the words coming out in fits and starts so that it sounds like “I’m. Not. Quite…” In the end, he definitively calls the song “Letter to Hermione.” The raw, …

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Bullet shoots ‘Usisa,’ Oscar winner makes ‘Energy Flo,’ Sara serenades ‘Miss Simone’

“USISA” (live at One Music POPSSSS) » Bullet Dumas “Ang laya mo’y babantayan, Pilipinas kong… hibang,” Bullet Dumas cries, ostensibly removing his cap and freeing his long hair from its bonds. “Usisa” is his love letter, ripped and turned inside out (up to you to decide who it’s for). This live performance by the folk …

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HanHan breathes life to ‘Mare,’ Joyner prays against the ‘Devil’s Work,’ BLKD rebels with ‘Maghimagsik’

“MARE” HanHan feat. Lex Junior Toronto-based Cebuana rapper Haniely Pableo, aka HanHan, breathes new life to the oft-quoted feminist gospel, “Well-behaved women seldom make history,” with “Mare.” She incites the Filipina to do away with the Maria Clara and go the way of Gabriela (Silang, that is). To be Pilipinang guerrillang matigas ang kalooban. HanHan …

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Super Playlist: Florence + the Machine cries for ‘Jenny of Oldstones,’ and other songs about the cost of love

“JENNY OF OLDSTONES” Florence +the Machine That Florence Welch (and her Machine) of otherworldly, witchy-woman fame has only now sung a track for the pop-culture fantasy phenomenon that is “Game of Thrones” and it is utterly astounding. Granted, the live wire that is “Seven Devils” did feature in promotional material for the show’s second season. …

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Just ‘Be,’ fly high with ‘Eroplanong Papel,’ give thanks for ‘Our Love’

“OUR LOVE IS GREAT” Baek Yerin Two years after her last release, Baek Yerin delivers an all-English wonder in “Our Love Is Great,” a track from her latest album of the same name. Starting off with haunting reverbs of Yerin’s lofty vocals, the song surprises as it takes an unexpected reggae twist. The contrast is …

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Listen to no ‘Love Song,’ catch the ‘Persona,’ worship a witchy ‘Moderation’

Why not just pop music when these are pages devoted to pop culture? That’s because pop isn’t just a product of any one type of anything, really. It can come from a teenage Kiwi who doesn’t give a fig that she’ll never be royal. Or a pair of French robots looping the lyric “around the world.” Or a quirky Korean gentleman who thinks he’s got the Gangnam style down pat.