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Aqualung, Recorded Live In Concert

Matt Hales, a.k.a. Aqualung, found his breakthrough the way many brooding British stars do: through placement of one of his songs in a high-profile commercial. Since then, he's churned out a steady stream of eminently catchy, piano-driven songs — including the hit "Brighter Than Sunshine" — which have earned him frequent comparisons to the likes of Coldplay. Click the link above to hear Aqualung perform live in concert from WXPN and World Café Live in Philadelphia.

After hitting big in the U.K., Aqualung emerged on these shores with the 2005 hit Strange and Beautiful. The singer's pensive streak continues on his sweetly brooding third album, Words & Music, which came out this week.

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