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  • Rock n’ Roll from Hunx and His Punx MP3

    It seems like Hunx has an agenda set up for his future: rock it out with Hunx and His Punx and play garage rock ballads with Hunx. Hardly Art is gearing up to release Street Punk on July 23rd, and since it’s a HHP album, it definitely is a departure from Hairdresser Blues.  From the opening moment on the lead single, you can feel the ferocity that’s about to ensue, but while it may have a heavier lea...

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  • Power Pop Goodness from Missing Monuments MP3

    While they may have dropped the “King Louie” aspect from their name, Missing Monuments is still very much the project of Louie Bankston; he’s got the pedigree of power-pop genius, but I can appreciate the name alteration.  The group has a self-titled album coming out in the fall via my favorite lil’ label, Dirtnap Records, and our first taste has a bit of a heavier punch than some of the ...

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  • Indie Rock From Can’t Dance MP3

    This new song “Trust Issues” by Johnstown, PA group Can’t Dance is something you’d expect to hear during the underground indie  movement of the 90s.  Within the song, you can clearly hear that the young trio would likely call bands like Built to Spill or Pavement groups that influence their own sound.  As a fan of that era and most those groups, I’m getting behind this one an...

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  • Lemuria – The Distance Is So Big MP3

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars Lately the musical landscape has been peddling bands who’ve grown up on the alternative rock of the 90s.  Some of those sounds are great, while others sound outdated, but I think Lemuria have landed in a spot that nods to the past while looking forward.  Their new record, The Distance Is So Big, recalls great moments from Dear You-era Jawbreaker, yet includes a heavy dosage of ...

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  • Soft Ballad from Ashley Eriksson of LAKE MP3

    Ashley Eriksson is the lead singer of LAKE, and the songwriter of the theme song for Adventure Time.  Of course, she’s always been working on the side, and she’s ready to debut a new record, Colours, which comes out on July 16th.  She possess a tranquil voice, carefully draped across the top of her elegant piano tapestries. There’s a respect for the the empty space that belongs in music, al...

    10.06.2013

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  • Coma Cinema – Posthumous Release MP3

    Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars There comes a time in every music nerd’s life (hopefully more often than once) where you find a record that completely fulfills you, that brings you back time and time again to listen carefully; for me, that record is Posthumous Release.  Coma Cinema is the project of Mathew Cothran, and I’ll do my best to give justice to this incredible album, though I’m not sure if...

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  • Show Preview: Centro-matic @ Frank (6/7) MP3

    Date 6/7/13 Location Frank Doors 9pm Tickets $12 @ Ticketfly My apologies first off for the late notice on this show, but we deem it necessary to keep you informed on great shows despite our lack of timeliness.  Now that we have that out of the way, let’s discuss our highly anticipated show by veterans and always underrated Texans Centro-matic.  These guys have been doing their thing for a l...

    07.06.2013

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  • Contest: Blank Tapes Beach Day @ Mohawk (6/9) MP3

    It’s contest time yet again and today I’m excited to offer up some tickets to a great lineup at Mohawk on Sunday night.  I’m personally excited to see up and comers Beach Day in the middle slot, but the lineup as a whole is impressive.  Deets: Date: 6/9/13 Lineup: Blank Tapes, Beach Day, and Deep Space Up For Grabs: Your name 1 on the promoter’s list How to enter: Leave ...

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  • Sprawling Noise from Tape Deck Mountain MP3

    This newish 7″ from Tape Deck Mountain is really solid.  It opens with this huge wall of noise that blares right in your face; you think it’s just going to be a big loud rocker from the get-go.  But, they pull back just a tiny bit, revealing a quiet pop tendency, which is briefly interrupted by a wash of noisy atmospherics from time to time.  Those moments begin to unfold more often, accentuated...

    06.06.2013

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  • Energetic New Music from Steel Phantoms MP3

    Summertime is perfect for turning the knob up to eleven and letting yourself free from the mundane activities, though I guess some of us do have to sit in offices…sorry BGray. This new tune from Steel Phantoms is perfect for rocking out; the guitars come in and heavy and fast from the get-go, allowing you feel the energetic push the band’s proposing.  If you’re sitting in your chair tapping you...

    05.06.2013

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  • Fresh New Rock from Hausu MP3

    In all the nostalgic nods in the scene right now, I think I’ve found the piece I like the most: the new single from Hausu. This Portland act is slated to release their new record, Total, on Hardly Art on June 25th, and it’s got great promise.  I like the intricate guitar opening on this song, but it only last for a short bit before the band jumps off into, dare I say, and emo realm.  But, this is ...

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  • GRMLN – Empire MP3

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Some records are perfectly fitting for the time of their release, leaving you with an album for that particular season.  For me, the first full-length from GRMLN is definitely going to be one of my most played this summer.  Empire has the energy, the hooks and enough variance to keep it in constant rotation. It’s fitting that Empire opens with “Teenage Rhythm” as this...

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  • Beautiful New Tune from Seatraffic MP3

    Hey. You. What are you doing? Nothing? I’ve got something for you to do, and it’s important.  Our current favorite duo Seatraffic has just released yet another single from their single series, and it’s possibly their best to date, in my opinion.  You need to do yourself a favor and go grab the tune from their page, not to mention all the other singles.  In this tune, the trickling bit of...

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  • Gentle Folk from Horse’s Ha MP3

    Feel like I need to cleanse myself from the rock n’ roll after spending my weekend at Chaos in Tejas, so this new track from Horse’s Ha is perfect.  I really love how the song opens up with the female vocals from Janet Bean atop the intricate guitar work, but then James Elkington makes his entrance, dropping a deeper vocal; the additional musical accompaniment just puts a cherry on top of it all, inc...

    03.06.2013

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  • Enjoy New Music by The Sweets MP3

    If there’s a harder working band out there, then I’d like to meet them.  The Sweets have just put out their 8th EP/Single of the last year (Some Pulp being my favorite), and these three new songs are definitely worth your time today.  At first, it seems like the band might jump off into sunny-pop, but they hold themselves back, letting the song unfold with a soothing vocal effect that floats in th...

    30.05.2013

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  • New Signing for Father/Daughter Records: Bent Shapes MP3

    Our friends over at Father Daughter Records have picked up a great signing with Boston’s Bent Shapes! The band’s been on my radar for a little while, having made waves with an early 7″; they specialize in creating hook-laden indie pop tunes fueled by ringing/jangling guitars.  Personally, I like the clarity of the vocals on the first single from their upcoming album Feels Weird, which will be r...

    29.05.2013

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  • Great Pop Music From There Is Danger MP3

    There is Danger hail from Phoenix, AZ and they just so happened to get in touch with us recently about some new music they’ve been working on.  Their style is what I might call irresistible to anyone with a pulse for music.  The pop moments as they build and build create some truly superb pop music that anyone could get into.  Our free track below, “Passport”, demonstrates that slow build ...

    29.05.2013

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  • Free Time – Free Time MP3

    Rating: 3 out of 5 stars It’s no surprise that Free Time has compiled a bunch of songs that sound an awful lot like Twerps, seeing as front-man Dion spent time with the group fleshing out their live sound.  But, make no mistake about it, he’s got a voice all his own, which makes Free Time a record that will wash over you with a bit of warmth and pop, fitting in perfectly to any daily listening occasi...

    28.05.2013

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  • Summer Tune From Beach Day MP3

    Beach Day is a band I discovered back in November when I doubt any of us were really thinking about enjoying a nice long drive on a warm summers day.  Well now that time is here and another new song from this summer themed band is just what the doctor ordered.  This new track “Stay” is certainly a doo wop, feel good type song that should be perfect for your summer mix tape as you take a dip in some ...

    28.05.2013

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  • Saved by Without Feathers MP3

    When I found out that my much adored Standard Fare was calling it quits earlier this year, I was heartbroken.  I loved Emma Kupa’s voice, and their last effort still gets played at least once a week around the house. She’s got a new group titled Without Feathers, which features some other heavy-hitters from the UK scene.  At this point, we’ve just got three little songs to enjoy, but you sh...

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