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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Whiplash’ Is Likely The Best Film Of 2014

Film: Whiplash
Starring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons
Directed by: Damien Chazelle

Featuring two unforgettable performances and a script that is as close to perfection as you can find in cinema today, Whiplash is a surefire contender for best film of 2014.

There have been many films about music and various fictional individuals’ attempts at greatness, but never have the heartbreaking sacrifices and unnervingly tense moments that come with truly achieving something special been captured the way they are in Whiplash. Written and directed by Damien Chazelle, the film is as much an exercise in focused effort as the story it has to share, stripping away every moment of needless exposition and unnecessary side-stories in order to deliver a driving and relentlessly thrilling journey to heights of human ability. Read more »

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REVIEW: Arms And Sleepers – ‘Swim Team’

Artist: Arms And Sleepers
Album: Swim Team
Genre: Chillwave, Trip-Hop

Adding to a hefty catalog of LPs, EPs, and split releases riddled with lush tones, intricate instrumentals, ethereal auras, smooth beats and soothing vocal samples, Boston’s Arms and Sleepers are back, post-hiatus, with Swim Team, their fifth full-length studio effort since forming in 2006.

Opening with a slow-builder in “Unbound,” Swim Team immediately compels you to nod your head to one of its many ’90s-inspired beats as you float along with A&S’ evolved sound before meeting a very new one in the title track, which brings to mind the playful and summery childlike exuberance of acts such as Neon Indian, Discovery, and Cults. Read more »

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Foo Fighters Stream “The Feast And The Famine”

Just a week after fans devoured “Something From Nothing,” Foo Fighters have shared another song off their highly anticipated new album.

“The Feast And The Famine” arrived online early this morning. The track is the second to surface off Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways album, which found the band recording eight songs across eight US cities, and it is the result of the band’s time in Washington D.C. You can stream the song, in full, below: Read more »

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Our Speakers Were Blowing Up All Night Because Killer Mike & El-P Leaked ‘RTJ2′

Killer Mike and El-P don’t typically play by the rules. The dynamic tag-team are on another level within the rap game and we’ve simply given up trying to understand how they consistently raise the bar for their peers in the genre.

The duo’s followup to last year’s unreal debut was set to release via Mass Appeal in just four days’ time on October 28, but late last night, they decided “Aw, fuck it. We can’t wait any longer.” Thus, we’ve been graced with the ability to download the epicness that is RTJ2, for free. Featuring guest spots from Rage Against The Machine’s Zack de la Rocha, blink-182′s Travis Barker, BOOTS, actor Michael Winslow and more, RTJ2 was a contender for album of the year before it even dropped in full. Now, it’s officially in the ranks.

Don’t be a fool; download RTJ2 right here and be prepared to yell “Run The Jewels!” If you’re really a fan, you’ll throw some money their way for some merch to help them create even more perfection. That of course includes the forthcoming, feline-friendly Meow The Jewels. Read more »

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REVIEW: Vision The Kid & Tru – ‘Somewhere In A Dark City’

Artist: Vision The Kid & Tru
Album: Somewhere In A Dark City
Genre: Hip-Hop

Minneapolis tag-team, rapper Vision The Kid and producer Tru, joined forces roughly two years ago to combine their talents and create the best material that their capabilities would allow. The result is this year’s Somewhere In A Dark City, a 14-track hip-hop album that swings for the seats with impressive form — (excuse the baseball metaphor; I’ve been enveloped in the postseason/Fall Classic). Akin to the works of Macklemore and the lesser known and under-appreciated Common Market, Vision The Kid uses Tru’s excellent production as a foundation in which to layer his ostensibly veteran flows. Bar after bar, Vision delivers, but his writing and Tru’s music shine in unison throughout the effort, with both stealing the show in equal measure. Read more »

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Cosby Release Video For Newest Single, “Heartracer”

This has nothing to do with ridiculous sweaters or Jell-O.

Virginia-based brothers Chris and Chip Cosby only formed their band two years ago, but Cosby have already released a healthy catalogue of music in that short period of time.

Most recently: their newest single, entitled “Heartracer.” A fun, poppy, synth-driven, indie-rock track in the vein of M83 and Phoenix, “Heartracer” is a great place to start with Cosby if you’ve yet to check out their work. The accompanying visuals explore some of the ’80s-esque vibes found in the song, with an arcade, plenty of neon and even a keytar.

You can stream the band’s newest single below, and make sure to follow the band on Facebook and Twitter to keep an eye out for their next EP. Read more »

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Dayseeker To Release Deluxe Reissue Of ‘What It Means To Be Defeated’

Last year the post hardcore outfit Dayseeker released their debut full-length effort, What It Means To Be Defeated. Since then, the band has kept themselves busy with touring. Apparently that’s not all they’ve been up to though, which was made clear by their exciting announcement.

The band confirmed they are releasing a deluxe reissue of What It Means To Be Defeated next month. The reissue will feature four acoustic renditions of their popular songs. The original tracks have also been remixed and remastered. You can pre-order the album through InVogue Records’ MerchNow page.

In addition to the announcement, the band revealed a music video for their single “Sleep In The Sea.” The video is available to watch below. Read more »

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Bring Me The Horizon To Release Another Single Next Week

It’s only been a couple of days since Bring Me The Horizon premiered their standalone single, “Drown,” but it seems they are poised to drop another one on us much sooner than expected. Frontman Oli Sykes tweeted earlier this evening that the band will release a new song titled “Don’t Look Down” next week. You can read his tweet below the jump.

Though it’s unlikely the band will be releasing a new album this year, the fact that they are releasing two songs right in a row is very exciting. I know I’m looking forward to hearing it myself! Read more »

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Of Mice & Men Release Music Video For “Feels Like Forever”

Metalcore kings Of Mice & Men have been on the road non-stop and releasing singles since their latest record, Restoring Force, dropped via Rise Records this past year. Who would’ve known that this record would jettison the band to mainstream success to the point of opening for Linkin Park on their upcoming European tour?

The band has released yet another video, this time for their latest single entitled “Feel Like Forever” which premiered on USA Today. The video shows the band performing inside a beatdown warehouse and singer Austin Carlile being submerged into deep water before coming back out towards the end of the video.

Check it out below and be sure to pay attention to the Of Mice & Men camp as they continue their ongoing success. Read more »

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Trophy Eyes Stream “Penfold State Forest” From ‘Mend, Move On’

Australian hardcore/pop-punkers Trophy Eyes are gearing up to release their debut full-length Mend, Move On after their recent signing to Hopeless Records. The band has already released new songs “In Return” and “White Curtains” from the effort.

Another brilliant song from the “land down under” quintet was released today, entitled “Penfold State Forest,” and it surely has given closure that the record will be one to hear upon release. The album is slated for release on November 4 and is now up for pre-order on iTunes.

Check out the stream of the song below. Read more »

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John Nolan Releases Music Video For “Here Comes The Wolf” from ‘Bridge And Tunnel’

A couple weeks back, John Nolan, guitarist of Taking Back Sunday, released his new song that he contributed to the soundtrack for the 2014 independent film Bridge and Tunnel, titled “Here Comes The Wolf”.

Today, the official music video for the song premiered on AltPress. The video shows Nolan having clown makeup while performing with a backing band wearing who are different masks. Other cut scenes depict Nolan at an amusement park and smearing black makeup all over himself. The song recently won best original song at the Long Island International Film Festival for the independent film.

Check out the music video below after the jump and be sure to check out the interview that Nolan did with UTG TV. Read more »

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MUSIC VIDEO: Silent Planet – “Native Blood”

We finally have the second single off Silent Planet‘s forthcoming debut full-length album, The Night God Slept. The group teamed up with Revolver Mag to premiere the music video for their new song “Native Blood,” and you can also watch it below.

Between their lead single and this track, it’s safe to say that this is going to be an incredible album. While I personally enjoyed the first song more, this one is still solid. If you have also enjoyed what you’ve heard so far, be sure to pick up a pre-order before the album hit stores November 10. Physical bundles can be purchased through Storenvy. Read more »