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The Wonder Years Announce Record Store Acoustic Shows

After having released the new music video for their upcoming album’s lead single last month, Philadelphia’s finest, The Wonder Years, have just announced a series of in-store acoustic shows and singings for late August/early September.

The band will be playing a number of intimate shows in different record stores across the East and West coasts in support of the aforementioned upcoming fifth studio album, entitled No Closer To Heaven, which is due out on September 4 via Hopeless Records.

Pre-orders for the album can be purchased here. You can check out a full list of tour dates below. In the meantime, you can catch the full band on the remaining dates of the Vans Warped Tour this summer. Read more »

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The Weeknd Releases Music Video For “Can’t Feel My Face”

Abel Tesfaye, more famously known as The Weeknd, has had a huge year thus far.

With three radio hits sitting nicely on top of the charts and a sophomore album on the way this summer, the Canadian R&B recording artist has come a long way ever since he opened up for Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience tour in 2013, and especially since his first widely available mixtape in 2011.

Today he has released an AppleMusic exclusive video for his newest hit, “Can’t Feel My Face.” The video features Tesfaye literally unable to feel his face shortly after catching on fire while performing on stage at a bar. To the crowd’s entertainment, he continues to sing and dance. You can check out the new music video below. Read more »

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Drake Buries Meek Mill With “Back To Back” Freestyle

Several days have passed since Drake responded to Meek Mill‘s claims of hiring ghostwriters with his chill, yet vicious “Charged Up” freestyle. You may have thought Meek would have responded by now, and if that’s the case you are not alone. Everyone was expecting the Maybach Music Group member to retaliate to Drake’s line, which he himself called “Baby lotion soft” over Twitter, but here we are at 9:30 AM on Wednesday and Meek remains silent.

Drake, on the other hand, has something more to say.

Raising the bar to a height I’m not sure Meek Mill has ever reached in his entire career, Drake just delivered a knockout blow to the Dreams Worth More Than Money creator with a new freestyle titled “Back To Back.” If “Charged Up” left you feeling like Drake was still holding back, this is the track that will reassure you the “6 God” is as wise and skilled as ever. You can stream the track below.

The smartest move Drake has made in this short lived beef with Meek Mill is referencing the things people say about him in his own raps. Just like Eminem’s character in 8 Mile, Drake’s decision to refer to himself as a “singing n***a” basically does away with Meek’s ability to call him soft or ‘not from the streets.’ Drake isn’t claiming to be anything except himself, and he knows when it comes to that Meek Mill is going to find it hard to locate a flaw. Read more »

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Deafheaven Announce New Album, ‘New Bermuda’

Pacing themselves nicely after the release of their sophomore album Sunbather in 2013, San Francisco metal five-piece Deafheaven have announced that they will be releasing new music this fall.

Entitled New Bermuda, the five-track LP will be released through ANTI-, an Epitaph Records sister label, on October 2. The band reports that the album was recorded in April with producer Jack Shirley. You can check out a short teaser here.

Pre-orders are now available here. You can check out the new album’s cover art and track listing below. Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Vacation’ Isn’t Worth The Trip Down Holiday Road

Film: Vacation
Starring: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth
Directed by: Jonathan M. Goldstein, John Francis Daley

Vacation–the successor to the last entry in the National Lampoon comedy series–opens on a series of pictures depicting seemingly idyllic families enjoying their vacations. In ye olde National Lampoon fashion, there are also a few visual gags centered on puking and erections (luckily, not in the same frame). From the get-go, this spiritual sequel (reboot? who cares?) is already trying to bring back the kind of humor that made the original quadrilogy so famous. Instead of relying on sight gags and absurdist humor (there’s an incest gag in the original film, people), Vacation follows a new family versed in more smarm than charm.

Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) finds that his wife, Debbie (Christina Applegate), and two sons, James (Skyler Gisondo) and Kevin (Steele Stebbins) are stuck in neutral in every day life. Upon the eve of their yearly miserable vacation to a cabin in Michigan, Rusty comes up with an idea that will bring his family back together: take them to Walley World like Rusty’s father, Clark (Chevy Chase), did when he was a kid. Read more »

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Circa Survive Announce 10-Year Anniversary Tour, Deluxe Vinyl Reissues For ‘Juturna’

As suspected, due to their semi-cryptic teases online last week, Circa Survive have announced the long-awaited ten-year anniversary tour for their fan-favorite debut LP, Juturna. Throughout October and November, the band will share the stage with RX Bandits and at least one TBA band for several shows around the US and Canada. Those dates can seen below.

Furthermore, the band has released pre-orders for a 3xLP deluxe vinyl reissue of Juturna with a ton of bonus tracks and extended artwork. The set is limited to 2,500 copies so get your orders in ASAP. VIP tickets for the tour, which include a bunch of goodies and an exclusive acoustic performance are on sale now. General admission tickets will go on sale this Friday, July 31 at 10am local time.

Taking to Facebook today, frontman Anthony Green shares: Read more »

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Day Wave Premieres New Video For “Drag”

Day Wave has shared a new music video for his track “Drag,” a particularly contagious cut off his excellent debut EP, Headcase.

The camcorder-shot clip follows one-man-band Jackson Phillips as he wanders around the Bay Area, traversing mountainsides and tiptoeing down train tracks. Check it out after the break, and let us know if you’re a fan in the comments section.

Phillips will spend the latter half of September on the road, tearing up the West Coast alongside Blonde Redhead. A full itinerary can additionally be found below. Read more »

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UTG PREMIERE: Look Out Love – “Never Know”

Pop rock’s never sounded so luscious.

That’s the first thing that comes to mind when hearing Look Out Love’s new single, “Never Know.” The song swings and grooves and contains one of the most passionately unique vocal deliveries for a pop rock song released in recent memory. It mixes elements of an indie rock nature while still staying true to a pop rock backbone — the best of both avenues.

The song comes off of Look Out Love’s new EP, Oh Boy, which is due out Sept. 1. Look Out Love mastermind Jordan Benker had this to say about the new release: Read more »

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Watch Leon Bridges Perform “Coming Home” Acoustic

2015 is the year of Leon Bridges. In a time where everyone is fighting over social media about whether or not they get the opportunities or co-signs they deserve, Bridges is focused solely on resurrecting a long lost sound that is desperately needed in today’s music climate. We have been following his rise since the fall of 2014, and with the release of Coming Home in June he took yet another step towards being the international sensation we know he will eventually become.

Recently, Bridges made a trip to New York to create a unique acoustic visual for his debut album’s title track. The final product is a essentially a five-minute story capturing the feelings behind the song, as well as a breathtaking performance set in the partially-restored Old Bronx Borough Courthouse. You can view the clip below. Read more »

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Rustie’s Remix Of Ginuwine’s “Pony” Might Change Your Life

Magic Mike XXL was everything fans of the series could have hope it would be, but yesterday we discovered one unused song from the film that might have made things even better.

EDM favorite Rustie revealed to the world Monday afternoon that he had created a remix of Ginuwine’s classic track “Pony” for the Channing Tatum-led sequel, but the song was ultimately cut from the film ahead of its official release. Rustie didn’t know what to do with the song otherwise, so he decided to throw it up online for fans to enjoy. You can stream the track below.

I’m never the first person to lose their mind over a remix, but Rustie has done something special with “Pony” that I cannot properly describe. The song is as infectious as ever, but there are several new tracks in the mix that make the entire affair feel downright futuristic. Hopefully a download becomes available soon. Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘I Am Chris Farley’ Adds Nothing New, Still Manages To Be Funny

Film: I Am Chris Farley
Directed by: Brent Hodge, Derik Murray

Chris Farley, that bubbly, rambunctious, endearing, laugh-a-minute inducing lovable Saturday Night Live comedian, is the subject of the new talking heads doc, I Am Chris Farley. Despite sporting a title that could be misread for Farley talking directly to the viewer, directors Brent Hodge (A Brony Tale) and Derik Murray (I Am Bruce Lee) make the 92-minute running time feel swift with archival footage from Farley’s best skits and first-hand accounts of his comedic prowess. The main narrative of the film may be scattershot, the ruminations on drug abuse may be surface-level and the testimonials may be repetitive, but Farley’s effervescent spirit leaks through every minute of the film. Read more »

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Wet Go Roller Skating In New Video For “You’re The Best”

Wet have yet to truly blow up but they’re well on their way. Hopefully their upcoming debut full-length will get them all the attention they deserve.

In 2013, the New York pop/R&B trio released one of my favorite EPs of the year, or last several years really. They also released a video for one of the EP’s singles, titled “You’re The Best.” However, as the track will also be featured on their new album, Don’t You, it’s been given a visual makeover with a brand new video that takes place at a roller skating rink. Vocalist Kelly Zutrau tells Billboard (where the video premiered today), “We’ve been skating a lot in our town because there’s not too much to do at night. One night we were just at the mall skating and I took a video of Joe doing a trick and we realized it would make the perfect video for ‘You’re The Best.’”

You can see the video below. Be on the lookout for Don’t You, their 11-track debut LP, coming soon from Columbia Records. Read more »