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ALBUM STREAM: Alive In Standby – ‘Never Ending’

Even though Alive In Standby have been together for over four years, they are just now getting around to releasing their debut full-length album. With that being the case, they still earned themselves a dedicated fanbase with the stellar singles (and EP) they’ve dropped over the years.

After four years of hard work and dedication, the band will be releasing Never Ending this coming Tuesday, July 29. As a treat for fans, they have put the album up on YouTube to be streamed a little early. Give it a listen below the jump.

I’ve listened to the entire album already, and I can say that any long time fan of the group will immediately notice a difference in sound. They sound much more pop punk now than they ever have, and the screaming vocals are merely a distant memory. I was hoping to hear a similar sound to Dream Status, but even without that the album is still a great listen. Read more »

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M.I.A. Joins The Partysquad For “Gold”

If you haven’t listened to the latest M.I.A. album, the banger-laden Matangi, please visit that. It’s worth the time.

After you’ve done that, return here for this new M.I.A. track – kind of. Per Consequence of Sound, she’s teamed up with The Partysquad for “Gold.” It isn’t as golden as “Only 1 U” or “Bad Girls,” but it’s a fun, sub-two minute beat. The Partysquad leads the way, as any party squad should.

“Gold” comes off The Partysquad Summer Mixtape 2014, which also features such M.I.A. fare as “Double Bubble Trouble” and a “Double Bubble Trouble” dub. Also included are Wiz Khalifa, an Iggy Azalea remix, a Lil Jon edit, a Kanye remix, and much more weirdness. Check out the mix here, and save it for your next party rave, or sleepover. Read more »

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Watch J.K. Simmons Conduct Miles Teller to the Brink in the Explosive New Trailer for ‘Whiplash’

While everyone today was too busy talking about the snore-worthy trailer for the adaptation of the grocery store romance novel adaptation 50 Shades of Grey, a sneak peek into an incredibly interesting looking film, Whiplash, hit the web today.

Whiplash tells the story of Andrew (played by Miles Teller of The Spectacular Now and Divergent), a young jazz drumming prodigy who starts his first year playing with the best jazz orchestra in the country. However, as Andrew’s ego gets slapped right in the face both metaphorically and literally by his hard-nosed conductor Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), the tension rises, and Andrew’s life becomes way more complicated than it used to be.

I’ve been desperately waiting for a trailer for Whiplash since the film blew up the festival circuit earlier this year, and if this trailer is any indication, the hype may be warranted. While I was not a huge fan of Teller in The Spectacular Now, he seems to really fit this role, and the under-appreciated J.K. Simmons is definitely going to turn some heads with this performance. There’s jazz, there’s intense performances, there’s drumming; for someone like me, my expectations and excitement are at fever pitch.

You can check out the trailer after the break, and get hyped as Whiplash comes out on October 10 in limited theaters. Read more »

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Watch The ‘Dear White People’ Trailer

That’s it. Just watch it. Dear White People was a hit at Sundance, and the reasons are quite apparent. From the title down, the film looks to be a witty, satirical, and long overdue modern take on racism and race relations in America today.

Even as it causes you to cringe with some of the racist lines coming out of actors’ mouths, the trailer attacks undaunted. Dear White People‘s edges look to be sharpened for greatest effect, not dulled for wider appeal. This movie is here to say something, and it’s coming through loud and clear. From a humor standpoint, I’m not sure anything can top seconds 43 through 45 in the teaser, but there is certainly plenty of contention here.

The film was written and directed by Justin Simien and stars Tessa Thompson (Jackie in Veronica Mars), Tyler James Williams (Chris in Everybody Hates Chris), Teyonah Parris (Dawn in Mad Men), and a number of other actors who look to have the brightest moments of their careers here (the reasons for that are addressed by this very film). Dear White People comes out on October 17; make room for this fresh take in your autumn life. Read more »

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STREAM: Capture The Crown – “Make War, Not Love”

In about a week and a half from now, Capture The Crown‘s sophomore studio album will officially hit stores everywhere. To date, they have only revealed a couple of singles, but earlier today they added another new song to that list. The latest track is titled “Make War, Not Love,” and it’s available to stream right below the break.

Reign Of Terror‘s street date is August 5, so if you haven’t picked it up yet there’s still plenty of time. Physical pre-order bundles can be purchased through MerchNow or you can always just snag a digital copy on iTunes. Read more »

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Nick Jonas Kicks Off Solo Career By Premiering “Chains”

There aren’t too many musicians who start off in an ultra-famous gimmicky band then successfully transition to a solo career. Justin Timberlake is a prime example of a musician who was able to shake off his past and move forward to be a relevant pop star. The latest artist who hopes to make a similar transformation is the youngest Jonas brother, Nick Jonas. The brotherly band officially broke up last year, and he has taken the opportunity to sign to a label as a solo artist as well as rebrand himself. He plans on releasing his debut solo album in the near future.

To help jump-start his new career, he has teamed up with Complex to premiere his first solo single. The song is titled “Chains,” and you can stream it below.

Surprisingly enough, I actually enjoyed the song. “Chains” has a mainstream R&B sound to it that can easily compete with other popular radio singles out right now. I would definitely recommend giving it a listen. Read more »

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Snoop Dogg Smokes Up The White House

Snoop dee-oh-double-gee admitted to getting Presidentially high while chatting with Jimmy Kimmel on his GGN radio show, according to an article published by NME. The master of chronic told listeners that he lit up a joint while sliding past security in the restroom.

Snoops explained how he escaped the ‘alphabet boys’ (FBI and CIA) to light some chronic on the holiest of government soil. Snoop said to security, “May I use the bathroom for a second?” And security replied with, “What are you going to do? Number one, or Number two?” Snoop replies, “Number two.”

The story continues: “So I said, ‘look, when I do the number two, I usually, you know, have a cigarette or I light something to get the aroma right. And they said, ‘You know what? You can light a piece of napkin.’ And I said, ‘I’ll do that.’ And the napkin was this [makes sound of smoking].”

Think Snoop Dogg crossed the line? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Hilary Duff to Release New Record with RCA

You know who we haven’t seen in a while? Hilary Duff. And do you know who we’re going to be seeing a lot more of soon? You guessed it.

After a seven-year absence from the music industry, Hilary Duff has just announced that she’s signed on to RCA Records and will be releasing an album this fall. The question, of course, is: what it’s going to sound like? Her debut album Metamorphosis was appropriately saccharine pop and her last album, 2007′s Dignity, took more of a dance turn. Seven years, a marriage, and a baby later and it seems safe to assume that Duff will want to take a new direction.

We won’t have to wait long to find out. The first single, “Chasing the Sun,” will be released for purchase on July 29 with an accompanying video. The song was penned by Colbie Caillat, Jason Reeves, and Toby Gad which seems to confirm a more mature direction for Duff’s sound. Read more »

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The Smashing Pumpkins Announce Completion of New Album and Tentative Tracklisting

Earlier this year, we were welcomed with the news of two new Smashing Pumpkins albums. Regardless of how this made you feel, it is always a big move to go for such an undertaking. Billy Corgan has always gone against the odds. The albums, Monuments To An Elegy and Day For Night, have been set for an early 2015 release date.

Well, today we have officially been informed that the first album of the two, Monuments To An Elegy, is complete. Corgan commented on the band’s website saying that it’s “one of the easiest and most pleasurable albums I’ve ever made.”

He also talked it up big time. “Having heard the album through for a first time (in this, a finished form), I was taken aback. ‘It’s indescribable, that,’ I told Shredder, meaning that what I heard (in the sum total of songs) was unlike anything I could recognize. Yet none of it was unfamiliar, either: big choruses, probing lyrics, odd twists of melody, and guitars, guitars for days; strange indeed…” Read more »

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The American Scene Release First Single From ‘Haze’

A few days ago The American Scene announced their new album, Haze, due out September 9 via Pure Noise Records. Today we have been treated with the first single from the record, in the form of a music video for the killer track “Royal Blue.”

“Royal Blue” expands on the band’s abilities with a heightened groove, and even tighter musicianship. Try not to dance around during the chorus. Go ahead, I dare you. The video shows the band playing in black and white, accompanied by cityscapes.

Speaking to Alternative Press on the record, guitarist Jeff Wright had this to say,

This record came together very naturally. Going into it, we were much more conscious of the sound we wanted and what we wanted to portray with the songs. A great deal has changed about our lives since Safe For Now and we think Haze clearly reflects that in a concise and brilliantly framed light. We’ve grown with this record, just as we had with the last and we’re very excited to see what it is that we can accomplish next.

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How To Dress Well Shares “Let U Know” and Adds Tour Dates

After the release of the fantastic What Is This Heart?, How To Dress Well is streaming one more beautiful track that wasn’t on the proper release, but was recorded during and was a track that’s necessary for everyone to hear, called “Let U Know.”

In the press release, he mentions the origin of his album title and how this song is apparently a “partial cover of a song by [Tom] Krell’s friend oFF Love.” “In singing ‘Let U Know,’ I discovered the title of my album and a lot of its meaning — I needed this song to be heard by people, even though I couldn’t find a place for it on the album proper. When I made this song, singing over a song originally by one of my best friends, a lot of what I’d developed on “WITH?” just came clear to me — these questions, these relationships with the past and the future, all this love…”

The track is slow and haunting, but simple. Krell mesmerizes with his vocals while he plays the piano. It fits perfectly in the context of What Is This Heart?

He also recently added some additional tour dates, so check the track out below, along with the dates, and if you get a chance, see him. Read more »

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WATCH: The Gaslight Anthem – “Get Hurt”

The Gaslight Anthem‘s new record Get Hurt is set for an August 19 release via Island Records. The fifth full-length by the band is their follow-up to 2012′s Handwritten.

Last month, the first track from the LP “Rollin’ and Tumbin’” came to light followed by the title track. Now, a video for the title track is has been released to the public.

Watch the video below and check out their upcoming tour dates. Keep up with the band on Facebook and Twitter for more on their new record. Read more »