In Hearts Wake

In Hearts Wake Launch Online Game To Reveal New Single

Bands and record labels come up with all kinds of crazy/ingenious ways to promote upcoming music or albums. A lot of them will generally require fan involvement, which can include but is not limited to: contests, puzzles, games, riddles and more. In Hearts Wake and their label, UNFD, have decided to take that path to reveal the third single from their upcoming album Earthwalker. What do fans have to do? Play a game! Sounds easy enough, right?

Earth Invader is set up similarly to Galaga, and pits the player, who is a squirrel, against “Tony Abbott’s bulldozers” in an effort to save the trees. Once you hit 80,000 points the new song will start to play. To incentivize fans even more, the person with the highest score by May 23 will have an opportunity to win a test pressing of the band’s album.

You can play the game, and read more details on the contest by heading right here. I’ve played the game a few times already and I can tell you it is definitely not very easy.

Bad Suns

Stream The Remix Of Bad Suns’ “Salt”

Bad Suns seem to have come out of nowhere and taken the music scene by storm. Their catchy pop songs have clearly been a hit for fans, and their single “Cardiac Arrest” got them picked up by Vagrant Records. This is a label that is also home to artists like City And Colour and Band Of Skulls.

Their Transpose EP came out a few months ago, and one of the first singles we wrote about from it was “Salt.” Though the song didn’t catch people’s attention quite like “Cardiac Arrest,” it’s still a great jam that’s easily comparable to the sound that’s coming from artists like The 1975. The band has teamed up with Peter Thomas to give the song new life courtesy of a remix. You can stream that remix by taking a look below the jump. Read more »

Diet

STREAM: Diet – “Planks”

Another week has gone by since Diet revealed their last single, and that means it’s time for them to premiere a new song off their upcoming reissue. The new single is titled “Planks,” and you can give it a quick listen below the jump.

“Planks” starts off on the slower side, but around the halfway mark it gradually starts to pick up its pace. There is plenty of distorted guitar throughout the track, while bass and drums keep a steady beat. The song fits right in with the style of the rest of their singles, and should make any fan excited to hear the reissue in its entirety. Read more »

Emarosa

Emarosa Release Second Teaser Titled ‘Versus: Pt 2′

As each day goes by more and more anticipation surrounds Emarosa‘s upcoming album. They keep teasing news, and even released a short video with the members talking about recording the album. Fans know that something will come from the band soon – it’s just a matter of when. In the meantime, the band has premiered another teaser video featuring the members speaking about the album as well as some more new song clips. You can watch Versus: Pt 2 by checking below the break.

The band is currently on tour, so it seems pretty unlikely that they will release a new song during that time. We expect to hear something new from them here soon though, so be sure to keep an eye out for that. From the clips in these videos it sounds like we are going to be in for a real treat. Read more »

Myself In Mirrors

MUSIC VIDEO: Myself In Mirrors – “Piene Forte Et Dure”

Myself In Mirrors are a six piece ambient post hardcore outfit based out of New Jersey. Back in November the group released their five track EP Half Light via Imminence Records. Now that the EP has been out for a while, the band has revealed the music video for one of their singles off the album. The song is titled “Piene Forte Et Dure,” and you can watch the video for it below the break.

The band prides themselves in their melodic sound, and “Piene Forte Et Dure” certainly falls under that category. The video features the band performing the song in a bright white room. It’s a simple, straightforward video, which fits nicely with the overall sound of the song.

If you dig what you hear, you can grab the EP on iTunes. Read more »

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Lorde, Neutral Milk Hotel, The National, The Replacements, Nas, The Roots to Headline Boston Calling in Fall

Boston Calling Music Festival will be returning to Government Center in Boston in a matter of weeks with their spring lineup, but the crew have already announced the roster for the fall edition and it’s pretty damn impressive. We’re talking headlining sets from The National, Lorde, The Replacements, Nas x The Roots, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Childish Gambino. Talk about a rounded out group of bands.

The full line-up is as follows: The National, Lorde, The Replacements, Nas x The Roots, Neutral Milk Hotel, Childish Gambino, Spoon, Girl Talk, The 1975, Volcano Choir, Twenty One Pilots, The War on Drugs, The Hold Steady, Lake Street Dive, Bleachers, White Denim, Sky Ferreira, Future Islands, San Fermin, S. Carey, Clifflight, and Gentleman Hall. Read more »

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Steven Spielberg And Richard Donner To Head ‘The Goonies’ Sequel

Over the weekend, The Goonies director Richard Donner revealed to TMZ that a sequel to the 1985 classic is in the works, with Steven Spielberg once again penning the script. Peek below the jump to watch the full interview.

Set in Astoria, Oregon, The Goonies centers on a group of teens who, while attempting to save their homes from demolition, accidentally stumble upon a 17th-century pirate map. In a last ditch effort to preserve the beloved “Goon Docks,” the band of unlikely heroes opt to follow in the footsteps of the treacherous One-Eyed Willy, and in doing so, embark on an unforgettable adventure.

The Goonies has always been one of my favorite movies, and because of this, I am both eager and nervous to see its long-awaited follow-up finally become a reality. Though I’ll sleep easier knowing Spielberg is involved, I’m still not sure if some of my favorite characters are ready for a modern day reimagining. Weigh in in the replies below. Read more »

Brian Marquis

Brian Marquis Releases New Song “Drink You Up”

Brian Marquis has released a new track called “Drink You Up” from his new record Blood & Spirits, due out May 13 on Equal Vision Records. Stream the new song after the jump.

Reminiscent of England Keep My Bones-era Frank Turner, “Drink You Up” is an excellent, storytelling folk-punk jam. If you like songs like Frank Turner’s “I Am Disappeared,” then you’re definitely going to like this.

You can pre-order the new record here. Brian Marquis will be on tour all summer for this year’s Warped Tour. Read more »

courtney-love

Courtney Love Streams New Song “You Know My Name”

Courtney Love will be releasing two new songs, “You Know My Name” and “Wedding Day” on May 4 through digital retailers. You can stream “You Know My Name” after the jump.

The song is just about what you’d expect from the Hole frontwoman, delivering a 3-minute grunge-rock jam with lyrics that are all too personal to Ms. Love. It’s cocky and awesome, and impressive for an artist who is quickly approaching the fifty-year-old milestone. Say what you will about her personal life, but you can’t deny that Courtney Love is still giving us good tunes, some thirty years after her debut.

Courtney Love will be heading out on a UK tour in May. You can check out the dates after the jump. Read more »

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Go Back To The ‘80s With The ‘Ping Pong Summer’ Trailer

Michael Tully‘s Ping Pong Summer is an appropriately done coming of age film that just so happens to be set in 1985.

The trailer shows it does have its comedic moments–I mean it is about a kid who gets into a ping pong competition and tries to learn breakdancing along the way–but at the same time you can see the heart. It may remind some of 2013’s The Way Way Back being that it too tells the story of a social outcast placed in a beach town for the summer who befriends someone a lot older, and catches the eye of the girl he figured would always be out of reach.

Marcello Conte stars as the lead, Susan Sarandon plays that older friend and the rest of the cast is filled in with the likes of Amy Sedaris and Lea Thompson.

You can catch Ping Pong Summer in theaters June 6, and watch the trailer after the jump. Read more »

lily allen

Lily Allen Shares New Track “Sheezus”

The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here; you can stream the title track from Lily Allen‘s upcoming record Sheezus after the jump.

The song is full of name-drops and references to other pop stars including Katy Perry, Rihanna, Lorde, Lady Gaga, and obviously Kanye West, which might explain its non-radio release. While the song is definitely bound to stir up some discussion, I can’t shake the feeling that I’m not a fan. It feels slightly out of place for a rather static, mid-tempo, and sometimes boring song to be the flag-bearer of Allen’s attempt to make a statement about how she’s the best around, and amidst allegations of cultural appropriation for the “Hard Out Here” music video, taking Kanye West’s controversial title from last summer is a risky move, especially when the songs that we’ve heard from Allen’s latest aren’t half as memorable as what we heard on Yeezus.

That being said, there are some good lyrics in there and we already know that the record is going to turn some heads. What do you think of the new song? Let us know by leaving a comment down below. Read more »

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WATCH: Jack White Records, Presses, And Releases Record In One Day For Record Store Day

If you made a visit to your favorite record store on Saturday for Record Store Day 2014, you might have noticed that the lines were longer than they’ve been in years past. The vinyl fad is bigger than it has ever been before, and it shows. RSD 2014 saw artists and labels pressing crazy things like triangular 7″s and glow-in-the-dark variants to generate interest and top everyone else in the “wow” department. However, Jack White takes home the prize for his impressive feat in starting and finishing production for a record before the end of the day. You can stream a mini documentary of sorts after the jump detailing the experience.

The video documents the whole process, from Jack White’s in-store performance, through the record’s manufacturing process and the sale of the record, all finishing before 3:00 pm. This is going to be hard to top next year. Read more »