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Migos Release “Origin” Music Video

Offset may still be behind bars, but that is not stopping the men of Migos from building hype for their upcoming debut album.

Today, less than a week after releasing their Still On Lock mixtape, Migos partnered with WorldStarHipHop to share their video for “Origin.” The song appears to be taken from Migos’ debut album, YRN, which is slated for release on June 16. Like “One Time,” the track is one of the more structured efforts in the group’s catalog, with each emcee taking a verse and making it their own. The hook talks about the origin of the group’s flow, but whether or not they actually reveal its source is something you will only learn by listening to the song. You can view the video at the end of this post.

Migos have remained confident in their ability to meet YRN‘s June release, but the continued incarceration of member Offset has led critics and fans alike to wonder if a delay could be on the horizon. We certainly hope that isn’t the case, but at the same time we couldn’t blame the trio for wanting to be whole again before dropping what is without a doubt the biggest release of their career. Read more »

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REVIEW: Four Year Strong – ‘Four Year Strong’

Artist: Four Year Strong
Album: Four Year Strong
Label: Pure Noise Records
Genre: Easycore, baby

Before we take the next 1,100 words or so to discuss the new Four Year Strong record, let’s talk about presentation.

Four Year Strong is a band that has always cared about presentation. Ridiculous promo pictures featuring the band’s enormous men in FYS-branded varsity jackets, the famous beards, song titles riddled with highly-quotable movie lines, and cartoon album artwork with robot sharks, wizards, and centaurs are all essential parts of the brand that Four Year Strong spent so much time building in the late 2000s. The 2010 incarnation of the band was the best possible visual representation of their signature sound – giant dudes with incredible facial hair just look right as they’re tearing through songs titled “Beatdown in the Key of Happy” and “It Must Really Suck To Be Four Year Strong Right Now” that feature equal parts breakdowns, synths, and pinch harmonics. Read more »

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Prawn Release New Music Video For “Settled”

New Jersey indie rock outfit Prawn just put out a new music video for their song “Settled.” The trumpet-imbued mercurial b-side track to the band’s last full-length record, Kingfisher, is brought to life in an unfinished house amidst the snowy woods in New Hampshire. This is also the title track to the band’s most recent 7-inch, which you can grab here.

The band shares: “It’s one of our favorite songs we’ve written collectively and it always seemed like it would pair well with a video,” and adds that filming it was “was one of the more fun weekends we’ve had as a band.”

You can check out the new music video for “Settled” below. Additionally, the band is currently gearing up to head out on a three-week-long UK/European tour set to kick off at the end of June. Details for that can also be found below. Read more »

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The Armed Share Edgy “Polarizer” Video

In anticipation of their forthcoming album, Untitled, The Armed have graced fans with a searing new single titled “Polarizer.”

Whereas the previously released “Forever Scum” was raw and ruthless, the Detroit quartet’s latest offering is considerably more calculated, built upon blistering drum rolls and disorienting guitar work. Check out the track’s not-so-subtle music video below, and let us know what you think in the comments.

Untitled drops on June 23 via No Rest Until Ruin. Pre-order it here. Read more »

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New (Old) Music: Kendrick Lamar & Lady Gaga – “PARTYNAUSEOUS”

In order to appreciate this post you need to first time travel back to 2012, before the vast majority of Americans knew the name Kendrick Lamar. With the release of good kid, mAAd city on the horizon, music writers from every corner of the globe are looking for original headlines about the new king of West Coast music. Fans got in on the action too, filling forums with rumors and gossip about who young Kendrick might collaborate with on his new record. One unlikely choice, Lady Gaga, actually did get recruited for the record, but when the album hit stores that October, her contributions were nowhere to be found.

This week, nearly three years after Kendrick’s debut hit stores, Gaga’s long lost collaboration with “King Kunta” found its way online. “PARTYNAUSEOUS” is a laid-back track that is perfectly accented with just the right amount of snare. Gaga’s contribution is minimal, but her presence is felt throughout the unique track. The only reason it was left off Lamar’s record is likely due to the fact it sounds very little like the rest of the album, and for a record like good kid, mAAd city, cohesion is key. You can stream the track below. Read more »

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UTG PREMIERE: Rocket Ship Resort – “Where We’ll Go”

Electro-pop act Rocket Ship Resort is gearing up for the release of a brand new record, Megaheart, which includes the infectious pop track “Where We’ll Go,” streaming exclusively below.

The song is a magnetic modern electronic-pop song, mirroring the likes of The Ready Set and Owl City. Be careful — it’s the type of melody that will stick with you throughout the whole day. Rocket Ship Resort mastermind Skye Meredith had this to say about the track:

I wanted to write a song that sounds like driving through beams of sunlight on a crisp Friday in June. Those little moments with someone that come one after another out of nowhere, like a climbing daisy-chain of postcards with a killer twinkle. You don’t know where you two will go yet, but every little vacation-esque frame feels like you’re sure getting there. There was this girl I knew who would fish me out of a crappy day at 5 p.m. every evening, and each time we’d go on some new pheromone-laden adventure without a damn plan in our heads. This is about that. Read more »

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Brigades Announce Debut LP, Stream Lead Single, “Enemy”

South Carolina’s Brigades have teamed up with Substream Magazine to premiere the lead single off their debut full-length, Indefinite. Stream “Enemy” after the break, and let us know if you’re a fan in the replies.

“’Enemy’ is a song about my personal thoughts on organized religion and how toxic it can be to everyone on this earth,” vocalist Darren Young told Substream. “It’s a little more political and controversial compared to most of the other songs, but definitely an important one.”

Indefinite will arrive on July 28 via Pure Noise Records, and will act as the outfit’s second release of the year behind Our Lives Unfold, a four-track acoustic EP that hit shelves back in March. Pre-order it here through MerchNOW. Read more »

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Counterparts Announce New Record ‘Tragedy Will Find Us,’ Release First Single

Counterparts have proven their worth as the most promising band in melodic metalcore with their fantastic 2013 record, The Difference Between Hell And Home. The Canadian band will follow up that near-perfect record with Tragedy Will Find Us, out August 1 on Pure Noise. You can stream the first single, “Burn,” below.

“Burn” starts off as a standard Counterparts song, with a melodic guitar riff that begins to build up the emotional weight carried by the urgent instrumentals and vocals. Things get weird around the 90-second mark with a tempo change that I love and a spoken word segment that I’m not entirely sold on. Aside from the spoken word bridge that serves as the final lyrical moment on the song, “Burn” is a great sign of hope for what Tragedy Will Find Us could bring.

Listen to the song below. Like what you hear? Pre-order Tragedy Will Find Us right here. Read more »

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Annabel Release Title Track From ‘Having It All’

Annabel — the latest edition to Tiny Engines’ streak of incredible emo bands that seemingly appear out of nowhere — have released the title track to their upcoming record over at Absolutepunk. You can check it over there, or stream it below via SoundCloud.

The upcoming record was produced by Evan Weiss, which comes as no surprise given the sonic similarity to You Blew It!’s Keep Doing What You’re Doing. There’s an undeniable catchiness in this track, hidden under fuzzy guitars and crashing drum tones. Fans of the aforementioned You Blew It!, Runaway Brother, and Dads will dig this.

Having It All drops June 9 via Tiny Engines. You can pre-order the record here. Read more »

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Run The Jewels Post Powerful Video For “Early”

As 2014 and 2015 have been the biggest years for anti-police brutality protesting in a very long time, El-P and Killer Mike have used their Run The Jewels platform to share their anti-brutality message with the masses. We’ve already seen the extremely emotive video for “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck),” and the video for “Early” follows suit. This time, the rap duo employs a very cool computer-generated art style to express the song’s narrative.

The video’s art style is reminiscent of Sin City (far more so than that Taylor Swift video everyone is talking about) with black, white, and red taking over the color palette. Even if the social message is lost on you, the blocky, stylized models of El-P and Killer Mike are pretty enjoyable.

Check out “Early” below. Read more »

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Moose Blood Release Video For “Gum”

2014 breakout indie punk band Moose Blood have released a music video for “Gum,” which you can watch below.

“Gum” follows the daily adventures of a young man. He rides his bike, eats ramen noodles, smokes cigarettes, and thinks about a pretty girl as he wastes his days away to the blissful soundtrack of Moose Blood. Aesthetically, this video is reminiscent of the music videos that accompany the songs on The 1975′s self-titled record – there’s a certain romanticism in these images that’s hard to nail down.

Watch the video and let us know what you think in the comments section below. Read more »

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Ratboys Stream Debut LP, ‘AOID’

When Brooklyn Vegan premiered Ratboys‘ single “Tixis,” I was instantly intrigued. Never hearing of the band before, with “Tixis,” and an upcoming release via Topshelf Records, I knew Ratboys would be a band to watch. That upcoming LP, AOID, is now streaming via Culture Collide.

The band creates a wonderful medley of acoustic inspired indie rock layered with fuzz, melodic narrations, and hauntingly catchy melodies. While the band is catchy throughout, it’s moments like midway through “Charlie Bernstein” that truly show the band’s sonic chops. Guiding the listener through the incredibly catchy groove, halfway through the track the band releases an atmosphere like spilled nerves, going off on tangents from the original tightly-woven beginning.

With the warming weather and summer on the horizon, I hope to spin AOID a lot more in the future. Be sure to grab the record here. Follow us after the jump to stream the LP via Culture Collide, and to check out the band’s upcoming tour dates. See you in Boston? Read more »