Trust Me, “Cha Cha” From D.R.A.M. Is Your New Favorite Song

Every once in a while a song comes along that truly sounds like nothing else on the market. It’s a rare moment of discovery that is becoming increasingly hard to stumble upon in the digital age, but for those willing to sift through the seemingly endless number of artists hoping to be heard, there is gold to be found.

I’m not the first to hop on this hype train, but the last several weeks the only artist I have discovered who seems to have found their own lane in music is Virginia native D.R.A.M. His infectious, genre-bending single “Cha Cha” has all the makings of a future radio smash, only without any of the star power or marketing budget most top 40 singles boast. Instead, the song succeeds on the inherent sense of fun and carefree living that oozes from every beat of the Gabe Niles-produced track. You might not ‘get it’ at first, but if you give the music an honest chance to impress I think you will find yourself dancing before the final refrain comes to a close.

You might be thinking, “But there are a lot of songs out right now that make me want to dance.” That may be true, but I can promise you none of them sound anything like “Cha Cha.” Read more »

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Around Town Collective Artists Cover Each Other on New Compilation (Stream)

California DIY label Around Town Collective has been putting out killer releases in Northern California (Redding/Chico area) since 2007. We’ve raved about their work before, but now they’ve done something new in releasing a 9-track compilation, titled Dinner Conversations, on which ATC artists cover each other. The release features covers of Boy Elephant, Thomas Fogg, Belda Beast, Andrew Campbell and more, performed by Baltic Girls, Zach Zeller, Fera and P.A. Harper, just to name a few.

On the Bandcamp page for the release (where you can download it with a ‘name your price’ option), the label shares: “Over the years, Around Town Collective artists have released hundreds of songs. We thought it would be fun for each artist to choose one or two of their favorites to cover. This album is a ‘thank you’ to everyone who has supported the ATC since it began in 2007.”

You can stream Dinner Conversations below, and be sure to check out the label’s vast array of artists via their website. Read more »

In Hearts Wake

In Hearts Wake Announce New Album; Stream New Single

A couple of days ago In Hearts Wake released a brand new single, titled “Skydancer.” At the time of the release, the group didn’t announce any intention to release more music, but luckily for fans they’ve done exactly that. Earlier today the group premiered the music video for another new song, titled “Breakaway.” You can watch the video below.

In addition to the music video, the band confirmed details for a new album. The album is titled Skydancer, and it will hit stores May 1 via UNFD and Rise Records. Pre-orders are available for purchase on iTunes and MerchNow. Read more »


Watch The Third Trailer For ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’

Superhero movies have been a huge hit over the last few years, and it doesn’t appear that will change any time soon. What’s easily the most highly anticipated of the lot is Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron. The movie is set to hit theaters everywhere May 1.

So far we have only seen a couple of trailers and some on-set shots, but earlier today Marvel released the third official trailer for the film. You can check it out below.

The trailer reveals a little bit more about the plot, and gives us a little glimpse of some battle scenes as well as The Vision. It looks promising, and I am sure this release will be another win for Marvel. Read more »

Warped Tour

Warped Tour Announces Acoustic Basement Lineup

We are only a few months away from the kickoff of this year’s Vans Warped Tour, which means a slew of artists are being added to the lineup every week. This week we get to find out the full lineup of the Acoustic Basement.

There will be twelve artists performing in the tent, including Say We Can Fly, Brian Marquis, Aaron West and more. You can find the names of all twelve artists below.

If you haven’t secured yourself a ticket yet, you can still do so by heading on over to Warped Tour’s website. Be sure to check in again soon for additional artist announcements. Read more »

Speedy Ortiz

LISTEN: Speedy Ortiz – “The Graduates”

The first single, “Raising The Skate,” from Speedy Ortiz‘s recently announced third LP, Foil Deer, had an infectious and almost lackadaisical feel to it, but never lost its immediacy. This is a common theme in the foursome’s songs, and the latest single from the album, “The Graduates,” only perpetuates their unique position in the music scene.

Said single also further proved what many already knew: Speedy Ortiz know how to write a hook that won’t leave your head for a week. “I was the best at being second place but now I’m just the runner up” is the line everyone will be singing along to during Speedy Ortiz’s upcoming tour, so do yourself a favor and listen to the track below so you can be a part of the energy.

Foil Deer is being released by Carpark Records on April 21. Read more »

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Echo Sparks to Play ‘Ghost Town Girl’ Release Show in Long Beach This Saturday

Southern California’s Echo Sparks technically released their brand new LP, titled Ghost Town Girl, back in January, but this Saturday, March 7, they’ll be having a release show party for the album in Long Beach, CA. The Pike Restaurant and Bar will host the Americana/folk three-piece and attendees where they’ll be enjoying “lots of music, raffles and all the great food and adult beverages the Pike is famous for!” There’ll be special guests and plenty of dancing as well.

Further information regarding the show can be found on the Facebook event page.

To get yourself ready for the party, you can stream Echo Sparks’ newest album below to learn the words and get your dance moves prepared for their excellent old-timey folk. A flyer for this Saturday’s release show can also be found below. Read more »

Silverstein 2013

Silverstein Release New Single, “Milestone”

Silverstein fans have much to anticipate for the band’s upcoming May album release, I Am Alive In Everything I Touch. Today, Silverstein dropped their second single for this record, titled “Milestone.”

This live lyric video amplifies the bombastic and melodious new song, which certainly lives up to the hype of new Silverstein music.

The album is set to release on May 19 through Rise Records. Stream the track below and let us know what you think. Read more »

head north

Head North Stream New Song, “Brave Hands”

Head North, Buffalo’s most recent on-the-rise pop-punk outfit and one of UTG’s most anticipated artists of 2015, will be putting out their Bad Timing Records debut EP entitled Bloodlines this month. The new EP is scheduled for a March 24 release and, from the looks of it, will surely allow for a bit more of the spotlight to remain on the band and their music.

Their new single, “Brave Hands,” is nothing short of fantastic and will surely transcend the attention they’ve gotten for their other killer tracks like “In The Water.”

You can check out “Brave Hands” over at Alternative Press. The album art and track list are available below. Additionally, Head North will be joining Have Mercy on tour this month. Make sure you catch them in your city along with You Me And Everyone We Know and Weatherbox. Read more »


Stream Bobby Meader Music’s ‘Breakfast After Noon’ EP

Reigning from Las Vegas, Nevada, singer-songwriter Bobby Meader dropped his new EP Breakfast After Noon today via Antique Records. It’s currently streaming over at PunkNews.

The four-track EP is fully acoustic, highlighting Meader’s charming style and catchy tunes. You can listen to Breakfast After Noon below and purchase your own 7-inch copy on Antique Records’ website.

Let us know what you think of Meader’s EP in the comments below. Read more »

Self Defense Family 2014

Stream Self Defense Family’s Split EP With Touche Amore

Earlier this year, Self Defense Family announced that they will be putting out a collaborative split 7″ EP with Touche Amore. The split, entitled Self Love, will be released on Tuesday, March 10, via Deathwish Inc.

The EP was created by all fifteen members of both bands collectively with the help of producer Will Yip (Title Fight, Circa Survive, Tigers Jaw) in Conshohocken, PA. The EP, which is an unsurprisingly well-meshed combination of both bands’ hardcore trademark attributes, will also be available on Record Store Day via Run For Cover.

You can pre-order Self Love before its release next week here. Meanwhile, both songs from the split are now available to stream below. Check them out and let us know what you think. Read more »

Hit The Lights 2012

Listen To Hit The Lights’ New Single, “No Filter”

After a rocky couple of years due to record label-related conflicts, Ohio pop-punk outfit Hit The Lights are slowly coming back into the swing of things. The band announced earlier last year that they have joined the Pure Noise Records family and that they will be releasing a new full-length record fairly soon. That time has come and the beloved five-piece is finally scheduled to release the new record, entitled Summer Bones, on March 24.

Today the band is excited to bring us “No Filter,” a killer, in-your-face, lyrical-diss-track for what appears to be a former lover. The new track revitalizes the “punk” in pop-punk and will definitely make for a good track to hear live.

You can check out “No Filter” below. Pre-orders for Summer Bones are available here. In case you missed it, Hit The Lights will be joining Cartel on Chroma‘s ten-year anniversary tour this spring. Dates for those can be found below. Read more »