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REVIEW: Wild Imaginaries – ‘Shades’ EP

Artist: Wild Imaginaries
Album: Shades EP
Genre: Pop, Piano Rock
Label: Unsigned

From the ashes of San Francisco band Via Coma comes the next project from the Bay Area trio who are now known as Wild Imaginaries. The group’s first installment comes in the form of a five-song, piano pop EP, titled Shades.

Shades doesn’t directly pick up where Via Coma left off, but that’s not a bad thing at all. As the two band names suggest, the group has shifted from Via Coma’s often dark and eerie sound into a much brighter and poppier mood in their …

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REVIEW: ANTEMASQUE – ‘ANTEMASQUE’

Artist: ANTEMASQUE
Album: ANTEMASQUE
Genre: Rock, Punk

Despite the dissolution of The Mars Volta, pioneering artists Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez can’t seem to split up. With The Mars Volta’s final album, Noctourniquet, and its supporting tour in the books, the duo reportedly intended to work on separate projects, as they’ve been wont to do. Fortunately for fans, this was not the case, as Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez recruited former Mars Volta touring drummer Dave Elitch to join them in what would become ANTEMASQUE. The band’s self-titled release was later recorded in a studio belonging to Red Hot

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REVIEW: Various Artists – ‘Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6′

Artist: Various
Album: Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6
Genre: Covers/Compilation
Label: Fearless Records

Two years have passed since Fearless Records shared Punk Goes Pop Vol. 5, and in that time the world of top 40 music has undergone quite a transformation. There is less music created by actual instruments at radio today than ever before, replaced at a startling rate by EDM headliners and star-studded collaborative efforts that revolve around mindless hooks backed by thumping bass. Transforming these tracks into well-executed covers performed by artists using guitars is no easy task, but Fearless found thirteen artists up to the …

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REVIEW: Bobby Shmurda – ‘Shmurda She Wrote’ EP

Artist: Bobby Shmurda
Album: Shmurda She Wrote
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

After a summer that sent him rising from a nobody to one of the most blogged about names in urban music, Bobby Shmurda has all the hype in the world and none of the work to back it up. Though he’s become a household name in many parts of the country, not to mention having been seen rubbing shoulders with the hip-hop elite on the strength of his breakout hit, the young man behind “Hot Nigga” was nowhere to be found on the biggest must watch lists of up-and-coming emcees released …

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REVIEW: Stolas – ‘Allomaternal’

Band: Stolas
Album: Allomaternal
Genre: Progressive, Post-Hardcore
Label: Blue Swan Records

Stolas have returned, with their second album Allomaternal, the followup to their 2011 Blue Swan Records debut, Living Creatures. After an unfortunate delay, Allomaternal has finally arrived, making its way into the hands of eager fans over the past week.

One of the most distinguishing factors about Allomaternal is the improved vocals of frontman Jason Weiche, who contributes much more powerful harshes, and polished cleans that blend well with the supporting vocals of drummer Carlo Marquez. Speaking of whom; we also see a lot more from …

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REVIEW: Such Gold – ‘The New Sidewalk’

Artist: Such Gold
Album: The New Sidewalk
Label: Razor & Tie Records
Genre: Punk, Melodic Hardcore

Whenever a band is releasing a new album, I always observe how their music has evolved in a lot of aspects. This can include the band’s direction in sound, what the members have done to progress in their respective playing abilities, how personal their lyrics are, who is producing the album, etc.

Being an early listener of Rochester, NY’s melodic hardcore band Such Gold, I have seen the overall aroma of the band grow with each release in terms of lyrics, production, and …

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REVIEW: The Jazz June – ‘After The Earthquake’

Artist: The Jazz June
Title: After The Earthquake
Label: Topshelf Records
Genre: Emo, Rock

It gets difficult to string together thoughts on a band’s work when you aren’t as familiar with their back story. The Jazz June is different, though. Their music is sort of like the older brother you have who went away to college when you were seven and came back home so you could meet his wife and his kids.

TJJ crash course (for those who need it): The band came to life in 1996 in Pennsylvania. Their most acclaimed record thus far is entitled The Medicine.

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REVIEW: Brent Walsh – ’7′

Artist: Brent Walsh
Album: 7
Genre: Indie, Pop, Experimental
Label: Equal Vision Records

Over the past few years, I The Mighty’s lead vocalist and guitarist, Brent Walsh, has spent considerable time hashing out some tracks that just didn’t seem to fit into what is now I The Mighty.

Since their signing to Equal Vision Records in 2011, we’ve seen a considerable shift in I The Mighty’s sound, especially considering the band was originally operating as an acoustic duo comprised of Walsh and current guitarist Ian Pedigo. Even with the introduction of bassist Chris Hinkley and drummer Blake Dahlinger, …

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REVIEW: Too Close To Touch – ‘Too Close To Touch’ EP

Artist: Too Close To Touch
Album: Too Close To Touch EP
Genre: Post Hardcore
Label: Epitaph Records

Ladies and gents, prepare yourself for the arrival of an exciting newcomer in the post-hardcore scene: Lexington, Kentucky’s Too Close To Touch. The 5-piece assembly from the birthplace of Emarosa have recently announced their signing to Epitaph Records and released an exciting self-titled EP.

Despite the EP being only 4 tracks long, each song is a uniquely pleasing aural experience that glistens with the soaring vocals of frontman Keaton Pierce, who delivers an impressive performance throughout. Pierce’s hooks are downright catchy, plus …

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REVIEW: Seaway – ‘All In My Head’ EP

Artist: Seaway
Album: All In My Head
Genre: Pop Punk

I love a good album as much as the next person, but there is something far more exciting about stumbling across an almost perfect EP. When you only have four or five songs to work with, every note of every song matters. These releases can make or break careers, and in the case of Seaway’s latest release it seems an extended play may be just what the band needs in order to reach the next echelon of pop-punk popularity.…

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REVIEW: Trophy Eyes – ‘Mend, Move On’

Artist: Trophy Eyes
Album: Mend, Move On
Label: Hopeless Records
Genre: Melodic Hardcore, Pop-Punk

Australia’s Trophy Eyes are a band whose star is well and truly on the rise, and if their debut full-length, Mend, Move On, is any indication of things to come, then that star is sure to shine very brightly indeed.

An intense, passionate and at times disturbingly honest record, Mend, Move On incorporates all of the elements that have seen these melodic hardcore/pop-punk wunderkinds make the leap from the relative obscurity of a garage in Newcastle on New South Wales North Coast, to the roster …

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REVIEW: Arms And Sleepers – ‘Swim Team’

Artist: Arms And Sleepers
Album: Swim Team
Genre: Chillwave, Trip-Hop

Adding to a hefty catalog of LPs, EPs, and split releases riddled with lush tones, intricate instrumentals, ethereal auras, smooth beats and soothing vocal samples, Boston’s Arms and Sleepers are back, post-hiatus, with Swim Team, their fifth full-length studio effort since forming in 2006.

Opening with a slow-builder in “Unbound,” Swim Team immediately compels you to nod your head to one of its many ’90s-inspired beats as you float along with A&S’ evolved sound before meeting a very new one in the title track, which brings to mind the …