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Nina Corcoran Best of 2014

Nina Corcoran’s ‘Best of 2014′ in Music

If there’s anything to be certain of when it comes to music, it’s that you can’t control when it strikes you. In a year filled with violence, racism, disease, and political stumblings, our brains were in overdrive trying to do the right thing. For most, music serves as an escape. It articulates emotions and brings events to life, painting the world in colors we simply don’t have physical copies of, transforming the way we experience life. That level of control keeps us from finding out how music is meant to best illustrate our lives. We have to give songs another …

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Wake Up With Two Gorgeous Dream Pop Songs by Carmen Villain

It’s not often that dream pop hits our ears and we feel like we haven’t heard anything like it before. Thankfully that’s the case for Carmen Villain. The US-born, half-Norwegian, half-Mexican musician is releasing a brand new “Quietly/Let Go” 7-inch on January 20 digitally and February 10 physically via Smalltown Supersound. Let out one last yawn, stretch your limbs, and take your time getting ready this morning. Her gorgeous tracks will make you feel like you’re watching the sunrise all over again.

The 7-inch is a followup to her 2013 debut LP Sleeper and has two brand new songs, …

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REVIEW: Corpus – ‘The Sliding Scale Of Morality’

Artist: Corpus
Album: The Sliding Scale of Morality
Genre: Post-Hardcore, Indie

Sydney duo Corpus have been causing quite the ruckus down under over the last three years with their unique brand of indie-tinged post-hardcore and riotous live shows, earning them dizzying acclaim from some of the scene’s most discerning ears (including Sydney resident and frontman of The Used, Bert McCracken). If the band’s latest release, The Sliding Scale of Morality, is received the way it seems destined to be, then the volume of those voices of acclaim is going to become deafening.…

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It May Be Impossible To Resist Kid Rock’s “First Kiss”

Say what you will about the career of Kid Rock, but over the better part of the last two decades the Michigan native – who once dominated the rap rock arena – has delivered a steady stream of hits that are hard to forget. From “Cowboy” and “American Badass,” to more laid back fare like “Picture,” Rock has long proven himself more than capable of writing infectious songs with huge hooks. His latest, which just so happens to be the first song off his next studio album, may be his biggest hit in …

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Rae Sremmurd Stream Debut Album, ‘Sremmlife’

Rae Sremmurd have been one of the most talked about urban acts of 2014, and early next week they will attempt to continue their popularity in 2015 with the release of their debut album, Sremmlife. We have been covering the album and its development heavily since May, but it was just a few hours ago that we finally heard what the “No Flex Zone” duo have been working on all this time.

Starting today, fans of Rae Sremmurd can access an early stream of the group’s debut LP, Sremmlife, thanks to the team at iTunes …

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Alcoa Shares Details On New Album, ‘Parlour Tricks’

After releasing an EP and starting a PledgeMusic campaign to fund his surgery for hip replacement, Defeater‘s Derek Archambault is ready to continue his side project, Alcoa.

Today, the band has announced details regarding their second full-length album, titled Parlour Tricks, which is slated for a February 24 release via Bridge Nine Records. Some instruments that will be utilized for the release include banjo, fiddle, steel and pedal guitars, and even a vocal appearance from Derek’s wife, Alyssa.

Check out the album artwork for Parlour Tricks below and be sure to catch the band supporting Front Porch …

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Enter Shikari Premiere “Slipshod”

Enter Shikari are known for pushing the boundaries of their signature post-hardcore/electronic blend with every release, but a bonus track from their forthcoming record has went beyond most listeners’ potential imagination. Entitled “Slipshod,” the cut erratically swings from a screamed Rou Reynolds monologue concerning his poor service at a high-end restaurant over swirling instrumentals into a moombahton-esque breakdown, all the while never losing its gargantuan levels of energy.

Absurd in its own right, this does not even begin to describe the accompanying cartoon visuals portraying a conflict worthy of more than its two-minute runtime. Without further ado, though, follow the …

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Gardens Stream New Album, ‘Death In The Family’

Chicago’s own Gardens formed in 2013 not long before they made their debut EP, Everything Looks Different In The Daylight.  They have followed up this EP with their first full-length album, Death In The Family.

The twelve-track indie rock record was recorded by Ryan Ellery and mastered by Piper Payne.

You can give the album a full listen for yourself below.…

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James Blake’s New Album Will Drop in “About Five Months,” May Feature Kanye West

James Blake isn’t one to take a break. While the UK crooner and electronic producer’s last album, Overgrown, came out in 2012, he’s been hard at work since, touring the globe, DJing sets, and dropping new songs “200 Press” and “Building It Still.” Now, the singer-songwriter has announced his next album is on the way.

In an interview with the Miami New Times (via CoS), Blake said that the new album is “seventy percent done” and should drop in “about five months.” For those of you following his mini updates, the Kanye West rumors are …

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Stream The Flawless Debut Album From Pvris

The wait is over, fellow music fans. After a year that found them working their way into the hearts of rock fans around the globe, Pvris have finally shared their debut album with the world.

If you have yet to hop on the Pvris bandwagon, don’t fret. There is still time to become familiar with the band responsible for one of the year’s best records before the album drops on November 4, 2015. Thanks to our friends at TeenVogue, music fans around the globe can enjoy White Noise before it’s available in stores. You can stream the record below:…

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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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UTG PREMIERE: Swingin’ Utters – “I’m Not Coming Home”

Today, the UTG offices are pleased to share with you a brand new track from Swingin’ Utters, titled “I’m Not Coming Home.” The track comes off of Swingin’ Utters’ upcoming album, Fistful of Hollow, and it’s every bit as fun as you’d expect. The song brings their definitive West Coast punk vibe right off the bat, and is the perfect soundtrack to driving to the beach, or just away from anywhere you don’t really feel like being.

We talked to guitarist Darius Koski about where the inspiration for the song came from, and how “I’m Not Coming Home” fits …