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REVIEW: Slaughter Beach (Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball) – ‘Dawg’ EP

Artist: Slaughter Beach
Title: Dawg EP
Genre: Emo, Alt-Punk

The question of why artists don’t just put out their far from flawless mini collection of songs they hastily write while on the subway or at a McDonalds always crossed my mind. Why do we always have to expect these things to come in shiny packages and red bows? Why can’t we receive the same presents in a barely-96kbps-“is-this-the-demo?” format? Luckily for us curious folks, Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball appears to share similar sentiments. He recently, under the name of Slaughter Beach, unexpectedly put out a three-track EP, entitled Dawg,

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REVIEW: The Otter Years – ‘Singles Collection’

Artist: The Otter Years
Album: Singles Collection
Genre: IDM
Label: Little League Records

When listening to The Otter Years‘ work for the first time, one would not be foolish to suspect the musician behind it has focused their career efforts on experimenting with all facets of electronic music. Alas, they would be wrong, as The Otter Years is none other than the brainchild of TTNG’s percussionist Chris Collis, a man known for existing as the backbone of mind-bending math rock rather than utterly relaxing dance music. Allowing listeners to fully wrap their mind around the concept of Collis’ 180 …

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LISTEN: Post Nothing – ‘There Is Something Wrong With Me’

Formerly known as Trap Her Keep Her, the newly re-branded California hardcore outfit Post Nothing have debuted their first record in the post-THKH era. Entitled There Is Something Wrong With Me, the self-released EP finds the perfect ground between unrelenting fury, tongue-in-cheek wordplay, and genuine introspection all within five bone-crushing minutes.

Follow the jump to give There Is Something Wrong With Me a listen and be sure to cop a free download of the record on Bandcamp. For all the latest news on Post Nothing, head over to the group’s Twitter and click the follow button. …

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Tigers Jaw Release ‘Charmer’ Early Following Album Leak

Album leaks seem to become more prominent with each year that passes and hardworking bands suffer more and more from irresponsible and disrespectful persons putting their material out before it’s to be officially released. Scranton, PA’s Tigers Jaw were set to release their newest effort, Charmer, on June 3 but the album was leaked online just recently. According to the band’s label, Run For Cover Records, this leak “is NOT the final version of the album, and is missing songs.”

Those of us that pre-ordered Charmer received our digital downloads yesterday and I haven’t stopped listening to it since. …

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UTG ALBUM PREMIERE: Alright. – ‘Sleep Study’

Being a resident of the Queen City, it’s always exciting to be exposed to talent within its ever-growing music scene, so hearing the lo-fi/pop-punk combination of Charlotte, North Carolina, outfit Alright for the first time was a true pleasure to say the least. Thus, we’re even more excited to be able to premiere the trio’s brand new Self Aware Records-backed debut EP, Sleep Study.

Featuring five tracks of fuzzy pop-punk goodness, the group have chosen to release Sleep Study at a perfect time as it has summertime soundtrack written all over its 13-minute runtime. So, roll down your …

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LISTEN: Send Away Stranger – ‘Gables’

Tallahassee, Florida outfit Send Away Stranger are now streaming their brand new EP, Gables, in its entirety on Bandcamp. For those who enjoy the album, it is available as a pay-what-you-want download, but be sure to keep in mind all money made off the record goes directly into funding its release on vinyl.

Be sure to give the band a like on Facebook to keep up with the latest news on Gables‘ vinyl release along with details concerning a forthcoming run of the record on cassette tapes via Jeremy Records.…

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The Swellers Release B-Sides Collection

The Swellers have been going strong for more than a decade, producing five full-lengths and a slew of EPs in the process. In that time, quite a bit of material has ended up on the cutting room floor, and now you can hear some choice cuts from the Swellers’ vault on B-Sides and Rarities. The seventeen-track collection is available now on the Michigan-based group’s Bandcamp page for only five dollars.

Highlights from B-Sides and Rarities include an unreleased track from the Good For Me sessions called “Break,” an acoustic demo of “Possibilities” from the early stages of writing The

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Mat Kerekes (Citizen) Releases Video For “The Midnight”

Citizen frontman Mat Kerekes has released a music video for “The Midnight,” a solo song that was released back in February via Bandcamp. You can check it out after the jump.

Kerekes has released a steady stream of solo material over the past year, including a few splits with his brother, Chris Kerekes. The solo material shows Kerekes taking a singer-songwriter approach, which suits his voice beautifully. “The Midnight” is the most recent contribution to a large solo discography, all of which is currently available on Bandcamp.

Citizen is currently on tour with The Wonder Years, Fireworks, Real …

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REVIEW: Dirty Up – ‘Thrillwave’

Artist: Dirty Up
Album: Thrillwave
Genre: Rap/Hip-Hop

When it comes to transcendental production, Clams Casino has undoubtedly set the standard over the past few years with his career-launching work for artists such as A$AP Rocky and Lil B. Recently, though, upcoming talents such as the Sad Boy crew’s Yung Gud have begun to master the style and show promise of becoming household names themselves. With the release of a brand new EP, Thrillwave, Bay Area born and North Carolina residing artist Matt Futch, better known as Dirty Up, is looking to join this conversation as he flows atop …

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VERSA Release ‘Neon’ EP For Pay-What-You-Want Download

VERSA, the group formerly known as VersaEmerge, have finally released their long-awaited Neon EP on Bandcamp. For a limited time, the record can be downloaded for “pay-what-you-want,” meaning the customer gets to set the price. You can download it for free or pay however much you feel it’s worth.

VERSA have had some trouble getting off the ground lately, after announcing their departure from Fueled By Ramen Records and confusion amongst fans regarding the name change. You can stream Neon in full after the jump. What do you think of the new VERSA? Let us know in the …

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Blue Sky Black Death Release ‘Euphoric Tape II’

If you’re unfamiliar with the production duo Blue Sky Black Death you have some serious catching up to do. With one member residing in Oakland and the other in Seattle, the two come together to create some of the most ethereal cuts available in the hip-hop-related realm. Their catalog, for the most part, is comprised of instrumental beats and sonically soothing compositions but they’ll occasionally get some friends to contribute their vocal abilities, that is if they don’t first decide to slow a Bieber sample 800% for some eerie effects.

After releasing the epic Glaciers back in October the duo …

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STREAM: Living Ghosts – “Arrows”

California outfit Living Ghosts have released a brand new song, entitled “Arrows.” The track comes from their forthcoming EP, The Thought of Giving Up, which is set to drop later this year or in early 2014.

Follow the jump to check out “Arrows,” and if you like what you hear, head over to Living Ghosts’ Bandcamp page to grab a free download of the cut. Also, make sure to give the band a like on Facebook to keep up with the latest news on their music and shows.…