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REVIEW: The Damnwells – ‘The Damnwells’

Artist: The Damnwells
Title: The Damnwells
Label: Independent
Genre: Indie Rock

While often quite permeable, our musical palates allow for very little flexibility in terms of what we feel comfortable listening to. Certain people feel for hard-hitting lyrical attributes, some look to instrumentation for inspiration, and others run to records blindly and wait until something feels right. Listening to The Damnwells’ fifth studio album (and their first effort with the band’s original lineup since 2006) is a combination of all three mentioned above.

Comparing this self-titled effort to their older records would not do either justice. The Damnwells is …

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Watch a Video for Torres’ Intense New Single “Sprinter”

Singer-songwriter Mackenzie Scott is a deadly powerhouse. She may seem sweet onstage as Torres, shuffling her shoes with witty banter, but once she grabs her guitar and tilts her head back to sing, she becomes a force to be reckoned with. Her sophomore album, Sprinter, drops May 4 via Partisan Records. In anticipation of its release, she’s shared the album’s title track with a brand new video.

On “Sprinter,” Torres uses a country-infused riff to snap through a dark, cavernous memory of her past. Scott talks about bursting through disillusionment, danger, and confusion to find a heartfelt return …

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Pile Share Ridiculous “Rock and Roll Forever With The Customer In Mind” Video

Boston has a handful of incredible bands that are too modest to enjoy their own time in the spotlight. Without a doubt, the leaders of that are Pile. The rock band wield guitars to let out some of the best guitar solos you’ve heard in the last ten years all while seemingly unaware of their own relentless talent. On their newest album, You’re Better Than Thisout now via Exploding in Sound Records, they pull it off with a sharpened punk spirit, especially on album closer “Appendicitis.” The last two minutes of the song see them launch …

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UTG PREMIERE: Deaf Rhino – “Hey You”

New Jersey rock ‘n’ roll outfit Deaf Rhino come out fighting with their new track, “Hey You.” The song, which mirrors indie rock superiority the likes of Arctic Monkeys or newly popular Royal Blood, is a myriad of dirty vocal delivery mixed with sophisticated instrumental work.

The song comes straight off of the band’s debut LP, Dirt, Rust, Chaos, which is due out May 5. If this song is any indication for what’s in store throughout the whole LP, then the band could not have chosen a more fitting title. Here’s what Deaf Rhino had to say about “Hey …

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REVIEW: The Go! Team – ‘The Scene Between’

Artist: The Go! Team
Album The Scene Between
Genre: Indie Pop, Surf Rock

Across-the-pond pop band The Go! Team have returned after a four-year hiatus with the uplifting and light-hearted cross-genre LP, The Scene Between. If this new effort from the British band could be described in one word, it would simply be: fun. The record is just…fun. It’s fun the way swimming on a hot summer day is fun, or fun the way staying up all night and talking to friends is fun. It just oozes a euphoria of adventure.

It’s exactly what you’d want out of …

MALL WALK

Stream MALL WALK’s Catchy Single “Criminal Code”

Oakland trio MALL WALK may not be a household name yet, but it’s only a matter of time. The post-punk indie rockers are following up last year’s eponymous debut EP with 7″ Criminal Code which drops March 31 via Vacant Stare Records. The two-song release sees the musicians whipping up equal parts psych, rock, and punk for a gritty take on pop structure. In anticipation of the release, they have shared the title track for streaming.

On “Criminal Code,” MALL WALK scrape the bottom of a barrel for crumbling dirt and then tip their guitars inwards, filling it to the …

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Hear Paul de Jong’s New Single “This Is Who I Am”

On April 28, Paul de Jong will drop his debut LP, IFvia Temporary Residence. Pre-orders are ongoing here. De Jong, who was one half of experimental duo The Books back in the 2000s, can work his cello through and through with ease, digging the bow into its strings to pull out some silver, liquid magic that feels strangely familiar. Though The Books are long gone, Paul de Jong’s return to the scene marks a revival of The Lemon of Pink style of playing. New single “This Is Who I Am” confirms that return to sound.

Collage-pop marks …

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REVIEW: River City Extension – ‘Deliverance’

Artist: River City Extension
Title: Deliverance
Label: Anchor & Hope Records
Genre: Indie Rock

Imagine a quaint little house in the smallest of suburban towns. Inside the house you see white walls, big windows, polished wooden floors. “This is nice,” you think to yourself. You walk around and stumble upon one room that isn’t painted white. Your eyes widen as you see all the walls painted with all sorts of things: constellations, maps, horses, mountains.

Almost every song on Deliverance feels just like that. Like walking into a humble, dimly-lit home and unexpectedly stumbling upon bits and pieces of awe …

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Thee Oh Sees Announce New Album ‘Mutilator Defeated At Las,’ Stream Single “Web”

After their hiatus, reunion, and lineup change, Thee Oh Sees are back with a brand new album. The new record, titled Mutilator Defeated At Last, drops May 18 via Castle Face. It serves as the follow-up to last year’s DropThat being said, some things are different, namely the lineup: John Dwyer, Tim Hellman, Nick Murray, Chris Woodhouse, and Brigid Dawson. See the full nine-song tracklist after the jump.

In anticipation of the release, they’ve shared “Web.” The lead single sees Thee Oh Sees picking up where they last left off when Dawson was a part of …

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Modest Mouse Announce North American & European Tour

In celebration of the highly-anticipated release of Strangers To Ourselves, the band’s followup to We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank from 2007, Modest Mouse will be heading out an an extensive spring/summer tour throughout North America and Europe.

The band will be making appearances at numerous music festivals and will also be playing smaller venues. You can check out all the tour dates below.

Strangers To Ourselves is due out on March 17, two weeks after its original release date of March 3, via Epic Records.…

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Dryjacket Sign To Hopeless Records, Announce New EP & Share New Video

Getting acquainted to Dryjacket should be somewhere on your to-do list this morning. The indie/alternative rock four-piece out of Marlton, NJ shares sonic qualities with the likes of Somos, Prawn, and Dikembe, and they have toured alongside bands like Young Statues and The Wonder Years in the past.

Currently, the band is gearing up for the release of their Hopeless debut EP entitled Lights, Locks, And Faucets, which is due out on February 14. Below you will find a brand new music video for their song “Jefferson’s Shadow.” Take a listen and let us know what …

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ALBUM STREAM: José González – ‘Vestiges & Claws’

José González is a curious musician. On 2013′s band project Junip, he toiled in metaphysical questions and engaged in the act of musing. On his newest album, this year’s Vestiges & Claws, due out February 17, he’s back at it. But somehow, despite the heavy material, he leaves us floating, relaxed. Thankfully you can hear for yourself a whole week early since it’s streaming in full over at NPR.

On Vestiges & Claws, González is writing with an inner groove. It seems he’s found some answers last time around but still has enough curiosity to keep pushing …