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Ratboys Stream Debut LP, ‘AOID’

When Brooklyn Vegan premiered Ratboys‘ single “Tixis,” I was instantly intrigued. Never hearing of the band before, with “Tixis,” and an upcoming release via Topshelf Records, I knew Ratboys would be a band to watch. That upcoming LP, AOID, is now streaming via Culture Collide.

The band creates a wonderful medley of acoustic inspired indie rock layered with fuzz, melodic narrations, and hauntingly catchy melodies. While the band is catchy throughout, it’s moments like midway through “Charlie Bernstein” that truly show the band’s sonic chops. Guiding the listener through the incredibly catchy groove, halfway through the track …

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Citizen Release “Stain” From ‘Everybody Is Going To Heaven’

Citizen are preparing to shatter any kind of assumption about their sophomore LP, Everybody Is Going To Heaven. Due out June 23 via Run For Cover, Citizen are bathing in darker and grittier waters than most would assume.

With the release of “Stain,” the second single from the LP, the band solidifies their new sound. Speaking with Alternative Press, guitarist Nick Hamm says, “we’re doing whatever we feel like and we’re not too worried about people missing a certain old sound or anything like that. The stuff we have prepared for the record is twice as big as …

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REVIEW: Twenty One Pilots – ‘Blurryface’

Artist: Twenty One Pilots
Album: Blurryface
Genre: Pop, Rock

When Twenty One Pilots burst onto the national stage in 2013 with their major label debut, I’m not sure anyone knew quite what to think of the Midwest duo who have since become akin to alternative music royalty. Though the album was far from perfect, there were more than a handful of anthemic singles that helped propel the group into the underground pop stratosphere. Venues were packed, digital downloads were sold, and for a while everyone thought that a potentially game-changing new voice had emerged.…

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REVIEW: Silverstein – ‘I Am Alive In Everything I Touch’

Artist: Silverstein
Album: I Am Alive In Everything I Touch
Genre: Rock

If any of us outlast Silverstein in the music business then there truly is no God and we are all doomed.

Having survived over a decade in the scene, not to mention the coming and going of numerous musical trends, Silverstein have once again reaffirmed their place atop the hard rock hierarchy with I Am Alive In Everything I Touch. Both heavy and soft, the album offers a diverse showcase of the seasoned band’s proven chops, as well as a smattering of new ideas to keep things …

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Introducing Fighting Giants, Stream Debut EP ‘Soundbox Sessions’

Western Massachusetts is a big place. Being from Boston, my general knowledge of Western Mass is pretty much anything past Worcester (which is totally not the case). But, within its sparse, tree-ridden beautiful landscapes, forms an exciting new group of artists, Fighting Giants. If the name doesn’t instill imagery in your head as is, let the band’s grand but consciously contained tracks soar you over the roots that bind them to the ground. It is always a treat to find a band with post-rock influences that are able to keep their musicianship in check, and formulate a song for …

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UTG PREMIERE: Secret Grief – “Jet Black (Jawbreaker Cover)”

Save Your Generation Records are releasing a Jawbreaker tribute album titled What’s The Score?, and we are more than happy to premiere Secret Grief’s cover of “Jet Black.” Out June 23, digitally, and July 28 physically, What’s The Score? features a wide range of artists remembering Jawbreaker in sonic fashion.

From Jawbreaker’s 1995 release, Dear You, “Jet Black” is a classic emo song that sits high within the band’s classic discography. Secret Black have the difficult task of covering such a monumental band, let alone such a classic song, but their rendition of “Jet Black” is able to …

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Dikembe Release “Surfed In The Loft” From Upcoming EP ‘Ledge’

Dikembe have released a new track, via Stereogum, titled “Surfed In The Loft,” off of their upcoming EP, Ledge.

Singer/guitarist Steven Gray says about the track, “‘Surfed In The Loft’ is one of the songs where the lyrics and melody were written first. The riffs didn’t come along until later, and when they did it just clicked. Lyrically, it’s about dealing with panic attacks and anxiety. Sort of a ‘Please be okay with this’ type of plea.”

The track will be featured on Ledge, due for release on June 6. Pre-orders can be found here.

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Turnover Stream New LP ‘Peripheral Vision’

Turnover are set to release their sophomore LP, Peripheral Vision, on May 4. With the release a little under a week away, Billboard is streaming the entire LP in full.

Produced by Will Yip, Peripheral Vision features top notch production, songwriting, and atmosphere. Though the album tends to suffer from moments of similarity, many of the songs throughout the LP are easily the band’s best. You can read our full review of the album here.

In an interview with Billboard, bassist Danny Dempsey says that “our new record is very different and it’s very far from pop-punk, in …

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REVIEW: Turnover – ‘Peripheral Vision’

Artist: Turnover
Album: Peripheral Vision
Label: Run For Cover Records
Genre: Indie Rock

Turnover return with sophomore LP Peripheral Vision, creating a new sound for the band that is one of ambience, purity, and serenity. Produced by band favorite Will Yip, Peripheral Vision is a stark departure from the band’s more straightforward rock sound. Tracks like “Humming” and “Hello Euphoria” bathe in bright sounds, all washed over a hum of air spinning through the background.

With Peripheral Vision Turnover has refined their songwriting techniques to make sure each track consists of little filler, and enrich the purpose of the …

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Four Year Strong Release Lyric Video For “I’m A Big, Bright, Shining Star”

In a day that just keeps delivering good news, Four Year Strong have released a lyric video for their new track “I’m A Big, Bright, Shining Star,” off of their upcoming LP, Four Year Strong, due out June 2 out via Pure Noise Records.

With the music released thus far considered a return to form for the band, “I’m A Big, Bright, Shining Star” continues with the high-octane punk covered in pop the band is known for.

The song title appears to clearly be a reference to the one and only Boogie Nights, the 1997 film directed by …

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The Tallest Man On Earth Streams ‘Dark Bird Is Home’

The Tallest Man On Earth’s upcoming LP Dark Bird Is Home is set to release May 12, via Dead Oceans, but NPR is streaming the album in full, two weeks before the release.

The artist’s fourth album overall, Dark Bird Is Home marks the first time the Swedish musician has paired with others to illuminate the songs he has written.

Dark Bird Is Home features many moody tracks that are certainly new avenues for Matsson, but the album still retains the essence of the songwriter’s sound in previous releases.

The album is currently available for pre-order here.

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mewithoutYou Release “Red Cow” From Upcoming LP

It feels like it’s been forever since mewithoutYou announced their new LP, Pale Horses, due out this June via Run For Cover, but it is only now that we are getting a new song from the album. The band has released the energetic “Red Cow,” the fifth track from their upcoming release.

“Red Cow” is a blast of distortion that reminds me of the band’s harder sound found on [A→B] Life and Catch For Us The Foxes. The track features the band’s signature sound of combining beauty with chaotic emotion, though “Red Cow” surely features a revitalized sense of …