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Matt & Kim Share New Lyric Video For “Hoodie On”

In anticipation of their upcoming fifth album entitled New Glow, Matt & Kim have just released a new music video for one of the singles. “Hoodie On” is the second single from the new record, following a track called “Get It.” New Glow will be following their 2012 release of Lightning.

Earlier last month, the duo announced that they will be heading out on a US tour this spring in support of the upcoming record whose official release date is on April 7. You can find dates for those below. Pre-orders for New Glow are now …

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Watch Charli XCX’s Punk Cover of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”

Britain’s pop-meets-punk singer-songwriter Charli XCX put out her excellent sophomore LP Sucker last year to applauding reviews. While she’s busy supporting that album, Charli XCX took some time to stop by the BBC’s Live Lounge to perform a cover of Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off.” Considering the two are friends, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. And given Charli XCX’s fondness for breaking the rules of pop and fashion, her twist on the mainstream hit shouldn’t come as a surprise, either.

In classic Charli XCX style, she turns “Shake It Off” into a pop song for fists in …

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Stream American Wrestlers’ Incredibly Catchy Track “Kelly”

If you’re looking for a pause from all the winter snow, then make way for American Wrestlers. The indie rock Scotland-via-Missouri act will drop his self-titled debut LP on April 7 via Fat Possum. His lead single “Kelly” will single-handedly brighten up your whole day, if not week.

“Kelly” operates by avoiding cliche pitfalls and twisting the usual route. Sparing guitar riffs crack through lo-fi speakers and shake out a dissonant bridge in the chorus, acting like fantastical stilts for the Scotsman’s snarky delivery. He chooses not to clog it with clean mixing and, as a result, leaves enough …

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STREAM: Alanna Clarke – “Heartstrings”

“Play ‘em till you break ‘em in.”

With her newest single, “Heartstrings,” Canada’s Alanna Clarke is destined for radio takeover and inevitable stardom. Within the excellent production is a simple structure of beautiful instrumentation setting the foundation for Clarke’s powerfully soulful vocal presence and a chorus that will dominate your mind for weeks to come.

No name immediately comes to mind when trying to think of a comparison for Alanna Clarke which I believe is a testament to her unique qualities as a songwriter and force to be reckoned with within the pop realm. It’s familiar, but it’s refreshing all …

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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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Hear In Tall Buildings’ Melodic ’70s Pop on “Unmistakable”

On February 17, indie rock solo project In Tall Buildings will drop his sophomore album, Driver. It’s a moody record of intimate vocals and quiet funk based off what we’ve heard so far, and now with his newest single, “Unmistakable,” streaming online, we can go ahead and tell you it’s one of our most anticipated underdog releases of the year.

The Chicago native isn’t looking to reinvent the past. His nods to Peter Gabriel and Afropunk are woven in with the natural efforts of someone blending electronic pop and synth funk in their head. With Erik Hall’s warm vocals, …

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The Next Band To Change Your Life: Empty Houses

If you have been following along to the Twitter chatter in the alternative music realm this week you have no doubt seen someone mention Empty Houses, the Detroit-based trio of Ali Shea, Adam Mercer, and Dave Mackinder (Fireworks). January is a busy time so it’s completely understandable if you didn’t have time to commit to the article those tweets hopefully included, or perhaps you did only to find you had no time to commit to the music in store. That’s fine. Social media has become a flood of ICYMI headlines as of late, so you’ll still have plenty of chances …

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Childish Gambino Teams Up With “Telegraph Ave.” Director For “Sober” Video

The ever-evolving artist, Childish Gambino, is back with an eerie followup to his recent music video for “Telegraph Ave. (“Oakland” by Lloyd).”

If you don’t recall the video, make sure you take a quick look and stay until the end.

Teaming up with director Hiro Murai once again, Gambino displays his acting, dancing, and even magic-performing talents in the latest Frank Ocean-style synth jam.

Take a look at the official video for “Sober,” from Gambino’s recent Kauai mixtape, below the jump:…

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Madonna Announces New Album ‘Rebel Heart’ Feat. Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, and Diplo

When Madonna‘s demos leaked earlier this week, she was rightfully devastated. The pop icon called it an “artistic rape” and a “form of terrorism,” but now she’s fighting back by announcing the album officially and dropping six tracks to stream.

Her new album, titled Rebel Heart, drops March 10 via Interscope and sees help from Kanye West, Diplo, and Nicki Minaj (who hops on the fiercely titled “Bitch I’m Madonna”). Supposedly, Madonna also worked with Sophie, Blood Diamonds, DJ Dahi, and maybe even Ariel Pink. More of the album’s songs will be out on February 9.

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Albums and Artists That Will Transcend My Year

I’d like to close out my first year of music journalism with a short list of short lists in typical end-of-the-year fashion. It’s been a wonderful half-year here at Under The Gun Review and I’ve had the pleasure of working with and getting to know some very talented and passionate journalists in my time so far. On top of that, I’ve spoken to some of my favorite artists, and even got to voice my opinion on some really excellent pieces of music. Of course, 2014 has also been an excellent year full of fresh and inspiring music. At the end …

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The Cinema Release “Ghost” Lyric Video

The Cinema, a project from Lydia vocalist Leighton Antelman and producer Matt Malpass, is currently set to release the followup to 2011′s My Blood Is Full Of Airplanes.

Antelman and Malpass have been working together since 2011, combining intricate synthesized sounds with the soft and smooth vocals that fans of Lydia know and love.

The Cinema’s 10-track album, Talking In Your Sleep, comes out on December 16, with pre-orders currently available through iTunes.

Check out the lyric video for “Ghost” below the jump.…

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Enter Shikari Release ‘Mindsweep’ Album Teaser

Electro-pop and post-hardcore group Enter Shikari‘s highly-anticipated album, The Mindsweep, is on its way to your ears with a January 19 release date. In the meantime, the band is building some additional hype through the release of a short teaser called “The Mindsneak.”

The 1.5-minute video features short clips from several of the album’s upcoming tracks including everything from spastic to subtle textures. There’s also a pretty recognizable clip from the album’s second single, “Never Let Go Of The Microscope,” as well.

You can place a pre-order for The Mindsweep on the band’s website, and check out …