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Stream Enter Shikari’s New Single, “Never Let Go Of The Microscope”

Now just two months away from the release of their fourth studio album, Enter Shikari are streaming the second single, titled “Never Let Go Of The Microscope.”

The song comes from the band’s upcoming record, The Mindsweep, which arrives on January 20 via Ambush Reality and Hopeless Records. Pre-orders for The Mindsweep can be found here.

You can stream “Never Let Go Over The Microscope” below the jump, and check out our staff review of Enter Shikari’s previous single, “The Last Garrison.”…

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Stream The Official Video for “Carousels” from Wild Imaginaries

San Francisco piano-rock band, Wild Imaginaries are fresh off the release of their debut EP and already have more media for fans to enjoy.

You may remember Wild Imaginaries from our recent review of Shades, a powerful 5-song album that the guys produced themselves over the last year.

The official video for the EP’s lead single, “Carousels,” premiered on The Bay Area’s Live 105 website earlier this evening. You can also can stream “Carousels” below the jump.…

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REVIEW: Wild Imaginaries – ‘Shades’ EP

Artist: Wild Imaginaries
Album: Shades EP
Genre: Pop, Piano Rock
Label: Unsigned

From the ashes of San Francisco band Via Coma comes the next project from the Bay Area trio who are now known as Wild Imaginaries. The group’s first installment comes in the form of a five-song, piano pop EP, titled Shades.

Shades doesn’t directly pick up where Via Coma left off, but that’s not a bad thing at all. As the two band names suggest, the group has shifted from Via Coma’s often dark and eerie sound into a much brighter and poppier mood in their …

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Port Isla Perform “In The Long Run” In New Music Video

Looking for a new soft-rock band to enjoy as Fall comes to a close? Look no further than Norwich band (and one of our 5 artists to watch in 2014), Port Isla.

As the song’s title suggests, the group was in no hurry to slow down; especially since they are currently preparing a new EP, In The Long Run, which arrives on Nov. 23. The band is also currently on a sold-out tour supporting James Bay.

The official music video for the album’s title track, “In The Long Run,” which features a studio-performance by the band, made …

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Bad Suns Release Powerful Video For “Salt”

After years of silence on the subject, 2014 has brought several discussions of gender identity to the mainstream - acceptance and understanding of the issues involving the spectrum of gender and sexuality have begun to enter everyday discussion, which is a great thing. This progression comes largely from the influence of artists who live with gender dysphoria. Bad Suns‘ new music video for “Salt” shows a powerful narrative of a transgender woman and her daily struggles with acceptance.

As a warning, the video can be seen as moderately disturbing to some. There are a few shots involving attempted suicide, …

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Good Luck Varsity May Be Done, But There’s Still New Material To Be Heard

About a year ago, Michigan band Good Luck Varsity went their separate ways after differences between members of the band became too great to continue their efforts.

Rumblings of an upcoming album we’re quickly overshadowed by the splitting of the band, and many were left to wonder if any new material would ever surface from Good Luck Varsity.

Today, former guitarist/singer Evan Baker announced some news about Good Luck Varsity via his new group, American Arson. The statement indicates that the guys had indeed recorded a new album before the dissolution of GLV, though it made no confirmation of …

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REVIEW: Brent Walsh – ’7′

Artist: Brent Walsh
Album: 7
Genre: Indie, Pop, Experimental
Label: Equal Vision Records

Over the past few years, I The Mighty’s lead vocalist and guitarist, Brent Walsh, has spent considerable time hashing out some tracks that just didn’t seem to fit into what is now I The Mighty.

Since their signing to Equal Vision Records in 2011, we’ve seen a considerable shift in I The Mighty’s sound, especially considering the band was originally operating as an acoustic duo comprised of Walsh and current guitarist Ian Pedigo. Even with the introduction of bassist Chris Hinkley and drummer Blake Dahlinger, …

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Stream Brent Walsh Debut Record, ’7′

With Brent Walsh‘s solo debut just around the corner, you can now stream the entire album online.

The I The Mighty vocalist made the announcement via Facebook that his solo debut, 7, is now available to stream in its entirety on Pandora Premieres. Previously, Walsh released three singles from 7, all of which can be heard on YouTube.

7 arrives November 10 on Equal Vision Records, with pre-orders available on MerchNow.…

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Liphemra Debuts “Magazines”

Los Angeles based musician Liphemra has teamed up with The 405 to premiere a brand new single. Entitled “Magazines,” the cut is an experimental piece of work worth quite a few listens as it teams up echoing, bare percussion that eventually begins to flutter alongside affecting synths and pained vocals as she proclaims, “I want to show the world my heart, but there’s only so many times it can be torn apart.” Considering the emotion flowing out of the fantastic track, we can only hope she continues to overcome the struggle staged within her lyrics.

Head over to The 405

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REVIEW: Taylor Swift – ’1989′

Artist: Taylor Swift
Title: 1989
Label: Big Machine Records
Genre: Pop

I have never felt like I was ever part of today’s pop music’s “target audience.”

Any Taylor Swift snob would not put me in that pool, either. Being in that pool would suggest identifying with prepubescent teens and their quest for the best Instagram filter. Looking at her catalog retrospectively, however, I have come to realize that maybe I’m not her marketing team’s target audience, but I am hers.

Taylor Swift’s music has always found its place in my heart and my chronology. Whether it involved falling asleep to …

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REVIEW: Young Statues – ‘The Flatlands Are Your Friend’

Artist: Young Statues
Album: The Flatlands Are Your Friend
Genre: Indie/Emo
Label: Run For Cover Records

I walked out of my apartment and took the elevator down to the lobby. I situated my headphones onto my ears, walked to the door, and saw that the rain was coming down in sheets. I was running late and since I was picking up my girlfriend from her night class, I didn’t have time to run back upstairs and grab an umbrella or jacket. So I hit play on the new Young Statues record, The Flatlands Are Your Friend, threw my hood …

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REVIEW: Mary Lambert – ‘Heart On My Sleeve’

Artist: Mary Lambert
Album: Heart On My Sleeve
Genre: Pop
Label: Capitol Records

Mary Lambert was virtually unknown to those outside of the Seattle area until she teamed up with fellow Washingtonians Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to release “Same Love.” It’s likely because of that successful partnership she was able to leap forward in her career and get to work on her debut full-length album. For those of us who were not familiar with her music before the release of that single, it was a welcomed introduction. Now the time has finally come, and we have her debut effort in …