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Chris Cartier’s “Minimum Wage” Is The Best Song Of The Week

If you were to try and understand the state of American economics by listening to Top 40 radio you may walk away feeling like everything is fine for the majority of US citizens. You would be incredibly wrong, but given the constant celebration of excess and lavish lifestyles heard in the music created by the biggest names in entertainment it’s a mistake that is easy to understand.

The truth about life in America today is ugly. Racial tension feels as if it is at an all-time high, as is unemployment, and the quality of our education system has been on …

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Natalie Imbruglia Covering The Cure Is Heaven On Earth

Remember Natalie Imbruglia? Our friends outside of America have watched the pop songstress lead an incredible and diverse career in the spotlight, but here in The States the singer-songwriter hasn’t had a major hit since “Torn” dominated the charts in 1997. I can’t say whether or not a time will ever come when Imbruglia reaches those heights of celebrity here in the U.S. again, but I can say beyond the shadow of a doubt that Natalie is still churning out tracks that will make you feel all the feels known to man.

Last week, Natalie Imbruglia released an album of …

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Watch Leon Bridges Perform “Coming Home” Acoustic

2015 is the year of Leon Bridges. In a time where everyone is fighting over social media about whether or not they get the opportunities or co-signs they deserve, Bridges is focused solely on resurrecting a long lost sound that is desperately needed in today’s music climate. We have been following his rise since the fall of 2014, and with the release of Coming Home in June he took yet another step towards being the international sensation we know he will eventually become.

Recently, Bridges made a trip to New York to create a unique acoustic visual for his …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Ant-Man’ Is One Of Marvel’s Best

Film: Ant-Man
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly
Directed by: Peyton Reed

Fear not, everyone. The reign of Marvel as the leader in modern summer entertainment is far from over.

Everyone knew from the very beginning that the third phase of Marvel’s beloved cinematic universe would need to undergo a serious evolution in order to keep moviegoers engaged, and in response to that demand the studio has pulled off something just short of magical with Ant-Man. Not quite as serious as the Avengers films, but also not so light-hearted that it overlooks the key emotional beats needed to make superhero …

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Fashioncore Is Alive & Well: Atreyu Share “Long Live” Video

Remember the glory days of new millennium post-hardcore? I’m talking about the period between 2004 and 2008 when Victory Records pretty much set the bar for quality in every variation of ‘heavy’ alternative music. There were so many great bands then, and only a select few remain today, with Silverstein arguably being the most successful of the bunch. I love them and always will, but if I had to choose the band that defined this period, at least for me, it would have to be the almighty Atreyu.

Blending elements of emo, hardcore, punk and metal to create something …

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It’s Hard To Be “Bored” While Listening To The Obsessives

Near Mint Records took a chance on The Obsessives when their label launched in the middle of 2014. The band, which hails from Washington D.C., had only just begun to gain the attention of the music industry at large, but that didn’t stop co-founders James Cassar and Corey Purvis from putting their faith and money into the group’s dreams. A tape was made, the first of what would become many for the little label, and it sold out in no time at all.

Fast-forward one year and The Obsessives are about to become the first band to release a …

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LIVE REVIEW: 80/35 Music Festival (Day 2)

The second day of 2015′s 80/35 will not be a day forgotten any time soon.

Despite a little bit of heat, the entire day was filled with memorable sets all the way from the evening’s headliner down to the smallest local band. It doesn’t happen often in the festival world, but it just felt like one of those where every single band was putting on a show at their peak potential.

Check out what you missed:…

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The Dear Hunter Impress With New Song, “Waves”

Oh, Casey Crescenzo. I know I am engaged to be married in under a year’s time, but if I could run away with the music he creates with The Dear Hunter I would leave my gal at the alter without a second thought. I think she would understand, but even if she didn’t – oh well.

To be serious for a moment, The Dear Hunter have shared another song off their highly-anticipated new album, Act IV: Rebirth In Reprise. The track, titled “Waves,” had its world premiere on Billboard earlier today. You can stream the song at the end …

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Chevy Woods & Dej Loaf Create Magic With “All Said And Done”

Two of the brightest stars in hip-hop today have finally joined forces, and the results are as good as expected.

Dej Loaf has been touching down on every notable rapper’s latest effort, and this time around it’s Chevy Woods who recruits the Detroit emcee to help make his track something special. “All Said And Done” is the kind of anthemic track made for the people who have been down with you since day one. It’s a thank you to the ride or die friends you depend on. You don’t have to say it because you already know what you mean …

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UTG PREMIERE: The Casual – “Egg Nog”

Don’t worry, this post has nothing to do with Christmas.

You may or may not have heard of The Casual before now, but if our intuition is correct it won’t be too long before they are considered household names for anyone interested in alternative music. The band, who hail from Pennsylvania, have partnered with UTG to share a song titled “Egg Nog” off their forthcoming debut EP, Lust (due out August 8). You can stream the track below.

When asked about the story behind the track, member Zach Anderson commented:

“One day I was kind of just sick of keeping

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REVIEW: Sorority Noise – ‘Joy, Departed’

Artist: Sorority Noise
Album: Joy, Departed
Genre: Emo, Garage Rock
Label: Topshelf Records

Joy, Departed doesn’t sound like a Sorority Noise record, and that’s a good thing. The band’s debut record–the aptly titled Forgettable–is a fun listen with little substance beyond a few catchy choruses and well-written one-liner lyrics. Where Forgettable serves as the polar opposite to vocalist Cam Boucher’s dark and moody other band, Old Gray, Joy, Departed falls somewhere between the two, with a darker lyric focus, but remaining traces of the cynical sense of humor found on the band’s debut. The result is a fantastic, yet …

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Game & Drake Swap Bars About The Realities Of Fame On “100″

The Game and Drake just delivered a new single that is destined to take hip-hop by storm in no time at all.

Remember when Drake was spotted dropping a few unreleased bars to a sold out Detroit crowd late last month? That so-called freestyle was actually an unannounced preview for the Toronto native’s latest collaboration with California heavyweight The Game. “100″ finds the two top shelf emcees swapping bars that address the snakes in the grass who think they slink by unseen, as well as the reality of pursuing your dreams in a time where most feel unable to even …