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Breathe Carolina Debut “Chasing Hearts” Featuring Tyler Carter

The promotional efforts surrounding Breathe Carolina’s forthcoming album continue this afternoon with the release of a new song titled “Chasing Hearts.”

I don’t think anyone would think of Breathe Carolina if they were asked to choose their favorite group in the current alternative scene based on love songs, but there is something superbly romantic about “Chasing Hearts.” It’s as close to releasing a power ballad the group have come in years, but its hook still packs an energetic punch to lift even the most melancholy souls from the gutter. You can stream the song via lyric video below.…

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BUFF 2014 Review: ‘Blue Ruin’

Film: Blue Ruin
Starring: Macon Blair
Directed by: Jeremy Saulnier

A man taking revenge on the person who murdered his parents whilst overcoming violent obstacles to get to his objective, sounds a bit familiar right? Good thing Blue Ruin is a rare film that can play off of those well-known revenge-thriller tropes while also giving the viewer a lot to chew on morally and psychologically. For a film that is marketed as 2014’s version of Death Wish, Blue Ruin is thankfully a film that begs more from the audience than just a fetishistic need to see blood letting on …

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REVIEW: PUP – ‘PUP’

Artist: PUP
Album: PUP
Genres: Punk Rock, Alternative Rock
Label: SideOneDummy

It’s hard to contextualize a band on their debut album. A genre listing could mean so many things. What does punk mean, especially if they are going pop? Does it mean pop-punk in today’s sense of The Wonder Years and State Champs? Does it mean nods to Drive-Thru Records, New Found Glory and the like? Is it more along the lines of The Offspring and 90s skater-punk melodies?

From the opening chords and lyrics of PUP’s self-titled album, something unusual was happening. Not quite math rock, the opening …

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REVIEW: Pile – ‘Special Snowflake / Mama’s Lipstick’ 7″

Artist: Pile
Album: Special Snowflakes / Mama’s Lipstick
Genre: Post-punk, rock & roll, indie rock
Label: Exploding in Sound Records

The burned-out psychedelic grunge of Dripping still has its edge. When it was released, Pile were a band that I had heard but never seen live – a band that had played shows with favorites like Giraffes? Giraffes!. Featuring vocals that ring out like a northern Jeff Mangum, I loved the band instantly, but their songwriting was consistently good and yet not great.

On the 7″ of Special Snowflakes / Mama’s Lipstick, Pile has taken their game to …

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UTG @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Celia Pacquola – ‘Let Me Know How It All Works Out…’

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UTG @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Ronny Chieng – ‘Chieng Reaction’

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UTG @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Felicity Ward – ‘The Iceberg’

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UTG Review @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Joel Creasey – ‘Rock God’

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Foxy Shazam Release New Album, ‘Gonzo’, For Free

Oh, what a glorious day to be alive!

After being unusually quiet for the first several months of 2014, Foxy Shazam shocked fans around the world this afternoon with the surprise release of a new, completely free album titled Gonzo. You can stream the album below and grab a download off Bandcamp. Vinyl pre-orders are available now.

Gonzo is the first independent release from Foxy Shazam in five years. It was self-produced and recorded with famed engineer Steve Albini. Reflecting on working with Albini, singer Eric Nally states, “He’s the master of recording what you’re good at. …

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Drake Surprises Fans And Allegedly Disses Jay Z With “Draft Day”

Oh wait, sidebar..left some beat at the end so that all of you fuck niggas could loop it and get your lies off.

Drake is like hip-hop’s Santa Claus the way he waits until half the world is asleep to surprise fans with new material. You never know when he is going to bless us with another insight on life at the top, but whenever it happens you’re bound to feel like Christmas came early.

Last night, Drizzy Drake once again made a late night appearance on social media to release a track no one was expecting. The …

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Mixtape: Fat Trel – ‘Gleesh’

Go ahead and delete whatever playlist you have waiting your afternoon commute or weekend event. Fat Trel has just released the only record you will need this week, and it will not cost you a penny to download.

The promotional run for Fat Trel’s new mixtape ended around 11:35 EST this morning when Gleesh made its debut on LiveMixtapes. The fifteen-track release feature all new material from Trel, as well as appearances from Stalley, Rick Ross, Wale, Rockie Fresh, Rich Hill, and Tracy T. You can stream and download the album below.…

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NEEDTOBREATHE Return To Religious Roots With “Wasteland”

It is no secret that NEEDTOBREATHE cut their teeth in the Christian market before crossing over into the alternative mainstream, but many of the group’s more recent recordings have approached their relationship with faith in less direct ways. Mentions of God and Jesus became references to hope and salvation, which allowed the band to share their beliefs without coming across as preachers with instruments. Today, with the release of the third promotional single from their forthcoming album, NEEDTOBREATHE prove they are still in touch with the religion that first inspired them to sing.

“Wasteland” is a mainly acoustic song that …