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SINGLE REVIEW: Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”

Artist: Taylor Swift
Single: “Shake It Off”
Album: 1989
Genre: Pop

Taylor Swift returned to the international stage earlier this week with the release of her new single, “Shake It Off.” The song is the first track to surface of Swift’s highly-anticipated new album, 1989, and it ushered in a whole new sound and style for the girl who has spent the better part of the last decade as America’s pop music sweetheart. If you missed the premiere, or if you simply need a few minutes to experience the single again, click below to view the track’s …

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SINGLE REVIEW: Metro Station – “Love & War”

Artist: Metro Station
Song: “Love & War”
Album: TBA

Roughly four years have passed since Trace Cyrus parted ways with Metro Station, but earlier this week the second most famous child of Billy Ray Cyrus announced his return to the group, and with it plans to release a new EP before the year is out. There is also a single, which stands as a firm reminder you can never go back to the way things used to be.

You may or may not have been a fan of Metro Station when they first burst onto the national stage, but I …

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Discover Our Fold And Fall In Love With “She Goes On”

Our Fold are the latest and greatest buzz band to emerge from the rock underground, and even though you may have not heard their music before today the guys have already received an endorsement from the almighty Dave Grohl. Recently, the band released a new single called “She Goes On,” and after several dance-inducing spins this morning we decided to share that track with you.

Offering a sound that toes the line between old fashioned American rock and modern alternative rock that would make The Gaslight Anthem’s knees weak, Our Fold burst onto the international scene earlier this year. “She …

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SINGLE REVIEW: Basement – “Summer’s Colour”

Artist: Basement
Song: “Summer’s Colour”
Album: Further Sky EP
Label: Run For Cover Records

The beginning chords to Basement’s surprise single “Summer’s Colour” is a feeling of humbling invitation, providing a backdrop for the beginning summer season. I could write for hours on my feelings about the band’s return to music, but I surmise that it is a best fit for this band for me to neglect much of the social aspects of their surprise return and stick with the music.

Beginning with bright chords that eventually lead us into the full return of the much missed Basement, “Summer’s Colour” …

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SINGLE REVIEW: Every Time I Die – “Thirst”

Artist: Every Time I Die
Song: “Thirst”
Album: From Parts Unknown

As a full-fledged ‘ETIDIOT’ there are very few things in this world that excite me as much as new music from Every Time I Die. So it was with great anticipation that I pressed play on “Thirst,” the first single released from the band’s new Kurt Ballou-produced album From Parts Unknown. What I heard next took my excitement levels from six to midnight.

An absolute barnstormer of a track that explodes to life with a hellacious energy that doesn’t let up for a second of its 1:27 …

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SINGLE REVIEW: Say Anything – “Six Six Six”

​Artist: ​Say Anything
Single: “​Six Six Six”​
Album: ​Hebrews
Label: ​Equal Vision Records

Being a Say Anything fan isn’t always easy. Max Bemis is possibly the most volatile songwriter in the scene — changing his style drastically between releases to fit whatever new concept he’s come up with. As seen in the bulk of 2012′s relatively disappointing Anarchy, My Dear, the drastic high concept style isn’t always successful, and many fans are left clamoring for the “glory days” of …Is a Real Boy and In Defense of the Genre. The problem with Anarchy, My Dear (ignoring the …

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SINGLE REVIEW: The Amity Affliction – “Pittsburgh”

​Artist: ​The Amity Affliction
Single: “​Pittsburgh”​
Album: ​Let The Ocean Take Me
Label: ​Roadrunner Records​

Back in 2012, The Amity Affliction released a raw, heartfelt album titled Chasing Ghosts. That was their third studio album, and it was their darkest release to date. It happens to be my favorite release of theirs so far, and now it seems they are on the path to releasing yet another emotion-gripping album later this year. Early this morning they officially announced their new album, Let The Ocean Take Me, as well as its release date, and the lead …

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Big Homie: Puff Daddy’s Comeback Single Is A Beast

Growing up in the 1990s, I can recall several years where no one in hip-hop could touch the Bad Boy Records empire. It was the premiere label in urban music, and sitting on the throne was none other than Sean Combs – aka Puff Daddy. If you have never heard No Way Out in its entirety you have lived an unfulfilled life.

In the early 2000s, Puff Daddy became P. Diddy, and with the name change came a musical evolution that leaned heavily on pop influences and turned away many longtime listeners. Later releases found circles where they were appreciated, …

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SINGLE REVIEW: The Word Alive – “Play The Victim”

Artist: The Word Alive
Single: “Play The Victim”
Album: Real
Label: Fearless Records

The Word Alive released Life Cycles nearly two years ago. That album helped the band secure their spot in the metalcore scene and proved they deserve all of the hype surrounding them. After they confirmed they were working on their third studio album fans went a little ballistic, and understandably so. They recently started to perform a new song live, titled “Play The Victim,” and while it was only a small taste of something new it was a welcomed change.

After months of teasing, the band finally …

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We’re Not On Drugs, We Just Love Tove Lo

There is no stopping the rise of Tove Lo. This is your last chance to hop on the bandwagon before the scales tip and she’s featured in every pop outlet in print, on screen, and otherwise currently in existence. She’s ushering in a new age of downtempo electronic pop, and her latest single only further solidifies our faith in her power to change the top 40 landscape.

Nothing is quite like falling in love. Your brain spins with thoughts of everything that could flourish, your heat beats hard enough to thump out of your chest, and the world around …

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SINGLE REVIEW: Nothing – “Bent Nail”

Artist: Nothing
Song: “Bent Nail”
Album: Guilty of Everything
Label: Relapse

I really enjoy shoegaze, but for some reason, Nothing wasn’t on my radar. Maybe it is because I just watched all of Twin Peaks in a week, and I have the lingering effects of that ’90s experience left coursing through my veins, causing me to traverse through any type of shoegazing experience I could find, but I am very upset I had not listened to Nothing up until this point. But, if there was any track to introduce me to the band’s music, I am glad “Bent Nail” was …

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SINGLE REVIEW: Foster The People – “Coming Of Age”

Artist: Foster The People
Single: “Coming Of Age”
Album: Supermodel

Foster The People made fans go a little crazy yesterday with the announcement of the details for their sophomore studio album, Supermodel. They even kicked it off with the premiere of the very first single from the album, which is titled “Coming Of Age.”…