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Torche Stream New Record, ‘Restarter’

One of the first metal albums of the year that we’re really excited for comes out next week, and that is the new full-length from Torche, entitled Restarter. It will be the follow-up to their 2012 effort, Harmonicraft.

Conveniently named, the album takes a step back to the days of the self-titled album and In Return EP, and gives us the heaviest/funkiest album to date. Sure, it’s still that stoner-metal that we’ve come to expect, but the lows are lower and the riffs are sludgier than they were before. It’s like driving through mud.

Well, the band …

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Kanye West Debuts “Wolves” on ‘SNL’ With Sia, Vic Mensa

Kanye West has kept fans guessing about what to expect from his currently untitled seventh studio album, but last night audiences around the globe got their first taste of what the album holds in store when Yeezus performed the opening track as part of Saturday Night Live‘s 40th anniversary.

Accompanied by Sia and Vic Mensa, who joined the performance after West opened by lying on his back through renditions of both “Jesus Walks” and “Only One,” Kanye West performed his new single “Wolves” for the first time last night. It’s a brooding track, built on what feels like …

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Juicy J Drops ‘Blue Dream & Lean 2′ Mixtape

Following a series of successful digital singles, Juicy J has made good on his promise to share even more new music with the release of his Blue Dream & Lean 2 mixtape.

Hitting the net right around noon on Monday, February 16, the latest mixtape from trap-master Juicy J offers seventeen tracks. Some of the songs have debuted prior, including the infectious “I’m Sicka,” but the majority of the material has remained under wraps until today. Rae Sremmurd, Elle Varner, Wiz Khalifa, K. Camp and Project Pat guest on the release, with production being handled by everyone from Jahlil Beats, …

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Drake Surprises Fans With New Album Release

Following the arrival of his new short film earlier this week, Drake has shocked fans and critics around the globe by releasing a new studio album without warning.

Titled If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, the latest release from Aubrey features seventeen tracks, including the singles “6 God” and “Used To.” Guest appearances are minimal, but Lil Wayne, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Travi$ Scott, and more are all on board. You can stream the album, in full, at the end of this post.

It’s unclear at this point whether or not the release of If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

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Action Bronson Hops On Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” Remix

If you have been anywhere near a radio in the past month you have no doubt heard Mark Ronson‘s smash hit, “Uptown Funk.” The Bruno Mars assisted pop hit has been the most played song at radio thus far in 2015, and early this morning we got a sneak peak at the official remix.

Appearing on Hot97 in New York City well before most of the West Coast had even thought about waking up, Mark Ronson informed the listening audience that a remix of “Uptown Funk” has been in the works for a while. The updated track will now …

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Dance Gavin Dance Continue To Impress With “On The Run”

Adding to an already acclaimed catalog of intricate rock goodness, Dance Gavin Dance have reaffirmed their unique presence in the world of alternative music with the release of “On The Run.”

The first song to surface from the band’s forthcoming album, which is scheduled for release this spring through Rise Records, “On The Run” offers a little bit of everything fans have come to expect from Dance Gavin Dance. Things begin rather chaotic, with screams pouring through the speakers alongside a furious flurry of sound. That sound remains for a bit, but eventually the song begins to evolve into something …

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Drake Shares New Short Film, ‘Jungle’

Amidst a flurry of rumors regarding his plans to release new music, Drake has shared a gorgeous and incredibly intimate short film titled Jungle with the world.

Released through the OVO blog early Thursday morning, Jungle offers glimpses of Drake’s life. We begin in the present, with Aubrey discussing the state of hip-hop and his concerns for its future. We then go back in time to Drake’s youth, complete with adorable family videos, then back to the present for a hypnotic trip through Toronto at night. Along the way a series of new tracks are teased, but (of course) no …

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Stream Kingmaker’s Pulse-Pounding New EP, ‘The Cradle’

After two years of uncertainty, a string of lineup changes, and a killer At The Drive-In cover, Kingmaker have finally shared their highly anticipated EP, The Cradle. Stream it in full after the break, and share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

The Lake County five-piece will be on the road for the remainder of February, wreaking havoc alongside Left Behind and Knocked Loose. To view a full list of dates, head here.

Armed with a new vocalist and a devastating disposition, Kingmaker are just kicking off what is sure to be their …

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Step Rockets Release Another Mega Jam With “Turning Tides (By Your Side)”

With huge, undeniable hits like “Kisser” and “Phantom Flower” already under their belts, the Twin Cities’ Step Rockets are one step closer to superstardom with each surefire hit they put out. The newest they’ve added to their catalogue, “Turning Tides (By Your Side)” is just as massive and catchy as its predecessors. We can’t stop listening to it. We can’t stop dancing to it. It’s making it pretty difficult to even focus long enough to write about it.

Premiering over at BitCandy, this new Step Rockets joint is one more piece of evidence in the …

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Hidden In Plain View Announce ‘Animal’ 7-Inch, Stream New Song

Hidden In Plain View will be releasing a new 7-inch later this spring through Rise Records. Titled Animal, the three-song effort will act as the band’s first new release in over seven years, and is available for pre-order now.

In addition, the group has also begun streaming a new track entitled “Hunting The Hunter.” Check it out after the jump, and let us know if you’re a fan in the comments section below.

Animal makes landfall on April 14, and will be limited to a total pressing of 1,000 between two different variants.…

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ALBUM STREAM: José González – ‘Vestiges & Claws’

José González is a curious musician. On 2013′s band project Junip, he toiled in metaphysical questions and engaged in the act of musing. On his newest album, this year’s Vestiges & Claws, due out February 17, he’s back at it. But somehow, despite the heavy material, he leaves us floating, relaxed. Thankfully you can hear for yourself a whole week early since it’s streaming in full over at NPR.

On Vestiges & Claws, González is writing with an inner groove. It seems he’s found some answers last time around but still has enough curiosity to keep pushing …

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Dustin Kensrue Premieres First Single off of ‘Carry the Fire’

It should go without saying that Dustin Kensrue‘s been the subject of a lot of internet buzz lately. If not for the teased return of Thrice, then for his upcoming solo album, Carry the Fire, which is due for release through Staple Records and Vagrant Records on April 21.

Billboard exclusively shared “Back to Back” earlier today and it has been continually replayed on our laptops ever since. Featuring some of our favorite aspects of 2007′s Please Come Home and 2010′s The Water & the Blood, the song surely reveals a great deal of maturity.

The …