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I Fight Dragons Tour Midwest, Northeast

ifd_highChiptune maestros I Fight Dragons, who previously won our MTV ‘Needle In The Haystack’ search, as well as our ‘VMA Best Breakout – Chicago’ with their song “Heads Up, Hearts Down,” are heading out on tour this fall and have added new dates. You won’t find a band doing chiptune with original pop songs this fantastic. Catch them if you can. Click the image below for more info.

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New Single From The Rimes – “Avalanche”

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In the great tradition of fuzzed out riffage from the UK comes Birmingham’s The Rimes. Though officially out next month, you can get a preview of the quartet’s new single “Avalanche” (b/w the excellent “Need Your Love”), which describes, both lyrically and musically, the decidedly violent smashing together of two persons – commonly referred to as “love.”

Listen here:

 

Download The Wallies’ Newest EP For Free


One of the best amp’d up yet chilled out retro garage surf rock bands in America is giving away free downloads of their latest EP. The Wallies, who released the Vanilla Sex EP back in April, have teamed with Noisetrade to offer the downloads in exchange for nothing more than a valid email address. Take advantage right here.

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Haster Signs To Musicarchy Media For Sophomore Album

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After launching a campaign on Kickstarter – where they had great success funding their first album – the band was approached by the London-based entertainment company Musicarchy, who were impressed by the band’s sound, their rapidly growing fanbase, and their recent recognition at the OC Music Awards and Artist In Music Awards.

The Kickstarter is still going, and every dollar helps the band get their music to a larger audience. Check out their video for “Within These Walls” from earlier this year.

Kat Robichaud’s Anti-Slut Shaming Video, “The Apple Pie And The Knife”

RDRZXXEBBZVX-800x800Another dazzling new video from Kat Robichaud and the Darling Misfits, “The Apple Pie and The Knife” is from her recent self-titled LP (which we reviewed here). The song and video are both intended to stand against the slut shaming of women, especially by other women, and they hit the mark brilliantly. “You call me a whore because I’m not a man…You want the apple pie, but I’m the knife too sharp to swallow.” It’s so good.

Filmed by the same creative team (and apparently in the same session) that produced Kat’s last video, “Why Do You love Me Now,” this one shares some aesthetics with the earlier video but has a completely different energy. Watch it here:

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Darlingside: New Album and Tour

darlingsideDarlingside is bringing their ethereal indie folk westward for a tour in advance of their new album, which is due September 18th. The album will be titled Birds Say and it’s the band’s second studio effort, following 2012’s Pilot Machines and last year’s split EP (with Heather Maloney) concert LP Live At The Loft, recorded in Portsmouth, NH. After the release, the band will be back on the East Coast for another run that will last through October and will see the band opening for the great Patty Griffin. See the full itinerary here.

The band released a trailer for the new album, featuring enough lovely footage from their recording sessions to mesmerize a studio geek such as myself.

Here’s the full version of the song featured in the trailer, released just yesterday:

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The Immaculate Guitar Pop Of Late Cambrian’s “Objects May Appear”

cambrianIt’s not easy to be a really hooky pop band while also being markedly original. But on their newest LP Golden Time, Late Cambrian have shed their more direct influences in favor of a unique take on the time-tested guitar/bass/drums/harmonies formula. Take for instance the song “Objects May Appear,” which just got the video treatment. Irresistible chord changes come in waves, sweeping over a syncopated beat and lead guitar line, and on top of it all are, yes, incredibly sweet melodies and harmonies. The video is a kind of perfect, zen experience that simply enhances your complete absorption into the song. I’m not saying they’re changing the face of music forever – it’s still guitar pop – but if you can listen to / watch this just once, well, you’re a stronger person than I.

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“On The Wire” With Air Traffic Controller

airtrafficcontrollerExcited to alert you to this stellar new track from Air Traffic Controller, who we keep telling you about. A reliably catchy pop rock band, to be sure. But they’ve just debuted a song called “On The Wire,” which feels like a big artistic leap for the band, if not the mark of a whole new direction. This sonically adventurous song finds frontman Dave Monroe stepping back in favor of Casey Sullivan, whose lead vocal elevates the whole production. And a hell of a production it is, by longtime collaborator Bleu, who also co-wrote. Must-hear:

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Jes Hudak And Corvyx Duet On Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box”

hudakCover versions of songs can be hit and miss. If you’re covering a song, that generally means it’s a song you love, which hopefully means that the original is pretty damn good, which begs the question, why do another version? In most cases, the answer is simply because you felt like it, which is perfectly fine, but fans of the original are probably not going to come away feeling especially rewarded.

Then there are the more rare cases where the covering artist brings something new to the song, leaving the listener with a new appreciation for a previously unrealized dimension of the song. Such is the case with this cover of Nirvana‘s “Heart-Shaped Box,” originally from the In Utero album. It doesn’t hurt that Jes Hudak and Corvyx are two of the most interesting singers out there, who also happen to harmonize beautifully together. And that this video was shot live is all the more impressive. Enjoy.

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Darling Parade’s “Run Away”

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Yes, it’s another summer Popsplosion™ to blast from your car stereo. What can we say, it’s that time of the year. This time, our old friends Darling Parade, on the heels of last year’s acclaimed full-length rocker Battle Scars and Broken Hearts, have gone full-throttle pop with their newest single. “Run Away” features a brilliantly catchy melody over crunchy guitar hooks, and a hint of synth for good measure. Here it is:

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