6-Year-Old Girl Screams Her 'America's Got Talent' Audition

The setup for reality singing competition is as engrained in our culture as Coca-Cola at this point, but on the off-chance you’re blissfully unaware, allow me to break it down: potential contestants appear the by the thousands, a select few make the show, and the best of the worst make it on TV anyway, because America Loves Trainwrecksâ„¢.

With that in mind, allow me to turn your attention to a 6-year-old girl who appeared on America’s Got Talent last night. For her audition, the young lady performed a screamo song. Yes, you read that right. A tiny girl performing the most abrasive style of music out there awaits you at the end of this post.

Though a few have attempted similar acts in the past, none have made it beyond the initial round. Will America ever see the talent in screams? (more…)

Exclusive Q and A: Hawthorne Heights Talk Singles, Labels, And Industry Changes

If you’re anything like the scores of music-lovers whose teenage years were branded by the full-scale commercialization of emo in the early 2000s, it’s hard to forget the name Hawthorne Heights. Since releasing their 2004 debut studio album, The Silence in Black and White, the Ohio band has gone through some trying times, which included the accidental death of their guitarist Casey Calvert, and disputes with their label, Victory Records. But with every challenge, the band comes back stronger than ever”releasing albums and even forming their own independent label, Cardboard Empire, through which they self-released their new string of EPs. We caught up with drummer Eron Bucciarelli to talk about their new indie route, touring in Europe, and why he thinks the music industry should be single-centric.

OS: You’re going to be featured in a reality documentary series that chronicles the band’s challenges and successes, and will air in France and Germany. What has it been like to be part of that?

EB: It’s a lot of work because we’re filming it all ourselves. It may seem like a trivial matter, but it really takes some initiative to constantly film yourselves and be conscious of instances that might make for good video footage.

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Skrillex Gets Digitized In 'Wreck–It Ralph' Cameo

In addition to scoring Wreck“It Ralph, Disney’s new computer animated movie about the lives of arcade video game characters, Skrillex will also reportedly portray himself in an animated cameo role within the film. The former screamo frontman“turned“EDM megastar is slated to appear as a DJ at a party in the video game world. While Skrillex has stated that there will not be any “dancefloor bangers” on the soundtrack, we can’t help but hope that his DJ cameo lets some of the film’s video game characters get their “whomp” on.

Wreck“It Ralph depicts the existential career crisis of an arcade video game villain who tires of his unappreciated work as a digital bad guy. Similarly, Skrillex probably got sick of people making fun of him for fronting a post“hardcore band that wrote songs about designer jeans. Watch the trailer below.

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Parkway Drive – New Album, New Video

Australian metalcore band Parkway Drive have a new album coming out on October 30th called Atlas. Released by Epitaph Records, it will be the band’s fourth full-length studio album. This time around, they’re laying it all on the line and confronting some of the world’s most trying issues, such as global warming, as can be seen in their video for “Darker Days,” which features footage of pollution and other manmade destruction to accompany vocalist Winston McCall‘s enraged lyrics (“With narrow minds we decimate our one true home”). The metal heavyweights are sure to be dropping the world on our shoulders with the release of Atlas. Click here for pre-orders, and check out the video for their new single “Darker Days” below.

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Owl City Could Go Screamo

Widely known for his breakthrough single, Fireflies, Owl City has mentioned the possibility of recording a “screamo rock” album in the future. The electronica act, whose real name is Adam Young, told BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat that he grew up wanting to do nothing else except that. I haven’t had a chance to do it, and do it right. Young is releasing his fourth album on Aug. 21 titled The Midsummer Station, featuring collaborations with Carly Rae Jepsen, Katy Perry/Kelly Clarkson producer Dr. Luke, and Rihanna/Ne-Yo co-writing team Stargate. Growing up I was really into the whole underground, obscure, artsy, heavy, screamo, chaotic, angry angst music. I love it. That was my thing “ that’s what I identified with.

Young expressed concern with whether or not his fans would take to the new project and the drastic change in style. I feel like I could do it right. Do it all myself and record it all and make it sound good. It’s tempting. It might go over the heads of my fans but it might open some new doors and that’s what it’s all about. Every now and again I need to put on one of my old records [that] make me feel that same thing. There’s a place for that.

There’s no word yet on whether the Owatonna, Minnesota multi-instrumentalist would pull a Snoop Lion and take on a fiercer animal name (though our vote is for ˜Pterodactyl Town). You can watch Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen’s video for Good Time below.

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Devil in the Details

Stateside

Stateside isn’t a band for the faint of heart. Made up of Mike Tarry, Chip Su, Jeff Meiers, Phil Zepeda, and Jeff Zager, the group crafts explosive hardcore that raises the hackles. Bridges Worth Burning combines serrated guitars, thunderous drums, and the guttural heaving of Tarry for polyrhythmic, bipolar screamo you can feel in your solar plexus. Like singers Mike Patton and Chester Bennington, Tarry tempers his barbaric bellows with melodic, plaintive singing. On The Eve surging guitars and drums create a tempest over which Tarry moans, I’m wasting away. But things aren’t always so bleak. Make Your Move is a motivational anthem about the city that never sleeps wrapped up in roiling guitars and semiautomatic drums. Maybe lyrics like Broadway’s alive and calling me home and hardcore make strange bedfellows, but even the devil gets to take a day off.