Monthly Archives: April 2015

Georgian Waters Release New Single

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Stockholm-based indie outfit Georgian Waters have just released their brand new single, “Data Girl,” the first single from their upcoming EP. The track, the band claims, was crafted with the band playing around with drum sounds, vocal samples, and samba percussions, which they described as a “space trip through trance pop and club fog.”

“It’s the melody that lift up the lyrics, not the opposite. People tend to forget that fact,” the group adds. Check out their new single, “Data Girl,” below:
The track has a great summery feel to it, and has a fabulous rhythm that will make you want to dance. With upbeat melodics and a colorful overall sound, Georgian Waters make their music hard to resist.
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VIDEO: Running Young – “Did You See”

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Melbourne-based indie-alternative rock quintet Running Young drop a music video for single, “Did You See,” from their debut EP, We Are The Sons, showcasing the band’s eclectic array of influences. The lead single from the EP, “Out Of Time,” has been featured on the American TV show Shameless, receiving plenty of critical acclaim. Watching the video for “Did You See” proves the band is on a roll! Check out the video below!

In 2012, Famularo survived open-heart surgery with a 2-3 percent chance to live, channeling this experience into music intended to inspire and connect people. Using his previous understanding of performing music with his family’s band as a child, along with inspiration from favorite acts of the 60s and 70s, Famularo developed a unique harmony-driven rock sound. The lineup of Running Young was finalized in 2014 and is currently comprised of Ben Williams (keys/vocals), Benjamin Cropper (guitar/vocals), Cassandra McCawley (guitar/vocals) and John Bellew (drums). Running Young is proud of their intricate four-part harmonies and the live recreation of every instrumental sound on their record.
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VIDEO: Youth League – “For John”

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Youth League, the post-pop trio from Wilmington, NC, have just released a new music video for a song off their debut EP First. The instrumentally-driven track, “For John,” is full of character, starting off quite modestly before building to an explosive passion…all without words. You can watch the video below.

For John is about loss. Written for a family member Zack and Mike lost recently. The decision to write a song without words reflects the idea that there are no words for the loss of a loved one,” The band says.

Their debut EP First was released on 4/21 via the Cardigan Records. Below, you’ll find a list of the band’s tour dates this summer.

Upcoming Tour w/ Iselia and Bear Girl

July 9th, 2015 – Atlanta, GA @ The 529
July 10th, 2015 – Augusta, GA @ Sky City
July 11th, 2015 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
July 12th, 2015 – Glen Rock, PA @ The Hoe Down Throw Down
July 14th, 2015 – Richmond, VA @ Creative Artspace
July 15th, 2015 – Baltimore, MD @ The Side Bar
July 16th, 2015 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
July 17th, 2015 – Dover, NJ @ Baker Theatre
July 29th, 2015 – Wilmington, NC @ Reggies 42nd Street Tavern
July 30th, 2015 – Southern Pines, NC @ Willies
July 31st, 2015 – Winston Salem, NC @ The Garage

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15 SONGS FROM APRIL ’15 YOU HAVE TO HEAR

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Four months into 2015, and the spectacular new music just keeps on coming! Here are the 15 tracks you HAVE to hear for April 2015…and the accompanying music videos you have to see:

1. Panic! At The Disco – “Hallelujah”

If you’re looking for incredible, booming vocals, a gospel-esque soundtrack, and, of course, something you can sing along to this spring, check out Panic! At The Disco’s latest single. It carries on the

2. This Century – “Soul Sucker”

A new single from This Century, finally following up to their debut. Featuring plenty of falsetto, pop-anthem flare, and big, sing-along choruses, the single was definitely worth the wait!

3. Refused – “Elektra”

Back from the grave, Refused brought out their first single in 17 years, “Elektra,” leaving many fans jumping for joy. April seems to be the month for bands reemerging. Thank goodness for Spring.

4. All Time Low – “Missing You”

The strikingly different track from All Time Low’s latest album (and UK No. 1), Future Hearts. With alternative rock/indie blends, each line will show you a new side to the band’s already lovable style.

5. The Weepies – “Sirens”

Folk duo The Weepies are back with their amazing new album, Sirens, and the title track is a must hear (for life, not just for April). Stunning, angelic vocals, rich instrumentals, and raw beauty encompass this song in every line.

6. Blessing A Curse – “Down The Rabbit Hole”

The new music video for “Down The Rabbit Hole,” showcases both the band’s musical talents and a dark creativity, with a plot revolving around a murderous villain whose face remains concealed by a creepy bunny mask, and, of course, there’s an awesome plot twist.

7. Lost Element – “Twenty Five”

“Twenty Five” is catchy, perfectly illustrating the emotions of the average “twenty-something.” Lost Element has a nostalgic sound, while also still showing elements of exploratory tones, which only adds to their charm.

8. Redlands – “Adventurer”

“Adventurer” is dedicated to Chase Martinez, who plays bass in Redlands, and his wife Brenna Martinez, whom he lost in a motorcycle accident on March 28th of this year. The track is a beautiful addition to the band’s growing discography, and will make you want to hit the repeat button a million times over.

9. Come & Rest – “Slowburn” 

A new kind of performance video, featuring cinematics, and of course, a track that bares all emotions without hesitance.

10. Rachel Potter – “Tail Lights”

Stunning country vocals, a track worthy to be on a road-trip mix, and lovable as hell. There’s really not much more that can be said for this amazing new single.

11. Brand New – “Mene”

Fans, rejoice! Finally, a new song from Brand New! As of right now, I like it, but I’m not sure whether I’m going to add it to my list of favorites just yet. However, it is repeat-button worthy, and will leave you wanting more.

12. Twenty One Pilots – “Tear In My Heart”

The piano-driven love song utilizes comparisons to slasher films to drive the point home, and the video is no exception. This time, Quentin Tarantino’s style of cinematography plays a heavy hand in brining the love story to life.

 13. The Maine – “Am I Pretty?”

Another extremely catchy track from The Maine’s latest album, American Candy. With fun beats, beachy vibes, and clever lyrics, you don’t want to miss out on this song!

14. Adam Lambert – “Ghost Town”

Adam Lambert is back with his new single, “Ghost Town,” which perfectly fuses catchy dance beats and indie rock style. Of course, Lambert’s stellar vocals still shine, booming throughout the track.

15. Fall Out Boy – “Uma Therman”

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be an assistant to Fall Out Boy, this video shows you just how crazy it could get. Watch as the band’s “assistant” accompanies the guys on a variety of tasks, from Crossfit to indoor skydiving to crushing a truck, all while rocking out to the catchy single from American Beauty / American Psycho.

Honorable Mentions
Running Young – “Did You See

Busty & The Bass – “Models”

The Local Strangers – “Red Dress”

Kaya Stewart – “In Love With a Boy”

Ky-Mani Marley – “All The Way”

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The Slants: Fighting For Trademark

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Last Monday (April 20th), a Federal Circuit panel upheld the US Patent and Trademark Office’s denial of a trademark registration for Portland-based Asian-American dance-rock band, The Slants, deeming their name offensive to people of Asian descent.

Following the three-person panel’s decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said it was issuing a Sua Sponte order, vacating the panel’s decision to uphold the trademark office’s refusal to trademark the band’s name, reinstating The Slants’ original appeal, and the US Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit will now hear the case in front of all the judges, as opposed to a select panel, regarding the constitutionality of the decision.

This is the second time the five-piece have been rejected by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Simon Tam (a.k.a. Simon Young, founder/leader) formally applied for a trademark back in 2010, but was rejected with the explanation that a substantial portion of the Asian-American community would be offended. Undeterred, Tam tried again in 2011, dropping the “reclaiming a stereotype” position, and instead arguing that there is nothing inherently racist about the word “slants.” The same trademark examiner rejected the application once more.

“I consider the name a point of cultural pride,” Tam explains. “One of the first things people say is that we have slanted eyes [and] I thought, ‘What a great way to reclaim that stereotype […],’ and, in doing so, take away the power from those who try to use it as a term of hate.”

Following the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s decision, The Slants’ took their case to the U.S. appeals court, which ruled last Monday that The Slants’ couldn’t trademark their name, because it is disparaging.

Regarding the decision, Tam expresses disappointment, but says he’s “not entirely surprised.”

“We’ve been fighting this battle for nearly six years, and I knew it wouldn’t be easy,” he says. “However, I think it is terrible that the Trademark Office can easily dismiss the opinions of Asian-Americans on the issues without actually talking to anyone in our community.”

Since 2007, The Slants have performed at over seven hundred events across North America, including headlining appearances at Asian American festivals/conferences in dozens of states, without any formal complaints. The band has also raised over one million dollars for charitable organizations, used their influence to help increase voting rates in the Asian Pacific Islander community, and leads workshops on Asian American issues across the country. In fact, Tam has been the keynote presenter at numerous Asian American social justice conventions.  He has also delivered several TED talks discussing the social justice and activism.  Both Tam and the band has received numerous accolades for their antiracism work.

“Our band uses our name to refer to our perspectives and experiences in life as people of color.  It’s our “slant,” if you will – and we choose to empower others that way,” Tam says, leaving many scratching their heads as to why the band cannot get a trademark on their name.

Judge Kimberly Moore wrote an unprecedented twenty-three page separate opinion entitled Additional Views, which questions the constitutionality of Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, the law which has been used to justify the denial of The Slants’ registration.  She states, “Trademarks – which are applied to private goods to identify the source of the goods for consumers – are private speech, not ‘government speech.’” And while she continues to affirm that The Slants can still keep the band name, they have to do so without the substantive benefits of a trademark registration, leaving the group, and its fan base, extremely frustrated.

“Not only do they frame our very quotes out of context, but they persist in using misinformation,” explains Tam.  “For example, they incorrectly state that a band performance at an Asian American conference was cancelled due to controversy over our name.  However, in 2010, a signed declaration was provided by a member of the steering committee, the organization in question, who stated, they ‘would not be able to accommodate The Slants’ performance logistically due to a limited budget.  The decision was not in any way based on the band’s name.’  Furthermore, the band’s name was printed in the program with no complaints by the community – and the band performed in subsequent years without any issues.  Despite this, the Trademark Office continued deliberately use the false information in numerous rejections and even in the oral arguments presented before the Federal Circuit in 2015.
“The Trademark Office and Federal Circuit continues to misreport that the Japanese American Citizens Alliance also has issues with the name by using an outdated brochure, despite receiving signed letters of support from prominent members and vocal support through Pacific Citizen, the organization’s national publication,” he continues.  “They write, ‘In the past, the word slant is considered an outdated term to the band and other community members.  The long-held racial slur against Asian Americans is now a source of empowerment and change.’”
In Tam’s eyes, the recent decision “seems to be politically driven,” and the frontman is now stepping out to express his frustrations, claiming the Trademark Office has inappropriately used his race when making decisions, utilized racial slur databases as opposed to dictionaries, and misquoted both Tam and multiple Asian American organizations who have shows their support for the group. “They should be held accountable for these actions. […] We will not back down. This is much bigger than our band. It’s about the principle. This is about doing what’s right–not just for us, but for al the marginalized communities who have faced administrative battles caused by a lack of cultural competency.”
The Slants have certainly caused quite the shakeup, with the Federal Court issuing a Sua Sponte order to vacate the panel’s decision, historically revisiting an issue by its own doing. This rare hearing of constitutionality could be the beginning of landmark case.
Now, it’s up to the twelve judges who will decide whether Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act is constitutional or not, and if the Trademark Office’s rejection was constitutional, linking The Slants’ case directly with the First Amendment of the Constitution, which states:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
So what do you think? Is the Trademark Office’s denial for trademark constitutional or should the band be able to get a trademark on their name? Let us know below!
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Senses Fail Steam Lead Single

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Senses Fail have announced that they will release their sixth studio album, Pull The Thorns From Your Heart, on June 30 via Pure Noise Records. Pre-orders are on sale now. You can check out the lead single, “The Importance Of The Moment Of Death,” along with an accompanying music video, below. Be sure to leave us a comment with your thoughts!

You can catch Senses Fail all summer long on the Vans Warped Tour.

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Instagram Debuts @Music

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Instagram has created an account dedicated to the music industry, named @music, created to promote artists climbing the ladder. From acts large and small, artists have something to look forward to! Kevin Systrom, founder and CEO of Instagram, introduced the account and its concept at launch. You can read his statement and check out the page below the jump.

Today we’re launching @music, a new account dedicated to exploring music around the globe, from those who create it to the community around it.

Each week, we’ll take a look at the musical experience on Instagram. That means showing you a different side of artists you know and love, like Questlove (@questlove), and introducing you to up-and-coming talents from around the world, like Tricot (@ikkyu193). It means highlighting music photographers, album illustrators, instrument makers and, of course, fans. In the Instagram tradition, we will also welcome community participation with a new, music-themed monthly hashtag project.

Music is a huge part of all of our lives here at Instagram. It’s a passion of ours, and we know it’s a passion of yours. So follow along at @music –– we think you’ll discover something new.

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Young & Heartless Sign W/ Hopeless Records, Release New Video

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Indie-rockers Young and Heartless announced that they have signed to Hopeless Records, who they will be re-releasing their debut album, The Pull Of Gravity, through on June 23rd. Along with their big announcement, the band also premiered a music video for “Desk Rot.” You can view both below:

“Dear friends, we are pleased to announce that we are signing to Hopeless Records,” the band posted to Facebook. “We probably won’t screw this up. Thank you everyone for your unending support. See you on the flip side.”

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Anti-Flag Stand Against Drone Strikes w/ New Single, “Sky Is Falling”

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Anti-Flag have premiered their brand new single, “Sky Is Falling,” from their upcoming album, American Spring, which set for release on May 26th.

“Sky Is Falling” follows lead single, “Fabled World,” with a lyric video that you can stream below.

The members of Anti-Flag explain, “[“Sky Is Falling”] focuses on the fact that dropping bombs on people’s heads is terror, regardless of who is dropping those bombs, be it a high tech U.S. drone firing munitions without warning or a suicide bomber detonating an explosive vest without warning, instruments of terror are those that keep a civilian population on edge due to the constant threat of attack.”

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VIDEO: Busty and The Bass – “Models”

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Montreal-based electro-funk band, Busty and the Bass, just dropped the music video for lead single “Models.”  Their forthcoming release, GLAM, is slated to drop June 2nd, but you can watch the video below:

The group has a stunning, unique sound that is a delight to the ears and a breath of fresh air to the music scene. Bands, pay attention: more of this, please!
Created on the campus of McGill University in 2011, these jazz performance students bonded over afternoon barbecue jam sessions and some old-fashioned debauchery. In February 2014, after two years of playing together, Busty and the Bass embarked on their first professional tour – East Coast Extravaganza –  an 11 day/9 show tour of the eastern seaboards of Canada and the US. After writing and recording their debut EP, Bustified, last October, Busty and the Bass gathered tremendous acclaim, after being announced the national winners of CBC’s “Rock Your Campus,” who proclaimed, “We are blown away by the level of talent on campuses across the country. But ultimately, [the winners] had to be Busty and the Bass.” By winning the “Rock Your Campus” competition, Busty and the Bass earned the title of “best university band in the country.” Soon after the release of their debut EP, the group would open for Arkells in Montreal.

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