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REVIEW: Thieves & Lovers – ‘Seasons’

thieves and lovers seasonsIt would appear that Thieves & Lovers can do no wrong, as proven with their brand new four-track record, Seasons. The record kicks off with a guitar-driven, infectious, cinematic opening, “Sex & Cigarettes.” The track acts like the plea of a person who has given into their feelings, and is begging another to do the same. At the bridge, the guitar practically sings, showcasing a stunning instrumental quality that remains present throughout the record.

“See You Soon” follows as a 90s reminiscent, chilled-out song, filled with a poetic tone, accompanied by soft instrumentals. With a bittersweet goodbye, I would dare say the record is about the seasons of a relationship, or the seasons of growing up, and learning to cope with the unknown moments that will approach in life. “Waiting Game” follows a similar theme, describing the difficult work of soul-searching, and the angst of getting older, trying to figure out what you want. Again, stunning instrumentals are a prominent feature, with Brandon Stoner crooning, “It’s not the waiting, it’s the spaces in between.” He delivers the line with raw emotion, making it a truly believable performance.

However, it is the final track, “The Rain Season,” that is, hands down, my favorite song from Seasons. As a peaceful, final ode to the meaning of life and the sheer enormity of the world, the track is a resignation to the end as a whole, whether that’s the end of a relationship, the end of a life, etc. The rhythm of the track crafts this rare feeling of a live, acoustic show intimacy that wraps listeners up like a warm blanket on a bitter, cold day. And what more could you possibly ask for from a record?

Thieves & Lovers’ Seasons is out today! Click HERE to pick up a copy!

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Movements Releases Debut EP, New Music Video

movementsCelebrating the release of their debut EP, Outgrown Things, Movements have released the new music video for “Worst Wishes,” which you can stream below.

Movements are currently on tour with label mates Real Friends, and guess what? You can see them for the low price of only $5 per tickets. The tour is hitting unconventional venues like VFW halls, art galleries, skate shops, and more, all to highlight the importance of supporting local music.

The band also announced a spring tour as support for Being As An Ocean, set to kick off on April 3rd in Pontiac, MI. You can view all tour dates below.

 

 

MOVEMENTS TOUR DATES
THE $5 TOUR w/ REAL FRIENDS
Mar 11 – San Diego, CA @ Gym Standard
Mar 19 – Grand Prairie, TX @ So What?! Music Fest**
Mar 21 – Orlando, FL @ Park Ave CD’s
Mar 23 – Atlanta, GA @ Avatar Events Group Practice Space
Mar 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Everybody Hits Batting Cages
Mar 27 – Deer Park, NY @ NYWC Sportatorium
Mar 28 – Upton, MA @ Medford VFW Hall
Mar 30 – Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha
Apr 1 – Rochester, NY @ Waterstreet Music Hall**
Apr 2 – Columbus. OH @ Double Happiness**
**Not part of $5 Tour
w/ BEING AS AN OCEAN, CAPSIZE, 68, CIAN NUGENT
Apr 3 – Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room at The Crofoot
Apr 4 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
Apr 5 – Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s
Apr 6 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Voltage Lounge
Apr 7 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Altar Bar
Apr 8 – Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
Apr 10 – Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Pete’s
Apr 11 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Apr 12 – Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
Apr 14 – Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
Apr 15 – Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
Apr 16 – Lake Park, FL @ Kelsey Theatre
Apr 17 – St Petersburg, FL @ Local 662
Apr 19 – Houston, TX @ The Studio at Warehouse Live
Apr 20 – San Antonio, TX @ The Korova
Apr 22 – Mesa, AZ @ Underground
Apr 23 – Van Nuys, CA @ White Oak Music Hall
Apr 24 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
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Kerri Medders Releases “Come On” Music Video

kerri meddersActress, singer-songwriter Kerri Medders is only sixteen years old, but she’s already got a lot of accomplishments under her belt. After years working in film, the teenager is traveling and playing live at venues across the country. With her alternative-pop sound, she’s finding her niche.

Her new is EP, ETCHED, is out now on all digital retailers, and she just released the brand new music video for her single “Come On,” which you can view below.

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Paralandra Release “All Fall Down” Lyric Video

ParalandraMissouri-based hard rock quartet, Paralandra, have released their lyric video for their single, “All Fall Down,” from their upcoming debut EP of the same title. The EP, produced and engineered by John Burke (Vibe Studios) will be dropped on March 11th.

The band will be touring and have numerous festival appearances through the year into 2017, including a CD release party on March 11th at the Regency.

Check out the lyric video below:

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The Stolen Announce New EP and Tour Dates

the stolen bandNew Jersey pop-rockers The Stolen happily announced their brand new EP, I’m So Dead, which is due out on April 8th. The new EP will feature five brand new tracks (produced/engineered by Rob Chiarappa and Mike Oettinger). You can see the full track list below.

“We wanted to write a record that told a story of personal/drastic change that happened this year. We wanted to write a record that grooves. We took influence from 90’s rock to modern pop to R&B. With a year of hardship and a larger musical palette, it gave us more to color with for this record,” claim the band.

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I’m So Dead Tracklisting 

1: Narrow Lense

2: I’m So Dead

3: Can’t Get Enough

4: Skeleton

5: White Dress

Album Artwork by Kevin Smart

The Stolen will also be touring the country this spring with supporting act Hiding Out. The spring EP tour will kick off on March 25th in Freehold, NJ at Gamechanger, and will make its way through the northeast, hitting major stops like Hamden, Rochester, and Buffalo, before heading to the midwest. Check out the full list of dates below.

THE STOLEN TOUR DATES: 

March 4 – Louisville, KY – Hard Rock Cafe

March 5 – Columbus, OH – Rumba Cafe

March 6 – Akron, OH – Musica

March 25 – Freehold, NJ – Gamechangerworld

March 26 – Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall

March 28 – Hamden, CT – The Space

March 29 – Rochester, NY – Waterstreet Music Hall

March 30 – Niagara Falls, NY – The Evening Star

March 31 – Toronto, OH – D-Beatstro

April 1 – Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot

April 3 – Berwyn, IL – Wire

April 4 – Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Dame

April 6 – Kent, OH – The Outpost

April 7 – Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose

April 10 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge

April 12 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club

April 13 – Atlanta, GA – Under The Couch

April 15 – Nashville, TN – Rocketown

April 16 – Virginia Beach, VA – Club Refuge

April 18 – New York City, NY – Studio at Webster Hall

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Midnight Mob Premiere “Swing On” Music Video

Midnight MobNew York-based rockers Midnight Mob have unveiled their new music video for “Swing On,” the anthemic new single from their upcoming EP, Honest Brutal Glorious. The EP will debut on March 25th.

“‘Swing On’ is about braving the process of dropping all your vices and false beliefs you have about yourself to become the person you’re meant to be,” shares Blackey Deathproof, the band’s raspy-voiced powerhouse vocalist. “I know I have to break down walls to get where I need to be and ultimately step into my purpose.”

You can watch the video below, and also see a list of the band’s upcoming shows.

The video is full of grit, and showcases two sides of the band: the edgy and the irresistibly catchy. “Swing On” will quickly transport you to a time when rock music was bold, powerful, and raw. Check it out below:

 

Upcoming Shows:

Feb 26 – DROM – New York, NY (“Swing On” Video Release Party)

Mar 04 – Connie’s Ric Rac – Philadelphia, PA

Mar 26 – Bull Shooters Saloon – Philadelphia, PA

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MeLo-X Announces Release/Free Download of New EP, ‘Adele-X’

melo-x adele-xMultimedia artist/musician MeLo-X has just announced both the release and subsequent free download of his new EP, Adele-X. The remixes are insane, tackling the soulful singer’s tracks from her hit album, 25.

MeLo-X approached promoting the EP with a classic style, painting numbers and posting flyers all over the city, so people could call (646.503.6160) to hear teasers of the music, get a full download of the EP, and leave a voicemail. And those voicemails didn’t go to waste! Some of them actually made their way onto the last remix of the release, “Sweetest Devotion,” which the artist has marked: “Dedicated to My Supporters and Callers.”

Stream the EP below and let us know what you think!

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REVIEW: The Way Away – ‘Something I Never Wanted’ EP

the way away EP.jpgThe Way Away kick off their new EP, Something I Never Wanted, the way any good pop-punk band should: with high energy, amazing guitars, and fast-paced vocals. “Second Chances” is the type of song that makes you want to mosh in your bedroom, pretending that you, too, are a rockstar. Matt Kabes vocals are perfection, delivering lyrics that hint at the title of the EP, talking about regrets, remorse, and not living up to expectations (essentially summing up your twenties). There are plenty of group vocals and power, which will keep listeners in the mix. However, it’s the Simple Plan-esque bridge that brings it home, when the instrumentals quiet down for just a breath, and the vocals get a moment to shine, before the song truly explodes. The track is a definite high note, and sets the standards for the rest of the EP quite high.

Almost like the band chose to forego a fade out, the EP quickly moves into “Alive,” which is everything the thirteen year old emo inside of me dreams about. Pop-punk isn’t dead? Neither is emo! With dark lyrics, but an overall hopeful tone, the track is a love song, and hints at a bit at being a little too dependent on someone for your happiness, but there’s something so damned catchy about it, it’s irresistible. “I spent years wishing I could be someone else, now all I want is to be by your side,” Kabes belts out…and you’ll find yourself belting along too. Guaranteed. In a similar breath, “Echoes” will transport listeners back to 2003 (perhaps even 2005). The song shows a bit of an edgier side of The Way Away, and I have to say, it’s a good look for them. Moody, bitter, and strong, “Echoes” is, hands down, a standout track on Something I Never Wanted. Perfect for AFI (and possibly Alkaline Trio) fans, the rhythm (courtesy of Jake Engler on bass and Wyatt Engl on drums) is fantasic. Heavy guitars really round it out, especially with moments of group vocals slipped in.

“Alone” is an ideal live-show tune. I can imagine lots of jumping, lots of lyric-shouting, and plenty of energy. Despite the emotional lyrics, there’s a raw quality to the track that seems to ignite as it carries along. However, it’s the fast-paced, summer anthem, and closer, “Six Feet Over,” that will leave listeners’ jaws slack. With a wonderfully catchy chorus, and breath-taking instrumental moments (check out Jeff Engler’s guitar solo!), The Way Away will mesmerize anyone within earshot. This is the song that will make you want, no, need, to see the band live.

Something I Never Wanted drops tonight. Pick up your copy at: https://thewayaway.bandcamp.com

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Fleurie Releases “Sirens” Lyric Video

Fleurie.jpgNashville electro-pop songstress Fleurie just released her brand new video for “Sirens,” her latest single. The track follows the release of Fleurie’s latest EP, Arrows, which dropped on September 4th, 2015. This year, the singer will be showcasing behind the scenes videos documenting the recording process of the EP, as well as releasing music video for each track.

“We wrote ‘Sirens’ with the desire to capture the emotion of heartache and loss,” Fleurie explains. “The way the world seems to swirl around you in slow motion when you receive devastating news, often with sirens echoing in the background. It’s a sad song, but a much-needed lament for those left reeling in the wake of all our world has been suffering as of late.”

Check out the sensational art-house quality video below and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Spirit Animal Announce New EP, Stream New Single

spirit animals.pngBrooklyn’s Spirit Animal have announced their new EP, World War IV, will be out on February 19th on Wind-up Records.

The EP features the lead single, “Regular World,” which you can stream below. The band will play in New York at Mercury Lounge tonight and February 19th in DC.

 

TOUR DATES
02.11 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
02.19- The Rock and Roll Hotel– Washington, DC

03.15-03.19- SXSW- Austin, NY

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