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Red Hot Chili Peppers share “Go Robot,” tease big September

  • 12:17 pm Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 by Joel
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With The Getaway now available, Red Hot Chili Peppers dig a little deeper into their latest album to share “Go Robot”. The track continues, more purposefully and with less aimlessness, the spaced-out funk template of lead single “Dark Necessities.”

The band promises “a hilarious and amazing video” for the track “coming early September.” Info on RHCP’s forthcoming tour is a bit more concrete. We’ll get that information on September 19.

Saint Motel get even funkier on “Move”

  • 10:45 am Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 by Joel
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With their new song, “Move”, Saint Motel doubled down on the funky disco-rock that made their breakthrough single “My Type” so addictive. They’ve also finally announced a full-length album. saintmotelevision lands October 21, four years after their independently-released debut Voyeur and two years since the four-track My Type EP.

Also, the band’s video for “Move” is one of those very cool 360° gimmicks. Take a look and listen below.

Here are some of Saint Motel’s performance from their second stage headlining set at 97X Next Big Thing 2015. We only had one camera set up on this stage, FYI.🙂

“Feed Me Now”

“Puzzle Pieces”

“Benny Goodman”

It won’t take 8 years for Empire Of The Sun’s “High And Low” to become a smash

  • 11:12 am Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 by Joel
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 16:  Musician Luke Steele (L) of Empire of the Sun performs onstage during Rock in Rio USA at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds on May 16, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

It’s not as if Empire Of The Sun was some obscure group catapulted to international fame by a car commercial. They had done pretty well for themselves internationally and within America’s dance music community, having sold 2 million albums worldwide and notching a U.S. Dance Club Songs chart-topper with the 2013 single “Alive.” But Honda’s use of the title track of Empire’s 2008 album Walking On A Dream brought the band’s music to new audiences, and led to me dealing with dozens of questions along the lines of “Why are you guys playing an 8 year old song as if it was [More]

Miike Snow invite you to pull “My Trigger”

  • 3:22 pm Monday, August 22nd, 2016 by Joel
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Every time I hear the opening piano chords of Miike Snow‘s new single “My Trigger”, I can’t help but think of the early Fitz & The Tantrums track “MoneyGrabber”. And I mean this comparison to be complementary. Some similar chords and cadence, but different tempos and – once you get past the intros – entirely different songs. Not accusing anyone of stealing. A band can’t own chords, after all! I’m just pointing out similarities that I observed and enjoyed

Anyhow, those piano chords define the indie pop trio’s latest as drums and bass propel the track as another keyboard swirls around for some added atmosphere. [More]

Judah & The Lion combine hip hop and folk on “Take It All Back”

  • 3:12 pm Friday, August 19th, 2016 by Joel
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There’s no archaic hidden meaning to the title of Judah & The Lion‘s latest album Folk Hop ‘N Roll. The Nashville quartet infuses their brand of folk-rock with hip hop swagger. Lead single “Take It All Back” is as much a mission statement as it is a song. Singer Judah Akers weaves lyrics such as “the people they dancing along/ they dancing along to the mando/ and some sort of hip hop beat” before delivering the song’s hook with authority.

If you could imagine Eminem singing for Mumford & Sons, that’s Judah & The Lion. And the raucous folk-stomp breakdown after the third chorus could [More]

Including their latest, “Naivety,” here are all four new A Day To Remember songs from ‘Bad Vibrations’

  • 11:03 am Friday, August 19th, 2016 by Joel

We’re now up to four new A Day To Remember songs in advance of their forthcoming album Bad Vibrations out September 2.

For a short time on Thursday August 18, 97X was the only station in America with “Naivety”, a fairly melodic rocker about the disillusionment that comes with age. It was a fun few hours!

Earlier this week we also heard “Bullfight”, which probably falls between “Naivety” and the earlier two Bad Vibrations tracks on ADTR’s melody vs aggression spectrum.

The title track is vintage ADTR, spotlighting their hardcore side.

And by now you probably know “Paranoia” very well.

New to A Day To Remember? Wondering what they’re all about? Here’s some [More]

Two Door Cinema Club “Bad Decisions”

  • 5:20 pm Thursday, August 18th, 2016 by Joel
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If there was any justice in the world, Irish dance-rockers Two Door Cinema Club would have already earned success equal to New Wave revival contemporaries like Walk The Moon and The 1975. After all, they beat those bands to the punch with their 2010 debut album Tourist History and further refined their high-adrenaline synth-pop on the 2012 follow-up Beacon.

It’s been four long years since then, and 2DCC may have taken some of that time to re-tool their sound. With fat basslines and funky guitar creating more of a throwback disco vibe, “Bad Decisions” proceeds at a more normal tempo than the often manic pace [More]

A Day To Remember “Bullfight”

  • 9:51 am Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 by Joel
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We now have three A Day To Remember songs to hold us over until the September 2 release of their sixth studio album Bad Vibrations.

“Bullfight” follows “Paranoia” and the album’s title track. Despite the band’s talk about Bad Vibrations being a “rebirth” of sorts – getting back to their more aggressive roots – “Bullfight” is remarkably accessible by comparison to the other two advance Bad Vibrations tracks. Aside from the lengthy breakdown and his screams of “I Get” following each chorus, Jeremy McKinnon’s vocals are mostly clean. And although not a ballad, the band is definitely working more melodic territory. “Bullfight” is as catchy [More]

The Moth & The Flame “Red Flag”

  • 12:00 pm Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 by Joel
moth and the flame

Synth swirls and guitar jangles surround the driving beat of “Red Flag”, opening track on The Moth & The Flame‘s debut album Young & Unafraid. Brandon Robbins voice should bring to mind The Cure, Psychedelic Furs, or any number of post-punk throwbacks as he debates the wisdom of throwing himself headlong into love.

Jack White is cleaning out his White Stripes archives and I can’t wait!

  • 1:54 pm Monday, August 15th, 2016 by Joel

I still hope that one day Meg White will get over her stage fright or whatever it is that put the kibosh on the precious “brother/sister” indie rock duo The White Stripes. But Jack White is giving us something amazing to tide us over while we wait.

Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 will arrive on September 9 as a double CD or LP package “featuring alternate versions, mixes, and previously unreleased recordings from The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and solo material.” The White Stripes’ material comprises half the 26 tracks, with Jack’s solo material and a few Raconteurs cuts filling in the rest. [More]

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