Matt Zimmerman

I have a bachelors in music enthusiasm with an emphasis on physical collection. If you'd like to know more about my major, see what I'm listening to at: http://www.last.fm/user/nametakenrox84

Matt's Favorite Artists

ThriceBrand NewFleet Foxes, Thursday, Facing New York, The Dear Hunter, Saves The Day, Good Old War, Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground Portugal. The Man

Matt's Quick Plugs

  • I was pleasantly surprised by the jagged pop of Father John Misty’s (a.k.a. Joshua Tillman, ex-Fleet Foxes) debut album under his new moniker! Equal parts George Harrison and indie rock.

  • Sam Means (ex-Format) has written some timeless pop tunes and released them as the NONA 7″/EP. Pick it up now (means.hellomerch.com) or digitally w/ a bonus track!

  • Stream/download Deep Sea Diver‘s stupendous debut History Speaks on Bandcamp now! You will not be disappointed!

  • I have not been knocked off my feet this year in the way O’Brother does with Garden Window. At once dreamy, grungy and all around powerful.

Posts by Matt

Kiev On Tour

February 14, 2014 by Matt Zimmerman

Kiev are going to be on the road next week to support their fantastic debut album Falling Bough Wisdom Teeth. Dates can be found below the title track to their new album. They’ve also got a couple festival dates listed below that. Feb. 18 Casbah (San Diego) Feb. 19 Bootleg […]

Russian Circles Spring Tour

January 11, 2014 by Matt Zimmerman

Russian Circles have announced dates this spring in support of their latest album Memorial which you can stream/purchase here. 02/04 Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s Oasis # 02/05 St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird # 02/07 Austin, TX @ Red 7 # 02/08 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada # 02/09 […]

Favorite Music of 2013

Favorite Music of 2013

January 11, 2014 by Matt Zimmerman

Favorite Albums of 2013 25) Sigur Rós – Kveikur 24) The Civil Wars – The Civil Wars 23) Touché Amoré – Is Survived By 22) The Fling – Mean Something 21) Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away 20) Kyle O’Quin – Kyle O’Quin: I’ve waited […]

O’Brother Video Premier

November 26, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

O’Brother‘s new video for “Transience” can be seen below. The song comes from their stupendous new album Disillusion available on all physical formats Amazon.

Kiev Debut Available

October 22, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

You can now order Kiev‘s supremely stupendous debut full length Falling Bough Wisdom Teeth at their webstore in a myriad of different formats (cd, limited edition vinyl, high-res download, bundle) or at any digital retailer. Look for my interview with the band and album review in the coming weeks. RIYL: […]

Psychic Babble Tour

October 12, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

Colin Frangicetto (Circa Survive) will be touring with his solo project Psychic Babble this fall and is looking for some monetary support to help. You can go to his IndieGoGo page to donate and receive some very cool, one-of-a-kind thank you gifts. He will be on tour with Circa bandmate […]

Kiev Live Performance

October 4, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

Kiev has released a live video performance of “Ariah Being” which you can watch below. The song comes from their forthcoming debut full length Falling Bough Wisdom Teeth due out October 22 on Suspended Sunrise Recordings.

Native Orthodox Album Stream

August 19, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

Stream Native‘s sophomore album Orthodox below. The album comes out this Tuesday, August 22 on Sargent House. You can catch the band’s stellar live show on the road with O’Brother and Daylight.

O’Brother Album Stream

August 19, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

O’Brother are streaming their new album Disillusion at Soundcheck. The album hits stores on cd, vinyl and digital this Tuesday, August 22. Catch the band on tour with Native & Daylight now. Tour dates and tickets can be found here. Read a review of the album to the left.

O’Brother – Disillusion

O’Brother – Disillusion

August 19, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

O’Brother expand their sonic palette on their sophomore album meshing heavy with serene in a seamless symphony of dense, cathartic rock.

Russian Circles Memorial

August 9, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

Russian Circles will release their fifth album, Memorial October 29 on Sargent House. Stream the first song “Deficit” below; tracklisting below. 01. Memoriam 02. Deficit 03. 1777 04. Cheyenne 05. Burial 06. Ethel 07. Lebaron 08. Memorial

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Kiev LA Residency

August 5, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

KROQ buzz band Kiev will begin their Residency tomorrow, Monday August 5, At the Bootleg Bar in Los Angeles. The band will be playing new tunes off their upcoming full-length debut Falling Bough Wisdom Teeth due out in early fall. You can stream a new song below. For more information […]

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Lakes EP

July 27, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

Lakes (featuring ex-Watashi Wa) are offering their brand new EP, featuring stripped-down versions of songs from their upcoming full length, at their website.

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O’Brother Perilous Love

July 27, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

O’Brother have shared a new song, “Perilous Love,” with The A.V. Club.The song comes from their new album Disillusion due out August 20 on Triple Crown Records. You can pre-order the record in various bundles, including posters and slipmats, here.

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New Lakes Music

July 15, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

Lakes will be releasing new music at their show July 23 at the SLO Brew in their hometown. Tickets are available here. EDIT: Here is a promo for the show including an update from the band. Lakes – EP SLO Brew Show Announcement from Cameron Ingalls on Vimeo.

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We Barbarians EP Stream

July 4, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

We Barbarians are streaming their newly released EP Mexico, NY in its entirety via Soundcloud. You can purchase the album at iTunes or the band’s website.

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O’Brother Mini-Series

July 4, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

O’Brother have partnered with Capture Media to present a 3 part mini-series about the band’s new album Disillusion. You can see the first part below. The album is due out August 20 through Triple Crown Records.

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Native Release LP Details

July 4, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

Native will release their sophomore full length Orthodox August 20 on Sargent House. Stream their new song “Kissing Bridge” below and purchase the song/pre-order the album at Bandcamp. Orthodox by Native

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O’Brother Disillusion

June 30, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

O’Brother have announced the release of their sophomore album, Disillusion, due out August 20 on Triple Crown Records. Below you can stream the first single “Context.” Catch the band on tour with Native and Daylight starting in August. Tickets and tour dates available here.

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NK (formerly North Korea) Album Stream

June 22, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

You can stream NK‘s (formerly North Korea, ex-Envy On The Coast) debut album Nothing To Be Gained Here below. You can purchase the album digitally or physically via Triple Crown Record’s webstore. I fell in love with this band for its ferocity but they have grown in such big leaps […]

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Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light

Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light

June 8, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

At the core, all musicians are artists. As an amalgamation, they generate quite varied musical outputs and are driven by different intentions but the result is fueled by urge to create. Some music, however, is best left classified under the larger umbrella of art – Colin Stetson fits that description […]

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Handshakes Vacation Video

June 3, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

Watch Handshakes‘ new video for “Vacation” below. The song comes from their new EP Villains & Crooks available digitally now.

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We Barbarians Video

May 25, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

We Barbarians will release a new EP entitled Mexico, NY June 3 on 180 gram vinyl and digital. The video for the title track can be seen below.

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HALOS Return with EP

April 23, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

Halos took some time off in 2012 and make their return with the Renegade Resolve EP which you can stream below or download for free at their website. The EP will be available for purchase next month.

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Jjuujjuu Perform Auditory Magic

March 24, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

Jjuujjuu will release their debut FRST April 2 on Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records. You can pre-order the limited-edition 12″ white vinyl here. The band consists of Phil Pirrone, founder of Moon Block Party, and Andrew Clinco (Incan Abraham). You can catch the band at this year’s Desert Daze Festival.

Yellow Red Sparks – Yellow Red Sparks

Yellow Red Sparks – Yellow Red Sparks

February 11, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

Yellow Red Sparks released their debut, Self-Titled, full length with gentle elements of folk underwritten by gliding strings. The album is, at its heart, is a reminder that bare naked truth is still alive and well in music.

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Fall Out Boy Return

February 11, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

Holy hipster Batman, Fall Out Boy are back! They will release their new album Save Rock And Roll May 7. You can pre-order the album at the band’s website. The band’s first single can be heard below.

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Telekinesis Announce New Album

January 17, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

Telekinesis will release their third album Dormarion April 2 via Merge Records. You can stream the first single, “Ghosts and Creatures,” below. Pre-orders are now available at the Merge Store and include a flexi-disc containing an exclusive demo of the single.

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Yellow Red Sparks Pre-Order

January 16, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

Yellow Red Sparks‘ Self-Titled debut full length is now available for pre-order physically at ORG Music and digitally on iTunes. Below is the first single “Monsters With Misdemeanors.”

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Cold War Kids Return With LP

January 16, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

Cold War Kids will return to the limelight with their 4th full length Dear Miss Lonelyhearts out April 2. You can stream the first single, “Miracle Mile,” below. In addition, they will be on the road previewing new tunes; dates can be found here. Lastly, you can download two free […]

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Matt Zimmerman — Favorite Music of 2012

Matt Zimmerman — Favorite Music of 2012

December 23, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

I have abandoned the tag “best of…” because I hardly had a chance to listen to and evaluate EVERY piece of music released this year but nonetheless, here’s what I enjoyed this year… FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2012 Alt-J came on strong at the last second due to a tremendous push […]

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Handshakes’ EP Stream

December 8, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Handshakes is streaming their sophomore release Villains and Crooks via Soundcloud. The EP is available at all digital retailers and the band is celebrating with a residency at the Silverlake Lounge in Silverlake, CA. Details on the residency can be found here.

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Local Natives’ Breaker Videos

November 27, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Local Natives‘ video for “Breakers” can be seen below. The song comes from their highly-anticipated, Aaron Dessner (The National) produced sophomore album Hummingbird due out January 29 on Frenchkiss Records. Also, catch the band on tour this winter & spring. Dates (and Hummingbird tracklist) can be found at Pitchfork.

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Deftones Talk About Koi No Yokan

November 8, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Are you as excited as I am about the Deftones new album Koi No Yokan due out next Tuesday, November 13? Ramp up that anticipation a little more by watching this exclusive interview Purevolume did with the band about the writing process and band’s new-found work ethic.

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Deep Sea Diver Live Set

October 18, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Watch a live set from Deep Sea Diver as they performed for a packed crowd at Mississippi Studios here. All songs in the set can be found on their debut album HISTORY SPEAKS available for streaming/purchase at Bandcamp as well as copies on CD or vinyl.

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Half/Blood Single

October 18, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Harley Cortez (of Just An Animal/formerly Red Cortez) has a new project: Half/Blood. You can download the first song from the forthcoming EP, due out next year, at Bandcamp now as a pay-what-you-want. Keep an eye here as we plan to have A LOT more from this artist for you […]

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Father John On Kimmel

October 12, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Father John Misty (J. Tillman, ex-Fleet Foxes) took a detour from touring to perform two songs, “Hollywood Cemetery Sings” and “I’m Writing A Novel,” on Jimmy Kimmel earlier this week. Catch him on any of the remaining tour dates. Need a reason… well, here it is!

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Deep Sea Diver Portland Sessions

October 10, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Deep Sea Diver filmed a short set with The Portland Sessions which you can view below. The songs performed during the session are from the band’s debut full length History Speaks available to stream/download at Bandcamp as well as for purchase in vinyl or cd format. Catch the band on […]

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The Hush Sound Winter Tour

October 5, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

The Hush Sound have announced some winter tour dates which you can see below. The band also plan on releasing new material in 2013. 10.26.12 @ House of Blues Chicago, IL 10.27.12 @ Blue Moose Tap House Iowa, IA 10.28.12 @ Triple Rock Minneapolis, MN 11.16.12 @ Theatre of the Living Arts Philadelphia, PA 11.17.12 @ TT […]

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Yellow Red Sparks FREE EP!

October 3, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Yellow Red Sparks is offering their Simply Put Me In Your Place EP for free at NoiseTrade. This is the precussor to their current Four Steps In Corsets EP available digitally now.

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Biceratops Rides!

October 3, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Matt Embree & Chris Tsagakis (of Rx Bandits, The Sound Of Animals Fighting) will release their debut album as a duo November 13 under the moniker Biceratops. Info on pre-orders will be available soon. A teaser can be seen/heard below.  

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Bad Books II Stream

October 2, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Bad Books (Kevin Devine, members of Manchester Orchestra) is streaming their new album, II, at Consequence Of Sound. The album will be released next Tuesday, October 9.

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Underoath Announce Disbandment

October 2, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Underoath have announced they will be disbanding after a farewell tour next spring. To commemorate their career, they will also be releasing Anthology 1999-2013, featuring 2 new songs, November 6.

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Yellow Red Press

September 28, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Yellow Red Sparks got a nice write-up in OC Weekly discussing the band’s furthering success and hopes for 2013. See the band live this Saturday, September 29, as they headline the House Of Blues Anaheim and on their upcoming dates with ZZ Ward.

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Handshakes Download

September 28, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Handshakes (ex-Wintergreen, Sputnik Monroe, Controlling The Famous) are offering a download of a new song, “Vacation,” at Buzzbands. The song is lifted from their upcoming EP Villains and Crooks due out later this year. Catch the band at their residency in December at the Silverlake Lounge in Silverlake, CA.

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Kirk Talks Kay Kay

September 28, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Kirk of Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground (members of Gatsbys American Dream) recently sat down with City Arts to discuss the band’s new sound. Also, you have a few hours left to pre-order 2 new singles from the band via indiegogo.

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Deftones Share Leathers

September 19, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Stream Deftones‘ new song “Leathers,” below. For a limited time, you can also download the song for free at their website. This is the first song released from their new album Koi No Yokan available November 13.

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Basement Window Open For Viewing

September 18, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

The digital release of O’Brother‘s Basement Window EP is available today at iTunes or Amazon. The vinyl, to be released October 30, will go up for pre-order later this week and will feature etched artwork on the b-side. Here’s what the band said regarding the release: “This EP consists of […]

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McMahon Lays Jack To Rest

September 12, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

As speculated a few weeks ago, Andrew McMahon (Something Corporate) confirmed that he will no longer perform under the Jack’s Mannequin moniker. The band will play their last set at his annual Dear Jack Benefit November 11 in Los Angeles. Fans don’t need to worry because he will continue to […]

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The Press Love These Giants; You Should Too

September 10, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

David Byrne (of Talking Heads) & Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent) will release their 3-year-in-the-making album Love This Giant, tomorrow, September 11. The duo have done several interviews leading up to the release and Mother Jones posted their impeccable review of the album which you can read here.

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Ben Gibbard Single

August 29, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Stream Ben Gibbard‘s (Death Cab For Cutie) new single “Teardrop Windows” below. While Ben has released snippets of solo work (soundtracks, split EPs), Former Lives is his first foray into the full length realm. The album is due out October 16 on Barsuk Records and can be pre-ordered at his […]

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The Calm Before The Panic

August 29, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

While spinning The Panic Division’s latest album Eternalism, did you ever think to yourself: “hmm, I wonder what they sounded like 8 years ago at their inception..” Well, ponder no longer because you can download the first demos the band ever recorded here. AAAND, if for some insane reason you […]

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Kay Kay And His White Jeans Clean

August 28, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Kay Kay And His Weathered Underground, members of Gatsbys American Dream, have finished pre-production on their third full length and are now offering pre-orders for the first two singles at Indiegogo which you will receive prior to the album. Similar to Kickstarter, Indiegogo is a funding website.

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All Human Debut

August 28, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

All Human is a brand new project from Adam Rupert, formerly of Fear Before (The March Of Flames). His debut album Catholic Guilt Or The Queerest Of Thoughts can be pre-ordered here.

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Andrew Starts Over…

August 28, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

It seems Jacks Mannequin is retiring. Andrew McMahon, the braintrust behind JM, has been posting some clues to the (now former?) band’s status at his website. EDIT: His new merchandise also seems to point in this direction.

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O’Brother Offer A View Into The Window

August 27, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

O’Brother will release the Basement Window EP, featuring acoustic versions of songs from their debut full length Garden Window, digitally September 18. There will also be a limited vinyl released October 30 which includes etched artwork on the b-side. O’Brother will join Circa Survive, Touché Amore and Balance & Composure on tour starting next month. Dates […]

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I Love These Giants

August 23, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

The collision of art-pop superstars David Byrne (Talking Heads) and Annie Clark a.k.a. St. Vincent has produced Love This Giant, a full-length collaboration due out September 11. Watch an exclusive interview with the duo about the project, including their upcoming tour, at The Daily Beast. Visit the project’s website stream two tracks from the album and view […]

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Good JUJU

July 14, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Juju (ex-Casket Salesmen) are offering their debut release FRST on Soundcloud free for download. Lead singer Phil Pirrone is organizer for the Moon Block Party (the premier psychedelic free one-day festival) and Desert Days (a 9-day festival held in Palm Springs, CA). Follow the festival on Facebook for more info on this […]

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Kiev Show Review

June 30, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Kiev are currently on the road opening for Keane. You can read a review of their recent set at Buzzine. Stream their most recent release — Be Gone Dull Cage — at their website where you can purchase.

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Biceratops Incubating

June 29, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

I introduced you to Biceratops (Matt & Chris of Rx Bandits) a few months back but now it’s time to hear some jams! The band has posted an update regarding their debut album which should be up for pre-order by late July/Early August.

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Deep Sea Diver NWO Video Premier

June 28, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Deep Sea Diver‘s (Jessica Dobson of The Shins) video for “NWO” premiered today at Spinner. The song is the latest single off their debut album HISTORY SPEAKS (perhaps the most criminally underappreciated album released this year) which you can stream at Bandcamp. Along with the digital version for only $7, […]

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Circa Survive Unleash Violent Waves

June 26, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Circa Survive have chosen to self-release their fourth album Violent Waves August 28. You can download “Suitcase” and choose from a myriad of pre-order options at the band’s website. Also listed at the band’s website is their fall tour dates with Touché Amoré, Balance & Composure, and O’Brother as support.

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Happy Body Slow Brain Vinyl

June 21, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Happy Body Slow Brain‘s Sleepy EP, comprised of b-sides and demos, will be available tomorrow through Bandcamp. You can also order a copy on vinyl, along with their debut full length Dreams of Water on “cyan blue” or “grimace purple” liquid vinyl, through InTheClouds.

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Yellow Red Sparks Are Noteworthy

June 21, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Yellow Red Sparks‘ Four Steps In Corsets EP, released this past Tuesday, is featured in the “New & Noteworthy” section of iTunes under the singer/songwriter category. You can purchase your copy here. The mini-release is a predecessor to their full length album due out later this year.

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Honeypie Single

June 21, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Stream Honeypie‘s first single, “Miss Me,” at Bandcamp. The song is lifted from their debut full length Fields Don’t Disappear due out next Tuesday, June 26. Look for my review of the album next week!

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What’s Eating Gilbert Nashville Sesh

June 20, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

The brand-new release from What’s Eating Gilbert, the solo project of Chad Gilbert (New Found Glory), entitled The Nashville Session is available for digital or physical purchase at Paper + Plastick.

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Moon Block Party!!

June 18, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Moon Block Party, curated by Phil Pirrone (Juju/ex-Casket Salesmen), is going on this Saturday, June 23 in Pomona, CA. This FREE art & music festival will be held 2pm-midnight and features Fool’s Gold, Crystal Antlers, Cgak (Chris of Rx Bandits), one of my favorite new bands bar-none Kiev and many many […]

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David Byrne & St. Vincent Are Lovely Giants

June 14, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

The collision of art-pop superstars David Byrne & St. Vincent has produced Love This Giant, a full-length collaboration due out September 11. Visit the project’s website to download the opening track “Who”. You can also view upcoming tour dates, track listing and cover at Facebook.

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Good Old War Amazing Eyes Video

June 13, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Watch the premier of Good Old War‘s new video for “Amazing Eyes,” featuring Peyton List of Mad Men, at CMT. The song comes from their superb, outstanding, stupendous album Come Back As Rain available now through Sargent House. Haven’t heard it yet? Stream the entire album at Bandcamp now! See the band […]

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Brian Marquis Covers EP

June 13, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Brian Marquis (ex-Therefore I Am) has released a 6-song covers EP entitled Beneath The Cover Is Earth which you can download at Bandcamp. It includes his favorite songs by Ryan Adams, Thrice, Lucero, Defeater, Cary Ann Hearst and Bruce Springsteen. You can catch Brian performing these alongside his original songs from the Snow […]

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La Dispute “Conversations”

June 5, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

La Dispute is offering “Conversations,” an audio interview with Jordan about the stories and themes presented in their latest full length Wildlife, for a name-your-price download at Bandcamp. This was previously packaged in a tour-exclusive the band sold on their last headlining tour 826Michigan, a volunteer-driven non-profit writing and tutoring center.

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Gold Motel Album Teaser

June 4, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Gold Motel (Greta of The Hush Sound) have shared the second video teaser for their Self-Titled sophomore album due out July 3. You can pre-order the album here including a digital copy for only $5 along with a few exclusives. You can view the first video teaser here.

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Deep Sea Diver Re-Release

June 1, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Deep Sea Diver (Jessica Dobson of The Shins) released one of this year’s most fantastic (and criminally overlooked) albums earlier this year to digital/vinyl. Well, you can now stream the album and purchase a CD copy with remastered audio and expanded artwork at their Bandcamp — along with the previously mentioned […]

Right Away Great Captain Pre-Sale

May 17, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Right Away, Great Captain! (Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra) will release The Church Of The Good Thief June 12. You can pre-order the album digitally or as a vinyl box-set including the previous albums in the trilogy at Bandcamp.

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Get Some Good Juju

May 11, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Phil Pirrone (ex-Casket Salesmen) is back with a new project: Juju. You can download their aptly titled debut EP FRST at Facebook now.

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Deep Sea Diver Remaster

May 11, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Deep Sea Diver (members of The Shins) has remastered their debut album History Speaks which you can purchase at Bandcamp now. The band will be opening for The Shins this summer. Don’t fret if you purchased the album before today, see the band’s post about how you can receive a free […]

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mewithoutYou Ten Stories Stream

May 8, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

US fans can stream mewithoutYou‘s new album Ten Stories on Spotify a week before its release (May 15). You can pre-order the album, including a deluxe version with a bevy of extras, at the band’s website.

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O’Brother Video Debut

May 3, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

MTV2 will exclusively premiere O’Brother‘s music video debut for “Lo” this Friday, May 4. The song is pulled from their spectacular debut full length Garden Window available on Triple Crown Records/Favorite Gentlemen. UPDATE: see the video now at MTVu. The band also kicks off their tour with headliner Thrice tomorrow, May 4, in […]

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Sainthood Reps Monoculture Video

April 30, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Sainthood Reps follow up their “best new music” tagged album Monoculture with the premier of the video for the title track at Havoc.tv.

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Biceratops Rumbles To Life

April 30, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Biceratops (Matt Embree & Chris Tsagakis of Rx Bandits) have announced via Facebook that they have an album in the works. Check back here (or their Facebook page) for more updates to come!

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Sam Means Bonus Track

April 28, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Sam Means (ex-Format) will digitally release his new EP NONA this Tuesday, May 1. It features 4 brand new songs and a cover of The Hollies “Carrie Anne” as a bonus track. You can still purchase a physical copy of the 7″ released for Record Store Day at Hello Merch.

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Maps & Atlases & Billboard

April 26, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

A new article talking about Maps & Atlases recently-released album Beware & Be Grateful is up now at  Billboard. The album is available now for purchase digitally or through the band’s label.

Gold Motel Pre-Order

April 24, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Gold Motel‘s (Greta, ex-Hush Sound) Self-Titled album, due out July 3 on their Good As Gold Imprint, is available for pre-order at their webstore. You can get a digital copy for only $5, a skeleton key allowing you access to a meet and greet with the band, a cigar box amplifier or your very […]

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Hellogoodbye LP Deal

April 18, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Hellogoodbye have offered their latest album Would It Kill You? in variety of accessible ways since its release in 2010 but now they’re making it easier than ever: simply enter your e-mail here and get the album FOR FREE! There is NO reason you should not be over there if you haven’t […]

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Sam Means Interview

April 17, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Another interview with Sam Means (ex-The Format) has surfaced. You can pre-order his new 7″ EP Nona, available April 21 as part of Record Store Day, at Hello Merch.

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Moving Mountains Trade Noise For Info

April 17, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Moving Mountains is offering their New Light EP a week early to fans in exchange for an e-mail address at Noisetrade.

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Gold Motel Announce S/T

April 16, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Gold Motel (Greta, ex-Hush Sound) has announced they will release their Self-Titled sophomore album July 3 on their Good As Gold Imprint. UPDATE: view an album teaser via Youtube. The new album is the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut album Summer House which was also independently released in June 2010.

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Stream Coachella

April 14, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Missing out on Coachella this year!? Well, fear not because you can get your own slice of the live experience by watching it live on Youtube.

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Deep Sea Diver Single Download

April 12, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

BuzzbandsLA is offering a download of Deep Sea Diver‘s single “You Go Running” from one of the best albums of 2012 to-date History Speaks. You can stream/purchase the entire album at Bandcamp in digital or physical version.

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Sam Means Interview

April 11, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

An interview with Sam Means (ex-The Format) can be read here. Pre-order his new 2-song 7″ Nona (w/ 2 digital bonus tracks) at HelloMerch and receive a signed copy!

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Soundsupply Drops Package #2

April 11, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Soundsupply has dropped their 2nd bundle! This round features music by Jeremy Enigk (Sunny Day Real Estate), Right Away, Great Captain! (Andy of Manchester Orchestra), Sleeping at Last, Owen, Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids) and several more. Follow the link to grab a bundle of good music for only […]

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Rickie (mwY) Talks About Ten Stories

April 6, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Read a new interview with Rickie of mewithoutYou at Paste Magazine talking about their upcoming album Ten Stories, due out May 15. You can also hear the first song from the album, “February 1878,” at Soundcloud.

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Name Taken Announce Vinyl Release

April 5, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Name Taken have announced the posthumous release of their full length album Hold On on vinyl. The release is set for a June 12 and is limited so pre-order you copy at Animal Manufacturing (via HelloMerch) now.

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Sam Means Release Nona

April 1, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Sam Means (ex-The Format) will release his 1st proper album, the Nona 7″ April 21 in conjunction with Record Store Day. You can pre-order your signed copy at HelloMerch. Track listing and artwork can be seen here.

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Sleeping At Last Video Premier

March 22, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Sleeping At Last video for “Emphasis” premiered today at Paste Magazine. The song comes from his Yearbook project which is available at all digital outlets. Physical copies have now also been printed and are available at his website.

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Noisetrade Free Album: Bhiman

March 20, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Bhi Bhiman is offering his latest album Bhiman free for dowload at Noisetrade. All you do is trade your e-mail for a free album along with a bonus cover of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy.” I instantly bought his album a couple weeks ago after discovering him. An amazing story with an […]

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Thomas Hunter Rolls Through The Blogs

March 16, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

I’ve been in love with Thomas Hunter‘s (Kay Kay, Wild Orchid Children, ex-Forgive Durden) futuristic throw-back soul (yeah, those 2 fit perfectly once you’ve listened) for well over a year now but it seems others are finally catching up in a big way. Wanna get on board?! Stream his new […]

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Electric Modern Stream

March 15, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Hertfordshire, England’s The Electric Modern are streaming their new EP Motives on Facebook. It is also available for purchase though digital outlets.

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Break Anchor Stream

March 14, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Detroit’s Break Anchor (featuring Jay Navarro of Suicide Machines and Hellmouth) is streaming their debut EP, Blackhearts and Blackouts, at SoundCloud. After you’ve streamed it, head over to Paper + Plastick’s online store to pre-order you copy due out March 20. All pre-orders come with an instant download!

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Good Old War – Come Back As Rain

Good Old War – Come Back As Rain

March 14, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

The trio of Good Old War expanded their repertoire of harmony-driven folk tunes in 2010 with their Self-Titled album using their debut Only Way to Be Alone as a reference point. As a fan, I gladly embraced the change with no if, ands, buts or laments. After all, it wasn’t […]

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Album Streams Galore!

March 13, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Both The Shins‘ Port Of Morrow and Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s Rot Gut, Domestic are both due out next Tuesday, March 20 but you can stream the former’s new album on iTunes and the latter’s on Spotify. If that’s not enough to tide you over, Delta Spirit is […]

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O’Brother Join Thrice On Tour

March 13, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

O’Brother have been announced as support on Thrice‘s upcoming Spring “farewell” tour alongside Animals As Leaders. See dates at the band’s website. To celebrate, the band’s recently released full length Garden Window is available at iTunes for only $6.99.

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Deep Sea Diver – History Speaks

Deep Sea Diver – History Speaks

March 5, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Deep Sea Diver finally release their debut album HISTORY SPEAKS filled with raucous guitars (‘You Go Running’), ruminations on the world’s end (‘NWO’) and heart-breaking ballads (‘Tracks of the Green Line’).

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Good Old War Album Stream/Interview

March 5, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Good Old War will release their third album Come Back As Rain tomorrow, March 6. You can stream the album at Purevolume while reading an interview with the band. Look for my thoughts on the album later this week.

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Positively Yellow Red Sparks

March 1, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Download Yellow Red Sparks‘ rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Positively 4th Street” for free here. While you’re at it, you can preview their debut full length at their website as well as purchase some exclusive tunes and back catalog.

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Good Ol’ Album Stream

March 1, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Good Old War is streaming their new album Come Back As Rain at their website which also has links to pre-order your copy, including a deluxe digital edition, before its official release next Tuesday, March 6.

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Sam Means 7″

March 1, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Sam Means (ex-The Format) is teaming up with Photo Finish Records to release a 7″ EP this April 21, Record Store Day. Follow Sam on Facebook or Twitter to keep up to date for more info.

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Delta Spirit S/T Album Stream

February 28, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Delta Spirit is streaming their Self-Titled album at Rolling Stone now. The album is set to be released next Tuesday, March 6. Catch the band on tour beginning next Month; dates can be found at their website.

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Maps & Atlases Tour Dates

February 28, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Maps & Atlases will be touring this spring in support of their new album Beware and Be Grateful, out April 17. Tour dates, track listing and cover art can be found here. In case you missed it, you can stream/download the new song, “Winter,” at Rolling Stone.

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Deep Sea Diver LP Release

February 25, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Deep Sea Diver (featuring members of The Shins) officially released their debut full length History Speaks today. You can preview th entire album at Bandcamp and order your digital or physical copy depending on your preference there as well; a one-stop shop! The album is currently in the top 5 albums on Bandcamp […]

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Conversation w/ Deep Sea Diver

Conversation w/ Deep Sea Diver

February 25, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

The following conversation was conducted on Tuesday, January 31 with Jessica Dobson (vocals, guitar) of Deep Sea Diver/The Shins. ———————————— Since we talked last in 2010, there’s been a lot of change in your life both personally and professionally. Biggest, I suppose, is the move from California to Seattle, WA. […]

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Basement Tapes Available

February 22, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

North Korea‘s (ex-members of Envy On The Coast, The Rivalry) Basement Tapes Volume 2 is available for download at the band’s Facebook for free. You can also download Volume 1 if you slept on that. My suggestion: WAKE UP!

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Lovedrug Post “Girl” Video

February 22, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Lovedrug has posted a video for “Girl” which you can view at Youtube. The song is lifted from their new album Wild Blood due out March 6. You can preview more of the album on Spotify.

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Deep Sea Diver Live Session

February 21, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

As a follow-up to last week’s announcement that they will be opening for The Shins on select dates, Deep Sea Diver released their “Black & White” sessions video at Sound On The Sound. They perform 2 songs off their debut full length History Speaks which will be available this Friday at […]

Good Old War Song Premier

February 21, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Stream/download Good Old War‘s song “Can’t Go Home” at Bandcamp. The song comes from their upcoming album Come Back As Rain due out March 6. You can pre-order the physical copy here or the deluxe digital version at iTunes.

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fun. Album Stream + Giveaway

February 16, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

fun. is streaming their new album Some Nights at their website in anticipation for its release next Tuesday, February 21. They are also giving away their debut album Aim & Ignite at Noisetrade.

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In-Depth Kiev Interview

February 16, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Read an in-depth interview with Kiev on the artist process of being a DIY band in the current music industry with Australian webzine 762. This is bar-none the most impressive upcoming band I’ve heard in years. Fans of Radiohead and/or Menomena PLEASE check them out for own benefit.

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Deep Sea Diver Runs Thru Yr Ears

February 15, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Deep Sea Diver (Jessica Dobson, currently member of The Shins) released the first single, “You Go Running,” from their debut full length last week. You can read a great write-up on the song here as well as stream it if you haven’t yet. The aforementioned album entitled History Speaks is […]

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Eternalism Album Stream + Interview

February 14, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Yes, The Panic Division‘s new album, Eternalism, is as good as Andrew says but now you don’t have to take his word for it. Listen.com is streaming the album along with an interview with Colton about the album. The site also provides links to purchase the album which I’m SURE you’ll […]

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Matt & Gav Interview

February 12, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Matt of Happy Body Slow Brain (ex-Taking Back Sunday, Facing New York) and Gavin Castleton did a joint interview regarding how to survive as a musician in 2012. You can read the interview at Gavin’s blog. Once you’re done with that, go stream and eventually purchase HBSB’s debut album Dreams […]

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Good Old War Album Preview

February 9, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Preview Good Old War’s new album Come Back As Rain at Amazon. The album hits  shelves March 6 via Sargent House. Pre-orders for the deluxe version, featuring 4 bonus tracks, can be made at iTunes. You can also download “It Hurts Every Time” at Bandcamp.

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Stream Maps & Atlases Song

February 9, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Stream/download a new song, “Winter,” from Maps & Atlases‘ upcoming sophomore album Beware & Be Grateful at Rolling Stone. The album drops April 17 via Barsuk Records.

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Hella Good Buy

February 9, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

As Hellogoodbye begin work on their third full length, they decided to give everyone a chance to purchase their last (and best) album Would It Kill You by offering it as a pay-what-you-want sliding scale. You can purchase your digital or physical copy here. “As we gear up to make our […]

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Eternalism Available Now

February 7, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Today’s the day! The Panic Division‘s superb new album Eternalism is available both digitally on iTunes, Amazon and my personal favorite Bandcamp. You can also order your physical copy here. Colton has put his heart and soul into this record (as he has with all his past music) and I […]

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The Shins B-Sides Lyric Video

February 6, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Watch the lyric video for The Shins‘ “September,” b-side to their latest single, “Simple Song, ” at Vimeo. The single comes from their new album Port of Marrow due out March 20. You can also purchase both on a 7″ February 14.

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Deep Sea Diver Song Premier

February 6, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Deep Sea Diver is premiering a new single, “You Go Running,” at their website. The song comes from their debut full length History Speaks due out February 24. I spoke to Jessica (singer/guitar) last week so expect to hear the full interview soon and my review of the album. Sneak […]

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Edward Sharpe Announce Tentative Release Date

February 2, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have announced they aim to release their new album May 29, 2012.

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Dobson On The Cover Of Reverb

February 2, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Jessica Dobson, singer/guitarist of Deep Sea Diver and member of The Shins, is the cover artist for Reverb Magazine this month. Read the article and get excited for some new music coming your way this Monday, February 6.

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mewithoutYou Interview

February 2, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Read an in-studio interview mewithoutYou did with Alternative Press talking about their upcoming fifth studio album.

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Maps & Atlases Announce New Album

February 1, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Maps & Atlases will release their new album Beware and Be Grateful April 17 in the states. You can view a trailer for the album here.

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Kiev 3-D Live Performance

February 1, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Watch Kiev perform “Small Kid/Tall Tree” from a recent 3-D live show at Vevo. The song comes from their EP Be Gone Dull Cage & Others. Fans of Menomena and Radiohead tune in!

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Lovedrug Tour Dates

January 31, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Lovedrug have new tour dates in support of their upcoming album Wild Blood due out March 6. Keep checking the link for dates being added.

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Get Yours While You Can Video

January 31, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Anthony Green‘s (of Circa Survive) new video for “Get Yours While You Can” is premiering today at MTVu. This is the lead single for his sophomore album Beautiful Things out now. If you can spare the change, pick up the deluxe digital version which includes bonus tracks featuring Nate Reuss […]

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Father John Misty Video

January 31, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

J. Tillman (former Fleet Foxes drummer) will release Fear Fun under the moniker Father John Misty May 1 via Sub Pop. You can watch the video for the single “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” here.

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Good Old War Video

January 30, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Good Old War‘s new video for “Calling Me Names” can be seen at MTVu. The song comes from their third full length Come Back As Rain due out March 6 on Sargent House. You can also download the song for free at Bandcamp. See the band’s website for upcoming national […]

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The Panic Division Stream

January 30, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Hear a new Panic Division song entitled “The Miracle In You” at Youtube. The song comes from their third full length album Eternalism due out digitally and physically February 7. You can pre-order your physical copy here.

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Deep Sea Diver Speaks History

January 28, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Deep Sea Diver (featuring Jessica Dobson of The Shins) will release their debut full length History Speaks late next month. For a preview of the upcoming record and Jessica speaking on being a woman in rock n’ roll, head over Seattle Weekly’s blog. Let me just say that although you […]

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Sound Supply Is Here

January 27, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Favorite Gentlemen (Harrison, All Get Out), Polyvinyl (Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin), No Sleep (Into It. Over It.) and plenty of other great labels have teamed up to join in a new music revolution. Sound Supply is offering 10 full length albums from the band’s listed above in addition […]

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Get Hooked On Sharks

January 25, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

You can join me in being obsessed with Sharks‘ new single “Arcane Effigies” by downloading it for free at Rolling Stone. The song comes from their new album No Gods due out March 20 on Rise Records.

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Alt Press Winter Tours To See

January 25, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Alternative Press has named O’Brother/Junius a must-see Winter tour along with The Jealous Sound and Anthony Green/The Dear Hunter. Speaking of Jealous Sound, don’t forget to check out their new album review to the right!

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Vacationer Hits The Road

January 24, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Last year’s smash internet sensation Vacationer, which might or might not feature Ken from Person L/The Starting Line, will release a 3-song digital EP next Tuesday, January 31 followed by their debut full length March 20. See the band on tour this spring. Dates can be found at their website.

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Good Old War On The Road

January 21, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Good Old War will release their third full length Come Back As Rain March 6. They will support the album on the road with their first headlining tour in nearly two years. See the band’s website for dates and ticket details. Pre-order the album at Hello Merch.

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Sargent House: “Calling All Music Fans”

January 21, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Sargent House, management company and label extraordinaire,  has created a forum for trolls their dedicated fan base to discuss music and beyond.

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O’Brother Offer Lo

January 19, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

RCRD LBL is offering a download of O’Brother‘s “Lo” from their debut full length Garden Window. You can order a physical copy of the album through the band’s merch store. As if you needed more incentive (which you shouldn’t), read their tour-mate Riley’s (of Thrice) perspective on the album on his […]

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Matthew Embree Covers Cast Spells

January 19, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Matt Embree (of Rx Bandits/Biceratops) recorded a cover of Cast Spells‘ (Dave Davison of Maps & Atlases) “A Badge” which you can stream/download at Soundcloud. This is my favorite song from the short but superb Bright Works & Baton which you can purchase here.

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Delta Spirit Offer Free Music

January 17, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

As Delta Spirit ready the release of their Self-Titled record March 13, they have decided to offer some of their back catalouge, specifically The 2010 Waits Room EP and their first release I Think I Found It for free at NoiseTrade. Also catch the band in support of the album […]

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O’Brother Release Debut

January 14, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

After a digital release this past November, O’Brother released their debut full length Garden Window in all formats this past Tuesday. You can purchase a digital copy for only $7.99 at iTunes along with the single, “Machines, Pt.1″ which includes the b-sides “Aurora.” This was one of 2011’s best albums […]

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Listen To New Shins Single

January 9, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Listen to The Shins new single “Simple Song” at their website where you can also pre-order the forthcoming album Port of Morrow due out this March. This is the band’s first album since 2007’s Wincing The Night Away.

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O’Brother Unleashes Garden Window

January 5, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

O’Brother released their behemoth debut full length Garden Window digitally this past November and will finally be available on cd and vinyl this Tuesday, January 10. You can order your copy at the band’s official webstore. Also catch the band on their co-headlining tour with Junius this spring. See dates […]

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Eternalism Release Date

December 31, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

The Panic Division will release their third full length Eternalism February 7 both digitally and physically. You can preview half of the album at Bandcamp now. Keep checking back for more information on pre-order info.

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Deep Sea Diver Launch Site

December 22, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Deep Sea Diver has launched a new website with West Coast tour dates for January and a sneak-peek at a recently filmed session where you will be able to preview 4 songs from the band’s upcoming album due out February 2012. Also, sign up for their mailing list to hear […]

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Yellow Red Sparks New Website

December 22, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Yellow Red Sparks launched their brand new website in anticipation of their debut full length due out early 2012. You can stream 3 new songs from the upcoming record, read lyrics from said songs and sign up for the mailing list to keep up-to-date on all YRS news!

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Artists In Aid Benefit Show

December 19, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Harley Prechtel-Cortez (of Just An Animal) is putting together a benefit show called “Artists in Aid” which benefits the HHCLA (Homeless Health Care Los Angeles) this Thursday, December 22 at the Grand Star Bar in Los Angeles. It’s free but donations (monetary, blankets, canned goods) are encouraged.

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Good Old Single

December 13, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Stream/download Good Old War‘s new single “Calling Me Names” at Bandcamp. The single comes from their new album Come Back As Rain due out March 6, 2012 on Sargent House Records. See the album art and track listing at Paste.

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Handshakes Are Free

December 6, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Handshakes, featuring ex-members of Wintergreen, Sputnik Monroe, and Controlling the Famous, is offering their debut Cryptozoology at Bandcamp for free. The band is currently working on their 1st full length due out in 2012.

Friends Let Friends Borrow

November 30, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Burning House Records released a mini-compilation featuring Sam Means (ex-Format), Jarrod Gorbel (formerly Honorary Title), Tumbledown (Mike of MxPx), The Young Dudes (Rob and Patrick of Limbeck), Mansions and The Holy Rolling Empire covering each others songs which you can download at Bandcamp for only $1 or more. All proceeds go directly […]

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O’Brother – Garden Window

O’Brother – Garden Window

November 23, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

O’Brother’s debut full length is a 63 minute behemoth which ties both sludgy metal and Sigur Rós atmosphere into a seamless, cohesive package.

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Thrice Announce Hiatus

November 21, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

After 13 years, Thrice will be going on hiatus after their spring tour next year. You can read Dustin’s announcement at the band’s website. I want to take a short moment to thank the band for molding me into the music connoisseur I am today. Most of, if not all, of […]

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Fleet Foxes Video Premier

November 21, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Fleet Foxes‘ new video for “The Shrine/An Argument” is now available for viewing at Vimeo. The video was directed by Sean Pecknold (lead singer Robin’s brother for those keeping track) and is pulled off their stunning, gorgeous, amazing, spectacular, awe-inspiring sophomore album Helplessness Blues available now.

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Colton Talks Panic Division

November 19, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Colton of The Panic Division recently spoke to AMP Magazine about the band’s upcoming album due out early next year.

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Peek Inside The Garden Window

November 17, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

O’Brother released their long-awaited full length debut Garden Window this week. You can purchase the album digitally or pre-order the physical copy (due out January 10) here and receive an instant download of the record. While you’re waiting for my interview and review, check out their Daytrotter session here.

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Just An Animal Lonely Hunter Stream

November 17, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

LA-Based Just An Animal (formerly Red Cortez) are streaming their debut album Lonely Hunter at Bandcamp. The album is due out next Tuesday, November 22. You can also download “Bombs” here (right click, save-as).

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The Panic Division Look For Immortality

November 14, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

The Panic Division are completing work on their 3rd full length album, Eternalism, which is due out early next year. The track listing can be found below. Look for more updates and pre-orders for the album. 1. Marching Tide 2. Silver Rings 3. The Miracle in You 4. The Labor […]

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O’Brother’s Garden Window Almost Here

November 11, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

O’Brother will release their long-awaited debut full length Garden Window this Tuesday, November 15 and I could NOT be more excited! Be on the look out for a barrage chocked with an interview as well as a glimpse into the album and live show later this week. In the meantime, […]

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Travel The Rainbow Road With Rick

November 11, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Alvin Band, Rick “Alvin” Schaier of Miniature Tigers, is offering pre-orders for his Mario Bros.-inspired full length Rainbow Road at his website. The physical version will be available January 24, 2012 but you will receive an instant download of the entire album. You can stream the album at the website before […]

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Erick Serna Offers LP For Free

November 11, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Erick Serna (formerly of The Dear Hunter) is offering his debut album, The Grip, free for download this weekend on Bandcamp. Point 1: Free Music! Point 2: this is some great loud blues-influenced rock n’ roll. Fans of Black Keys should check this out.

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Shearwater Announce Signing/Album Release

November 11, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Shearwater will release their Sub Pop debut Animal February 14. The band will embark on a 13 date North American tour opening for Sharon Van Etten beginning in February. See a full list of dates below. 2/10/2012           Philadelphia PA                Johnny Brenda’s 2/11/2012            Washington DC                 Black Cat 2/12/2012            Carrboro NC                      Cat’s […]

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Kiev, The Interview

November 3, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Alternative radio station/super powerhouse KROQ recently wrote up an article/interview with Robert Brinkerhoff (vocals, guitar) of Kiev which you can read here. Also, if you are in the greater LA area, check out the end of the article for dates to their current residency.

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Kiev Free Download

October 30, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Download “3rnd” from Kiev‘s latest EP Be Gone Dull Cage & Others at Fuse or RCRD LBL. You can purchase the EP digitally or a limited-edition copy from the band’s webstore. The band is currently recording their debut album due out next year. I cannot stop listening to this band since I saw them open for Thrice […]

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Just A Preview Of Animals To Come

October 29, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Preview tracks from Just An Animal‘s (formerly Red Cortez) debut album Lonely Hunter due out November 22, at Amazon. If you are in LA tonight, October 28, the band will be playing a free pre-Halloween show at Three Clubs on Vine. See the band’s Facebook for more info.

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O’Brother Garden Window Trailer

October 27, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

O’Brother is previewing their debut full length Garden Window, due out digitally November 15, with a series of trailers. You can watch the second one at Youtube. Catch the band performing songs from their new album on tour with Thrice now. Keep an eye out for the band’s upcoming feature on […]

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Delta Spirit Offer Waits Room EP Free

October 25, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Delta Spirit are celebrating the one year anniversary of The Waits Room EP by offering if free to download at their blog. The EP features songs from their latest album History From Below as well as a few exclusive songs.

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Adam Graduates From Academy Is

October 25, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

After the dissolution of The Academy Is…, former bassist Adam Siska has joined Say Anything. Hear what Max Bemis and Adam had to say about joining forces in the replies. Also, see Max on his upcoming tour with his wife/Eisley member Sherri DuPree-Bemis.

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Caught In Motion; Stuck In The Doldrums

October 21, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Caught In Motion are in the midst of promoting their new album Stuck In the Mid-Twenties Doldrums…, due out November 18, by releasing 1 song free for download for a week, 1 live takeaway video, and 1 acoustic cover video each Tuesday. You can download this week’s song at the band’s website […]

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Just An Animal Release Date

October 20, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

LA-based outfit Red Cortez has reformed under the name Just An Animal and will release their debut album Lonely Hunter November 22. You can preview a new track at the band’s website and download two tracks from the album at Bandcamp. Trust me folks, you do NOT want to sleep […]

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Lizzie Huffman Pre-Order Details

October 15, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Lizzie Huffman (Kirk of Kay Kay’s sister) will release her sophomore EP Pretty Old Soul November 15 on Suburban Home Records. Huffington Post recently did an interview with her which you can read here and preview a few songs from the release. You can pre-order a 10″ vinyl or CD […]

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The Fling See An Early Release

October 15, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

The Fling‘s new EP What I’ve Seen will be officially released November 1 but if you’d like to get an early jump on it (as I have), you can purchase a copy here with an immediate digital download or the download as a stand alone. For a preview of the […]

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O’Brother Album Teaser

October 12, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

O’Brother have released a teaser video which can be seen atYoutube for their debut album Garden Window, due out digitally November 15. You can (and should) stream a new song, “Machines Part I,” at Facebook linked above. Also, catch the band on tour this fall with Thrice; dates can be found […]

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O’Brother Debut Details

October 1, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

O’Brother have revealed the track listing, album art and new song (“Machines-Part I”) at Consequence of Sound for their debut full length Garden Window due out this November on Triple Crown/Favorite Gentlemen. You can catch the band performing new songs on their upcoming tour with Thrice, Moving Mountains and La Dispute this […]

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Lizzie Huffman Single/Album Details

September 28, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Lizzie Huffman (Kirk of Kay Kay/Wild Orchid Children’s sister) will release her new EP on cd/vinyl November 15 on Suburban Home Records. You can stream download the first single, “Franklin Street,” at NineBullets.

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Thrice Stream Major(ly good record)/Minor

September 20, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Thrice will release their new album Major/Minor tomorrow, September 20. For those of you who have not already heard it on vinyl, you can stream the album at AOL Music. Also, catch the band on their upcoming headlining tour this fall. Dates can be found at the band’s website linked […]

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Gold Motel Open For Giants

September 18, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Gold Motel will be opening on select dates for They Might Be Giants’ upcoming tour. You can purchase the band’s new single “Leave You in Love” via digital retailers now. Oct. 28 Pabst Theater Milwaukee , WI Oct. 29 First Avenue Minneapolis , MN Oct. 30 Englert Theatre Iowa City , IA Nov. 1 Slowdown: Main […]

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Nurses Album Stream + Early Digital Release

September 14, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Nurses‘ new album Dracula is streaming exclusively at Yours Truly. You can pre-order the album here and receive an instant download of the album, plus an exclusive mixtape, ahead of the September 20 release date! As is that wasn’t enough(!), you can watch the band’s new video for “Fever Dreams” […]

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Colour Revolt Give Away The Cradle

September 12, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

In celebration of their upcoming tour, Colour Revolt are offering their latest album The Cradle free for download today ONLY at NoiseTrade. Upcoming dates can be found below. 9-14 Denver, CO – Base Camp at Summit Music Hall * 9-16 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court * 9-18 Spokane, WA – A Club * 9-19 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios * 9-20 Seattle, WA – El Corazon * 9-22 San Francisco, CA – […]

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Andy Hull’s Influences

September 8, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra/Bad Books has posted his 5 most influential artists which you can read about here. Great list but I have to give MAJOR props to his #1 choice!

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Robbers Full Length Available

September 8, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Robbers‘ new album Fear To Face Beauty is now available on Bandcamp. Brand New fans might recognize the last name one of the band members…

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Thrice Stream New Album Incrementally

September 8, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Thrice will be streaming a new song at their website from their new album Major/Minor each (week)day until it’s release on September 20.

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fun. In-Studio Update

September 8, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Watch a studio update from fun. at Complex. The band are currently finishing up work on their sophomore album due out early next year. At the link you can also see upcoming tour dates with Janelle Monae(!!).

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Handshakes Offer Ridge Free

September 8, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Handshakes (ex-Controlling The Famous/Wintergreen/Sputnik Monroe) has their song “Ridge” available free for download at LA Buzz Bands. The song comes from their debut Cryptozoology available now digitally or physically here.

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Just A Free Comp

September 4, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Just An Animal (formerly Red Cortez) are featured in a new free compilation featuring up-and-coming artist. You can download it now at Littlest Sounds. The band’s debut album will be released before the year’s end.

Miniature Tigers, Major Boomerang

September 2, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Miniature Tigers are offering a new song, “Boomerang,” free for download at their website. There you can also find upcoming fall tour dates. The song will be featured on the band’s new album Mia Pharaoh due out next year.

We Barbarians Get Into Yr Headspace

September 2, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

We Barbarians released the Headspace EP this past Tuesday. Listen to singer/guitarist David Quon talking about the recording and gestation of the release at Vimeo. Also, read their current feature at Ultimate Ear. p.s. you just might find some cool nuggets here….

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The Dear Hunter Deal + Tour Dates

September 2, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

The Dear Hunter recently finished their first headlining tour and have announced new fall dates with Manchester Orchestra. You can also purchase the condensed version of their latest album The Color Spectrum at Amazon for only $5.

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Colourful Tour

September 2, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Colour Revolt will be out on a West Coast tour this fall with Colourmusic. You can see dates, download a tour sampler and buy tickets all at this link.

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Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground – Introducing…

Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground – Introducing…

August 30, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground return with their second full length Introducing…. It is another psychedelic romp through the forests of Bellevue, Washington with a little more restraint and a little more pop.

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Psychic Babble – My Brother’s Ears/My Sister’s Eyes

Psychic Babble – My Brother’s Ears/My Sister’s Eyes

August 30, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Colin Frangicetto steps out of the shadow of Circa Survive and releases his debut album full of upbeat shoegaze jams culled from years of unreleased work.

Kay Kay and Their Friends & Family

August 30, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground just wrapped up a national headlining tour with The Dear Hunter in support of their latest album Introducing… You can order your copy here. Keep an eye out for the review of both up here veeeery soon… Also, the band released the “Friends & […]

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Nurses Pre-Order + Special Deal

August 25, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Nurses will release their third album Dracula September 20. You can stream a new song, “Trying To Reach You,” at Pitchfork now. If you’re like me and can’t wait until the release date, you can order a physical copy here and receive an instant download of the entire album! Along […]

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We Barbarians EP Pre-Order

August 18, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

We Barbarians‘ new EP Headspace, due out August 30, is available for digital pre-order at District Lines along with a new t-shirt design. You can download a new song, “Chambray,” from the EP here. You can also stream the title track and “Stroke By Stroke” on their BandPage at Facebook. Dates for the band’s upcoming […]

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My Own Release Day

August 16, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

My Brother’s Ears/My Sister’s Eyes,  the debut solo release from Colin Frangicetto a.k.a. Psychic Babble is available  today both digitally and on vinyl. To pick up either version, head here for a listing (and links) of where to get your copy. Look for a review later this week. Also, if you […]

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Hella Good Buy!!!!!

August 15, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Hellogoobye are offering their latest album Would It Kill You? on cd for only $4 for a limited time! You can order it here along with a digital download and free bumper sticker!! Might I add it was one of my favorite pop albums of last year!!! If what you […]

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Save The Day/Baside Fall 2011 Tour

August 12, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Saves The Day has announced a fall co-headlining tour with Bayside. I Am The Avalanche and Transit will be providing support for the entire tour. Dates can bee seen at the band’s website. Saves The Day will be touring in support of Daybreak, the third part in their trilogy albums […]

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Mercies Stream Debut

August 9, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Mercies (current and former members of The Dear Hunter) are streaming their debut album Three Thousand Days at AOL now. You can pre-order your copy at Bandcamp for only $5!

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ME & LP Debut

August 8, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

ME & LP (Matt Embree [of Rx Bandits] and Lisa Papineau) will release their debut Chez Raymond tomorrow, August 9 digitally. You can also purchase a physical copy along with some cool-looking new merch here. But wait, what’s this!? A day early!?

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RIP Red Cortez; Introducing Just An Animal

August 7, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Red Cortez made quite a buzz around LA over the past few years but are now reforming under a new name: Just An Animal. They will release their new album Lonely Hunter October 4. You can stream/download the first two singles at Bandcamp.

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Sainthood Stream

August 4, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Andrew gave it the “best new music” stamp of approval and now you can decide for youself: Sainthood Reps is streaming their new album Monoculture at AV Club. You can pick the album up next Tuesday, August 9.

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Halos – Living Like Kings In Confined Spaces

Halos – Living Like Kings In Confined Spaces

July 29, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Halos take the songs and experience they’ve gathered over the past four years and released their debut album “Living Like Kings In Confined Spaces.”

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Kay Kay Unleash Introducing…

July 28, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground officially released Introducing… this past Tuesday on cd and vinyl. You can purchase your copy at ShopRadioCast and stream the album at Spinner.

Halos Release Debut LP

July 28, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Halos released their long-awaited debut full length Living Like Kings In Confined Spaces this week. You can stream the album at Purevolume then pick it up at your favorite digital retailer or the physical copies can be purchased here. Look for my review at the end of this week!

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Monkey!! Knife!! Fight!!

July 25, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

This fall will mark the 10-year anniversary of one of this site’s collective favorite bands: Minus The Bear! To celebrate, the band will be performing their classic album Highly Refined Pirates along with songs off of This Is What I Know About Being Gigantic and to top it off, new songs! […]

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New Gold Motel Song

July 21, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Gold Motel (ex-Hush Sound, This Is Me Smiling) will be performing at Lollapalooza this year. To celebrate, they will be releasing a new song, “Leave You In Love,” digitally that week. Also, check out a new interview Greta and Eric did with The Total Scene.

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Fairweather Reunite

July 21, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Fairweather have reformed after years of inactivity and will be performing a few East coast shows which you can see listed below. They are now actively writing new music and has decided to continue playing shows when possible so don’t miss out. Sep 16 New York, NY @ Studio at Webster […]

Mute Math Odd Soul Single

July 20, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Mute Math will release their new album Odd Soul October 4 but you see the video for the title track on Youtube now. Also, visit their site to play around with the audio mix of the album (I had WAY too much fun doing this!).

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New Thrice Thrice/Fall Dates

July 20, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Stream/download a new Thrice song entitled “Yellow Belly” here. The song comes from their forthcoming album Major/Minor due out September 20 on Vagrant Records. At the link you will also find the band’s fall tour dates.

Stray From The Path Rising Sun

July 15, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Stray From The Path will release their new album Rising Sun August 30 on Sumerian Records. You can hear the first song released from the album, “Death Beds,” on Youtube.

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Black Keys New Album

July 15, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

The Black Keys have finished work on their new album, the follow-up to last year’s insanely popular Brothers. The band opened up to Spin about the album which you can read about here.

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Blink-182 Single / Tour Dates

July 15, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Blink-182‘s new single “Up All Night” can be heard at their website. The song comes from their new album Neighborhoods due out this fall. You can catch them on tour this fall with My Chemical Romance with support from Manchester Orchestra and Matt & Kim.

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Maps & Atlases Isralei Caves Video

July 15, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Maps & Atlases‘ extremely cute new video for “Isralei Caves” can be seen at Youtube. The song comes from their new album Perch Patchwork available now on Barsuk Records.

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Colin Stetson Announces EP

July 13, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Colin Stetson will follow up his tremendous sophomore album Judges, which was released earlier this year, with a 2-song EP entitled Those Who Didn’t Run due out October 4. To hear an excerpt from the album and read more about it, head here. If you don’t know what Colin does […]

We Barbians Fall Dates

July 12, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

We Barbarians have announced new national tour dates which you can see at Facebook. The band is currently in New York recording their sophomore album. For those of you unfamiliar with the band, you can stream two new songs at Facebook as well as their debut album There’s This There’s That […]

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ME & LP Single

July 12, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

ME & LP (Matt Embree [of Rx Bandits] and Lisa Papineau) have posted a video for “La Belle Tocade” on Facebook. The song will be included on their debut release Chez Raymond due out digitally August 9 on Sargent House.

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Blue October Tour

July 12, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Blue October will hit the road this fall in support of their upcoming album Any Man In America due out August 16. See tour dates and hear new music at the band’s website.

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In The Mountain In The Stream

July 11, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Portugal. The Man‘s new album In The Mountain In The Cloud is streaming at Paste Magazine now. The album hits stores next Tuesday, July 19 but you can still pre-order the album at the band’s website in a myriad of packages including a deluxe edition with limited edition lithographs and […]

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Andy’s Ideas

July 10, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra) has started a new blog where he will be posting songs and demos. The first pair are an Allison Krauss cover and new Right Away, Great Captain! song.

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Miniature Tigers Fortress Demos, Pt. 1

July 8, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

In celebration of the 1-year anniversary of the release of Fortress, Miniature Tigers are offering a free download of demos from the album at their website.

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Maps & Atlases Take-Away Performance

July 4, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Maps & Atlases‘ ‘Take Away Show’ where they performed the song “Pigeon” can be seen at Youtube. The song comes from their debut full length Perch Patchwork available now via Barsuk Records. You can catch the band on tour with Rx Bandits now.

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We Barbarians Album Stream

July 4, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

We Barbarians are streaming their full length There’s This There’s That at Soundcloud now. The band is currently in Brooklyn, NY recording the follow-up. You can hear a preview of the record at their Facebook under the BandPage.

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Sam Means Interview

July 2, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Sam Means (formerly of The Format) recently did an interview in which he discusses The Format, his current artistic endeavours and his merch company Hello Merch.

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Circa Survive Remix Contest

July 1, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Circa Survive wants YOU to remix their latest album Blue Sky Noise. They have provided the stems to 3 tracks off the album at their website.

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Colour Revolt Amazon Daily Deal

July 1, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Colour Revolt‘s latest album The Cradle and it’s deluxe edition (which includes 9 bonus tracks) are today’s, Friday July 1, Amazon Daily Deal’s which means you can purchase both the regular and expanded edition for only $3.99! Do NOT pass up such a great deal. Even if you already down […]

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Kick-Snare-Hat Launched

June 30, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Ben Homola (of Bad Books) recently launched a new website dedicated to talking about and to drummers. Featured interviews already posted include Ricky Mazzotta (of mewithoutYou) and Riley Reckenridge (of Thrice).

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The Fling Interview

June 30, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Read an interview with Graham of The Fling at Unedited. The band recently re-released their debut When The Madhouses Appear with Dangerbird Records. See their website for upcoming tour dates.

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Jessica Dobson (formerly Deep Sea Diver) News

June 28, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Read an article on Jessica Dobson, formerly known as Deep Sea Diver, at Seattle Weekly. You can also preview two songs from her upcoming full length debut at her website.

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Halos Stream LP

June 27, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Halos are streaming their debut album Living Like Kings In Confined Spaces in it’s entirety at Liisten.com. The album officially comes out July 26 but you can pre-order a copy from the band now at their website. You can also download 3 songs from the link listed above.

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Me & LP Announce EP

June 23, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Matt Embree (of Rx Bandits) alongside Lisa Papineau will release a new EP titled Chez Raymond as Me & LP. Look for a July release and follow the band via Tumblr for updates.

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Steel Train 1-Year Anny

June 23, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Steel Train are celebrating the 1-year anniversary of the release of their Self-Titled album by giving it away for FREE for one week. You can download the album, including 2 b-sides, via their website. Also see the website to find out how you can win a copy of their 4-set 7″ […]

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Nurses Unleash Dracula

June 23, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Nurses have announced the release of Dracula, their new album available September 20 via Dead Oceans. You can see the artwork, tracklisting and download the album opener “Fever Dreams” here.

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Psychic Babble

June 22, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Colin of Circa Survive will release his debut solo album My Brother’s Ears/My Sister’s Eyes under the moniker Psychic Babble. Tracklisting can be found here and pre-order info along with a new song will be released this Thursday.  

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Kay Kay Record Release Audio

June 21, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Stream/download Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground‘s record release show for Introducing… at Bandcamp now. You can purchase the album digitally there as well or pre-order you physical copy (with complementary digital download) at Suburban Home Records.  

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Halos Release Date

June 20, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Halos will release their debut full length Living Like Kings In Confined Spaces July 26. Check back for more details and goodies as the date comes closer. The band recently won the best video award for their song “Amalgam” which you can view here.  

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Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

June 20, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Progress is difficult to make when you’re carrying boulders on your back.   Fleet Foxes first released their music to the masses in 2008 (preceded by a local-only EP in late 2006) and after a slow rumble, their popularity built to make them the hottest thing on the year’s “best-of” […]

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Thursday’s Rickly Talks Influences

June 20, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

While I hope you are ALL spinning Thursday‘s latest amazing record No Devolución, you also may be wondering what  influenced the sound of the record? Well, lead singer Geoff Rickly told Spin all about it. The album is available now. You can catch the band on tour with Taking Back […]

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Dear Hunter Release Color Spectrum

June 15, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

The Dear Hunter‘s standard version of the Color Spectrum is streaming now at AOL Music. Both this and the complete collection, featuring  36 songs, are available now digitally and physically. Update: Watch Casey discuss the concept behind the gargantuan release here.

Yellow Red Sparks LP Sampler

June 13, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Preview Yellow Red Sparks‘ upcoming debut album here and here via Soundcloud. More details on the release when they become available.

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Bon Iver Album Stream

June 9, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Bon Iver is streaming their Self-Titled album, due out June 21, at NPR. This this the follow-up to their intensely hyped debut For Emma, Forever Ago.

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Colour Revolt Deluxe Edition

June 9, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Colour Revolt released a deluxe version of their latest album The Cradle to digital stores across the internet today. You can stream an unreleased demo, featured on the release, at their website. Don’t you hate when you have re-purchase an album just for the extra tracks!? Well, Colour Revolt didn’t […]

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Kay Kay Song Stream

June 9, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground are streaming a new song, “World’s Entire,” at Consequence of Sound. The song comes from their sophomore album Introducing… due out July 26 in physical form. You can pre-order your copy on vinyl or cd at Shop Radio Cast. Also, check out their website […]

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Full Native Set From KrazyFest

June 5, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Watch Native‘s full set from Krazy Fest where they performed 3 new songs. If you haven’t yet, check out their amazing full length Wrestling Moves available now on Sargent House. You can stream/download the entire album at Bandcamp.

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Kay Kay Announce Summer Dates

June 3, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground have announced initial dates for their summer tour with The Dear Hunter and O’ Brother which you can see at their website. Also, you can pre-order their new album Introducing… here along with a lot of extra goodies. Here are the color breakdowns for […]

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Chad VanGaalen Diaper Island

June 3, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Watch the video for Chad VanGaalen‘s single “Peace On The Rise” here. The song comes from his latest album Diaper Island available now. You can also download “Sara,” another song off the album here (right-click, save as) and an exclusive EP of outtakes from the album on Bandcamp which benefits Japan’s […]

Mayer Hawthorne Announces New Album Details

June 3, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Mayer Hawthorne has signed with Universal Republic and will release his label debut How Do You Do this fall. You can download the first single, “A Long Time,” at any digital retailer now.

Mister Heavenly Out of Love

June 3, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Mister Heavenly, featuring indie rock veterans Nick Thorburn (Islands), Ryan Kattner (Man Man) and Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse), will release their debut Out Of Love August 16 on Sup Pop Records. You can watch an introduction video to the band on Youtube and download “Pineapple Girl” at Soundcloud.

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Introducing: Cast Spells

June 3, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Sargent House would like to introduce you to Cast Spells, a project from Dave Davison (of Maps & Atlases) by offering you his debut Bright Works & Baton for free here. This was initially released in 2009 but has gone unnoticed for far too long so here is your chance […]

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Handshakes Premier at Future Sounds

June 2, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Handshakes (ex-Wintergreen, Controlling The Famous, Sputnik Monroe) is streaming the remix to “Ridge,” a song off their debut Cryptozoology, at Future Sounds.

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A Biceratops Is Born

June 1, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Biceratops, the new band from Matt Embree and Chris Tsagakis (of Rx Bandits) have launched a Tumblr where you can read a big about the band and hear a new jam.

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Fleet Foxes :: Helplessness Blues

May 3, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Fleet Foxes released what has been the most captivating music to-date this year this past Tuesday. The album: Helplessness Blues. Your objective: go purchase the album at Amazon for only $7.99. It’s not asking much and you will reap a GREAT reward; I promise.

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NPR: First Listen (4/25)

April 26, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

NPR is streaming new albums from The Antlers (Burst Apart) and Fleet Foxes (Helplessness Blues) which are both due out May 3. Look for a review of Fleet Foxes’ new album soon!

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Vinyl Is About To Get Hot

April 22, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Facing New York will release their sophomore album Get Hot on vinyl this summer. You can pre-order your copy here.

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Further Seems Closer Than Ever

April 22, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Watch the original line-up of Further Seems Forever, featuring Chris Carraba, perform a brand new song on Youtube.

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Taking Back Sunday Video Premier

April 22, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Taking Back Sunday‘s video for “El Paso” is streaming exclusively at Alternative Press. The song comes from their self-titled full length available June 28. You can pre-order the album at the band’s website. The video was directed by Thursday guitarist Steve Pedulla.

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Underoath Announce Illuminato(u)r

April 22, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Underoath have announced they will headline the Illuminato[u]r this summer with support from Times of Grace, Stray From The Path and Letlive. Dates will be announced this Monday.

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Kay Kay Announce Summer Tour

April 22, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Kay Kay And His Weathered Underground (members of Gatsbys American Dream, Wild Orchid Children) have announced via Facebook they will be doing a tour this summer. Hmm, didn’t another band just announce something about a summer tour… best check your prescription!

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Rx Bandits Announce Final Tour

April 22, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

In perhaps the saddest news to hit my ears in quite some time, I have the unfortunate task of reporting that Rx Bandits have announced their upcoming summer tour will be there last. The official announcement can be read here. Dates to be announced soon. See the band’s website (linked […]

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Handshakes Debut Available Now

April 20, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Handshakes (ex-Controlling The Famous/Wintergreen/Sputnik Monroe) are streaming their debut release Cryptozoology at Bandcamp. The EP is now available digitally via Old Flame Records. Also, you can stream/download a remix of their song “Fivehead” at Bandcamp as well.

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Return Of The House Of Fools

April 19, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

House Of Fools are back after a few years out of the spotlight. You can stream “Time” from their upcoming album, Versus The Beast, here. Also, stream “Dogfight” at their Facebook. The album is due out this summer.

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Avi Goes Solo

April 19, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

Avi Zahner-Isenberg, mastermind behind Avi Buffalo, has released a solo album, Phantom Trannies, which you can stream/purchase at Bandcamp.

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