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March 15, 2014 by Jason Gordon
The Year Fifteen, a side project of Billy Duprey from The Republic of Wolves, will be releasing his debut LP “As A World Entire” on March 23rd (which happens to be his 23rd birthday). This kid has some serious talent, so I highly recommend everyone checks this out as soon as it drops. Fans of TROW will certainly enjoy this, but he adds some additional elements to his sound that will appeal to a wide array of music lovers. I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the record and it’s phenomenal. Property of Zack recently did an exclusive on the band so check it out here for more details on the making of the album and the track listing. POZ also posted an exclusive stream of “It’s Been So Hard” off the new record that can be heard here.Genre: indie pop, indie rock
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 (Los Angeles)
Feb. 20 Slim’s (San Francisco)
Feb. 22 Doug Fir (Portland)
Feb. 23 Nectar Lounge (Seattle)
3.15 – SXSW @ Soho Lounge
4.26 – Desert Daze
4.28 – Kahoutek
January 14, 2014 by Jason Gordon
Philadelphia’s Nothing prepare to release their debut LP “Guilty of Everything” on March 4, 2014, via Relapse Records. The album can be pre-ordered on Nothing’s bandcamp page where you can also here the new single titled “Dig“. Fans of 90s alternative rock, shoegaze, dream pop and metal, will surely enjoy their blend of distorted guitars, lush melodies, and heavy groove. Reminiscent of The Smashing Pumpkins, Hum, My Bloody Valentine, and Jesu, fans of this genre will certainly find something to enjoy in Nothing. Don’t sleep on this one.Genre: alternative rock, dream pop, indie, post-hardcore, shoegaze
January 11, 2014 by Matt Zimmerman
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 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Upstairs #
02/10 New Orleans, LA @ The Parish @ House of Blues #
02/11 Tallahassee, FL @ Rehab #
02/12 Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub #
02/13 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum #
02/14 Birmingham, AL @ WorkPlay Theatre #
02/15 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl #
02/17 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle #
02/18 Washington DC @ The Rock and Roll Hotel #
02/19 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts #
02/20 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom #
02/21 Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East Downstairs #
02/22 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus #
02/23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar #
02/24 Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop #
02/25 Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig #
02/27 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club #
02/28 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room #
03/01 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre #
03/02 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge #
03/03 Boise, ID @ Neurolux #
03/04 Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s *
03/05 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
03/07 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
03/09 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *
03/10 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre *
03/12 Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom *
03/13 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad *
03/14 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory *
03/15 Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar *
03/16 Chicago, IL @ Metro *
# w/ Ken Mode, Inter Arma
* w/ Helms Alee, Ken Mode
January 9, 2014 by Jason Gordon
Philadelphia’s Modern Baseball have released a new track “Rock Bottom” which can be streamed on Brooklyn Vegan here. The song comes from their upcoming sophomore full length “You’re Gonna Miss It All” out February 11th which can be pre-ordered at Run for Cover Records. You can also check out another song from the upcoming record called “Your Graduation” here. I get hints of Front Bottoms, Tokyo Police Club, Say Anything, and Tigers Jaw on the new tracks I’ve heard so far. Looking forward to checking this one out.Genre: emo, emo punk, indie rock, pop-punk
January 4, 2014 by Jason Gordon
Drowners are gearing up to release their self titled debut LP on Frenchkiss Records on January 28, 2014. These guys are the perfect blend of garage / indie pop and post punk with hints of 80s brit pop. Check out their first single Luv, Hold me Down along with the official video on their website here. You’ll be instantly hooked by the jangly guitar melodies and a chorus that will get stuck in your head for days. If you live near DC, NY, or MA, you can catch them live before they head to Europe for some dates. You can also preview clips of the songs and pre-order the new album on Itunes here.Genre: indie pop, punk, twee
January 1, 2014 by Jason Gordon
Thief Club, the latest project from Nick Thompson, lead vocalist of Hit The Lights, will release their first LP on February 4th titled My Heavy. Fans of Hit The Lights should enjoy the pop-punk leanings of Thief Club, as it still maintains the hook heavy melodic pop punk nature that Hit The Lights contained. You can pre-order the record here and listen to the new song Slow Ride on their bandcamp page along with some other previously released songs. Fans of Hit The Lights, Number One Gun, Search The City, Anberlin and other similar acts from this genre will be more than pleased with the new music from Thief Club. Definitely a pop punk record to keep an ear out for in early 2014.Genre: alternative rock, emo punk, pop-punk
December 24, 2013 by Jason Gordon
If you haven’t heard of Lost Years, you should probably take note. They are gearing up to release one of the first pop punk records to drop in 2014, their third LP titled “Traditions” on January 7th. If you like earlier Dangerous Summer, The Ataris, Lawrence Arms, Polar Bear Club, The Wonder Years, and gritty melodic emotional pop punk with an edge (and some occasional breakdowns and gang vocals), this is your band. It also doesn’t hurt that they know how to write a good sing along hook as well. You can check out a song from the new album on their bandcamp page where you can also pre-order the new album. While you’re at it, I highly recommend checking out their debut LP titled This Year Brought Out The Worst in Me as well. I expect to hear more about these guys in 2014.Genre: emo punk, pop-punk, post-hardcore
December 19, 2013 by Jason Gordon
London, England’s Cheatahs will be releasing their long awaited debut LP (self titled) on February 10th, 2014 on Witchita Recordings. Fans of melodic shoegaze / indie rock with walls of guitars and big hooks will not be disappointed. Check out the new single Cut the Grass which can also be purchased on Itunes. If you haven’t listened to them before, please be sure to check out their previous release Extended Plays EP. You can also pre-order the new LP here. 2014 should be a great year for Cheatahs! If you get a chance, catch them on their tour dates in early 2014.Genre: dream pop, indie rock, shoegaze
November 26, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman
November 24, 2013 by Jason Gordon
Many of you don’t know who Taxes are, but you should. There was a band in the late 90s called Crumb fronted by Robby Cronholm. The album featured guest appearances from Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World, Blair Shehan of Knapsack, The Jealous Sound, and many others. The album was called Seconds, Minutes, Hours and was on par with albums like Clarity and others that came out around the same time. Emotive, Layered, Melodic, Driving, Guitar based Indie Rock/Pop with ridiculously catchy choruses. Lucky for us, the singer is back with his relatively newer band called Taxes, and they are preparing to unleash their new LP titled “It Never Ends”. There is still no release date but in the meantime, check out this new jam called mid-season replacement. I get a late 90s Jimmy Eat World vibe from it and it rules. You can also check out their last EP “It’s Always Something” to hold you over.Genre: emo, indie pop, indie rock
October 22, 2013 by Dave Giumara
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: Radiohead, Alt-J, Tame Impala.
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 Anthony Green who will also be supporting an upcoming solo album Young Legs, due out November 12.
You can read my review of his debut album My Brother’s Ears/My Sister’s Eyes here.
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.
September 18, 2013 by Jason Gordon
The Lonely Forest just unleashed their new single, “Warm/Happy” from their upcoming full length Adding Up The Wasted Hours, due out October 8th, on Trans Records. Following is a link to their lyric video to “Warm/Happy”. The song picks up right where The Lonely Forest left off, with their craft for melodic indie pop anthems. You can also pre-order the new album right here. Don’t miss out on what is sure to be one of the great indie-pop records of 2013!Genre: indie pop, indie rock
September 11, 2013 by Dave Giumara
If you are in the New York Area, The Jazz June will be reuniting to play the Topshelf Records CMJ Showcase taking place on October 19th at St. Vitus in Brooklyn, NY. The band will be playing alongside Enemies, Caravels, and Have Mercy You can purchase tickets for the event here.
September 11, 2013 by Dave Giumara
St. Lucia just released another new track, “Too Close”, off their upcoming album When The Night due out October 8th.
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.
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.