This is what I love about Anchor & Braille. From the soft, acoustic melodies that their debut album, Felt brought in 2009 to the more synth-driven sounds of 2012’s The Quiet Life, their sound has More »
The 45th Annual JUNO Award nominations were announced yesterday, and as a surprise to very few, R&B artist The Weeknd leads the pack with an extraordinary six nods. Not far behind him, with More »
Hey you hardcore lovers, good news! Counterparts, Gideon, Expire and Knocked Loose will be joining forces on an upcoming spring tour. The tour will kick off in Milwaukee, WI on March 11th More »
Simple Plan are at it again with their video for their latest single, “Opinion Overload.” The video is simple switches back and forth between lead-singer Pierre Bouvier and a show in a small-ish club, and plays true to the lyrics of the song. “I’m doing things exactly how I want to, what part of that don’t you understand? Hey! And I don’t give a d*mn if you don’t approve, what part of that don’t you understand?” If you ask me, I think the song is the band’s reaction to all of the reaction they’ve been getting the last few years for “selling out” and being “too pop heavy.” This song, however, is quite possibly the next punk anthem with undertones of “Perfect”-era SP, a catchy guitar riff over the chorus and a drum beat that you can dance to. Check out the video for yourself below the jump and let us know what you think about the newest Simple Plan song!
The English folk singer/songwriter Frank Turner will be releasing an EP titled Mittens that will include five tracks on March 4th, 2016. Along with the release of the Mittens EP, Turner will also be launching an interactive website that allows visitors to send virtual postcards to other people. The concept comes from the story behind the title track, “Mittens,” which is about Turner’s experience with having taken a risk reaching out to someone and getting nothing in return. You can visit the interactive site here. Mittens is available to pre-order here, and you can watch the music video for the title track below the jump.
Toronto’s Angela Saini released a poppy, new song titled “Living on the Bright Side.”
The song is an empowering tribute to, as its title suggests, living on on the bright side of life. “Whenever it rains, I only see a rainbow, splashing through the puddles, knowing that’s how green grass grows, ” Saini sings, reminding us how seamlessly we can transform negative experiences into positives ones. Stream the song, below, and let us know what you think of it in the comments section.
Saini radiates positivity, and is known for her songs about self-renewal, empowerment, and the vast intricacies of life. To hear more from the folk pop singer, you can purchase a CD here or buy concert tickets here when they become available.
We The Kings released a new single titled “The Story Of Tonight.”
In a YouTube video, frontman Travis Clark said that the song was inspired by the band not getting into a sold-out Broadway show in New York City. Instead of attending a screening of Hamilton, they band listened to the soundtrack and immediately fell in love with “The Story Of Tonight.”
The group, with permission from the song’s writer and the musical’s producers, created their own rendition of the song. “The Story Of Tonight” showcases the band’s musical progression, while staying staying true to, and honing in on, their alternative pop rock roots. Check out the new song, below, and let us know what you think of it in the comments section.
This is what I love about Anchor & Braille. From the soft, acoustic melodies that their debut album,
Felt brought in 2009 to the more synth-driven sounds of 2012’s The Quiet Life, their sound has had only one real commonality: it’s forever changing. With the opening lines of 2016’s Songs For The Late Night Drive Home (can we all agree that’s a brilliant title?) we hear Stephen Christian singing, “I’m not who you remember. I’ve moved on from what you know” and my first thought is that in the literal sense, that couldn’t be more true. This is an album that already has the mark of originality—and I love that.
While the album is undeniably more exploratory than Felt, it feels much smoother than the experimentation that we saw on The Quite Life. Almost like a grown up version of the two, seamlessly transcending into a place of comfort and contentment. In a word, it’s beautiful.
Take a listen to a few tracks off the album below, and purchase a CD HERE.
Alex Nauth (trumpeter for neo-glam rockers on hiatus, Foxy Shazam), Mathew Franklin and Lex Vegas (Cadaver Dogs) have come together to form The Skulx, a three-piece anthemic tribute to rock & rollers who came before — with a brassy twist. Released on December 31, 2015, their eponymous debut (Mind Over Matter Records) reveals order in its own chaos, and features guests from Slash & The Conspirators and Bad Rabbits, among others.
The tour, supported by guttural swing rockers, Flannel Mouth, kicks off March 10 in Columbus, Ohio and works its way to Texas for SXSW. See the full list of tour dates after the jump. Digital Tour Bus will be facilitating giveaways and documenting tour videos, so make sure to check out the site.
Jeff Rosenstock announced their first European Tour in six years. The band will have support from Great Cynics throughout the duration of the tour.
The groups will kick off their tour on March 16 in Kingston, and will travel through Norwich, Newcastle, Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam and more before closing off in Brighton on April 10.
Check out the complete tour itinerary, below, and let us know which stop you’re looking forward to in the comments section. To hear more from Jeff Rosenstock, you can purchase a CD or buy concert tickets here.
Beauty Sleep is the newest band to emerge from Belfast’s dreamy indie pop scene (which delivered the excellent Two Door Cinema Club and Snow Patrol). Beauty Sleep (Ryan McGroarty, Cheylene Murphy and Aimee Williamson) combine rhythms that seem to match your heartbeat with airy layered vocals, delivering a captivating performance with their first single, “The Dark.” Spelling out naughty words with magnets at a house party bonded the trio, leading them to self-produce the ethereal track that foreshadows international success to come. You can stream “The Dark” after the jump.
So “come a little closer” on February 19 when “The Dark” becomes available for purchase and download. Connect with them on Facebook here. Lucky enough to live in Belfast? To buy concert tickets, click here.
I just can’t get away from my intense love of pop-punk, and with Connecticut’s Loner Chic making tunes like the one we’re about to premiere, why would I want to? Blending knowing, sardonic lyrics with a dynamic musical framework, Loner Chic is gearing up to release their debut full-length, Year of the Goth February 19th via Broken World Media. Today, we premiere “Imaginary #2”, and give you a taste of just what these guys are all about.
If you’re lucky enough to be in CT, you can catch their release show with Pinegrove (Run For Cover Records) on February 19th and RSVP here. They’ll also be playing the Funeral Sounds / Broken World Media unofficial SXSW showcase on March 16th. That Facebook event can be found here. Check out the band, purchase a vinyl or cassette here.
The Front Bottoms will be hitting the road this April and May with Brick + Mortar, and Diet Cig.
The tour will kick off on April 6 in Buffalo, New York and will travel through the continental United States before closing off on the weekend of May 27 in Boston, Massachusetts for Boston Calling.
Check out the complete list of dates and locations, below, and let us know what date you’re looking forward to in the comments section.
Everything is coming full circle for Saosin. The group have recruited original frontman Anthony Green for their new album, and it is finally coming to fruition.
Saosin posted a teaser of their new material, with the promise that the album will be out this spring on Epitaph Records. It sounds energetic, and Green is, as ever, endearing vocally. Check out the teaser and post from Saosin’s Facebook after the jump!
Three months ago, Marianas Trench released their fourth studio album Astoria. To celebrate the momentous occasion the Canadian foursome held a live stream release party, filled with Q&As and live performances. The performance that stole the show was their emotional acoustic rendition of the album’s first single “One Love.”
Even through a computer screen, Josh Ramsay’s powerful vocals are chill-inducing. You can check out the video after the jump!
Marianas Trench are currently on the second leg of their Hey You Guys Tour with Mainland. You can see the rest of the tour dates below and be sure to buy concert tickets here.
To hear more from the band, you can purchase a CD here.
The 45th Annual JUNO Award nominations were announced yesterday, and as a surprise to very few, R&B artist The Weeknd leads the pack with an extraordinary six nods. Not far behind him, with five nominations each, are Justin Bieber and Drake.
A week-long celebration is set to take place in Calgary from March 28th – April 3rd, with the big ceremony taking place on the last night at Scotiabank Saddledome.
You can check out the nominees for some of the major awards after the jump! For a complete list click here.
Be sure to check out your favorite nominees’ websites to purchase a CD and buy concert tickets!
Hey you hardcore lovers, good news! Counterparts, Gideon, Expire and Knocked Loose will be joining forces on an upcoming spring tour. The tour will kick off in Milwaukee, WI on March 11th and will end in Buffalo, NY on April 10th. Check out the tour flyer after the jump and wait anxiously for the tickets to go on sale! In the meantime, you can purchase merch and CDs from the bands:
A little while ago we reported that the pop punk band The Starting Line would be returning with some new recorded material. The date of the release has unfortunately been pushed back from February 5th to February 19th, but until then, we have some good news to tide you over!
The new 7″ vinyl is called Anyways, and the band just released the music video for the title track of the release. Check it out after the jump and if you haven’t yet, preorder the 7″ here. But hurry! They’re running out!
Also, throw it back with some of their older albums! CDs available for purchase here.
FIDLAR released an emoji-inspired music video for “Why Generation.”
The video questions our generation’s modern obsession with technology. The four-minute clip was put together with emoji’s and shows people who, instead of experiencing the world around them, are viewing everything through their mobile devices.
Germany’s indie, post-punk gem, Drangsal, released a music video for “Allan Align.” The track is off the artist’s debut album, Harieschaim, which is scheduled to release on April 22 through Caroline International.
The video tells the story of a man and woman who meet in a parish hall. The man, who is a priest, gives the woman a blessing. The glistening track is packed to the brim with techno beats alongside post-punk infused singing and songwriting.
Check out the video, below, and let us know what you think of it in the comments section.To hear more from Drangsal, you can purchase a CD or buy concert tickets here.