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Exclusive Single Premiere: Erin Bowman - 'Rush'

September 3rd, 2014 1:40pm EDT
Exclusive Single Premiere: Erin Bowman - 'Rush'
If you're looking for the perfect way to cap off your summer and begin the official transition into fall, then look no further than Erin Bowman's latest offering "Rush." Stream it above for free right now! Erin will be releasing a new EP this fall.

Bowman launched her solo career in November 2011 with the release of her debut single "Problem" to top-40 radio in the US. The first radio station to play "Problem" on a full-time basis was Sirius XM’s 20 on 20, where it became a top 5 requested song in less than 4 weeks. Other radio stations began to play "Problem" throughout the country and in...
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CD Review: Concord America - "Suns Out Guns Out" (Post-Echo)

July 20th, 2014 5:34pm EDT
CD Review: Concord America - "Suns Out Guns Out" (Post-Echo)
Part Weezer, part Black Keys, but all cool would be an astute way to describe Concord America’s Suns Out Guns Out EP. Another way to describe this album is, well, just plain cool. While Suns Out Guns Out on the whole is an explosion of fuzzed out quirky indie rock – mind the latter - rock (the monstrous riffs of “Vanilla Bastard” are not to be missed, “Crown Vic” is sheer garage inspired madness). “So Gay” is the purest of diamonds in the rough; a hit single lying in wait that could impact at radio tomorrow if given the chance, and the fun doesn’t stop there on Suns Out Guns Out. There’s al...
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CD Review: I Can See Mountains - "Gone Beachy"

July 20th, 2014 4:54pm EDT
CD Review: I Can See Mountains - "Gone Beachy"
As fate may have it, rumors of the demise of Buffalo’s quirky powerpop merchants I Can See Mountains have been greatly exaggerated. After playing what many thought to be their farewell show last December, band members Matt Cox and Kevin Hoffman have emerged from the depths with a new EP in Gone Beachy, a three song release that heaps loads of sunshine upon listeners. From the massive opening riff of “My Aquatic,” which features the infectious wordplay and idiosyncratic songwriting that made the band a fan favorite in the first place and the bouncy call-and-response of the Blink-182-esque “S...
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CD Review: The Nearly Deads - 'Invisible Tonight'

June 28th, 2014 3:13pm EDT
CD Review: The Nearly Deads - 'Invisible Tonight'
The evolution of the Nearly Deads from their very well-received Survival Guide EP to Invisible Tonight, their debut full length, is palpable, evident right off the rip with the intensely mature “I Said,” one of the most powerful tracks you hear this year in the rock world. Enigmatic frontwoman Theresa Jeane, aka TJ, is the linchpin, a sheer force at the helm of this talented powerhouse outfit, and the proof is in the pudding as they say early and often on Invisible Tonight (check out the hook on the album’s title track, and her utterly lofty vocals on “Changeover”). Some of Invisible Tonigh...
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CD Review: Outline In Color - 'Masks' (Standby Records)

June 28th, 2014 3:11pm EDT
CD Review: Outline In Color - 'Masks' (Standby Records)
Exploding out of the blocks is Outline In Color’s latest, Masks, thanks to caustic opening salvo “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” a searing array of djent-rooted, stilted staccato riffs, blistering percussions, spiraling hooks, and Issues-esque vocals that can stop and turn on a dime (shout out to K.C. Simonsen and Trevor Tatro). Masks features its fair share of familiar metalcore we’ve surely all heard before (“Pick Your Poison,” “55,” “Con Artist Culture Vs. Pax Americana”), but there are more than enough above-average instances smattered about (the overarching, grandiose “Beaut...
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Exclusive Video: Peace Mercutio - "Say Something" (A Great Big World rock cover)

June 18th, 2014 10:06pm EDT
If you've ever wondered what A Great Big World's piano ballad "Say Something" would sound with a full band - the fine folks in Peace Mercutio entered the studio to record a live video of the track. If you like the cover, you can download it right now for FREE just by joining the bands mailing address at www.peacemercutio.com.

You can also download the bands music for free over at www.peacemercutio.bandcamp.com.
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CD Review: Linkin Park - 'The Hunting Party' (Warner Bros.)

June 17th, 2014 5:51pm EDT
CD Review: Linkin Park - 'The Hunting Party' (Warner Bros.)
First things first, The Hunting Party is not Hybrid Theory. While it may find the band at their heaviest since 2003’s Meteora, it’s still an unfair comparison as they are two entirely different records indicative of two entirely different time periods. The Hunting Party sticks an emphatic middle finger in the face of today’s sterile rock scene as frontman Chester Bennington defiantly proclaims ‘No control/No surprise/I'm my own casualty/I fuck up everything I see/Fighting in futility’ during the opening seconds of “Keys to The Kingdom,” a clear result of Mike Shinoda and company being tired...
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CD Review: Mushroomhead - "The Righteous and the Butterfly" (Megaforce Records)

May 31st, 2014 1:07am EDT
CD Review: Mushroomhead - "The Righteous and the Butterfly" (Meg
It’s about both the journey and the destination on Mushroomhead’s The Righteous and the Butterfly, an album that really does save the best for last. Bucking the norm of putting your best foot forward, much of the band’s eighth studio album comes during the second half of the record, which isn’t to say you should be bypassing the first eight or so tracks.

The Righteous and the Butterfly is littered with classic Mushroomhead output – flat out chugging metallers ( “Our Apologies,” Devils Be Damned”) - interspersed with cuts seemingly plucked off the next Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack...
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CD Review: Sevendust - 'Time Travelers & Bonfires'

April 21st, 2014 10:34pm EDT
CD Review: Sevendust - 'Time Travelers & Bonfires'
It’s been 10 years since Sevendust turned the lights out and cut the power, having not unplugged the amps since 2004’s Southside Double-Wide: Acoustic Live, but Time Travelers & Bonfires returns the band to the acoustic arena, where the band is more than capable of carrying themselves. On one hand it might be easy to worry that Sevendust’s normally aggressive nature wouldn't properly translate to an acoustic setting - things could easily devolve into dismissable power ballads - but Time Travelers & Bonfires works quickly to dispel any such notions.

Sevendust staples “Black” and “Denial” ge...
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CD Review: Emperors and Elephants - 'Devil in the Lake'

April 21st, 2014 10:30pm EDT
CD Review: Emperors and Elephants - 'Devil in the Lake'
It takes just one track, opener “Bring It Down,” off of Emperors and Elephants debut Devil in the Lake, to see this band’s unabashed promise. The Chicago hard rock merchants come out of the blocks swinging, and it’s clear this band possesses some talented axemen, including their newest member, ex-Texas Hippie Coalition guitarist Randy “The Arsonist” Cooper, which is not to slight fellow slinger Jeph Stiph. There’s a lot of influence to be found here – Purple­-era Stone Temple Pilots, Shinedown, Tantric, Full Devil Jacket, the list could go on and on. Devil in the Lake is an amalgam of said ...
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