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Unlocked: The Key’s review of Young Statues’ The Flatlands are Your Friend

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Young Statues’ The Flatlands are Your Friend

It’s almost fitting that the release date of Young Statues’ sophomore LP, The Flatlands Are Your Friend, would fall around Halloween.

Whereas the South Jersey-based band’s self-titled debut could be categorized as indie pop, and its 2013 EP Age Isn’t Ours bordered on pop punk, Flatlands is something total different — an eerily haunting, rock-driven release.

We’re obviously not talking “Monster Mash” here. It’s edgy and emotional in the vein of “Gimme Shelter,” and a far cry from anything the band has ever done in the past.

Young Statues has always stuck out because they’ve never really fit in where they were. Punk and hardcore bands dominate the band’s label, Run For Cover Records. This has informed the tours Young Statues been on and the fan base they have developed. But you’d be mistaken to lump them in with many of their label mates or this “emo revival” everyone keeps talking about. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Paul McCartney’s unreleased recording with John Bonham, St. Vincent to debut 2 new songs on “Record Store Day” and Coldplay to release “Ghost Stories Live” DVD, Album

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via consequenceofsound.net

Two, classic Wings’ albums will be reissued next month: Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound, and the bonus material will include a song that Paul McCartney recorded with late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. Continue reading →

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Free download: 5 songs by Minus The Bear

Minus The Bear | Photo by Ryan Russell
Minus The Bear | Photo by Ryan Russell

Minus The Bear recently released a new album, Lost Loves, on Dangerbird Records. The album follows their 2012 release Infinity Overhead, and 2013’s Acoustics II. Formed in 2001, Minus The Bear includes Dave Knudson (guitar), Jake Snider (vocals, guitar), Erin Tate (drums), Cory Murchy (bass), and Alex Rose (synths, vocals). The Seattle band released their debut EP in 2001, followed by their debut album, Highly Refined Pirates, in 2002. Since then, the band has continued to evolve their sound, and on their new album, Continue reading →

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Mody Farooq educates and entertains on new track “The Pillars”

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Photo via soundcloud.com/modyfarooq

Hip hop at its best knows how to educate and entertain the youth. So it’s always fascinating to hear a new young MC captivate a listener with a dope creative sweet sixteen and at the same time drop so much knowledge in their lines you would think that you’re listening to a lecture from Socrates, Malcolm X, or Confucius.

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Unlocked: Download “Got The Knife” from Young Statues’ new The Flatlands are Your Friend

Young Statues | Photo via facebook.com/youngstatues
Young Statues | Photo via facebook.com/youngstatues

Young Statues’ 2011 self-titled debut album wasn’t exactly unintentional, but it was somewhat unplanned.

The South-Jersey based indie rock band was born from the collection of songs written by frontman Carmen Cirignano on a prolonged trip to Athens, Georgia. He had just left another band behind and was encouraged by people there and then upon returning home to turn what he thought would be solo material into a new project.

That collection of catchy, intricate indie pop tunes won over fans for a reason. Continue reading →

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Wig out with Foxygen, Goat and Fly Golden Eagle on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Foxygen | Photo by Cara Robbins
Foxygen | Photo by Cara Robbins

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is back tonight at 10pm on XPN! Don’t miss tonight’s show, especially if you’re a fan of rocking lo-fi psychedelic electronic hardcore jams. We’ll be spotlighting …And Star Power, the massive new double album from Foxygen, plus these fresh releases:

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Download the debut single by Philly dream pop newcomers Riva Ridge

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Philly’s Riva Ridge has written one of “those” songs. “Slide,” the debut single from Mel Riva. It’s the kind of song that instantly grabs you and has a hard time leaving. With twinkling reverbed guitars, soft fluffy synths, and a subtle, yet powerful hook, “Slide,” is a sweet slice of soulful, ambient dream pop. Continue reading →

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Download “Slow Knife” by Roadkill Ghost Choir

Roadkill Ghost Choir | Photo courtesy of the artist
Roadkill Ghost Choir | Photo courtesy of the artist

Roadkill Ghost Choir hail from Central Florida. The band is fronted by singer and main songwriter Andrew Shepard, and they recently released, In Tongues, their debut full length album. The band released a very impressive debut EP in 2012, Quiet Light, that had a rootsy foundation, more than a handful of rocking moments, and well crafted songs. Continue reading →

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