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Listen to Creepoid’s new “American Smile,” get pumped for their new LP on Collect Records

Creepoid | Photo by Noel Conrad | courtesy of the artist
Creepoid | Photo by Noel Conrad | courtesy of the artist

Seems that Philadelphia band Creepoid has found a new home with Collect Records. Their third album, Cemetery Highrise Slum, is slated for release on June 23rd and today the band released the album’s first track, “American Smile.”  Falling in that zone between poppy punk headbangers and heavy psychedelic brooders, it hints at an exciting shape and feel for the new album.  Continue reading →

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Listen to Ganou’s angelic rendition of “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift

Photo by Ben Hesler | via facebook.com/ganousings
Photo by Ben Hesler | via facebook.com/ganousings

Philly’s Ganou definitely decided to cover the right artist. Taylor Swift is one of the most prominent faces in American music and her transformation from a modest country singer to lustrous pop star is compelling; her songs, though, aren’t the easiest to cover unless the artist doing it puts a unique spin on them.

That’s exactly what Ganou does with “Blank Space.” Continue reading →

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Listen to dark psych rock of Residuels’ new single “Valley of Fire”

Residuels
Residuels | photo via Facebook

If things aren’t warming up fast enough for you here in Philadelphia, try not to think about how several local bands will be escaping to sunny Austin, TX and the SXSW festival later this month. Residuels is one of those lucky bands, and they’re gearing up for the showcase with the release a new song called “Valley of Fire.”

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The Key Studio Sessions: Halfro

Photos by Dan Lidon | danlidon.com

A year ago when The Key’s Sameer Rao first introduced us to Philadelphia five-piece Halfro, he said that “comparing [the band] to its most obvious progenitor would be way too simple.” And while I do agree with his sentiment, not making that connection between this homegrown jazzy / funky hip-hop live band and The Roots leaves out a big part of their story. Continue reading →

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Listen to E. Grizzly’s newest mixtape, assembled from Trent Reznor beats

E. Grizzly | via facebook.com/egrizzly305
E. Grizzly | via facebook.com/egrizzly305

Though it’s not a pairing you might immediately think of, Nine Inch Nails and hip-hop go quite well together. Sure, most people know Trent Reznor for his cathartic delivery and emotionally-expressive songs (both of which have earned him some teasing over the years, like we see in this Whitest Kids U Know sketch), but the man has long been an outspoken fan of rap music; he was an enthusiastic supporter of Wu-Tang Clan long before it was cool for people in the alternative rock world to be into the Wu. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Shout along with Northern Faces’ new single “Cops Come”

Northern Faces | Photo by Shervin Lainez | shervinfoto.com | courtesy of the artist
Northern Faces | Photo by Shervin Lainez | shervinfoto.com | courtesy of the artist

With three years of hard touring and a hot EP under their belts, punk-infused Albany outfit Northern Faces buckled down this year and made a record that practically demands you shout along with it. Produced by Casey Bates of Portugal. The Man, the self-titled LP will be released on April 21st via venerable hardcore label Equal Vision Records.

Following up on the jangley “Wait Wait Wait,” which the band released back in December, we’re psyched to bring you a premiere of the album’s opening track today. Continue reading →

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Best Coast celebrates its home state in “California Nights”

Best Coast | photo via facebook.com/bestcoast
Best Coast | photo via facebook.com/bestcoast

Rock duo Best Coast pays tribute to the California terrain and state they call home in the new  video for “California Nights.” It’s the title track for their third album, and it gives us a glimpse of what the new songs are all about: “California nights make me feel so happy I could die.” The sentiment by lead vocalist Bethany Cosentino is as beautiful as it is haunting. Continue reading →

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Colleen Green’s video for “TV” features cameos from Slutever and Girlpool

Colleen Green | Photo by Colleen Green
Colleen Green | Photo by Colleen Green

Colleen Green sure has been busy.  Upon finishing and releasing her album I Want To Grow Up she released a music video for the single “TV” which include cameos from Slutever and Girlpool (who happen to play at Union Transfer on April 28th).  The concept of ”TV” came from exactly what you’d expect, Green’s love for it and the affect it had on her.  “TV is my friend and it has been / with me everyday from an early age” are the first lyrics we hear, and the song continues accompanied by satirical parodies of shows. Continue reading →