Posts tagged alternative
Preview: Chase Atlantic // Phases

Alt-pop Australian trio Chase Atlantic surfaced in 2014 and have certainly made a name for themselves along the way. Their unique blend of genres highlights their lyricism in a way that some might find hard to categorize. Fueled by dark, gloomy stories paired with upbeat, high energy beats, Chase Atlantic’s music is infectious - you’ll be grooving to the music before you know it!

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Preview: Frank Iero And The Future Violents // Barriers

Growing up in New Jersey, there were a lot of influences throughout my childhood that helped shape and define who I am. From sports games to the shore, music has always been an integral part of the Jersey Life. If you’re familiar with past projects that New Jersey native Frank Iero’s been a part of, from Pency Prep to My Chemical Romance, his upcoming release with his new band, The Future Violents, holds true to the East Coast undertones of his previous releases while branching out and taking chances.

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Kid You Not // Home Again

North Florida punk rock quartet Kid You Not will be releasing a new album, Home Again, on October 12th through Deep Elm records. Home Again follows their 2017 release Never A Dull Movement and turns it up a notch in terms of driving hooks, catchy choruses, and surging rhythms.

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Michael Morris // Slow Loris

Slow Loris, the debut release from Michael Morris, breathes in inspiration from classic gems like The Wall and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. In turn, the album exudes a nod to the past while pushing forward and carving out space for a personalized eclectic endeavor.

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The Faim // Summer Is A Curse

Alternative rock pop four piece The Faim come to us from Perth in Western Australia. The band consists of Josh Raven on lead vocals, Michael Bono on lead guitar, bass, and vocals, Stephen Beerkens on bass and keyboard, and Sean Tighe on drums and percussion. Their debut EP, Summer Is A Curse, was released today. 

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Vinyl Theatre // Starcruiser

Hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Vinyl Theatre put out their fourth album, Starcruiser, on August 31st. The trio, comprised of Keegan, Chris, and Nick, released their previous album Origami only last year. The latest release, Starcruiser, is an eleven-track indie/electronic album with a song for just about everyone and achieves even more than Origami did.

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Cosmic Halitosis // Where Is She?

Welcome to our first installment of Throwback Thursday album reviews! This week, we're coming at you with a release from January of this year from Cosmic Halitosis.

Cosmic Halitosis is a three piece punk rock group from Frederick, MD. According to their “about us” page on Facebook, the band strives to “shave the unnecessary fat of the rock 'n' roll turkey.”

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O'Holy Ghost // TRVTH

O’Holy Ghost, a punk rock indie band hailing from London, are fairly new to the scene and are releasing their debut EP, TRVTH on July 13th. We had the opportunity to listen to their EP in its entirety prior to its release, and I can almost sum up the EP in one sentence: perfect late night noise with heartfelt and truthful lyrics that are sure to resonate with any listener.

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Mayday Parade // Sunnyland

Alternative pop punk band Mayday Parade are back with their newest album, Sunnyland, which was released on June 15th and includes thirteen unique and diverse songs. While a good portion of Sunnyland is the loud and fast paced Mayday Parade we all know and love, quite a few of the songs are slower acoustic ballads. Mayday Parade uses Sunnyland to talk about how not everyone is alone and to also help those with broken hearts mend, while themes of lost or unrequited love is also threaded through the lyrics.

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Pumpkinseed // Big Believin' Sky

Tennessee based five piece Pumpkinseed have been crafting soul infused rock and roll for the past few years, with their first release having been in 2016. Their latest album, Big Believin' Sky, will be released on June 15 and will be followed by a record release show at The 5 Spot in Nashville on June 20.

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I Feel Fine // Long Distance Celebration

I Feel Fine, an indie punk quartet based out of Brighton, UK, are gearing up to release their debut EP, Long Distance Celebration, on May 4, 2018. This indie punk quartet worked with Lewis Johns (Gnarwolves) and Ryan Schwabe (Modern Baseball) and will be releasing their EP through Failure By Design Records.

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WHALE BONES // ISLAND FIRE

Island Fire, the follow up album to 2015's The Seaside EP, is clean cut and crisp, like an early winter morning. With a polished quality that's consistent throughout, and an instrumental sound that crescendos like an ocean wave, it's surprising to learn that Whale Bones consists of only two full time members, vocalist / guitarist Nathan Kane and drummer Paul Lierman. 

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BRANDI CARLILE // BY THE WAY, I FORGIVE YOU

By The Way, I Forgive You, folk rock singer Brandi Carlile's sixth studio album, is an effortless offering from a master of her craft.

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AMY PETERS // CINEMATIC: SCENE TWO

Cinematic: Scene Two, a 4-track EP by Nashville-based indie pop singer-songwriter Amy Peters, is a perfect sampler box of pop music for the new listener. 

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AWOLNATION // HERE COME THE RUNTS

Here Come the Runts, the latest studio album by alt rock band AWOLNATION, is 3 AM at an underground club with flashing strobe lights and melting eyeliner fading into a morning of baggy sweatshirts, greasy breakfast, and golden sunlight

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Dear Apollo // Volume One

Volume One, the debut EP by duo Dear Apollo -- comprised of Cotee Embry and Mariel Diaz-Carrion (previously of Look Right Penny) -- is a cinematic, musically mature offering that also has a throwback quality to powerful female-fronted bands from the mid 2000's and will make you want to reach for your fingerless gloves and fishnet tights.

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States Avenue // Happycry

Happycry, the new EP by Tallahassee-based alternative indie band States Avenue, is exactly what the album name suggests: an album overflowing with feelings, and emotions that cannot be confined to one insufficient label. 

Musically, States Avenue has a similar sound to Explosions in the Sky, with moody, guitar-heavy instrumentals that provoke an emotional response in the listener without...

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Fever Blush // Remember, Forget

Remember, Forget, the two-track EP from Nashville-based four piece, Fever Blush, feels like an indie movie soundtrack, both cinematic and understated. 

The two songs cleverly follow the tone suggested by the title, with "Remember" being a bit brighter and jauntier, and "Forget" more somber. In several moments, particularly in...

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Early Humans // S/T

The self-titled debut album from Nashville-based indie pop rock band Early Humans feels like blazing sun, dusty shoes, and sweaty bodies pressed together in front of a festival stage.

Some of the songs, like "Waste My Mind" have a slightly 70's vibe and other songs, like "Look At What A Mess We’ve Made of Love", are reminiscent of...

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