Happy 2014, everyone! Now that 2013 has OFFICIALLY bitten the dust (and c’est la vie -seriously), I will reminisce and bask in its highlights with the top 20 album releases of 2013 that I COULD NOT STOP LISTENING TO.. I’d like to say “order-shmorder” to be fair, but the Top 10
As the unlikely member of controversial rap collective, Odd Future, Frank Ocean’s smooth yet progressive take on R&B is a welcomed refresher. He quickly established a cult following on his mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, and had fans impatiently waiting for more. On his official debut, Channel Orange, Ocean continues to push
As Michael Jackson will forever remain the King of Pop, Usher Raymond is on the fast track to taking his throne as the Prince. On his seventh studio album, Looking 4 Myself, Raymond pushes the evolutionary bounds that have become a staple in popular music. His smooth, soulful croon
Technically, this EP entitled The Wanted is the group’s third release. Their two previous albums, The Wanted and Battleground were received well across Europe, but failed to get the boys noticed in America. Now, all that has changed with the release of mega-singles like “Glad You Came” and “Chasing The Sun.”
After two years of being broken up, Providence, RI’s VERSE are excited to announce that the band has reAfter two years of being broken up, Providence, RI’s VERSE are excited to announce that the band has reformed and will be playing shows and recording a new album in 2012. VERSE
Bridge Nine Records is excited to announce Expire as the newest addition to their label roster! The band, hailing from various states in the Midwest, plays hardcore the way it was meant to be and has been touring almost non-stop since their inception in August of 2009. Expire released a
Legendary Japanese trio Boris premiere the first track from their forthcoming disc New Album today via Pitchfork. The MP3 for “Spoon” is available to download HERE. The band also launches an extensive North American headlining tour this Friday. Please see complete dates below. Boris has long been celebrated for their rare ability to reinterpret a multitude of
Chicago trio, Russian Circles, premiere the first MP3 from their forthcoming new album today via RollingStone.com. The song,”Mladek” is culled from the band’s fourth full length, Empros– which will be available worldwide via Sargent House on October 25th. Listen/download “Mladek” here! The hard working band remains on the road this
Sarah Jaffe’s CD/DVD collection titled The Way Sound Leaves A Room is out now! The CD, a collection of demos, covers, and an acoustic version of “Clementine,” shows the growth and experimentation of Sarah and her music. The accompanying DVD takes an extraordinary look at Sarah’s sold out Wyly Theatre
After much deliberation, The Radio Dept. has decided to cancel their fall North American tour. In a statement to the press, the band said: “The Radio Dept. regretfully inform that they are forced to cancel the upcoming North American tour due to family related matters. Hope to see you in
Chicago’s favorite pop-punks, Noise By Numbers, have released a new video created by drummer Rick Uncapher for their cover of the Jesus and Mary Chain song “Between Planets”. The song will be featured on an upcoming 7″ with Cheap Girls as part of Suburban Home Records’ “Under the Influence” series.
Sarah Jaffe’s *Suburban Nature* was good—especially for a person that wrote a lot of the songs while she was still in high school. Jaffe made our 50 Best Albums of 2010 list, and now she’s following it up with *The Way Sound Leaves a Room*, which is set for a
“Honest and life-affirming and infectious, and it’s that rare concentration of directness and simplicity that makes Fang Island so uniquely and wonderfully inclusive.” Best New Music — Pitchfork “Fang Island are simply killer fun, a proper gang who sing collectively and pummel their guitars without recourse to errant soloing.” Four Stars — MOJO Perpetually
The Mars Volta sibling band Zechs Marquise premiere another track from their forthcoming new album, Getting Paid today via ALARM Press. The song, “Static Lovers” is available HERE. The quintet also launches a short headlining tour of the Southwest next week, culminating in an album release party in Los Angeles
H2O’s forthcoming covers album, Don’t Forget Your Roots, had a release date change to November 15th – perfect timing for their NYC release show! Announced today, H2O will be playing the Gramercy Theater on November 19th, with a special set consisting of cover songs and originals- both new and old.