Cruel Hand Stream New Album ‘The Negatives’

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 19, 2014

Cruel Hand will be releasing The Negatives via Hopeless Records on September 23rd. Stream the full album below.

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William Beckett Streams Theme Song For ‘Lock In’ Book

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 19, 2014

Lock In is a new book by John Scalzi. William Beckett's theme song for the book can be streamed below.

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Snarl (Parker Cannon Of TSSF) Release Debut Demo

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 19, 2014

Parker Cannon of The Story So Far has released a four song demo under a name Snarl. Stream it below.

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The Freaks, Nerds, And Romantics: Growing Up Outside The First Unitarian Church

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 19, 2014

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by Steve Ciccarelli, edited by Erik van Rheenen

You know what I’m going to miss most about the First Unitarian Church? The stairs.

After waiting in line against the concrete wall in front of the sanctuary, watching out for Ford Econolines backing in and out, the staircase at the entrance meant you were almost there. Maybe it was anticipation, or maybe you just didn’t want to wear your hoodie inside the Paint it Black show, even in January. That weird interaction of trying to wait in line orderly while being a polite member of the community, the concrete winding down from Chestnut Street into the basement that felt more like home than your parents’ dining room table. Finally you were inside. Talking to friends old and new, falling in love a dozen different times each night. Which is why you were there in the first place.

"The Church" could only exist in Philadelphia. A college town through and through, with each fall comes another crop of music fans looking for something to do with their newfound freedom. That freedom, that "fuck gatekeepers and do it yourself" attitude is what has kept the Church running for almost two decades. "Why can’t we start a band?" one friend would say to the other, having just had their perceptions of success shattered by four or five people on a tiny stage with that same "town map" rug they had in kindergarten under the drum kit. It’s intimate, yet kinetic. You can’t help but feel shaken, screaming these songs that seemed to only exist in your headphones or your bedroom or your car stereo, next to the kid from your Physics group or your band shirt-clad crush from down the hall. Maybe for the first time you didn’t feel alone.

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For All I Am Stream “Six Souls” From ’No Home’

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 19, 2014

For All I Am have signed to InVogue for No Home, which is out on October 14th. Stream “Six Souls” below after the jump. 

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Morning Recap: #ShitBags, College Jams, Idiots Of America, Dying On Stage, And Jack White

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 19, 2014

Top 40 Musical Colleges In The United States

If you expected this list to mirror the top 40 party schools in the country, you are incorrect. The research from Spotify overall is pretty interesting. Beyond the list itself, Spotify shows who is listening to what and where.

Laura Jane Calls Jay Weinberg A #ShitBag As He Joins Slipknot As New Drummer

Upwards of two years ago, Jay Weinberg left Against Me! by simply notifying the band over a tweet. That was as deep as it got. Yesterday, upon rumors Weinberg is joining Slipknot, Laura Jane told the internet how she really feels. 

Idiot, Revisited

The thing about the Jesus of Suburbia is that he doesn’t start out as a nihilist— he starts out bored. Victimized by his broken home and his own peculiar slice of suburban hellscape, sedated and titillated by the alternating lows and highs of television and Ritalin, the “son of Rage and Love” flees the “land of make believe [that] don’t believe” to the Big City in a Sartrean search for meaning. All set to alternating windmilled guitars and soft-keyed interludes, multi-layered harmonies and fury-fueled shrieks.

To Die On Stage By Your Side

“The ethic behind Die On Stage is one of giving yourself to the art,” vocalist/songwriter Chris Martin explained in a recent phone interview. “The concept of that first word, ‘die,’ is that death is the finale of effort. It’s the last time, the last of your material existence, the last of your life’s big push. And then after you’re done, whether it’s a band or a human or a relationship, all that survives of it is the memory. And that legacy is what we are constantly chasing, the concept that we would go and make art so bold, so powerful, and so singular that it could live on long after we do.”

Jack White Issues Statement On RS, Foo Fighters Call Out

Ain’t nothing more punk than having your publicist issue a statement on your behalf a day later due to you “calling out” the “kings” of the rock world.

Aaron West Looking For Extras To Be In Music Video

South Jersey? Philly? Look decently old and want to dress pretty for an afternoon?

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Artists Should Be Curators On Streaming Services

I would love so much to see artists build public playlists of the songs they listen to and that they love. They should be the curators. I would kill to know what FKA Twigs listens to in her free time. There is already some of this now, but I believe there could be way more. - Virgin

Fugazi ‘First Demo’ Artwork, Track Listing, Release Date Revealed

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 19, 2014

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Fugazi's First Demo will be out via Dischord on November 17th. Check out the artwork and track listing for the release below after the jump.

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The Amity Affliction Release “The W eigh Down” Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 19, 2014

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The Amity Affliction have released a new music video for “The Weigh Down.” Watch the video below after the jump. 

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Matty Mullins Streams “More Of You” From Solo Album

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 19, 2014

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Memphis May Fire's Matty Mullins will be releasing his debut solo album on September 23rd via Rise Records. Stream “More Of You” below after the jump.

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Xerxes Stream “Knife” From ‘Collision Blonde’

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 19, 2014

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Xerxes will be releasing Collision Blonde on October 21st via No Sleep Records. Stream a new song called “Knife” below after the jump.

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The World Is A Beautiful Place “Space Exploration…” Little Elephant Session

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 19, 2014

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The World Is A Beautiful Place will be releasing Between Bodies on October 7th via Broken World Media. Watch a Little Elephant Session of “Space Exploration To Solve Earthly Crises” below.

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Artists Should Be Curators On Streaming Services

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 19, 2014

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Virgin published an article pondering the question of how artists should use streaming services to their general advantage. Curation seems like a very smart answer.

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Andrew McMahon Looks Back On Stem Cell Transplant Nine Years Later

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 19, 2014

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Andrew McMahon spoke with AltPress recently and touched on what its like nine years following his stem cell transplant. Read what McMahon said below. 

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Who Buys Music Anymore?

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 19, 2014

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BuzzFeed Music dug into who buys music in today’s landscape. Middle-aged people buy the most CDs and while males used to dominate digital downloads, that doesn’t seem to be the point anymore. See a graph with demographics below.

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Top 40 Musical Colleges In The United States

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 19, 2014

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Spotify has published a report of the top 40 music listening colleges in the United States based on those who use the service. Find out insight into the results here and the full list below.

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