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Fest Announcing More Bands Next Thursday

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 18, 2014

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The Fest will be making its next lineup announcement on Thursday. Check out a tweet from Fest below after the jump.

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POZ Video Premiere: Tommy Boys - “Estate Sale”

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 18, 2014

Tommy Boys will be releasing a new full-length later this year that’s being recorded by Sam Pura (The Story So Far, Basement). The release will come out via Other People Records, a label run by Tom from Stray From The Path and Jesse from Stick To Your Guns. PropertyOfZack is happy to be debuting a new video today from the band for a song called “Estate Sale. Watch the video below after the jump. 

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Coachella Attendee Dies After A Week Following “Apparent Overdose”

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 18, 2014

A young woman collapsed at Coachella last weekend and has now passed away. Police won’t know for up to six weeks whether or not the death was from drugs, but Goldenvoice are calling the death an “apparent overdose.” You can read a report from The Hollywood Reporter below after the jump.

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Augastana Stream ‘Life Immitating Life’

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 18, 2014

Augastana are gearing up to release Life Immitating Life. Stream the album in full below after the jump.

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Sainthood Reps’ ‘Headswell’ For Free Download

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 18, 2014

No Sleep Records is giving away Sainthood RepsHeadswell for free for a limited time. Download it below after the jump.

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POZ Review: Pup - Pup

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 18, 2014

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by Adrienne Fisher, edited by Erik van Rheenen

There’s a fine line between genius and insanity, and Toronto’s Pup seems to be stuck somewhere in the middle – fortunately for their debut self-titled, they’ve held nothing back as they try to figure out which of those they are. The album’s 10 tracks of dizzying rock n’ roll find wells of influence in all corners of the rockosphere, from the blitzy punk-ska fury of fellow Canadians the Flatliners, to the swaggering, almost-too-easy melodies of a band like Cage the Elephant. Much like the devilish, metallic grille that graces the front cover of the record, the songs are shiny and tough, and it’s hard to recall an album that’s come out in recent memory that found such a relentless spirit with this kind of ease.

Opener “Guilt Trip” launches right into the fray, with an attitude that I imagine to be somewhere between deranged carnival ride and the Running of the Bulls. The rhythm changes tracks without warning, and carries you around some funky time signatures, but at every turn there’s a new hook, or a vicious guitar lick. In fact, the guitar work throughout the entire thing sounds like it was meant to be played with one’s teeth in a fit of live intensity, with the riffs furious and catchy enough that they bite. The production leans hard on the treble, drawing out distinct and boisterous tones in the guitars that give the record a life of its own - the scrappy ambition and intensity that comes out in the songs can be boiled down simply fucking awesome.

While the entire record aggressively pushes the pedal to the steel (mostly) without reprieve, that’s not to say that the craft has gone out the window in favor of musical intimidation. The song arrangements on this debut are creative and interesting, with parts surfacing that range anywhere from 50s-ish doo-wop (“Mabu”) to 90s SoCal ska (“Dark Days”). The sprawling, slowed-down “Yukon” feels like the band musically reminiscing about the first time they heard “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” especially with the last minute or two of the song drifting off into unhinged guitar acrobatics. But the dragging rhythm and dark, bluesy aesthetic certainly pair well with lyrics that spin a tale of tundra-wandering, people-abandoning hopelessness (“search forever, but you won’t find your gold / the river swallowed it whole / in the Yukon valley / where you left me on my knees”). 

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Andrew McMahon Is In The Studio

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 18, 2014

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Andrew McMahon has been in the studio over the past few days hopefully working on a debut solo album. Check out tweets from McMahon below after the jump.

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fun. Stream ‘Point & Light’ Record Store Day Release

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 18, 2014

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fun. are releasing Point & Light tomorrow for Record Store Day. Stream the demo from Aim & Ignite below after the jump!

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La Dispute Statement On Kevin Whittemore’s Departure

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 18, 2014

La Dispute announced at a hometown show last week that the band and guitarist Kevin Whittemore are parting ways with each other. The split was an amicable one that comes from Whittemore transitioning his passion from playing guitar on tour to building guitars at home. The band has released a statement that can be read below after the jump.

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Hands Like Houses “Torn (Natalie Imbruglia Cover)” Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 18, 2014

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Hands Like Houses have released a new music video for Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn.” Watch the video below after the jump. 

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Andrew McMahon Summer Headlining Dates

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 18, 2014

Andrew McMahon will be playing several off-date shows while out on tour with Matt Nathanson and Gavin DeGraw. Check out those dates below after the jump.

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Morning Recap: Testing Vinyl Myths, Bob’s Burgers Love Say Anything, Black Flag v FLAG Settled

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 18, 2014

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POZ RSD Preview: Our Must Have Vinyl Grabs

Do you feel that burning in your pocket? Have you deposited your Friday paycheck? What are you going to be picking up?

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Vinyl Is Not Always Superior To Digital, Vinyl Got Popular Because Of Resolution, Vinyl Can Smooth Out Treble And Bass, Loudness And Extreme Bass Don’t Translate Well On Vinyl, There Are Absolutely Terrible Pressings Of Vinyl, Heavy Vinyl Doesn’t Sound Better, You Like Vinyl, You’ll Probably Like Mastered For iTunes, If You Are Listening On Shit, You Probably Can’t Even Hear Most Of Vinyl, etc.

Bob’s Burgers Pay Homage To Say Anything

Something like this happens once or twice a year, which means it never is frequent enough to lose its cool.The question has to be asked though: Who are these writers/illustrators, and what is their favorite band from 2003-2007?

Black Flag, FLAG Settle Lawsuit

The children in Black Flag settled their lawsuit with FLAG outside of court last week. It will not be made public if any money/licensing deals were made, but Black Flag’s attorney stated, “Flag gets to be Flag, and Black Flag as it is presently known continues to be Black Flag.” 

Riot Fest Announces Toronto, Denver Dates

The trifecta! Riot Fest has now confirmed the dates for its Toronto, Chicago, and Denver locations. A lineup will most likely be announced for Chicago within the next month or so. 

Blues Traveler Tap 3OH!3, Plain White T’s For Collabs

The blind leading the blind leading the blind.

The Mongoloids Call It Quits; Announce Final Tour

The Mongoloids started as a straight edge band in the summer of 2005 and will end as a straight edge band in the summer of 2014.”

Made In America To Be First Simultaneous Bicoastal Festival

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Sudden Suspension Announce ‘Basement Songs’

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 18, 2014

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Sudden Suspension will be releasing Basement Songs on May 3rd. Check out the artwork and track listing for the release below after the jump.

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BoySetsFire Stream Funeral For A Friend “Amsterdam Conversations” Cover

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 18, 2014

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BoySetsFire have released a cover of Funeral For A Friend’s “Amsterdam Conversations.” Stream the song here via Noisey or below after the jump.

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Allison Weiss ‘Say What You Mean’ $4 Anniverasry Download

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 18, 2014

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Allison Weiss Say What You Mean is celebrating its birthday, and is on sale for a $4 download as a present to fans. Check it out below after the jump.

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