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REVIEW: Real Friends play to their strengths on ‘The Home Inside My Head’

Artist: Real Friends Album: The Home Inside My Head Label: Fearless Records Genre: Starting Line-influenced pop-punk, the last pop-punk band that’s not ashamed of their genre Due to either the Pop Punk Defense Force dying with Man Overboard this Spring, blatant over-saturation of the market in 2013, or all of the good bands rebranding as “emo” […]

REVIEW: The Hotelier find peace from agony with ‘Goodness’

Artist: The Hotelier Album: Goodness Label: Tiny Engines Genre: Taoist Indie Rock, Emo, Pop-Punk Like many fans of The Hotelier, I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard their breakout sophomore record, Home, Like Noplace Is There. Alone in my freshman year dorm room on a Sunday night in February, I listened to […]

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Stream The Hotelier’s brilliant new record, ‘Goodness’

The Hotelier captivated the emo, pop-punk, and indie rock worlds in 2014 with their tidal wave of a sophomore record, Home Like Noplace Is There, and they’ve finally returned with the long-awaited follow-up. Listen to Goodness in full via Stereogum and make sure you read their full interview which is massive, worth your time, and features photos from […]

Jabberjaw Media seek to break new ground, start a podcast revolution

At base level, it’s easy to understand why podcasting and the punk rock scene seem to go hand-in-hand these days. It’s extraordinarily easy to produce a decent-sounding show with entry-level equipment, episodes are usually free and accessible to all on a variety of platforms, and the format exists to culminate conversation—much like punk rock itself. […]

REVIEW: Modern Baseball mature gracefully with sincerity intact on ‘Holy Ghost’

Artist: Modern Baseball Album: Holy Ghost Label: Run For Cover Records Genre: Indie-rock, emo, pop-punk, grunge, whatever we’re calling The Killers these days Sincerity is arguably the most important aspect of the songwriting process. There’s a good reason why the general populous tires of bands who spend years writing the same record over and over again. […]

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Blink-182 release lyric video for “Bored To Death” from upcoming album ‘California’

Following an unceremonious leak of the new track earlier today, Blink-182 have officially premiered their new single “Bored To Death” on KROQ. Listen to the song, the band’s first without founding member Tom DeLonge, below. The song comes from the new album titled California, due out July 1 (pre-orders are ongoing). The record features Alkaline Trio‘s Matt Skiba […]

UTG PREMIERE: Mother Goose – “Pity Party”

New Jersey rock unit Mother Goose are set to release their debut EP, Pity Party, on Friday, April 29. Today, we’re excited to exclusively premiere the effort’s title track. “Pity Party” perfectly showcases the band’s confessional lyrical leanings and bouncy rock-and-roll bravado, reminiscent of Say Anything’s Baseball and Menorah / Majorah, with just a hint of 1970s classic rock. The […]

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Rest In Peace: Prince dead at 57, publicist confirms

Prince has died at the age of 57 in his Paisley Park home studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota, his publicist confirms. After earlier reports of a death at the studio address, Associated Press has confirmed the death with a publicist representing Prince. While the cause of death remains unconfirmed at this time, Prince made headlines last week when his […]

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Hiding Out stream impeccable pop rock EP, ‘Vena Cava’

After months of teases and reveals, New Jersey’s Hiding Out have finally unleashed their debut EP, Vena Cava. You can listen to the wonderful, four-track release below via The Alternative, where it’s streaming exclusively. Recorded by Gary Cioffi (Transit, Misser, A Will Away), sharp tones and crisp engineering work brings out the best of the […]

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Blink-182 confirm new single is coming in April, tease forthcoming album details

Blink-182 will soon return with new music. The band will push a new radio single—their first featuring Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba in place of Tom Delonge—in April, according to a new report from KROQ. Maybe April 26? [thinking man emoji] Lisa Worden, KROQ’s Music Director who has heard eight new Blink songs, teased some details […]

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Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties return with new EP, release “’67, Cherry Red”

Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties, the solo project of The Wonder Years frontman Dan Campbell, is back. You can listen to a new Aaron West track titled “’67, Cherry Red” below. The song is track one on Aaron West’s upcoming EP, Bittersweet. Judging by the narrative in “’67, Cherry Red,” it seems like Campbell is […]

REVIEW: Brian Fallon – ‘Painkillers’

Artist: Brian Fallon Album: Painkillers Label: Island Genre: Folky, Americana-tinged rock Let’s start with a bold claim, just so we all know where we stand: The Gaslight Anthem’s broken-hearted 2014 LP, Get Hurt, is their best record. For some reason, a lot of critics disagree with that; Get Hurt is not exactly a popular choice […]