Red Death (hardcore/metal) streams new album

Posted by Gina Skidz on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 1:40 PM (PST)

Washington D.C.’s Red Death released their new album online, and you can stream it below.

Permanent Exile is the band’s second release, following up a demo released last year.

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Bomb The Music Industry's Jeff Rosenstock wrote the song "Stuff That I Like" with the intention of getting it into a music game like Guitar Hero or Rock Band.

4th ‘N Goal (Italy) stream new EP, “Turn on the Light”

Posted by Gina Skidz on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 1:23 PM (PST)

Italian pop-punks 4th ‘N Goal are streaming their new EP, Turn on the Light, and you can check it out below.

The 6-track EP features a cover of Bring Me The Horizon‘s ”Drown.”

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Driver Friendly (pop punk) goes pop with a Britney Spears cover

Posted by Gina Skidz on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 1:07 PM (PST)

Austin’s Driver Friendly plays pop-punk, which is still a far cry from pop, but the band just released a cover of Britney Spears’ “Till the World Ends.”  You can check it out below.

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Duderus releases 8-bit music video

Posted by Gina Skidz on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 12:53 PM (PST)

Duderus, a hardcore-punk and self-described “nerdcore” band, has a new video out for their song “Death Camp on the Moon,” and you can check it out below.  Fellow nerds will appreciate that the video harkens back to the days of old school 8-bit video games.

The track will appear on the band’s debut EP, Didn’t Choose the Nerd Life, which came out last August on F.M. Records.  You can hear more of that EP here.

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Stomp Records signs Fire Next Time

Posted by Gina Skidz on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 12:38 PM (PST)

Canadian folk-punks Fire Next Time have signed to the primarily ska-focused Canadian label Stomp Records for the release of their new album, Cold Hands.  The album will drop on May 5th.

Fire Next Time heads out for a tour of their homeland shortly thereafter, finishing up at  Pouzza  in Montreal on May 16th.  You can check out all the tour dates below.

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Ana Sapphira (hardcore) premieres new track, “Heavy Hands”

Posted by Gina Skidz on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 12:19 PM (PST)

Ana Sapphira, a 5-piece metal/hardcore band from New Hampshire, has released a track from their new album.  If you want to get a preview, check out “Heavy Hands” below.

“Heavy Hands” is the first track to be released from the band’s upcoming album, Edge Walker, which will come out this June.  The album is a follow-up to 2012′s Damien.

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Album Review: Red City Radio – “Red City Radio”

Posted by writeofpassage on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 11:44 AM (PST)

Red City Radio have shifted their sound – is what you’ll hear a lot of. The new direction shouldn’t come as a surprise given Paul Pendley’s departure but I understand why fans would be concerned, especially after their last full-length in Titles proved to be so phenomenal. However, this self-titled is all about growth and maturity. In fact, there are a lot things to it that we’re already accustomed to when we associate Red City Radio to these particular tracks but it definitely is masked by how their sound has varied. It’s not as drastic as say, Pianos Become The Teeth’s new path, but it’s enough to take note. Red City Radio isn’t the same high-energy pop punkers of old but don’t worry because their new modus operandi, while more classic rock and roll, is still filled with singalong anthems to latch onto.

Their pop sensibility is older and clearly wiser. “Rest Easy” is an easy-punk jam of this nature to highlight my point. It sets the stage for the weathered feel of the album which oddly enough should draw comparisons to Success’ Recovery. The alternative radio-friendly sprawls work neatly and it’s good to note the minimal filler as usual. Tracks like “Stranger” appear mainstream and are great jumping on points for an album that’s equally accessible, charismatic and honest to their already-existing catalog of music. However, this album stands up to the rest of their discography as the most lyrically telling with a lot of wisdom imparted.

Sure, it’s less gritty, less brash, and not as aggressive as we’d have liked but despite being laid-back, it’s still spunky. “Electricity” as well as their emblematic dearth of whoa-ohs on “Let Me In” also offer nods to their music of old so die-hards should recognize the signatures and styles of past before throwing a fit. Furthermore, it’s really impressive how they up the romantic punk notions on songs like these. Again, it’s no easy trick but one they pull off well. Garret Dale and newcomer Ryan Donovan (both on guitars and vocals) bring a lot of melody out through catchy hooks and swing-for-the-fences breakdowns that it’s more than enough to compensate for whatever they’ve sacrificed from the olden days.

Here and there, you do get some Bowling For Soup flavor that could be cast as a tad generic but still, it’s a record that ultimately has enough depth to warrant a few listens. And I do think it’ll take some getting used to for old fans. That said, “In The Meantime…” and the slower tempo “…I’ll Catch A Ride” end the album on a note that touches on relying on drugs and more so, bookends a narrative that feels much more fleshed out and novella than ever before. Red City Radio is a series of tracks that look forward to the future and it paints the picture of punk-bangers who sound much more settled and much more content. Older and wiser, indeed.

4 / 5 Stars

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Music Video: Bombshell Rocks – “This Time Around”

Posted by Johnny X on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 11:35 AM (PST)

Bombshell Rocks has a new music video out for their track “This Time Around,” and you can check it out below.

This track appears on the band’s newest release, Generation Tranquilized, which was released last November.

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Free EP Download: Hells Fire Sinners (psychobilly) – “One”

Posted by Johnny X on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 11:16 AM (PST)

Here’s a great new band to check out for all you fans of psychobilly, rockabilly… Basically any “billy” fans.  Columbus’s Hells Fire Sinners just released their new EP “One” and you can (and should) stream it below.

“One” is a follow up to 2014′s full-length album “Songs You Can Die To”.

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Self Destruct (hardcore) stream new 7-inch “High Voltage”

Posted by Johnny X on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 11:00 AM (PST)

Charlotte, North Carolina hardcore act Self Destruct just released a new 7-inch titled “High Votgate” on Life To Live Records and you can stream it in its entirety below.

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Noisey is going to be airing a new web series called ‘Under The Influence‘ with Rancid’s Tim Timebomb leading us on a journey through the worlds of New York Hardcore, 2Tone Ska, Krautrock, and beyond:

“Under the Influence looks into some of the most important music scenes of our time, exploring the people, bands, and styles that changed the course of music forever. Narrated by modern day punk legend Tim Armstrong (Rancid, Operation Ivy, Transplants), Noisey delves deep into the worlds of New York Hardcore, British 2Tone Ska, and German Krautrock to find how these scenes were created, and how they continue to shape art, music, and culture today. Join us as we circle the globe to meet to everyone from The Specials to The Geeks to Neu! to witness life under the influence.”

Check out a trailer for the series below.

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Introducing Speedy Pop-Punk Act: No End In Sight (full album stream)

Posted by Johnny X on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 10:24 AM (PST)

Quebec’s No End In Sight have been around for a couple years but I hadn’t heard of them until today.  Four songs into their new album “Happy Never After” I’ve decided they’re my favorite pop-punk discovery of the month.  Somewhere between Squirtgun and Strike Twelve these guys play a Lookout! Records variety of pop-punk with the speed ingenuity of some of the more contemporary skate-punk acts.  But I often pull these lame descriptions completely out of my ass so just do yourself a favor and stream their album below (I think “Mausoleum” is my favorite track).

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