Frank Ocean: A Look Back At Four Years
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In February of 2013, Frank Ocean sat down with Zane Lowe for a chat. Like most Zane Lowe interviews, some exclusive knowledge was dropped regarding his anticipated follow-up to 2012’s Channel ORANGE. It’s another cohesive thing, bordering on...

Frank Ocean's 'Endless' Visual Album Arrives
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It's been a long wait, but the time has come. Frank Ocean has released a visual album, Endless, on Apple Music. Watch it here. Thank you Frank. It's going to take a few days to absorb this, but so far...

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals on Tiny Desk
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Yes Lawd! Those who listen to Variable Bitrate will know that I greatly love two things, Tiny Desk Concerts and Anderson .Paak. Today, those things collide and it's a wonderful thing. I normally listen to the audio podcast for Bob...

VBR #08: 'It's Just A Lot Of Teenager S**t', with guest Mark Garza
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I started this music writing thing "officially" in January of 2011. I was a senior in high school at the time. Mark Garza, founder and owner of Funeral Sounds (a record label and online publishing company), Label Manager at Broken...

VBR #05: 'Live In The Chinese Factory', with guest Ian Kenny
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After years of jamming his music in my car to and from school, I finally got the opportunity to talk to Ian Kenny of King Neptune. Ian spilled all the juicy deets on the fate of NGHBRS and revealed what...

Zane Lowe interviews Chance The Rapper
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I love Coloring Book, so much so that I've been bumping nothing but Chance's 3rd mixtape since it dropped. From top to bottom, it's a work of hip-hop perfection with new gospel and club bangers colliding in perfect harmony. Zane...

It's official. I've been Pinegrove'd.
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It happened. After months of continued recommendations from friends that probably know what's best for me anyway, I've fallen deeply in love with Pinegrove. With roots in Montclair, New Jersey, Pinegrove took shape after many years of collaboration between vocalist...

Acceptance releases NoiseTrade sampler
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Available today on NoiseTrade is a 5 track sampler of Acceptance songs. Two of these have never been available for download before while three of them are acoustic tracks originally released on the Undone EP, which is most commonly found...

Goodbye AbsolutePunk, Hello Chorus
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Jason Tate has bought back the Absolutepunk name and URL from SPIN Group and launched a new platform for the community to move to. I had started my first business, AbsolutePunk, LLC, as a teenager with cargo shorts and puka...

Anderson .Paak makes his TV debut
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At some point, years after I loaded her MP3 player up with key tracks from Bayside and The Starting Line, my sister has officially become more savvy than I when it comes to emerging musical trends. I owe my love...

Not Safe To Drink: Music for Flint Water Relief
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Like many, I've been woefully behind on the events happening in Flint, Michigan. I'm just a state over, but only recently heard about the awful situation those in Flint are dealing with regarding the complete contamination of their water supply...

My Favorite Things 2015: Music
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Here we are yet again. The year has come to an end and music has been released, now on Fridays, for me to rank as my favorite. As I said in July, I’ve been making Album of The Year...

Claudio says "Hello" to his mother
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Claudio Sanchez, singer of Coheed and Cambria: For my mother, who told me the new Coheed record is just as good, if not better, than the new Adele. :) Honestly, what else is a mother suppose to say to her son....

"Anyways," The Starting Line returns
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It’s been a week more than three years since The Starting Line played St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit for their Say It Like You Mean It anniversary tour. It was at that show that I came to terms...

My Body Sings Electric debuts Side A of the Franklin Tapes
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While presiding over web content at Substream, I came into contact with a guy named Brandon Whalen. Brandon wrote a number of humor pieces for the site—some of the best pieces I published during that time. I came to...

Tilian shares visuals for "Satellite"
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Tilian has a new song on the market from his upcoming album, Perfect Enemy called "Satellite." The album is available for pre-order now on iTunes and Merchnow. The music video was animated by John Howe who is also credited for...

Rdio files for bankruptcy, Pandora buys pieces.
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Rdio has withdrawn from the streaming race by filing Ch. 11 and selling its assets to Internet radio giant Pandora. In a blog post yesterday, Rdio announced the acquisition. We’d like to update the entire Rdio community regarding today's...

Interview: Lydia talks 'Run Wild' on their headlining tour
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If there was a band that my girlfriend and I could describe as ours, it would be Lydia. They were the first band we saw together and we've seen them twice since. The latest show was in the same venue...

Introducing Bohnes, Alexander DeLeon's new project
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So long, The Cab. Hello Bohnes. As he teased to some of my friends and I on Twitter just a week ago, Alexander DeLeon is back with a new project and he's going all in. This follows a long, quiet...

The one thing that I need
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As I continue packing to move in with my girlfriend, I'm taking it upon myself to remember what's most important—what to leave behind and what to bring with me as I start the next chapter of my life with...

Runaway Brother has a music video for 'Catch'
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I don't know it's a matter of being speechless or simply running out of things to say but—like I've said for almost 5 years—Runaway Brother is the best band in Cleveland. It's not just a matter of hometown...

Punchline wants to know how you sleep
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Chris Payne, Billboard: Punchline has never been a household name, but for the Pittsburgh band, it’s not for lack of effort. They emerged with the powerhouse label Fueled By Ramen in the mid-2000s, and never quite caught on like...

Top ten songs for a brand new old band
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Mike Comite a happy birthday today, he returned the well-wishes with a gift for me. "Ever listen to superdrag?" I hadn't, but like all of Mike's recommendations, I looked them up. He suggested Head Trip In Every Key as my...