Slaves pending removal from Warped Tour
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A Warped Tour flyer for a Town Hall Meeting tomorrow that will decide the fate of Slaves’ place on the tour. The band has been removed from the tour temporarily following sexual harassment claims from their merch girl. Warped is...

The Orphan, The Poet - "Renegades" (X Ambassadors Cover)
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My friends in The Orphan, The Poet have teamed up with the wonderful folks at Hope For The Day to raise awareness for suicide prevention, a cause close to my heart. Anyone who donates here will receive a download of...

My Favorite Things 2015: Music (The First Half)
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Another year, another list of albums I liked. I’ve only been doing this for like five years, but it only took that long to realize that I’m not making these for approval or blog hits, but so that...

Get four free songs from The Money Pit
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From the ashes of Gatsby’s American Dream rises The Money Pit, an exciting new project from Nic Newsham and Bobby Darling. In a press release today, the duo announced that their self-titled record would arrive September 4. The album...

American Opera releases music video for "Jack Pine"
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Our good friend John Bee is on the Vans Warped Tour all summer, playing daily sets as American Opera at the Acoustic Basement stage. One of the songs he is performing every day is “Jack Pine,” a single from his...

We Need To Talk About Kevin
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There once was a scorpion that needed passage from one side of the river to the other. A passing turtle was asked to be his ride. The turtle, wary of the scorpion’s sting declined to help for fear that...

A Tribute to Taking Back Sunday, by Various Artists
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Last summer, I spent two weeks in Nashville, TN with Shapes & Colors recording their On Display EP. Most of our time was spent in the studio with Aaron Sprinkle, but I took some time out to hang out with...

Four Year Strong - "We All Float Down Here"
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Four Year Strong has once again brought their choice flavor of easy-core back to the eardrums of their listeners. This time, by way of Pure Noise Records. I love the new material. It’s most comparable to what we heard...

Watch Avaberee's romance-drenched 'Can't Get You Off My Mind' video
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The ‘90s were a good time for poppy, female-fronted trip-hop songs that were so blissed out that they seemed to float out of your speakers on fluffy little clouds. Brisbane, Australia-based trio Avaberée has recreated that feeling with their new...

Bayside - "Dancing Like An Idiot"
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While I think this song comes off as a bit crabby, and I’m not really sure what made it a necessary thing to release, I agree with the criticism it presents. Watching kids support trashy human beings on stage...

Dead Leaves play earnest emo on “I Was Once An Extrovert”
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Dead Leaves have started settling in. I’ve had the distinct pleasure of knowing a majority of the band members since 2010. Watching the rise of hometown favorites and the eventual fall of Call It Fiction has been a sobering...

The Maine Has Released My Favorite Song This Year (So Far...)
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Forever Halloween is over. The Maine has finished touring on their most artistic album yet and are gearing up for the release of their fifth studio album. I’m sitting in my girlfriends apartment sipping my 3rd beer of the...

The Oral History of Pigeons & Planes
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An in-depth look at the rise of my favorite hip-hop and pop music blog. Worth reading for anyone who has or is thinking about starting their own blog to write about music they like. If a pigeon can do it....

Stream Runaway Brother's 'Reprise'
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Miles Raymer, Entertainment Weekly: Cleveland’s Runaway Brother fits in comfortably with the ongoing emo revival—and unlike a lot of their brethren, they don’t seem to mind the E-word—but the cleverly crafted songs on their debut album...

Former AltPress Editor Scott Heisel Now Substream Editor In Chief
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Since I left my position at Substream Magazine in October, a lot has changed. Both the publication’s Marketing Director (Nici Arsenault) and Managing Editor (Drew Wille) have also effectively left the company. In my 6 months there, those two,...

Cartel Announce 'Chroma' Tour and Vinyl Release
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When I last talked to Cartel, they were releasing a statement about the Enjoy The Ride Records release of Chroma, their acclaimed debut full-length. Now they are finally releasing a pressing of their own. The pressing is limited to 1000,...

Tommy Boys' Self-Titled Album Available Now
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Last year, I fell in love with a band called Tommy Boys. Their noodly jams have been on my rotation for several months. Now they can be on yours too. Grab their record on iTunes today via the great Other...

Follow The Blog on Audiomack
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The issue of streaming copyrighted materials on blogs and webzines has been growing ever wearisome in the past 5 years. What with DMCA notices taking down fan-made YouTube video streams, SoundCloud uploads, and whatnot, limits have been set to stream...

Roy English - "Julianne"
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Jon Tanners, Pigeons & Planes: Teaming up with Vic Mensa collaborator Stefan Ponce, L.A.-based singer/producer [Roy] English’s new single “Julianne” feels like pure pop filtered through 2015’s old-is-new-again lenses. The production gives the typical robotic...

Tilian - "A Faint Illusion, Acoustic (Tides Of Man)"
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Tilian Pearson surprised me recently by uploading an acoustic performance of “A Faint Illusion,” a song he used to perform with Tides Of Man. The album this song appeared on has stuck with me for years. This was one of...

Spooky Black Fooled Us, Corbin is the Real Deal
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Joe Price, Pigeons & Planes: It has to be said that no one really knew what to think of Corbin when he initially piqued the internet’s interest as Spooky Black. Was this all a very elaborate joke that someone...

Punchline Announces New Music
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Punchline on their Facebook page: After 17 years, 9 albums, hundreds of thousands of miles traveled, the ups and even the downs… we’re still just as thrilled to be here with you.I love Punchline. It’s my hope...

Stheart Features Creative Person Kara Smarsh
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via Stheart: Web designer by day, photographer by… every chance she gets. After briefly crossing paths at a music festival in Chicago, we were instantly drawn to Kara’s feed on instagram. Later, we caught up with Kara to chat...

HillyDilly Launches New Mobile Site
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HillyDilly is by far the most beautiful and well-crafted music discovery sites on the www. They also curate some of the best written summations of singles, downloads, and other hidden Soundcloud gems around. If you’re not familiar with their...

Empty Houses: Pop Punk Kids with a Motown Sound
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Jono Diener, Noisey: An unexpectedly soulful side project from the members of Fireworks.Dave Mackinder and Adam Mercer of Fireworks have started a new project with vocalist Ali Shea. If you’re familiar with the work of Fireworks, this might...

A Pop-Punk Singer and the Blurred Line Between Digital Fan Mail and Trouble
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Joe Coscarelli, New York Times: As technology has eroded the traditional barriers between musicians and their admirers, the old-fashioned methods of connection — sending fan letters into the record label ether, sneaking backstage at a concert for a photo — have given...

Runaway Brother - "Moth" (Stereogum Premiere)
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Chris DeVille, Stereogum: Cleveland pop-punk ragers Runaway Brother have a new album called Mother coming soon. The soaring “Moth” goes all-in on nasal emo aggression – you might say that it really takes back Sunday, if you know what I’m...

Mansions' 'Dig Up The Dead (Acoustic)' Pressed on Vinyl
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Bad Timing Records: We feel comfortable expressing the opinion that Mansions’ Dig Up The Dead is one of the greatest emo records of the last decade. In his 2011 review, AbsolutePunk.net’s Drew Beringer called it “a refreshingly bold...

Polyenso - "Moona Festival"
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Our latest single, “Moona Festival.”Polyenso returns with a stellar new single. This is best heard with a good set of headphones. There is a lot happening in the production....

The New PropertyOfZack
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Zack Zarrillo writes: Today, we’re incredibly excited, nervous, and ready to begin the next phase of PropertyOfZack.I’ve been updated by Zack throughout the planning process for today’s relaunch for a while. Months of planning have gone...

Pigeons & Planes Open For Pitches
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One of my favorite music blogs is Pigeons & Planes. They currently are open for pitches. Or, if you don't want to start a blog, write for Pigeons & Planes. Send your ideas: pitches(at)pigeonsandplanes(dot)com...