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    • Green Lanes
      James Hoare (Veronica Falls) and Jack Cooper (Mazes) blend Twerps' college slacker rock and The Kinks' sun-kissed melodies on their second Ultimate Painting album, Green Lanes. 
    • Zarafa
      Zarafa is a return to animation in its most glorious form—beautiful, inspired, often laugh out loud, and most of all touching.
    • Mont Royal
      Ohio-grown The Lighthouse and the Whaler's Mont Royal sounds similar at times to Band of Horses, with hints of Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues.
    • Premiere: Enchanted Hunters Mixtape (OFF Festival Edition)
      It’s ALMOST time. Later this week we’ll be heading to OFF Festival in Katowice, Poland. (Run the Jewels, Colleen Green, Patti Smith—we’re coming for you!) Sending us off is one last entry in our Polish bands mixtape series, this time from dream folk group, Enchanted Hunters. They call this blend Summer in Hel.
    • Brandon Flowers at Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA, July 30, 2015
      On Thursday night, Brandon Flowers brought his glorious melody-filled party to Philadelphia.
    • Read All Our “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” Interviews From This Week
      All this week we have been posting interviews with various cast members (as well as the creators) of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, which started streaming on Netflix today. We interviewed David Wain, Lake Bell, Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Marguerite Moreau, Randall Park, and Kevin Sussman. Our next print is […]
    • Chad Valley Announces Sophomore Album, Shares First Single, “True”
      Chad Valley (aka British singer/musician/producer Hugo Manuel) is back with his sophomore album, Entirely New Blue. It's due out October 2 via Cascine and now he's shared the album's first single, "True." You can listen to it below.
    • Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio Shares “Endless Rhythm” Video
      Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio is set to release his debut solo album on September 18 via Glassnote. He'll be going simply under his last name and the album will be titled The Names after a Don DeLillo novel from 1982 of the same name. We've already heard "Brainwash yyrr Face" and seen the fun video for "Sister of Pearl" feat […]
    • Listen: Under the Radar’s Weekly Playlist With Prince, Ought, Jamie Lidell, Wavves, and Small Black
      Welcome to Under the Radar's Weekly Playlist, where we compile the best tracks to debut online in the last week (or thereabouts). In this mix we've got new songs by Prince, Ought, Jamie Lidell, Wavves, Small Black, Willis Earl Beal, !!!, Gwenno, Gardens & Villa, Chad Valley, American Wrestlers, and more.
    • Stream Mac DeMarco’s Entire New Album, “Another One”
      After months of build up, including a Michael Jackson impersonating music video, a free BBQ in Brooklyn, a jokey travel documentary, a sexy guest appearance in a Ducktails video, and various shared songs, Mac DeMarco's new eight-song mini-album, Another One, is finally almost upon us. It comes out next Friday via Captured Tracks, but now you can stream […]
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    • The Law Of Attraction: Mikky Ekko August 3, 2015
      "You don’t get many opportunities to make a difference..."Two nights ago Mikky Ekko was out having a night cap in a Shoreditch hotel when he overheard Hakushu being ordered by a woman at the table behind. Hakushu is a potent strain of Japanese whiskey and Japanese whiskey so happens to be Mikky’s favourite drink. “So I turned to her and was like ‘t […]
    • Listen: Low - 'What Part Of Me' August 3, 2015
      Drifting, heartbreaking music...Low have always known how to pull at the heartstrings - and new album 'Ones And Sixes' is no exception. Produced by the band and engineer BJ Burton, it finds Low shaking up their sonic palette while further refining their gorgeous songwriting. New cut 'What Part Of Me' is online now, and in between those ha […]
    • Are Beck, Nile Rodgers Working Together? August 3, 2015
      Certainly looks like it...The ongoing resurgence of Nile Rodgers is a joy to behold. A humble, genial spirit, the Chic guitarist and disco legend has worked with everyone from Daft Punk to Paloma Faith over the past 18 months. Now Nile Rodgers has posted a new photo, indicating that he may well be working alongside Sia and Beck. In the Twitter posting the gu […]
    • Titus Andronicus - The Most Lamentable Tragedy August 3, 2015
      A lengthy, ambitious triumph...With much of the scuzzy feedback that was to be found on Titus Andronicus' previous albums stripped away, it's easier to appreciate what has always been there, lurking in the smog. On 'The Most Lamentable Tragedy', the New Jersey sextet sound vital and lead singer Patrick Stickles sounds charged with a poten […]
    • Premiere: MODEL 86 - 'CTRL' August 3, 2015
      Manchester born electronic producer...Manchester-born electronic artist MODEL 86 is a relatively new name, but his productions have a rare confidence and maturity. New EP 'Self Help Dance' recalls early 90s Warp - the woozy, hypnagogic realm of Scottish duo Boards Of Canada or the more blissful sides of LFO. Alongside this, though, there's an […]
    • Georgia - Georgia August 3, 2015
      Proudly inventive Londoner...The eponymous debut from the London-born Georgia introduces the world to a precocious talent more intent with building a brash, continental-drifting soundscape than relying on subtle songcraft. Once you grasp this, the auditory journey from beginning to end is surprisingly gratifying. It's credit-worthy that the 21-year-old […]
    • Jasper James To Become Phonox Resident August 3, 2015
      South London club stamps its mark...Phonox is a new name for London clubbing, a venture in Brixton that aims to provide something different. Opening shortly, the club has unveiled its first ever resident: Glasgow selector Jasper James. Lauded for his dexterous sets and party hard atmosphere, Jasper James will play every Saturday night from September 12th onw […]
    • Hackney Council Seek To Curb Late Licenses August 3, 2015
      Fans launch campaign against proposals...The London borough of Hackney is one of the capital's most vibrant spots, boasting countless bars, venues and nightclubs. However a proposed by-law from Hackney council could curb the area's nightlife. According to the proposal, bars would have to close at 11pm on weekdays and midnight on weekends - with nig […]
    • Behind The Scenes: Nick Brewer August 3, 2015
      On the shoot of 'Talk To Me'...Nick Bewer is going to blow up. The London lyricist has spent the summer months storming across the country, with an ever-growing army of fans following in his wake. New cut 'Talk To Me' seems to be the driving force behind this momentum. Produced by The Confect and co-produced by iLL BLU, it's a total […]
    • SHOWstudio / Machine-A: AW15 August 3, 2015
      Sam Bayliss-Ibram shoots the campaign.It’s been a ‘when’ question for several seasons now: ‘when will fashion week invites start coming with Twitter and Instagram handles as standard?’ Many do, of course, but it’s not yet to the point of the norm. That the SHOWstudio / Machine-A campaign images arrived with a credit list, complete with nine Insta monikers, p […]
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      Saxon will be releasing a new album in called, Battering Ram, on October 16th in North America through UDR Music. Watch a video for the title track below. On Battering Ram — with Biff Byford singing as well as he ever has, Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt making full use of the term “shredding” with […]
      Ted Nugent has weighed in on the killing of Cecil the lion, calling the story “a lie.” US dentist Walter Palmer caused outrage when he shot and killed Zimbabwe’s most famous animal in what he believed was a legal hunt. But, Cecil was being monitored as part of an Oxford University study into lion conservation […]
      Iron Maiden have released a 28-second teaser clip from their forthcoming double album, The Book Of Souls, due out September 4th. Watch the clip below. Drummer Nicko McBrain recently called their first-ever double-length studio release “a stunning piece of work.” He added, “Every time you make a record it’s the best you’ve ever made. This […]
      Went out the The Sands in Bethlehem PA last night to catch Cheap Trick. I’ve been seeing this band since around 1981 when I used to go see them co headline with UFO. CT is another band that defies father time. They still sound amazing and look pretty much the same. Robin Zander another one […]
      Operation: Mindcrime – the band fronted by former Queensryche man Geoff Tate – have launched a video for their track Re-Inventing The Future. Watch it below. The Key is scheduled for release on September 18th through Frontiers Music Srl. To read more about this release and to view a track listing, please click here.
      Joel Hoekstra announces the release of his new melodic hard rock studio album Dying To Live from his electrifying new side project, Joel Hoekstra’s 13. Hoekstra is best known to millions of rock fans as the currrent guitarist for Whitesnake, and also known for his work with Night Ranger, Trans Siberian Orchestra and the show […]
      Have a limited amount of free tickets for Smashing Pumpkins & Marilyn Manson tomorrow at PNC in NJ and Friday for Jones Beach NY. Enter to win by emailing me . Put “pumpkins/manson” in the subject line and include your full legal name. You are ONLY a winner if you get an email back […]
      Due to the overwhelming success of Judas Priest’s 17th studio effort overall, Redeemer of Souls (which became the highest-charting album of their career, when it debuted on the Billboard 200 charts at #6), the band has announced a fall tour, which will hit the U.S. and Canada, from October 16th through November 12th. Supporting Priest […]
      Guns N’ Roses guitarist D.J. Ashba has made the following announcement: “Six years ago, I received a call that changed my life forever. The call was from a dear friend of mine (Katie McNeil-Diamond) who was working with Guns N’ Roses. It was an offer to audition for Axl Rose and earn a role in […]
      Buckcherry have released a video for the song The Madness from their forthcoming new album, Rock N’Roll, which is due for release on August 21st through F-Bomb records. Watch the video below. Frontman Josh Todd tells Billboard,“I struggle with two sides of my mind. There’s the side that wants to be really bad and the […]
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Video of the Day: Anderson East – Find ‘Em, Fool ‘Em, and Forget ’em

Posted by falconi5 on July 30, 2015

andersonAnderson East comes by his Stax Soul roots quite honestly. With a vintage Blue-Eyed Soul sound that would make Joe South and Tony Joe White blush, Delilah his latest record will be on your repeat play list for the rest of the year and then some after one listen.  He is the best thing to happen to Soul music in 2015 since Leon Bridges.

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Video of the Day: Creem Circus -Riff Mountain

Posted by falconi5 on July 29, 2015

creemcircusEverything about these guys is retro-licious Glam cool.  The band name comes from an Iconic 60’s rock music magazine, the name of their latest record is Rock and/or Roll, and the debut single is called “Riff Mountain.” Drop the mic.

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Video of the Day: We are Harlot – Dancing on Nails

Posted by falconi5 on July 29, 2015

weareharlotPart Sleaze, Part Glam, and all Rock, the debut self titled album from We are Harlot is one of the best Rock debut records in quite a while, and definitely one of the best of the year.

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Live Video of the Day: Keith Richards and Norah Jones – Love Hurts

Posted by falconi5 on July 28, 2015

keithandnorahJust priming the pump for the new upcoming Keith Richards Album.

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Live Video of the Day: Joe Walsh and Billy Gibbons – Life in the Fast Lane

Posted by falconi5 on July 27, 2015

joeandbillyBilly Gibbons is everywhere.  If you like guitars, this one is for you.

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Video of the Day: X Ambassadors – Renegades

Posted by falconi5 on July 27, 2015

x embSure their sound is lot like a lot of the bands of the day, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The new record Vhs with contributions from Imagine Dragons and Jamie N. Commons is worth the price of checking them out alone.

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Best Album of 2015: Eleni Mandell – Dark Lights Up

Posted by falconi5 on July 27, 2015

Eleni Mandell – Dark Lights Up (Rating 4 out of 5)

eleniMusic, like sex, when done right should take your mind, body, and soul into some sort of mystic place of pure contentment and peace. Dark Lights Up, the latest record from Eleni Mandell, delivers all of that and more.

With a wonderous vibe that channels the Folk sensibilities of Joni Mitchell, the 60’s soul of Dusty Springfield, and the Sultry Cocktail-Noir of Julie London and Eartha Kitt, and mixes it in a new millennium martini of smoothness with an aura of Jenny Lewis and Neko Case.  This one will take you on a really sweet non drug induced high with no hangover.

The Opener “I’m Old Fashioned” has a distinct late in the evening ambiance to it and name checks the way things were back in the day, and somehow makes things sound like things were kind of cool instead of coming across like a “things were better when I was a kid” lecture from your grandmother. Not sure how Mandell makes writing hand-made letters, actually going to a bank, or using a percolator to make coffee sound enticing, but she does. All sins are forgiven though, since her drink of choice is an Old Fashion, of course.

“China Garden Buffet” turns the mundane into the mystical with a last drink of the evening breeziness that would make Julie London blush, not that you can picture either of them ever going to a Chinese Buffet. All mood inspiring piano and upright bass, “I suppose it was time, t’was my practical mind.  So, I got up to go and you offered a hand, I just couldn’t say no with the stars in sky, snowy streets late at night standing there you kissed me, you kissed me, you kissed me you kissed me you kissed me.”  What happens next can be left to your imagination, let’s just say winter coats proved to be no obstacle. This song could have been the picture on a Frank Sinatra cover.

The song “If You Wanna Get Kissed” is a Country Swing tinged ode to the modern problem many have in these romantic times trying to figure out how to get kissed. The answer as Eleni tells us so eloquently is to get dressed up and get drunk. “Baby Don’t Call” sounds as if it could have quite easily been included on a Little Willie’s (Norah Jones side Country project) project or a She and Him Record. It is cool in a Les Paul and Mary Ford sort of way.

This is very much a wine, not whiskey sort of record.



– Walt Falconer –

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Video of the Day: Vance Joy – Georgia

Posted by falconi5 on July 25, 2015

vanceAnother tune from the highly excellent Dream Your Life Away, one of the best records of 2014.

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Best Albums of 2015: Magic Pie – King for a Day

Posted by falconi5 on July 23, 2015

Magic Pie – King for a Day (Rating 3.5 out of 5)

magicpieBefore devoting any ear time to King for a Day, the latest L.P. from Retro Rockers Magic Pie, full disclosure and buyer beware warnings must be given.  You must, repeat must be a Styx fan to enjoy this record, and in addition, you must be able to tolerate a wee bit of Progressive Rock along the way.  And we are, and we do, and you should as well. Given the proper ear time, this time warp experience will grow on you.

This one would have fit quite nicely wedged between 1981’s Paradise Theater and 1883’3 Kilroy Was Here, and is a better record than the latter and almost as brilliant as the former.  No small achievement since Paradise Theater is arguably the best album from the Chicago stalwarts for those cultured and quite accurate ears that prefer it over The Grand Illusion.

The opener “King for a Day” would have fit hand-in-glove between “Rockin’ the Paradise” and and “Too Much Time on My Hands” with Eirick Hannsen, lead singer for this band from Norway doing his best pomp and grandeur Dennis DeYoung impersonation, is a perfect opening salvo of an introduction.

The song “Introversion” carries the comparisons to the extreme complete with layered vocals and James Young style guitar licks, and with subsequent listens this turns out to be a very good thing.

The song “Tears Gone Dry” weighs in at a studly 12:13 and holds its own throughout but pales in comparison to the title track, a 27:29 opus that is some sort of bizzaro-world cross between Styx, Kansas and Yes, a listening experience that if enjoyed with the proper lubrication will take you back to the days when you had hair, could take a hit or two without worrying about getting drug tested the next day, and most notably had never heard of Justin Bieber.  You Know, the good old days.



Rockin the Paradise

Too Much Time on my Hands

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Video of the Day: Sunflower Bean – Tame Impala

Posted by falconi5 on July 19, 2015

sunflowerbeanThis Brooklyn three piece Psychedelic Post Punk band bares watching.  Come for the catchy name, but stay for the weirdly cool Psych meets Shoe Gaze on their debut E.P. Show Me Your Seven Secrets.

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