Staff Picks – May 2015


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  • Haste The Day: Coward


    It has been a while since Haste The Day has released any music, and for all intents and purposes the band had broken up in 2011. They were ranked up there with Underoath as being the pioneers of Christian metalcore, and the entire metalcore genre as a whole. They consistently delivered music that was laden with…

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  • Kiesza @ Irving Plaza


    I’m sure everybody has heard “Take U There”, the infectious collaboration between Kiesza and Jack U. (Diplo & Skrillex). With the massive success of that single, people were able to actually find out Kiesza solo and how strong she is especially with her recently released album, Sound Of A Woman. Irving Plaza in New York…

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  • Interview: Sleepwave

    Sleepwave - Promo

    Before the band’s show in Lawrence, Kansas, staffer Tim Dodderidge caught up with Sleepwave frontman Spencer Chamberlain. Chamberlain, the former vocalist for metalcore pioneers Underoath, and the rest of his new band members have been cooking up something different. The 90’s rock-inspired group put out their first full-length in September and is finally going on big…

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  • Neon Trees’ “Songs I Can’t Listen To”

    Neon Trees

    It’s barely been a year since Utah pop-rockers Neon Trees released their third full length album Pop Psychology and they’re already giving us some new music to get excited about in the form of “Songs I Can’t Listen To”. It’s a tad different from some hit singles “Animal”. “Everybody Talks”, and “Sleeping With A Friend” in…

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  • Diamond Youth Nothing Matters


    In a scene noted for being under the mainstream alternative radar, Diamond Youth has shown itself to be surprising sleepers. A quartet built of members from Baltimore, Chicago, and Richmond, the group has only managed to release a number of short EPs filled with their 90’s vibes and fueled alternative rock. Decidedly more accessible than…

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  • New Found Glory And Yellowcard Announce Co-Headlining Tour With Tigers Jaw


    The Scoop: New Found Glory and Yellowcard has announced that they will embark on a fall co-headlining tour which is sure to be a hot ticket. This tour will also included Tigers Jaw as a special guest. The Spin: Special VIP pre-sale packages are available, which include a ticket, limited edition 7″ of New Found…

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  • A$AP Rocky Ft. Juicy J & UGK – Wavybone


    The Scoop: A$AP Rocky is known for waving that trill flag and paying homage to his influences, so it’s not a surprise that he managed to put Juicy J, Bun B and the late Pimp C on a smooth playeristic joint. The Rocky reign won’t stop. It’s been two days since “Electric Body” featuring ScHoolBoy…

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  • All Alone with William Control

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    In a crowded room, bathed in muted blue light, William Control took the stage and instantly captured my imagination. Together with Kenneth Fletcher (guitar) and Ben Tourkantonis (drums), William Control creates an atmosphere of intimacy not often seen at live shows. He has the unique ability to make the people around you fade to the…

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