Royal Blood release new album How Did We Get So Dark?: Stream/download

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Photo by Annie Lesser Royal Blood celebrate the release of their new album, How Did We Get So Dark? , today. Apple Music and Spotify users can stream it below. Spanning 10 tracks, How Did We Get So Dark? marks the British garage rockers’ sophomore record and follow-up to their 2014 Mercury Prize-nominated self-titled LP. Recorded with the help of producer Jolyon Thomas, …

Reeperbahn Keeps the Indie Dream Alive for Music Festivals

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Photography by Killian Young Alex Schulz knows exactly when he first felt inspired to start Germany’s Reeperbahn Festival: SXSW 2000. The first iteration of Reeperbahn wouldn’t arrive for over five years after that, but Schulz understood he had seen a festival he wanted to emulate: “The quality is the highest in the world, of course.” Schulz fought an uphill battle to found …

Live Review: Reeperbahn Festival Showcase at New York’s Pianos (6/7)

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Photography by Killian Young When I spoke with Reeperbahn Festival founder Alex Schulz, he said that the festival captures its lineup with 90-95 percent of artists who are relatively unknown, but have the potential to make it big. At the Hamburg festival’s NYC showcase at Pianos, as part of A2IM Indie Week, its seven-artist bill definitely highlighted talent who could be …

Prophets of Rage announce debut album, share Michael Moore-directed video for “Unfuck the World” — watch

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Photo by Paul L. Carter Last year, Prophets of Rage released their debut EP,The Party’s Over, and hit the road together for the very first time. Now, the mighty political supergroup comprised of members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill is readying its first full-length album. Due out September 15th, the self-titled record spans 12 tracks, including titles like “Radical Eyes”, “Legalize Me”, “Hail to …

MT. EDDY share debut album, Chroma: Stream

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Photo by​ Stove Rowe Jakob Armstrong has been called many things since stepping onto the scene back in 2015. Originally he went by Jakob Danger, then simply DANGER!, and at all times the son of Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong. That’s not exactly a tiny shadow to step out from under, but with his latest band, MT. EDDY, he’s taking a …

Kristeen Young shares video for new single “These Are the Things I’m Not the Most” — watch

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Kristeen Young’s steely, indefatigable identity is as resistant to categorization as her music, which has been described as “eclectic,” “operatic-punk,” and “intergalactic” without ever quite capturing it. Her songwriting was born out of trauma, after all, a way to escape what she describes as a “nightmarish” upbringing in adoptive and foster homes. It makes sense that her sound would capture the peripatetic nature of youth, …

Album Review: Paramore – After Laughter

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After Laughter finds Paramore, like Carly Rae Jepsen and M83 before them, delving into the pantheon of ’80s pop and declaring, “There’s gold in them hills.” Awash in primary colors, After Laughter sheds the harder edge of its predecessor, Paramore, which accented its pop bona fides with chugging guitars and a distinctly rockist energy. Paramore, now five LPs and numerous …

Album Review: DREAMCAR – DREAMCAR

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One would be hard-pressed to count all the hats Davy Havok has worn in the 20-plus years since his career took off as the frontman of that shape-shifting creature called AFI. From hardcore punk to devil-locked goth to bespoke rock‘n’roll star, Havok has shown a remarkable ability to inhabit every archetype he can dream up, stepping into each with a …

Fall Out Boy announce new album, M A N I A, share “Young and Menace” video — watch

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Photo by Pamela Littky Fall Out Boy will return with a new album called M A N I A on September 15th. Due out through Island/DCD2, it serves as their seventh overall following 2015’s lukewarm American Beauty/American Psycho. On Twitter, bassist/lyricist Pete Wentz penned a lengthy, very Wentz-like abstract note on the LP: “The gentle pull of a tide that rolls over and over …

Blur vs. Gorillaz: Where Does Damon Albarn Truly Belong?

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This feature originally ran in April 2015 and is being re-published ahead of Gorillaz’s new album, Humanz. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Art is subjective. Music and movies aren’t about competition; they’re about artistic expression. Well, for those of you who know better than to believe those lies, welcome to another installment of Vs. This time, we definitively determine where …