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Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015
Catchy guitar riffs and political acumen make up the new tune by the Denton, Texas outfit the Demigs, "Melamine".

The ‘90s indie vibe is strong with the Demigs, a rock group that hails from Denton, Texas. This vibe is quite apparent on the tune “Melamine”, a clean guitar-driven number off of their forthcoming double LP, the 20-song Welcome to Hard Times. With sonic corollaries that include ones atypical to the indie realm, namely the New Zealand-based “kiwi rock” of groups like the Clean and the 3-Ds, the Demigs have a distinctive sound that’s matched by their political savvy. In addition to the issues tackled by “Melamine” specifically (read more on that below), the quartet has also taken a stance against fracking in their native Texas.


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Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015
Detroit and Baltimore rappers release a new collaborative song in preparation of two-month tour.

To whet appetites for the national tour they’re embarking on, four rap acts have amalgamated their sounds for a new tune. “Super Megatron Bomb (waiting for ‘em)” is the collaboration between Detroit’s hip-hop duo Passalacqua and Baltimore rappers Height Keech, PT Burnem, and Eze Jackson.


The song was borne as a warm-up for the rhyme-slingers’ two-month long tour. It was produced by Mickey Free, who also mixed it with Eddie Logix.


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Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015
Stream the cryptic and dark new album by the St. Louis rock outfit CaveofswordS, Sigils, a week leading up to its release.

Enigmatic lyrics, reverb-drenched vocals, and an overall cryptic mood make up the newest album by the St. Louis rock group CaveofswordS, Sigils. (On their website, CaveofswordS is described as “dubwave”.) The band latticeworks layers of psychedelic haze and synth-led soundscapes into a brooding collage that emits intrigue all throughout these ten tunes.


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Monday, Mar 2, 2015
The legendary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan gets away with murder in the old-timey noir music video of his Frank Sinatra cover "The Night We Called It a Day".

In his eight out of ten PopMatters review of Bob Dylan’s Frank Sinatra covers album Shadows in the Night, Steve Horowitz writes, “Dylan has coyly said he’s not covering these Sinatra songs, he’s uncovering them from the weight of all those who have added their dross to the originals. There’s no sarcasm, cynicism, or irony on this disc; no hipster coolness, no vocal embellishments. Shadows in the Night is clearly an act of love and honor.”


To add to his project of homage to Sinatra, Dylan takes on the (anti)hero role in the music video for “The Night We Called It a Day”, which takes its cues from the golden age of film noir in the ‘40s and ‘50s.


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Friday, Feb 27, 2015
The classic Wisconsin rock outfit BoDeans will release their 12th studio outing, I Can't Stop, this April. Now you can stream the pounding rocker "Slave".

With over 30 years of experience and 11 studio LPs under their belts, the BoDeans don’t have much to do as far as establishing credibility goes. The Waukesha, Wisconsin rock group has built a strong reputation for their rugged work ethic and their love of American roots rock. Both of those things hold true for their soon-to-be-released 12th album, I Can’t Stop, which reaffirms the group’s commitment to the craft—the title is no exaggeration.


Below you can stream the album cut “Slave”, a driving rocker driven by a primal, pounding pulse.


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