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Battle Flags is the project of singer/songwriter/producer Jack Budd, a Brooklynite via Richmond, Virginia. He describes his sound as “a sonic pop patchwork of bike rides, spray paint, social change, drunken camaraderie, and hope”. This translates into lyrical vocals, heavy rhythms, guitar riffs, and bright synths. His newest EP Color Engine II contains his best songs to date. Budd stepped his production game up big time with this EP while still keeping the homegrown feel of those previous recordings which garnered him a loyal following around the blogosphere.

Fire and the Romance is the new band fronted by South African singer/songwriter Dion Roy. He was on a solo tour in Europe when he had a vision for a larger scale band, which led to the formation of Fire and the Romance. The alt-pop group’s impending debut EP, Adaptations, was written around the world in locations from Los Angeles to New York to France, and is set for release this June.

We’re back in our favorite American locale, with NOLA brass band kings, Rebirth Brass Band, and their new tune “Rebirth Groove” from the upcoming Move Your Body. This is NOLA at it’s best: soulful, jazzy, bangin’ horns, delicious syncopation, infectious spirit and grooves that you’d like to go on for days. Just from this track alone, Move Your Body is sounding like the band’s best ever and the rest of the album is just as great. Time for some real funky stew… dig in with a huge spoon and enjoy.

Ray and Remora‘s Dan Crane wanted to revisit the music of his 20s by covering tunes from the albums that influenced him most as a young musician. Ironically, his musical partner Amanda Walker is exactly 20 years younger than him, so this music is somewhat new to her, allowing for a fresh take on indie rock cornerstones. Today, we bring you the video premiere of the group’s version of Dinosaur Jr.‘s “Feel the Pain”.

Lonesome Shack may be from the Pacific Northwest, but they sound like a great swamp blues band from the Southern regions of the US. The grooves are relaxed as are the vocals, suggesting the soundtrack to a lazy, hot summer day with just a little angst in the air, lingering a little beyond reach. It’s a great sound that, in places, recalls some of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s more stripped down, rootsy recordings.

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Is Black Widow Still a Hero? Dissecting the Misogynistic Outrage Against the Avengers

// Short Ends and Leader

"Black Widow may very well be the pinnacle of the modern action heroine, so why is there so much backlash about her role in the new Avengers film?

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