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by Cole Waterman

18 Aug 2015


Arid, sun-baked deserts might not seem the ideal hotbed for grandiose synth pop. But factor in the glitz and glam of Las Vegas as a neon oasis, and it starts to make sense. The city’s most recent contribution to the electro-rock canon is Rabid Young, unveiling their first single as a prelude to their debut EP.

“Not Enough” hails from the eponymous five-song record due out October 2. The five-piece is led by Eric Rickey, who cut his teeth with previous outfit Most Thieves when they opened with fellow Las Vegas dance-rockers the Killers. It’s not surprising then to hear such a strong Killers influence in “Not Enough”, with dashes of U2, Bad Suns, and some David Bowie thrown in for good measure. Typical of the genre, it holds nothing back in its cinematic groove, the mid-tempo refrain having a grand sprawl to it as the synths are layered in shimmering textures. The chorus of chant-like vocals add another level of opulence to the simultaneously decadent and yearning track.

by Adrien Begrand

18 Aug 2015


After making a name for herself as a finalist on season 11 of American Idol, Elise Testone quickly, and smartly distanced herself from the machinery of that whole process, self-producing her debut album in This Life last year. Today she takes the next step, and its a significant one, releasing the excellent new single “Now”, which evokes the sultry soul of the 1970s and ‘80s: sophisticated, sexy, glossy, with the right hint of a harder edge to show a sly sense of menace underneath such refinement.

by Adrien Begrand

18 Aug 2015


The New Jersey duo of Brandon Asraf and John Tacon have just put out a new EP called Dropped, a wickedly intense, searing slice of indie rock, one that displays a darker, more sinister side than most indie that comes out these days. There are no playful Afrobeats here. Nope, something more sinister lurks underneath, and that’s exactly what you learn when you see the incredible new video for the track “Brighter Than the Sun”. Vividly, brutally shot and beautifully presented, it’s a brilliant little short that commands your attention from the get-go.

by Adrien Begrand

18 Aug 2015


If you’re not familiar with Brooklyn’s Miracles of Modern Science, they ingeniously create pop music using non-pop instrumentation. Instead of synths, turntables, and guitar the band uses violin, cello, mandolin, double bass, and drums. Additionally, they love to toss pop music songwriting clichés out the window too, cleverly creating a sound that feels strange and one of a kind, tot he point where you can easily call them classical rock, yet so smartly accessible and fun. It’s high time they were acknowledged as innovators in pop music, and their new album Mean Dreams should convince more listeners of the same.

by Adrien Begrand

18 Aug 2015


Tampa, Florida band Makari specialize in the more pop-oriented side of post-hardcore, but much like Paramore a decade ago, they show a lot more depth than the usual Warped Tour clones out there. They allow more room for strong melodies, and bolstered by Brandon Cullen’s fascinatingly androgynous singing, the music displays a level of sensitivity that sounds sincere compared to the more pandering sounds that usually come from other male bands in the scene.

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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