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Monday, Jan 12, 2015
For a slice of honky-tonk rock chock full of spirited backing vocals and bluesy guitar, Ivory Deville's "Dance Hall" will do just the trick.

Ivory Deville may call Los Angeles its home, but by the sound of “Dance Hall”, a track off its recently released self-titled LP, they’d fit in just as well in a Southern honky-tonk. This is just the kind of tune to jolt one out of the winter doldrums and into the mood for dancing—yes, the song really does live up to its name. “Dance Hall” now has a fun and free-spirited live video to accompany its rock swagger, which you can view below.


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Friday, Jan 9, 2015
The mood of Counting Crows' "Long December" meets Dylanesque vocals on the latest track by the rising talent Kingsley Flood.

The Boston/Washington, D.C based outfit Kingsley Flood has had a solid run already. Having opened for Lucius and Josh Ritter, in addition to playing a stint at the Newport Folk Festival’s main stage, the group is poised to take on 2015 with some serious momentum. The sextet is certainly not short on ambition: in addition to To the Fire, the band’s newest EP, it will also be putting out a summer EP, a fall full-length album, and multiple music videos. As if that weren’t enough, it’ll also be touring extensively throughout. To get a taste of this no doubt rising talent, you can stream the To the Fire track “Cavalry” below, a piano ballad reminiscent of Counting Crows’ “Long December”. Autumnal and evocative, the track is ripe for a powerful live performance, of which Kingsley Flood will have many in 2015.


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Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015
After a 35 year long wait for a new studio album, the time has finally come for the return of the Pop Group. "Mad Truth" is the first of what's to come on the forthcoming LP Citizen Zombie.

As it turns out, the 2014 releases Cabinet of Curiosities, a new compilation LP, and We Are Time, a reissue of a 1980 compilation, were but the first few signals that more is to come from Bristol’s legendary the Pop Group. This winter, the band will drop Citizen Zombie, its first studio LP since 1980’s For How Much Longer Will We Tolerate Mass Murder?. The Pop Group’s hiatus, which began in 1981, was broken by a series of shows that began in 2010. With Citizen Zombie, the band shows that their comeback shows were not a one-off for nostalgia’s sake. Below you can stream “Mad Truth”, the latest track to be released off the album; the first was the title cut.


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Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015
America is a long road; in 2014, First Aid Kit travel it in its cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "America".

First Aid Kit has had a busy and successful 2014, touring hard behind its third album, Stay Gold. To mark Record Store Day/Black Friday, the duo released a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “America”. Covers of well-known songs can be difficult, but here First Aid Kit give the song a new, feminine interpretation.


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Monday, Jan 5, 2015
Comprised of sharp, hooky punk, Empires, the newest LP by the New York City punk band Swanky Tiger, balances pop smarts with guitar-diven aggression.

Following an eventful 2014 highlighted by performances at key New York City venues such as The Studio at Webster Hall, Tammany Hall, and Arlene’s Grocery, the young punk outfit Swanky Tiger is starting off the new year with the release of its newest studio offering, Empires. You can stream the album below.


One line in the tune “Glamorous” sounds a little like foreshadowing for this up-and-coming band: “If it’s fame you want / come and take it now”. By the sound of this track, and indeed the LP as a whole, Swanky Tiger is poising itself to do just that.


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