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Monday, Jan 12, 2015
A driving anthem for those striving to break free from the mundane 9-to-5 routine, "Spoil Yr Party" is a potent first taste of what's to come on Sporting Life's new LP, Rivalry.

Sporting a pop streak that’s unafraid to be aggressive, the San Francisco outfit Sporting Life is set to release its new album, Rivalry, just about the time folks start preparing themselves for the springtime. Fitting, too, as the high-energy music of the group is well suited for sunnier environs. But “Spoil Yr Party”, the video of which you can stream below, is the kind of rock number that’s fit for all seasons, as it’s a driving tune that expresses a universal frustration that, in the modern day, knows no temporal constraints.


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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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Monday, Jan 5, 2015
Mic Phelps' serpentine, nocturnal track "Waterfalls" now has video accompaniment, which pairs the song with stunning visuals of Iceland and Paris.

A fixture of the Detroit hip hop scene for years as both a solo artist and as one-fourth of Cold Men Young, Mic Phelps wrapped 2014 with the release of his full-length debut, a collaboration with producer djkage, The Grand Design. Keeping that momentum going, Phelps (real name Miles Stewart) is kicking off 2015 with the first video from the record, for the song “Waterfall”.


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Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014
Grab a scotch, light up a cigar, and cozy yourself in the corner booth: James Apollo's "Ho Ho, Ho Hum" is the kind of holiday tune best suited for a '50s noir bar.

There’s a certain artificiality that comes with much Christmas music, due in large part to the over-commercialization of the holiday. After hearing the umpteenth muzak rendition of “Jingle Bells” while shopping for rum to spike your eggnog with, the supposed joviality of the holiday is bound to fade into background noise. For that reason, songs like “Ho Ho, Ho Hum” by the Seattle-based singer/songwriter James Apollo are all the more refreshing. The song’s lounge mood and barroom piano evoke the cigarette smoke and loneliness of a film noir, a feeling that Apollo no doubt intended, given the song’s music video is shot in a melancholy black and white. “Ho Ho, Ho Hum” isn’t the song to play when trying to liven up a holiday party, but it does genuinely capture a feeling that many people experience during the holiday season.


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Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014
With their debut LP Sings for You soon to get its vinyl release, Pinecones have prepared a droll video for the album cut "Sleep is Forget".

While Pinecones vocalist and guitarist Bo Orr also plays in the straightedge grindcore band Dead in the Dirt, one best not go into the music of the former group expecting anything like the latter. As LPs like 2013’s The Blind Hole attest, Orr is more than capable of bludgeoning the ears with brutal riffs. By contrast, with Pinecones Orr, along with bandmates Ben Salie (drums), Brain Atoms (guitar), and Ryan Evers (bass), is writing guitar-centric rock that’s far friendlier to the ear canals.


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