Friday, September 30, 2011

Review: New Found Glory - Radiosurgery

New Found Glory are set to release their seventh full-length album, Radiosurgery, on October 4th among a wave of other pop-punk and pop-rock albums coming out that day.  If you're a fan of New Found Glory, you will (most likely) enjoy Radiosurgery.  If you are not a fan of NFG, you will not like this album.  That's the simple bottom line.  Everything we've come to expect from NFG is here: fast-paced pop-punk rock, catchy choruses, combo hardcore guitar lines from Chad Gilbert and Steve Klein that immediately punch you in the face, big hooks, and lyrics about friends and girl problems.  Sure, NFG haven't re-invented the wheel or progressed their sound in this album (which may disappoint fans hoping for the return of another Coming Home), but these are the guys who set the standard for pop-punk to begin with.  And, Radiosurgery definitely doesn't disappoint.

There are so many fantastic choruses on the album, starting with "Drill It in My Brain" followed by one of the best songs on the album, "I'm Not the One".  This song starts with Jordan Pundik's familiar nasal vocals over a rapid guitar, which blasts into the chorus with an edginess that will immediately make you want to roll your windows down and turn up the volume.  The listener is then treated to more pop-punk gems like "Ready, Aim, Fire!" and "Summer Fling, Don't Mean a Thing", which features Ian Grushka on the bass.  As I said before, Chad Gilbert and Steve Klein combine for their usual guitar crunching that keeps every song fresh and exciting.  Also, as expected, the production on this album is solid throughout the album.

It's difficult to determine where this album stands among NFG's extensive library.  I've always been partial to Sticks & Stones and Self-Titled.  The really cool thing is that most fans rate each album differently, showing a large variation in "fan favorites", which just shows the influence and sustainability of NFG.  If you want some rockin' pop-punk to listen to as you fly along the highway, windows down, then I recommend you pick this album up.  If you're a fan of NFG, then you probably already have the album pre-ordered anyway.  So, all I'll say is enjoy!

You can buy Radiosurgery on iTunes and Amazon.

Free Download of Thrice's "Words in the Water"

Thrice have offered up a free download of "Words in the Water", which comes from their latest album Major/Minor.  It's one of the best songs on the album, and you can download it below.  You should should definitely snag it if you haven't purchased Major/Minor yet.  Actually, if you don't yet have the album, you should get on that.  It's an incredible piece of work.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Download New Russian Circles Track

Instrumental rockers, Russian Circles, have released a new track, entitled "Mladek", which been heard and downloaded here.  This track is the first single from their fourth full-length album, Empros, which drops on October 24th.  Definitely some awesome dramatic progressive rock in this track. I'm looking forward to hearing the whole album!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Stream New Panic! At the Disco Track

Below you can stream a new Panic! At the Disco song entitled "Mercenary", which will be on the upcoming soundtrack to the video game Batman: Arkham City.  Interestingly, this could be the "best video game soundtrack ever".  Not that it has much to go up against...

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Stream New Transit Song

Transit have released a new track entitled "Cutting Corners" for your streaming pleasure.  I have added the stream to this post as well as the For Your Ears section.  This song comes from Listen & Forgive, their new album that drops on October 3rd (in the UK) 4th (everywhere else).
Transit 'Cutting Corners' by Littlest Group

Download The MIDI Version of August Burn Red's "Internal Cannon"

Metal rockers, August Burns Red, have released the MIDI version of "Internal Cannon", the (in my opinion) best song from their latest album, Leveler, on their Facebook page.  You can both listen to and download the track.  Definitely check it out.  It's pretty entertaining.

Stream New Songs From New Found Glory: Part 3

KROQ radio has released the third and final stream of tracks from New Found Glory's new album, Radiosurgery, that drops on October 4th.  Today's track is entitled "Dumped" and can be heard here.  You can also listen to "I'm Not the One" and "Anthem for the Unwanted" here and here, respectively.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Stream New Songs From New Found Glory: Part 2

KROQ radio is releasing streams of 3 tracks from New Found Glory's new album Radiosurgery that drops on October 4th.  I posted a link to the stream of "Anthem for the Unwanted" here.  Today's track is "I'm Not the One", which can be streamed here.

fun. Stream New Single

fun. have released their new single, "We Are Young", featuring Janelle Monae, that will be on their full-length album that comes out early next year.  Find the stream of the single below.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hear A New Transit Song have an exclusive stream of a new Transit song, entitled "All Your Heart".  This song, which also features Patrick Stump from Fall Out Boy, will be on Transit's new album, Listen & Forgive, which drops on October 4th.  Definitely some good stuff here.

I'm loving all the new streaming songs this week!

Stream New Songs From New Found Glory: Part 1

New Found Glory have released a new song, "Anthem for the Unwanted", which can be heard here.  This song comes from Radiosurgery, their upcoming album that drops on October 4th.  I really, really enjoyed this song.  Definitely looking forward to hearing the whole album.

Stream New States song "Can't Explain"

I have embedded below the full stream of a new song from States, entitled "Can't Explain".  This song comes from their upcoming album, Room to Run, that drops on October 18th.  Have a listen!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Review: Thrice - Major/Minor

Full album stream here.

Let me be up front and frank.  Major/Minor is incredible.  Thrice have managed to assimilate all of the strengths of their previous efforts in order to create an album that truly resonates.  It is the post-hardcore rock of Vheissu and experimental rock of The Alchemy Index combined with the rawness of Beggars.  I particularly felt a certain sense of "real" in this album.  Nothing is overproduced.  There are no gimmicks.  This is just a simple, but solid rock album.  Even Dustin Kensrue's voice sounds like he was just recording live, which is amazing in itself.  Really, Major/Minor, is the natural next step in the progression of Thrice.  I feel confident (99%) that this album will be my album of the year once January hits.

Major/Minor is definitely not nearly as heavy as Vheissu, which might disappoint those who were hoping they would return to that sound.  But damn, does this album groove.  Teppei Teranishi's brilliantly crafted guitar-riffs combined with Eddie Breckenridge's syncopated bass line and Riley Breckenridge's most impressive drum-work to date really drive each and every song, complimenting Kensrue's moody lyrics.  And, rest assured, the dark, bleak undertones of their previous efforts and themes of a corrupt society are still prominent in Major/Minor.

The album starts off with a solid one-two punch in the form of "Yellow Belly" and "Promises".  There's no sweeping introduction here.  "Yellow Belly" blasts off right at the get-go.  The album slowly transitions from hard-rockers to a more chill and relaxed sound as the listener progresses through each track.  The dark rocker, "Call It in the Air", will most likely become a fan favorite (it's definitely my favorite) as it is one of the catchiest songs on the album.  I found myself singing along with Kensrue as he howls "call it in the air...".  This is followed by "Treading Paper", which starts with Kensrue singing of despair over minimalistic guitars, but builds to an amazing melodic power-house.  "Words in the Water" and "Listen Through Me" definitely pull a more chill vibe, almost as if they belong with the songs that comprise The Alchemy Index: Water EP.  The album is finally brought to a sweeping close, with the dark and emotional "Disarmed".

Now click repeat, and listen again. At least, that's what I did.

Major/Minor is one of the best releases of the year.  If not, the best.  It improves on the grooves and rawness of Beggars, and is a natural fit in the progression of the band's sound.   I may even be so bold as to say that this album is the best effort by Thrice to date.  I urge everyone to check this album out!  Definitely have a listen and let me know what you think.

You can purchase Major/Minor on iTunes and Amazon.

Review: All Get Out - The Season

Full album stream here.

Tomorrow marks the debut full-length release from All Get Out.  A release long-coming since they started touring in 2007.  In this time, All Get Out have managed to produce 40 minutes of an extremely tight and enjoyable album, entitled The Season.

It is clear that The Season will inevitably be compared to Manchester Orchestra over and over again.  The similarity between the voices of vocalist (and guitarist) Nathan Hussey and Manchester Orchestra frontman, Andy Hull, is sometimes uncanny, especially on the more folk-like songs  like "Let Me Go" and "Come and Gone".  However, I didn't find these similarities distracting at all.  All Get Out manage to inject their own unique hooks and melodies to keep them from becoming a Manchester Orchestra clone.

Really, the music sweeps from folk-type music to big-time rockers like "Lucky Bastard", while other songs, like "Subject to Change", channel the poppier side of the band.  All Get Out, however, clearly put a lot of effort in the order of the tracks on The Season.  Every song seemed to flow very well into the next.  I found myself completely drawn into this album during one of the more unique songs, "Girl, Gun".  This song showcases the more aggressive side of the band as Hussey let's it all out, but then suddenly retracts to steady strings which eventually lead the listener to the title track of the album.  In "Let Me Go", we are further treated to Hussey's fabulous vocals as he bellows "Let me go..." at the end of the song.

All Get Out definitely don't hold back in this album.  And, in the end, they have given us a complete package with many memorable tracks, with endless replayability.  Check 'em out and let me know what you think!

You can buy The Season on iTunes and Amazon.

This Week's Full Album Streams

There are a few full album streams that should be checked out this week:

All Get Out - The Season (poppy version of Manchester Orchestra)
Brighter Than A Thousand Suns - Survival Machines (scream-core)
Thrice - Major/Minor (solid rock -- probably will be my album of the year)

Foo Fighters Serenade Westboro Baptist Picketers

I've always loved the Foo Fighters.  But, this just shows how great they can be.  Watch this video here or below, which shows the Foo Fighters serenading the Westboro Baptist Church members who were picketing their concert later that night.  It's always great to see the tables turned on these outrageously idiotic people.

Gotta love the Foo.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Review: Polar Bear Club - Clash Battle Guilt Pride

Full album stream is here.

Interestingly, I have always liked the melodic-punk band, Polar Bear Club, but for some reason I never really listened to them much.  This, however, is about to change with their latest -- and their best album to date -- Clash Battle Guilt Pride.  This album has all the style and lyricism that I felt was missing from previous efforts.

"Pawner", one of my favorite tracks on Clash Battle Guilt Pride, starts the album off down-tempo, but slowly builds in aggression as Jimmy Stadt's gravelly voice sounds over the pop-punk melodies.  Even better is how this song perfectly leads into the next song full of gang-vocals and big hooks, "Killin' It".  This album also has some really catchy gems such as "Bottled Wind" and "Religion on the Radio", while you'll also find rock anthems such as "Screams in Caves" that one would expect from Polar Bear Club.

The guitar-work from Chris Browne and Nate Morris are great as usual, but honestly, Stadt's vocals are the best they've ever been.  Further, the lyrics felt so genuine and honest as Stadt shares the struggles in his life.  The best example of this is the dark, heart-wrenching closer (and best song on the album) "3-4 Tango".  This song is an excellent closer to a very enjoyable album.

I'm not sure why I passed over the previous albums by this Rochester, NY quintet, but Clash Battle Guilt Pride is one of the most genuine albums of the year, and a great addition to my library of great melodic-punk albums.  Definitely have a listen, and let me know what you think.

You can buy Clash Battle Guilt Pride on iTunes and Amazon.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Stream New Coheed and Cambria Song has a stream of a new Coheed and Cambria song called "Deranged" that will be on the soundtrack to the upcoming video game Batman: Arkham City.  Yeah, it's kind of funny that video games are now getting soundtracks.  Listen to the song below.  The quality isn't the best, but good enough.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Plethora of Full Album Streams

There are a slew of full album streams this week that you should definitely check out!

Astronautalis - This Is Our Science (indie, hip-hop)
Bush - The Sea of Memories (modern-rock, post-grunge)
The Devil Wears Prada - Dead Throne (metalcore)
Kevin Devine - Between the Concrete (indie, singer-songwriter, acoustic)
Polar Bear Club - Clash Battle Guilt Pride (pop-punk)
Saves the Day - Daybreak (pop-punk, pop-rock)
Thrice - Major/Minor (rock -- new track every weekday until album drops)

Review: Bush - The Sea of Memories

Stream the album here.

To state the obvious, it's been a really long time (about 10 years) since we've heard anything from Bush.  This 90s post-grunge band has undergone changes in that time, with the loss of original guitarist, Nigel Pulsford, and bassist, Dave Parsons -- leaving Gavin Rossdale and drummer Robin Goodridge as the only original members.  This change is also reflected in The Sea of Memories.  Gone are the experimental elecronica, post-grunge, alternative rock sounds.  Instead, a more modern-rock style is presented in The Sea of Memories.

The first-half of the album presents some pretty strong material.  I particularly enjoyed "The Mirror of the Signs" and "The Sound of Winter".  The former is a solid hard-rocker, which also showcases Goodridge's solid drumming.  "All Night Doctors" also presents some of the best vocal-work from Rossdale in years.  I found that my interest began to falter in the latter-half of the album.  Songs like "Red Light" seemed much more poppy and generic.  The only saving grace is Rossdale's signature voice crooning over the pop melodies.  The album did end on a high note, with the flowing and emotional "Be Still My Love".

I will say that I liked The Sea of Memories.  The album, however, lacks the staying power of previous Bush albums.  I especially miss the experimental side of the band.  Those unfamiliar with the band, however, may see this as an improvement since this album is much less polar than previous efforts.

Definitely have a listen and let me know what you think!

The Sea of Memories can be purchased on iTunes and Amazon.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Stream New Thrice Song Every Day

Thrice will be streaming a new song every day until the release of their new album, Major/Minor, on September 20th.  You can go here to listen.  I have also embedded the player in this post as well as in the For Your Ears section of my blog.  Keep checking back every day to hear a new song from this amazing album!

Thrice - Major/Minor (Preview) by Vagrant Records

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Review: The Horrible Crowes - Elsie

Listen to the full album over at

It seems that whenever someone talks about Brian Fallon (frontman of The Gaslight Anthem), one immediately thinks of Bruce Springsteen.  Admittedly, I don't listen to Springsteen that often, so I really can't make those comparisons.  But, I don't think that that deters me from thoroughly enjoying the debut album Elsie from Fallon's side project with Ian Perkins, The Horrible Crowes.

Let me preface this review by saying that it's the albums that grow on me that unexpectedly become my favorite albums of the year.  Having said that, it took me quite a few listens before I began to appreciate everything this album offers.  Now, I feel that Elsie is better than any album from The Gaslight Anthem.  The songs on Elsie are much more chill and soulful, quite a contrast from the modern rock qualities of recent The Gaslight Anthem albums, while Fallon's poetic lyrics, signature voice, and brilliant songwriting take the forefront.  This is probably where the album truly shines.  Some of the best music and lyrics come from the more winding tracks like "Cherry Blossoms" and "Blood Loss".  I really loved "Ladykiller", the lyrics and music really resonated with me.  Where this album is at its strongest, however, is during the track "Black Betty & the Moon".  This masterpiece has to be one of the best songs ever written, with Perkins' impressive guitar-work really showing.  This album, however, isn't all chill.  In songs like "Go Tell Everybody" and "Mary Ann", Fallon's vocals are more aggressive as he croons over the faster-paced melodies.

Elsie proves that Fallon has what it takes to be one of the best songwriters of our time.  With some really solid releases with The Gaslight Anthem, and now with Elsie, his "opus", he has succeeded entirely. I look forward to hearing more from him as his career progresses.

Definitely check out The Horrible Crowes' new album Elsie.  It is worth every listen.

You can purchase the album on Amazon and iTunes.  Note, that the iTunes version includes a bonus track,  "Joey".  iTunes also has "Go Tell Everybody" available for free as the Single of the Week.

Friday, September 2, 2011

The Horrible Crowes - Elsie Full Album Stream

You can now listen to The Horrible Crowes' new album Elsie in its entirety over at Rolling Stone.  The Horrible Crowes is a side project of The Gaslight Anthem frontman, Brian Fallon.  The folks over at also have a really good review of this fantastic album, which can be read here.  Have a listen and let me know what you think!

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