Track Premiere: Malkasian Releases New Single “Ghost”, Prepares For Dead Industry Records Re-Release of Self-Titled Debut

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It’s some Southern-fried/down home acoustics (By way of New Jersey, of course) which drive “Ghost”, the first single off of Malkasian’s self-titled debut which is set for re-release with bonus tracks through Dead Industry Records in the near future. [Read more…]

Dive Exit Show Fans What “Living Dangerous” Is All About On Latest Single/Video

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What can one possibly say about a song that has everything? Not much really because Dive Exit’s “Living Dangerous” has it all: great riffs, a catchy chorus, AND a fun video! But I’d be remiss if I didn’t say something…. [Read more…]

Owl Stretching Release New Song, “Evolution”, For Free

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Some days you wake up and just yearn for the sweet, sexy sounds of Jason Bieler, y’know? Today was one of those days for me and luckily, there just happened to be a new Owl Stretching song waiting in my inbox! “Evolution” is the name and rocking is its game. [Read more…]

Matchstickmen STAND UP To Bullying On New Single “For No Reason”

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This Friday, February 27th, is International STAND UP to Bullying Day and Liverpool’s Matchstickmen have decided to bring attention to a very serious matter with their newest song, the very personal “For No Reason”. [Read more…]

Royal Tongues find the right “Balance” on debut single

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Are you ready for some wholly uplifting Pop to start out your day? Then you’ve come to the right place if you press “play” on the stream of “The Balance” from Royal Tongues below. Hailing from New York, Royal Tongues deliver the perfect blend of electro and Pop on their debut single. Taking cues from Duran Duran and contemporaries like Black Taxi at times, “The Balance” shines with huge sing-a-long choruses, lush synths and some driving guitar riffs making sure new fans will be sticking around for the long haul.

For the latest and greatest info on Royal Tongues, head on over to their official Facebook page. But for now, be sure to play “The Balance” repeatedly at ludicrous volumes from the rooftops.

 

Unstoppable Death Machines provide some “Single Clarity” on newest single!

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I don’t think there’s ever been a name more fitting for a band and the music they create then “Unstoppable Death Machines”. On their upcoming 12″, “Single Clarity”, the brothers Tucci yield impeccable skill on a completely improvised track that doesn’t relent for a second of its’ almost ten minute run time.

It’s a barrage of guitars and drums that hit like a nuclear bomb from second one. Billy Tucci’s playing is frenetic yet almost a metronome in spots with a sound reminiscent of Lars’ “trash can” overproduced St. Anger bullshit but, y’know, actually good. When the vocals eventually saunter in around the three minute mark, it’s like Jello Biafra is singing at you.

Take all the modern duos out today, throw ’em in a blender, and you still wouldn’t have the creativity and ferocity that Unstoppable Death Machines create on “Single Clarity” alone.

Need I say more?

“Single Clarity” is available on July 15th through Beat Imprint. Pre-order it here, and hey, the digital track is only a buck. What have you got to lose?

Tomboy slows down on “Hang Out”, further teasing upcoming EP.

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“Hang Out” might be a slow burn compared to last single “Roll Out” but shows the range of things to come on Tomboy’s upcoming EP, due this summer.

William Shore’s brilliant beats and beautiful synths create a spacious sonic landscape that serves as the backdrop for Sarah Aument’s breathy, enticing vocals. Aument hints at even greater things previewing a smooth cadence early on in “Hang Out” that gives a slight Beyonce vibe (Hey, Beyonce is a great singer!).

If “Roll Out” got you excited for Tomboy then “Hang Out” will only further your obsession with Tomboy.

Listen to “Hang Out” below and stay tuned for more details on Tomboy’s upcoming EP.

 

Queen Kwong, “The Strange Fruit”: A ‘Ten Dimes’ Review

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There’s a handful of powerful female voices popping up across the airwaves over the past couple years.  From the dark, gothic rumblings of Chelsea Wolfe, to the folk songstress Laura Marling, or perhaps the guitar virtuoso Marnie Stern or emerging pop artists Sky Ferriera or Lana Del Rey?  All of them have something to say and are making no bones about getting their message across.  In some ways closer to the Marnie Stern vibe comes Carre Callaway – a young woman whose actually been in and out of the scene since 2009, when discovered in New Orleans by none other than NIN’s Trent Reznor.

She’s the solo artist behind the moniker Queen Kwong and she recently collaborated with Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit, Black Light Burns) on her new single, “The Strangest Fruit.”  This was my first exposure to her as an artist.  I then tackled the smattering of EP’s and singles over on Spotify.  It’s interesting to see her growth as an artist in just three short years.  She’s equal parts Iggy Pop & The Stooges (“Eddie the Kid” single (2011)), post-punk a la Kim Deal (‘Bitter Lips” single (2011)), alterna-grunge a la Hole, or even Black Light Burns-like frenetic guitar work (2012’s “Long Gone” single).

“The Strange Fruit,” is another animal entirely.  Sparse keyboard notes, a shuffling percussion, and cinematic guitars take this track into shoegazer territory yet it holds a pop sensibility.  It’s rather brilliant stuff.  But Levar Burton really said it best.  Check out the video for the track below (sorry, no Wes cameo…)