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Motion City Soundtrack Release “Inside Out” Lyric Video

Following the recent release of their new digital single, Motion City Soundtrack have released a new lyric video for “Inside Out” that might just be the highlight of your day.

The evolution of Motion City Soundtrack has taken them from their early days as pop-punk sweethearts to their current status as an alternative rock powerhouse with a unique philosophical perspective. “Inside Out” is yet another confessional entry in their catalog of songs about being uncomfortable in one’s own skin. Check out the official lyric video below.

It’s unclear at this point whether “Inside Out” is a stand-alone single or the beginning of a new album promotional cycle, but it’s definitely a strong single either way. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on the track. Continue reading ‘Motion City Soundtrack Release “Inside Out” Lyric Video’

Enter Shikari Debut “Rat Race”

The wait is over, friends. Enter Shikari have returned with another killer single to keep you hungry for the band’s future touring efforts.

2013 has been a bit of an experimental year for Enter Shikari. The band released a slew of singles throughout the year instead of a full-length album, and that strategy seems to be a roaring success. The band has remained in headlines throughout the year and delivered killer songs, but never gave fans so much at once that they felt overwhelmed. Instead, Enter Shikari have given everyone just enough to quench our thirst for their unique brand of genre-bending future-rock, and “Rat Race” is yet another serving of exploratory goodness that will have you headbanging all day long. You can stream the song and view the accompanying video, which features the members becoming trapped in tiny spinning boxes, below.

Lyrically speaking, “Rat Race” dives into the monotony of human life. We’re born, raised to work, then work until we die, but why? Is it really the best for us? Vocalist Rou Reynolds is not sure, and throughout the course of the track he vents his frustration about the process and how he feels we’re rushed into it. Pretty typical themes for the band, but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t strike a chord. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on Enter Shikari’s latest.

“Rat Race” will be released as a digital single on November 4 in the UK and on November 5 in the US. Continue reading ‘Enter Shikari Debut “Rat Race”’

Skaters Release Halloween Themed Song Titled “Let The Heads Roll”

Rising NYC indie rock outfit Skaters have released their latest ode to Halloween, “Let The Heads Roll.” The song premiered on My Old Kentucky Blog on October 29 and has since been spreading across the blogosphere like wildfire. We heard the track just a short while ago and knew we had to share it with all of you before Halloween passed us by. Click here to stream and download “Let The Heads Roll.”

Skaters will release their debut album, Manhattan, on February 25. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on “Let The Heads Roll.”

If you’re in the mood for some live music and plan on being in the UK in the near future, Skaters put on a killer live show. Their current tour itinerary reads:

11/01 Brighton Concorde2
11/02 Bristol Trinity Centre
11/04 Nottingham Rock City Basement
11/05 Manchester Club Academy
11/07 Birmingham Birmingham Academy 2 Continue reading ‘Skaters Release Halloween Themed Song Titled “Let The Heads Roll”’

Capture The Crown Part Ways With Sumerian Records

People like to think there are record labels that only sign the bands they believe in, but the hard truth is that many of the biggest alternative labels have housed at least a handful of bands who essentially double as ‘quick cash’ schemes. Epitaph signed I Set My Friends On Fire shortly after their cover of Soulja Boy went viral, Victory signed (almost any band they’ve signed since 2010 other than Close Your Eyes), and just over a year ago Sumerian Records made a poor, but understandable decision to sign Australian metalcore outfit Capture The Crown.

It made sense for Capture The Crown to be signed, it really did. Having no EP, tour history, or album, the band rose to viral fame for a single that looked and sounded like a poor man’s Asking Alexandria. This generic take on modern metalcore led to the band garnering millions of views for the song, which again was essentially their debut recording, and before long labels came calling. Many people had already launched careers from YouTube, so if it happened for others it stood to reason the same could happen for a metalcore band if someone threw enough money at them – or so Sumerian thought. Less than two months later, Capture The Crown’s debut, Til Death, was released. The band was featured on a number of big tours, but never matched the success of their debut. Now, almost a year to the day from the original signing, Sumerian has dropped Capture The Crown. A statement from the label reads: Continue reading ‘Capture The Crown Part Ways With Sumerian Records’

Chief Keef Releases “That’s It” Video

Another week, another brand new single and video from Chicago native Chief Keef.

I think Chief Keef may have set a record for video releases in a single year that no one will be able to top. Nearly every other week we have featured a new single from Keef, and that streak continues today with the release of his new single, “That’s It.” The song is the same speaker-shaking lyrical nonsense you’ve come to expect from Keef, only this time the focus is on money instead of women and possessions. You can experience the track below.

Somewhere in Illinois lies a mansion that Keef and his team purchased shortly after the teen signed his major label deal. This same location has been used in the majority of Keef’s videos, and it appears again in “That’s It.” Keef is seen rapping and conducting business while relaxing on his staircase, which I’m fairly sure is one of the few places Keef had yet to feature in a video. What’s next, his bathroom?

Chief Keef already released two mixtapes this year, but there are rumors a third will drop before 2014 begins. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on his new material. Continue reading ‘Chief Keef Releases “That’s It” Video’

Kevin Devine Releases “Private First Class” Lyric Video

Just a week after releasing two brand new albums, indie rock favorite Kevin Devine has delivered a stunning new lyric video.

“Private First Class” continues Devine’s long-running streak of crafting angsty indie rock jams that evoke a sense of both love and rage. The visuals mirror lyrics about a country torn apart by war and politics, with stock footage of war, and while a lot of the archived clips may be familiar to some, there is no denying their power when paired with Devine’s heartbreaking lyrics. You can view the video below.

Kevin Devine took to Kickstarter in early 2013 to fund his most recent album, and the response from fans was so overwhelming he ended up having enough money to record two separate releases. Both albums, which are titled Bulldozer and Bubblegum, are available now wherever music is sold. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on the video. Continue reading ‘Kevin Devine Releases “Private First Class” Lyric Video’

Aer “Won’t Smile” In New Video

Popular underground pop-rap outfit Aer has released the official video for their new single, “Won’t Smile.”

In the early days of any artist’s career, there is a hunger in their vocal delivery that reflects just how much making it means to them. As the artist begins to find success, some of that aggression gives way to perspective, and suddenly they have a slightly more tame sound to offer listeners. “Won’t Smile” is the softer side of Aer, but lyrically it’s just as hard-hitting as anything in the group’s discography. The song and video deal with the differences between people and the struggle we all go through in order to gain acceptance and/or belong. Everyone has their own path to follow, and Aer won’t judge you if you don’t judge them. You can view the video at the end of this post.

Aer have garnered international attention for their blend of urban and Top 40 sensibilities, but for whatever reason they’ve yet to crack the Top 40 stateside. “Won’t Smile” could be a game-changer, offering a relaxed and fun track at a time when bass-heavy club beats are dominating the pop landscape. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on Aer’s new material.

A self-titled album from Aer is expected to arrive in January. Follow OurStage on Twitter for updates on the group’s activity in the weeks ahead. Continue reading ‘Aer “Won’t Smile” In New Video’

Jake Miller Streams ‘Us Against Them’ In Full

A decade ago there really wasn’t a ‘pop underground.’ Indie groups used pop elements in songs, sure, but it wasn’t until the rise of social media and YouTube that underground pop acts began emerging from the grey of anonymity. Now anyone with Garageband and a hook can put original compositions together to rival what’s on radio, and as a result a whole new scene has come into existence. Part pop, part club, and all types of fun, artists in this arena make feel-good music without any concern for whether or not Top 40 will spin their singles. They focus on building relationships through their online presence, and in turn develop dedicated followings who support their tour efforts. Jake Miller is a prime example of this type of talent, and this morning his new full length album appeared online ahead of its scheduled release date.

For the last few years, Jake Miller has been the talk of many a Twitter feed and college message board. His music is inspired by the place where hip-hop and pop collide, and on Us Against Them he delivers the most realized version of his unique sound to date. The 12-track offering debuted on Pandora today ahead of its scheduled November 5th digital release, and those who want to hear the future of pop music would be wise to click here and discover what Miller has to say.

From the pop vibes of “Me and You” to the lighthearted cockiness of “Number One Rule,” Jake Miller has put together a collection of potential hits with Us Against Them that should help push him to the next level of fame. We discovered his music over the summer and are nothing short of amazed by what this young artist has already achieved in the short time he’s been on our radar. The sky is the limit, and at the rate he’s going Jake Miller will be amongst the clouds in no time at all.

Neck Deep Debut “Crushing Grief (No Remedy)”

UK pop punk outfit Neck Deep have released the official video for their latest single, “Crushing Grief (No Remedy).”

When you throw out every song written about girls and nonsense, the heart of pop-punk has always focused on friendship and doing whatever it takes to hold on to the ever-fleeting feeling of youth. With this in mind, Neck Deep turned to their fans for help with the video forn”Crushing Grief.” The band requested that fans send in clips of themselves doing what they love, and apparently dozens responded. The band used the submitted content to create a montage video accompaniment for their song. You can view the video below.

The subject matter of “Crushing Grief (No Remedy)” might not be much different than that of every other pop-punk song in the last five years, but thanks to creative musicianship and songwriting, the song manages to stand out as something special. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on the single.

Neck Deep signed with Hopeless Records earlier this year, but have yet to release an album with the label. Their debut, Wishful Thinking, is expected to be released in January 2014. Continue reading ‘Neck Deep Debut “Crushing Grief (No Remedy)”’

On My Honor Cling To A “Gypsy Summer”

A hard fact of life is that everyone goes through dark times. The going gets tough, as they say, and at times it can seem near impossible to carry on. On My Honor have written an anthem for those times, and this afternoon that anthem was given its own music video.

The trees may claim that it’s fall and the wind may make it feel like winter, but the “Gypsy Summer” is alive and well in the latest video from rising pop-punk act On My Honor. The track describes how the best times in life often follow the toughest obstacles with a chorus that is simply too catchy to deny. The video blends performance footage with a tongue-in-cheek tale of young love (or so you think), which works even though it has little-to-nothing to do with the song itself. You can view the video below.

I Never Deserve the Things I Need, the newest album from On My Honor, is available now. Continue reading ‘On My Honor Cling To A “Gypsy Summer”’

 


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