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More Warped Tour Coverage: A Chat with Ernie Ball Winners, Actor|Observer

Every year, guitar string manufacturer, Ernie Ball, holds a huge Battle of the Bands competition for Vans Warped Tour. Artists submit music and the public votes. This year, 41 bands for 41 dates were chosen to perform on the Journey’s main stage. Yesterday was Day 17 and the day Boston-based post-hardscore band, Actor|Observer, got to live their dream. It was their third time playing Vans Warped Tour, their second time winning the competition, but their first playing the main stage. “It was pretty unreal,” frontman, Greg Marquis said. “We had a huge crowd and so many familiar faces, but also…

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STREAM: The Strokes – “Future Present Past” EP

One week before headlining the New York City’s Governors Ball Music Festival, The Strokes revealed they’re coming out with a new EP. Future Present Past (Cult Records), due on June 3rd, will be their first release since 2013’s Comedown Machine (RCA Records). Singer Julian Casablancas made the announcement on his Sirius XM radio show, Culture Void, this morning. You can stream the entire EP after the jump. To pre-order Future Present Past and promotional bundles, click here. To purchase CDs or buy concert tickets, click here. Please follow and like us:

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Night Lights Premiere New Single, “Gimme”

Los Angeles’s indie band Night Lights premiered a new track today. “An ode to the hopeless romantics out there,” “Gimme” is an ethereal slow dance hanging in the space between two people. The ending trails off like words on a nervous tongue; possibility lingers in the air. Vocalist Mau says, “‘Gimme’ is one of the few story songs that we have so far. It’s about the anxiety of asking a girl out to dance — how sometimes fear makes you feel like you’re on a space adventure, where you’re separated by some sort of impossible distance/feat, and…

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Blink-182 Announce New Album & Tour, Debut New Track

Blink-182 are back in the studio after nearly five years. California will be their seventh album and the first without founding member Tom DeLonge. (Last year, drummer Travis Barker and bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus issued a statement saying DeLonge decided to “indefinitely” leave the band.) In a tell-all interview with Rolling Stone‘s Patrick Doyle, DeLonge revealed he was completely blindsided by their decision to remove him from the trio. “If they would have come to me and said, ‘Hey, you’re really busy right now. We really want to do something, maybe we should get someone to fill in,’ or something, I would have…

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WATCH: Cage the Elephant – Trouble

The music video for “Trouble,” the second single off Cage The Elephant‘s fourth studio album, Tell Me I’m Pretty (RCA), came out today. Directed by singer Matt Shultz (his directorial debut) and set in the Southern California wilderness, the music video is a dream filled with gratification and bizarre snapshots of the ordinary and extraordinary. It’s all very wistful. “I really wanted to make a video that was like John Wayne or a young Clint Eastwood acting in a Cocteau Play or Ingmar Bergman’s Wild Strawberry’s,” Shultz said in a statement. Cage the Elephant is…

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Indie News Pop 

WATCH: The Hiding – “Karma My Life”

Australian indie electro-poppers The Hiding released a new single and accompanying video this week. “Karma My Life” is the track you play at the beginning of a road trip – percussive strumming and drum beats that echo footsteps moving forward, not looking back. “Life can throw so many speed bumps and The Hiding has experienced its fair share of these,” said guitarist, Anthony Salce.  “It can be deflating and soul damaging, however, these are life lessons we all experience and ‘Karma My Life’ is about accepting these journeys, appreciating the turning point and celebrating the…

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Guns N’ Roses Expand Tour Beyond United States

In an exclusive interview with The Cult‘s Billy Duffy, Boston blog Vanyaland revealed news about rock’s next reunion tour: Guns N’ Roses will be touring beyond North America and The Cult will open for them on select dates. “I believe we will be playing with them at a couple of shows that are not in the United States — I think I can say that — I believe,” Duffy said. “I just found out.” While the venues, dates and lineup remain unknown, you can see a list of previously announced North American cities after…

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WATCH: The Drama State Cover Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself”

The Drama State have released a very unlikely new cover – “Love Yourself,” performed by Justin Bieber. Complete with a brief guitar solo, The Drama State’s rendition is a true cover – transforming the stripped pop hit into a pop punk anthem for the ages. Singer Ryan Diskey tells Infectious, “Ronnie [Ish] was the first one to hear the song, and he asked us all one day when we were doing some writing for the new record if we wanted to hear a song. He didn’t say it was going to be a Justin Bieber…

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HAIM Announce Tour

Sister rock-trio HAIM announced several North American and select European tour dates yesterday. The band was already announced to play Boston Calling and New York’s Governors Ball. Following their 2013 release, Days Are Gone (Polydor Records), HAIM have recorded with Stevie Nicks, toured with Taylor Swift, been nominated for a GRAMMY, and their music has appeared on major motion picture soundtracks like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. A new album is long overdue. According to these tweets, the band is (thankfully) “just getting started.” HAIM’s tour kicks off on May 17 in Santa Ana, California. See the full list of dates…

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STREAM: The Wrecks – “Favorite Liar”

When a friend was given access to a recording studio for a few days, The Wrecks, having been a band together for only one week, decided to write and record their first EP during that stretch. Unbeknownst to them, they weren’t allowed to be in the studio. No consequences came of those three days, just some tracks on a hard drive. Catchy and reeking of mischief, “Favorite Liar” is their first single. It’s nostalgic, it’s punchy, it hits all the right builds. Listen to it after the jump. Want more? Catch The…

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